Almost expectedly for a series as huge as HBO's Game of Thrones, the top cast was reported to be making up to $500,000 per episode by Season 7.
According to Variety, the five main actors-- Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen), Kit Harington (Jon Snow), Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister), Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister), and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister)-- made the cut for highest-paid actors of 2017. But what about the rest of the Thrones cast?
Worth it. ⚡️ “Game of Thrones' cast could become the highest paid TV actors of all time”https://t.co/Bjswg2mAnz— Sky Atlantic (@skyatlantic) April 27, 2017
Richard Madden, who played fan-favorite character Robb Stark in season one through three, has just opened up on how much he was paid to play the role, and he was pretty blunt about it. The 32-year-old actor dished to The Times, “People think I am [loaded] because of Game Of Thrones, but you know, when I signed up for that I was 22, with f**k all on my CV, so I was paid f**k all.”
Although Madden wouldn't disclose exactly how much is "f**k all," he did seem fine with what he made. When asked further about the pay gap within the cast, he shared, “I care less about how much other people are paid, and more what it takes for me to shut up and go and do my job.”
However, he seemingly did stick up for pay gap when it comes to between genders. “The equality thing needs to be addressed hugely between male and female co-stars," Madden stated. “I know that from friends of mine. But there’s only so much I can do for myself."
Madden is now starring in The BBC's Bodyguard, so all we can do is wonder if his GoT experience earned him a bigger payday there! As far as Thrones, fans are eagerly awaiting the arrival of the final season, which is due out in the first half of 2019.