HBO has locked up its Game of Thrones stars for a potential seventh season of the hit drama.
The principal Thrones actors, who were signed only through six seasons of the show, have completed an extensive renegotiation of their contracts that includes an option for season 7, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. In exchange for the option, HBO has ponied up huge raises for seasons 5, 6 and the potential season 7 that will make the cast members among the highest paid on cable TV.
The grisly battle for the Iron Throne reached new highs in season four, with Game of Thrones amassing 18.6 million viewers for HBO and dethroning The Sopranos as the network’s most watched series ever. Season four also earned the show high marks from the TV Academy, which handed it 19 Emmy nominations, the most of any show this year.
Hot off their 99 Emmy nominations, HBO CEO Richard Pleplerand his programming president Michael Lombardo took the stage Thursday at the Television Critics Association summer press tour to a barrage of questions.
The author made a surprise, last-minute cameo in Gay of Thrones, Funny or Die's Thrones recap series in which a hair stylist recounts (to varying degrees of accuracy) the happenings of the HBO series' latest episode.