Even though the fifth season of Game of Thrones is still months away, the HBO fantasy series is making headlines today for something that happened behind the scenes rather than on screen.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, which first broke the news, members of the Game of Thrones cast have signed on through Season 7 of the show and, thanks to that, have received “huge raises” for the fifth, sixth, and seventh seasons. Reportedly, these raises “will make the cast members among the highest paid on cable TV.” HBO has not yet commented on the report.
Now, the next part of this story has potential spoilers for it those who want to remain completely in the dark about who may or may not survive until Season 7. Reportedly, the actors included in this new deal are Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister), Kit Harington (Jon Snow), Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister), Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen) , Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jamie Lannister), Natalie Dormer (Margery Tyrell), Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark), and Maisie Williams (Arya Stark).
Although HBO has only renewed Game of Thrones through Season 6, due to the combination of high ratings and critical praise that the series receives, it is essentially guaranteed to be renewed for a seventh season. The series’ producers, D.B. Weiss and David Beinoff, have already stated that they think a seven-season run for the series would be best and that, as of right now, that’s how long they plan on continuing Game of Thrones. These renewed contracts would seem to confirm that plan.
However, there is one potential issue with Weiss and Beinoff’s intentions, and that is whether or not George R.R. Martin will be able to complete the Song of Ice and Fire book series before the Game of Thrones television series comes to an end. Even though Weiss and Beinoff know details about Martin’s planned ending and have enough information to provide a satisfying conclusion to the story that they are telling, it would certainly be an uncomfortable situation if Game of Thrones ended and perhaps spoiled potential plot details of Martin’s novels before he could properly end his book series himself.