The dragons are super-sizing, the White Walker army is swelling, the battles are getting bigger, bloodier and more brutal – and, unsurprisingly, “Game of Thrones” is getting more expensive. For season six, the budget is “north of $10 million per episode”, according to a recent report.
This marks a significant jump from earlier seasons – while the “Game of Thrones” pilot (which was reshot) did cost $10 million, back in season two episodes would typically cost around $6 million each.
The showrunners even had to beg HBO for extra money to film one of the second season’s most spectacular episodes, The Battle of the Blackwater, which ended up costing $8 million.
The new budgets put Game of Thrones on par with the historical epic Rome, a BBC/HBO collaboration where episodes (which often featured hundred of extras) would typically cost around $10 million.
According to Game of Thrones writer-producer Bryan Cogman, season six, which begins on April 24, will feature one of the show’s biggest battle scenes yet.
“It’s definitely the biggest [action sequence yet],” he promised. “We’ve 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.”