(Hollywood Reporter) – Due to score sizable pay bumps are leads Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister), Kit Harington (Jon Snow), Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister), Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen) and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister). They’ll each earn upward of $500,000 per episode of season seven, which has already been announced, and in the likely eighth season (which is all but a formality). The raises for season seven come as part of an option HBO had with the cast as part of their last deal, signed in October 2014, that saw the five stars each become among the highest-paid actors on cable TV. The premium cable network had the option on season seven, and that has now been exercised and packaged with season eight. While the five stars are locked in, it does not guarantee that their characters will survive through what is expected to be the end of the series. HBO declined comment on the salary bumps.
‘Battle of the Bastards’ – the ninth episode of the sixth season – aired last Sunday (June 19) and was repeated on Monday night (June 20). The episode saw a showdown between Sansa Stark and Jon Snow’s army and that of Ramsay Bolton.
Since its broadcast, it has gained a perfect 10.0 rating on the IMDB website after nearly 8,000 votes. It replaces season three’s ‘The Rains of Castamere’ as the highest rated episode.