Updated: 19th April 2018

Heres How Much Each Game Of Thrones Episode Costs To Make

You have to spend money to make money, and the folks over at HBO are certainly spending money.

The popular US networkhave revealed that, for season six, each episode of Game of Thrones set them back $10 million. With ten episodes in the season, that’s $100 million.

Now, to put this heftyprice tag into perspective, each episode of the final season of Friendsalso cost $10 million to make (although mainly because the six main cast members were being paid a million per episode each).

Lost cost about $4 million an episode (largely due to the size of the cast), whereas Netflix’s Orange if the New Black comes in just under that.

And, over in the film world, X-Men: Apocalypse had a budget of $234 million, while the controversial Ghostbusters reboot cost $154 million.

If you imagine that Game of Thrones, season six is actually just a ten hour long film, $100 million is pretty reasonable…

This is especially true when you consider thata lot of that budget apparently went towards an epic battle scene that we can expect to see soon. While hewouldn’t reveal any details (on who the battle is between, where it’s set etc.), writer/producerBryan Cogman told Entertainment Weekly:

“Its definitely the biggest [action sequence yet].Weve always wanted to get to a place story-wise and budget-wise and time-wise and resource-wise where we would be able to do a proper battle, with one army on one side, one army on another side.

Game of Thrones has always attempted to make their battle scenes as realistic as possible, keeping computer effects to a minimum, and using real actors, on location, where they can. And that doesn’t come cheap.

Plus, can you imagine how much they’d have to fork out if they paid all the main actors a million per episode each?

All things considered, $100 million is practically a bargain…

Sources: Variety, Time

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