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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

I don’t think it comes to the surprise of anyone that Game of Thrones is known for its extensive budget. It’s a high fantasy series, after all, and given how massive of a hit it is, it makes sense HBO would put out the cash necessary to make the world as believable as possible. Plus, with every new season, the network would likely gain confidence to funnel even more cash to help propel things forward even more.

With Season 8 of Game of Thrones, they look to be taking things to a whole new level. According to the outlet Variety, the final season of the show will have a ridiculous $15 million per episode budget. Now, those numbers may mean nothing to you, so let’s go ahead and put things into perspective.

The pilot for Game of Thrones cost around $5-10 million, and the entirety of the first season cost around $55 million. That means that each episode cost around or above $5 million an episode. The budget for each season slowly increased, with them rising to around $8 million an episode. The sixth season of the show brought each episode to around $10 million, which is already on par with three other of the highest costing TV series: The Crown and The Get Down.

That’s quite the steep increase, but we also have to keep two things in mind. Number one is that as the series has gone on, the scale has increased substantially, so it makes sense that things would get costlier. Perhaps most importantly, we also have to remember that they’re planning on these final episodes to be longer than ever, with episodes rumored to be 80-plus minutes in length.

Regardless, it’s a fitting budget for a series that’s had this much of an impact on the medium of television, and while TV budgets should by no means be an arms race for networks, it’s nice to know they’re at least putting in the money where it needs to be.

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SOURCE: Variety

  • DerekNola

    this is money well spent.. to create the world they need the money.. btw how the hell did the get down cost that much? what goof greenlit that series?

  • Peter James

    It’s also worth noting that as the Dragons have gotten bigger and more screen time and as the Wights/White Walkers have gotten more presence, the CGI/VFX budget has gone up concurrently and commensurately.

    CGI Dragons and half-dead/rotting green-screen Zombie wights take a lot of computing time to render as well as specialist skill to model and animate.

    I’d argue that that’s the biggest reason the budget is increasing that much rather than the longer episodes since we all know the White Walkers and the Dragons will play a much larger (some would even say, central) role in Season 8 as the battle of the undead comes to Westeros proper.

  • Kronx

    Awww. I was hoping to see gratuitous cost-cutting measures.

    “John, The dragons are fighting the White Walkers! Let’s talk about it in this windowless room!”

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer’s always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he’s always been something of a story junkie.