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Contract Details Leaked for Game of Thrones Stars

Salary, bonuses for Kit Harington, Lena Headey are 'identical'
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 26, 2017 11:44 AM CDT
No Gender Pay Gap for Game of Thrones ' Biggest Stars
This file image released by HBO shows Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister in a scene from "Game of Thrones."   (HBO via AP, File)

(Newser) – Contract details leaked to Mashable show there's no gender pay gap in Westeros—at least not among two of its most famous citizens. The contracts for Lena Headey and Kit Harington—two of the biggest stars on Game of Thrones—are apparently "identical" when it comes to episode salaries and bonuses, which are handed out for award wins and nominations, as well as show profitability. The contracts for Harington and Headey, who are considered "principal" actors on the show, stipulate that no other actors can get more money. It remains a matter of speculation which other Game of Thrones actors are considered "principal" in order to qualify for the top-tier contract.

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However, a report from Variety could shed some light on that. While Mashable is keeping mum on the exact numbers included in the leaked contracts, Variety estimated earlier this week that Harington and Headey, along with Emilia Clarke, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Peter Dinklage, earn $500,000 per episode. And that makes one thing very clear: The White Walkers need better agents. (Read more Game of Thrones stories.)

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