It shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise, but some of your favorite actors on HBO’s biggest show have officially been locked down if the show is greenlighted for a seventh season (and it totally will). The Hollywood Reporter revealed on Thursday that several “Game of Thrones” cast members have signed on for the fantasy epic’s seventh season option.
The show was renewed for seasons five and six back in April and though a seventh season hasn’t officially been ordered yet, the chances of that not happening are extremely low, considering it’s, well, the biggest show in HBO history. Creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have said in the past that they’d like to end the show in seven or eight seasons and though it’s not clear whether an eighth will eventually become reality, Entertainment Weekly points out that the new negotiations were for one additional season only, meaning it’s possible that they’ll stop at seven after all. There’s some nice conceptual symmetry there if that’s what we end up with: seven kingdoms, seven gods, seven “A Song of Ice and Fire” books, seven seasons.
So which cast members have signed on? Tread lightly if you’re not into spoilers at all since this gives you an idea of which characters will be around for season seven, but it’s important to remember that they could easily kick the bucket before then (this is George R.R. Martin we’re talking about). The actors have been placed into a tier system with regards to how much they are paid, with the “A” tier including Kit Harington, Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke, and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau. Natalie Dormer, Sophie Turner, and Maisie Williams are included in the “B” tier, which has a slightly lower salary. With the new contracts come what are said to be some pretty hefty raises starting with season five, which is in production at the moment, but HBO has not commented on just how hefty they are.
Speaking of season five, production is ongoing in the show’s many locations. Watchers on the Wall notes that preparation appears to be going on in Northern Ireland, where the show does studio shooting and serves as the setting for places like Castle Black. Filming is also said to be wrapping up in Spain, where Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime) spent some time for a storyline that diverges from his book storyline (it appears he’ll be heading to Dorne instead of the Riverlands). Coster-Waldau tells EW that the fan presence there has been even more intense than in Belfast. The enthusiasm in Spain has been obvious from the beginning, with a jaw-dropping 86,000 applications coming in for the roles of 600 extras.