If HBO decides to move forward with Game of Thrones Season 7 (spoiler alert: they will), the cast is in for a significant pay increase. While the pay cable network previously picked the show up for Season 5 and Season 6 at the same time, they faced a potential road bump when it came to a potential seventh season of the incredibly popular series. When actors initially sign contracts for a TV series, their options normally span multiple seasons that keep them obligated to appear for years to come—unless they get killed off, of course. It turns out the Game of Thrones cast contracts went up through Season 6, but with showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss recently revealing that their game plan is to conclude the show with Season 7 (or maybe Season 8), a renegotiation process was necessary to ensure the cast will be intact for the end game.
And so the news comes today that, while HBO hasn’t officially ordered a seventh season of Game of Thrones just yet, they have completed renegotiations with the actors’ contracts to include an option for Season 7 with a big pay increase to boot. More after the jump.