The Cast of 'Game of Thrones' Make More Money Per Episode Than Anybody Else in TV History

Makes the dying stuff worth it, huh?

For all the heavy subject matter and finding out you're not coming back next season during a table read, the cast of Game of Thrones is pretty well compensated—as in $2-million-an-episode well-compensated.

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According to the Express, Emilia Clarke, Kit Harington, Lena Headey, Peter Dinklage, and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau have negotiated contracts that would allow them to earn massive paydays—on top of their already not-insignificant salaries of $1.1 million per episode for seasons 7 and 8—from syndication payments. (As in when millions more people in more than 170 countries re-watch the Battle of the Bastards, they get a cut.)

But there's more—even in an industry whose soundtrack is "cha-ching," Jon Snow and company's checks are still in the heaviest-of-all-time class. Just compare to the $1 million the Big Bang Theory's Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki, Kaley Cuoco, Kunal Nayyar, and Simon Helberg made in 2014.

Game of Thrones returns July 17 to HBO.

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