28 September 2017
Get ready for some more breathtaking special effects, because the final season of Game of Thrones looks to be the most expensive yet.
A report in Variety has claimed that the eighth season, which comprises six episodes, will have a budget of a whopping $15 million per episode.
It’s an incredible figure, but it’s also worth bearing in mind that the last six episodes could very well all be feature-length.
How does the budget compare to previous seasons?
There are rumblings that season two cost $6 million an episode. For season six, it was said to be at $10 million an episode (totaling $100 million for the whole season).
The budget for the most recent season (which had seven episodes), however, is a bit more contentious.
Some sources say it remained at $10 million an episode, but a cinematographer who works on the show theorized (he literally prefaced with “I don’t know the facts and figures”) that season seven may have had the same $100 million budget but spread across fewer episodes (which would make it $14 million per episode).
Does the season eight budget include shooting multiple endings, as rumors suggest?
Jaime Lannister [Nikolaj Coster-Waldau] doesn’t think so, reasoning: They know how expensive it is to shoot.
“You’re not going to waste $100,000 a day to shoot something you’re not going to use. It’s not going to happen.”