How HBO Kept ‘House of the Dragon’ Costing Under $20 Million Per Episode (EXCLUSIVE)

HBO’s “House of the Dragon” cost less than $20 million per episode to produce its 10-episode first season, which premieres Aug. 21, a source familiar with the production said. Variety.

For comparison, “Game of Thrones” cost HBO about $100 million per season. Its price per episode started at around $6 million in season 1 and increased to $15 million for the show’s eighth and final season.

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If you’re wondering how HBO managed to keep the cost of ‘House of the Dragon’ season 1 from rising too much above what it paid for the final season of ‘Game of Thrones’, especially with even more CGI dragons expected to fly around, the production insider says HBO is now so adept at these world-building series through years of not just ‘GoT’ but also ‘Westworld’ production and “His Dark Materials”, that the team can create a high-quality series as efficiently and effectively as possible.

Amazon’s upcoming Lord of the Rings TV series “The Rings of Power” will cost an estimated $465 million to produce its eight-episode first season, Variety confirmed. Sources said the premium price for Prime Video’s “LOTR” Season 1, which premieres September 2, includes start-up costs for the series’ launch that will likely be spread over multiple seasons.

The growing pace of industry content spending is coming under renewed scrutiny as episodic television production budgets soar. On Thursday, The Wall Street Journal reported that sources close to production say Netflix has shelled out $30 million for each episode of “Stranger Things 4,” which will launch in two batches in May and July.

Two centuries before the events of ‘Game of Thrones’, the 10-episode prequel series ‘House of the Dragon’ will depict how the House of Targaryen fell into a bitter and brutal civil war known as the Dance of the Dragons – presaging the beginning of the end of the ruling family of Westeros.

The series was created by author George RR Martin and Ryan J. Condal (“Colony”), based on Martin’s novel “Fire & Blood.” Condal and director Miguel Sapochnik serve as executive producers and co-showrunners on the series; Martin and Vince Gerardis also serve as executive producers alongside Sara Hess, Jocelyn Diaz, Ron Schmidt, Clare Kilner, Geeta V. Patel and Greg Yaitanes.

Much like the original series, “House of the Dragon” boasts a sprawling cast, with a smaller core of characters including Paddy Considine (as King Viserys I), Emmy D’Arcy (as Princess Rhaenrya, the first child of Viserys and his heir apparent), Matt Smith (as Prince Daemon, Viserys’ younger brother), Rhys Ifans (as Ser Otto Hightower, Hand of the King), Olivia Cooke (as Lady Alicent Hightower, Otto’s daughter ) and Fabien Frankel (as Ser Criston Cole, a knight with eyes for Rhaenrya).

The show will also feature Steve Toussaint, Eve Best, Sonoya Mizuno, Ryan Corr, Jefferson Hall, David Horovitch, Graham McTavish, Matthew Needham, Bill Paterson and Gavin Spokes.

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