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Game of Thrones

Cost Per Episode: $15 million +
When “GoT” premiered in 2011, each episode was said to cost around the $6 million mark, but that number has now more than doubled for the upcoming 2018-2019 installment. Even though the eighth and final season will be its shortest (only six episodes), at $15 million per episode the show that shoots like a film will surely continue as one of HBO’s golden tickets.

What the shows you're watching actually cost to make, per episode

The fall TV season is currently underway and while we all get settled back into the swing of it, can we reflect on how much money some television shows are costing to make these days?

Thanks to non-conventional platforms investing in programming (Netflix is expected to spend around $6 billion for original or acquired content this year) more shows are finding their fanbase without the need of Hollywood aid.

Apple, HBO, Amazon, Netflix and more are crowding the game and doing it with shows like “Game of Thrones,” “The Crown” and “Stranger Things.” Speaking of “Game of Thrones,” a recent feature from Variety suggests that the final season of the series costs upwards of $15 million per episode. Although this is one case of big spending, there are other shows that have significant price tags, too.

Apple has increasingly pushed its hand in the pot–the company declared a $1 billion budget for original TV shows. HBO spent approximately $2 billion on content in 2016, and Amazon is slated to invest $4.5 billion on video this season.

Here’s what some of your favourite shows are costing to make, episode-to-episode, according to Variety’s findings.

All figures in U.S. dollars.

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