With it’s other-worldly cinematic elements and a superstar cast, it’s no surprise that HBO shells out a lot of money per episode of Game of Thrones. But exactly how much will each episode cost this coming season?
According to Entertainment Weekly, each episode for the eighth season will cost about $15 million each. To put that into comparison, the price per episode for the first season was $6 million. While this new budget hasn’t been confirmed by HBO due to their strict no-budget reveal, it’s not surprising to those that watch the show. As the show grew to incorporate lavish fight scenes and stunning graphics, the budget had to accommodate to that.
#News: Each episode of Season 8 will have a budget of $15 Million. Miguel Sapochnik (who directed Battle of the Bastards and Winds of Winter) and David Nutter (who directed The Rains of Castamere and The Dance of Dragons) will be directing the first 5 episodes of Season 8, and writers of the show, David Benioff and D.B Weiss will be directing the series finale. via @thronesfeed
While that is a hefty price tag, GoT’s soaring popularity will make it worth it. New and old fans will continue to pay HBO to watch the series long past the last episode. That, plus the successful international distribution and merchandising rights to the show, will make every dollar spent on the final season profitable.
Two years and $15 million per episode? This final season better be truly epic.