Game of Thrones season 8 costing HBO $15 million per episode

Season seven cost a reported $10 million per episode

Jack Shepherd
Wednesday 27 September 2017 15:53 BST
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Game of Thrones’ seventh season was filled with spectacular set pieces, ranging from White Walker hordes chasing John Snow to dragons burning down entire armies.

Those seven episodes cost around $10 million (£7.5 million) each, a new high for the series that’s known to be one of TV’s highest priced shows.

Come season eight, and things have become even more expensive. Variety reports that each of the six episodes will cost $15 million (£11.1 million).

There are also rumours that each episode — the directors for which have just been announced — will be feature length.

Variety’s report also features some other very interesting numbers. According to the trade publication, the average price of a television show is rising skyward, partly thanks to streaming services upping the game.

They claim each episode of Stranger Things’ first season — which itself was attempting to emulate the feeling of those 80s Steven Spielberg films — cost $6 million per episode. Season two, meanwhile, has cost Netflix $8 million per episode.

Meanwhile, in other Game of Thrones news, the first casting call for season eight was made, HBO searching for a ‘Northern Girl’ and ‘Boy’. Game of Thrones returns either next year or early 2019.

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