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Game of Thrones season 8 will cost HBO $15m an episode

Digital Spy logo Digital Spy 27/09/2017 Ben Lee
Game of Thrones season 8 will cost HBO $15 million PER EPISODE © HBO Game of Thrones season 8 will cost HBO $15 million PER EPISODE

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.

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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 (totalling $100 million for the whole season).

The budget for the most recent season (which had seven episodes), however, is a bit more contentious.

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Some sources say it remained at $10 million an episode, but a cinematographer who works on the show theorised (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 rumours suggest?

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Jaime Lannister actor 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."

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