‘Game of Thrones’: How Sophie Turner Really Feels About Making Less Money Than Kit Harington on the Show
Equal pay between actors and actresses has been talked about more publicly. Game of Thrones has a huge cast and a lot of them are earning a lot of money, but are the stars being equally paid?
Here is what the stars are being paid for their final season, and how Sophie Turner, who plays Sansa Stark, feels about being paid less than Kit Harington, who plays Jon Snow.
Kit Harington along with other Game of Thrones stars reportedly earn $500,000 per episode
Game of Thrones is certainly an ensemble show, but there are still lead players. Those players managed to get a bigger paycheck than other for the final season.
According to IndieWire, Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen), Kit Harington (Jon Snow), Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister), Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister,) and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister) got raises to where they’ll earn $500,000 per episode in the final season.
The good news about that is the highest-paid actors on the show include both men and women. Emilia Clarke previously talked about being paid equally to do the show.
“On Game of Thrones, I have always been paid the same amount as my male co-stars,” she said according to Variety. “It was my first job and I was not discriminated against because I was a woman, in my paycheck.”
There are still many other actors on the show. Where do the raises for the final season leave the rest of the cast?
Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark), Maisie Williams (Arya Stark), and Isaac Hempstead Wright (Bran Stark) are reportedly earning $175,000 per episode. That’s a significant difference despite the rest of the Stark family being such an important part of the show.
Sophie Turner said Kit Harington got more money but had a bigger storyline
Sansa Stark has been a part of Game of Thrones from the very beginning of the show like Jon Snow. However, the actress said Harington’s bigger paycheck makes sense.
“Kit got more money than me, but he had a bigger storyline,” she told Harper’s Bazaar. “And for the last series [season], he had something crazy, like,
Sansa has had a very different arc than Jon Snow. In the earlier seasons, she was being held captive by Cersei Lannister and her family. Jon Snow has seen a lot more battles and adventures throughout the series, but now they are side by side.
Turner said the perk of talking about pay makes executives “more willing to listen to people saying, ‘I want the same amount of money.’ So things are getting done, but it will take a while, I think…”
Female actors not being paid equally to their male counterparts have been making headlines lately. Emmy Rossum previously held out for a raise to get paid equally to William H. Macy on Shameless. The Crown made headlines because Claire Foy who played Queen Elizabeth II wasn’t paid as much as Matt Smith, who played Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. The good news is that Game of Thrones seems to be doing right but its actors.
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