- The final season of HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” which premiered on Sunday, cost $15 million an episode.
- The show’s earlier seasons cost $6 million an episode, though creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss asked HBO for more money for season two’s “Blackwater” battle.
- By season six, the series cost $10 million an episode, but that season’s “Battle of the Bastards” likely cost more.
HBO’s “Game of Thrones” has a hefty price tag compared to the majority of other TV shows, and it’s only gotten bigger with time.
Each episode of the show’s eighth and final season, which debuted on Sunday, cost $15 million, according to Variety, due to its film-like production schedule. The final four episodes are 80 minutes long each, and one battle reportedly took 55 days to shoot.
“Game of Thrones” is by far the most expensive series on television. “Westworld,” another hit HBO series, costs $10 million an episode. Netflix’s high-budget shows like “The Crown” and “Stranger Things” cost $10 million and $8 million, respectively, according to Variety.
But “Game of Thrones,” which is based on author George R.R.