There is only one God, and his name is Death. And there is only one thing we say to Death: “Not today.” As it happens, the leading stars of Game of Thrones uttered those words in a roundabout way earlier today, after members of the cast signed on for a seventh season of the hit HBO epic.
In a post by The Hollywood Reporter, the outlet details the specifics of the deal, which states that, while the majority of characters had a contract that extended for six seasons, following some negotiations, the option for a seventh season had been added as a footnote — and a pretty expensive one at that.
Further in the report it was revealed that the network amped up the salaries of the so-called “A” tier, making that group of actors some of the highest paid stars on cable TV. If you want to avoid spoilers for Game of Thrones, we strongly advise against looking at the detailed list, as it indicates which of the show’s characters fall foul to R.R. Martin’s rather twitchy and unforgiving trigger finger.
After all, given that season 7 is an option at this point in time, it leaves the fate of the characters in a rather precarious position. Speaking of which, the ultimate fate of said personas are still undecided, given that R.R. Martin is still toiling over the sixth and final chapter in A Song of Ice and Fire, The Winds of Winter.
If Game of Thrones adheres to a similar release schedule as it does today, we can expect the seventh season to arrive in the early stages of 2017. But before all that, the show will return of a fifth season in the spring of next year.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter