The Walking Dead may have raked in a fortune for AMC since it started in 2010 – but compared to their big-money counterparts from other US TV shows, the cast of the hit zombie show are ‘paid a pittance’.
According to a report from Upprox, the stars of The Walking Dead are earning far less money than other small-screen actors.
This is despite the fact that The Walking Dead is the highest-rated drama on TV at the moment.
Two of the key actors on the show, Andrew Lincoln and Norman Reedus, earn less than £100,000 an episode, with Lincoln said to be making just £74,000.
That might still sound like a decent salary, but it’s a lot less than some other US TV stars are earning.
The cast of The Big Bang Theory, for example, raked in over £18 million each for the most recent series, while Gilmore Girl stars Alex Bledel and Lauren Graham made just over £2 million per episode.
The Walking Dead is reported to have doubled AMC’s advertising revenue since it started in 2010.
The digital company also looked into whether the pay difference was down to the changing nature of the show.
Uproxx wrote: “The Walking Dead can kill any cast member it wants at any time, meaning that rather than give in to the salary demands of the cast (there was speculation the cast has rallied together to ask for a raise in 2014), it can kill off expensive characters at its leisure.
“Indeed, doing so will not only save the series money, but it may give the show a ratings boost.”
The good news for Lincoln and Reedus, is that both have re-negotiated their contracts.
The report claims that Reedus will now earn $550,000 per episode and Lincoln will be receiving $618,000 per episode.
This is said to have gone into effect for season seven and eight of the AMC series.
The Walking Dead returns from its mid-season break on February 12.