It won't come as a surprise to viewers of Game of Thrones season 8 that the programme wasn't made cheaply. With two massive battle sequences so far, including the much awaited and unrelenting battle of King's Landing, it's clear that all the drama that unfolds on screens is meticulously planned. Directors took a gruelling 55 days to complete The Long Night, despite the fact the fight was only 78 minutes long.
However, beyond blood, sweat, and tears, producers need the big bucks to make their visions come to light – and they've certainly been provided with an ample budget for the final season. The fantasy HBO series was reportedly given a whopping $15 million to spend on each of the six episodes of season eight – just shy of £12 milllion. This whopping cost means that around $90 million (£70million) was shelled out for the whole season.
View this post on Instagram
The glory is yours, my Queen. #GameofThrones
This incredible budget is almost unrivalled, with the show only being beaten by itself after forking out $100 million (£77 million) for the sixth season. While it seems odd that the last season would be cheaper, it actually still works out more expensive per episode, as the budget is split over six shows rather than 10. The budget for Game of Thrones hasn't always been this big, coming in at around $6m (£4.6m) per episode between 2012 and 2015.
At this time, getting above a budget of $6m was near impossible, with showrunners Dan Weiss and David Benioff having to coax HBO into giving them an extra $2.5 million for season two's explosive Blackwater episode. “We’d known for about a year that the ninth episode was going to be ‘Blackwater,’ and a disproportionate amount of our resources were saved for this episode in terms of time and schedule,” Benioff told GQ.
The pair's bargaining paid off, as the episode is now one of the most revered in all eight seasons.Read More