WEST HOLLYWOOD — HBO said a final goodbye on Sunday night to two of its biggest hits: “Game of Thrones,” which has a won a record number of Emmys, and “Veep,” which starred Julia Louis-Dreyfus, a six-time winner for best actress in a comedy.
But if there were concerns that this would be HBO’s last big night in a while, there were no signs of it at its Emmys after-party. Held at the Pacific Design Center, the shindig was a thumping victory lap for its stars, show runners and producers, and their haul of gold statues.
That was especially true in the lounge cordoned off for the “Game of Thrones” tribe. Peter Dinklage, who won a record-breaking fourth Emmy for best supporting actor in a drama, changed into a low-neck dark T-shirt and held court on a couch, between his wife, Erica Schmidt, and David Benioff, a creator of the series.
Sophie Turner hugged and chatted with D.B. Weiss, the show’s other creator, while Kit Harrington shared laughs with Iain Glen.
Elsewhere at the party, which was D.J.-ed by Questlove, Zendaya, the star of “Euphoria,” wore a pink and black flower-printed 1950s-style cocktail dress. And Regina King, who also changed for the parties, entered in an emerald suit.
There were some unexpected guests as well. Drake, who is apparently an avid “Game of Thrones” fan (he gave a shout-out to Arya Stark during his acceptance speech at the Billboard Music Awards in May), made a triumphant appearance around 10:30, skipping the red carpet and scrum of photographers.
Dressed in all black, he was mobbed by fans and well-wishers in the center of the courtyard, before sweeping out again through the back.
HBO was not the only game in town. Disney — which owns ABC, Hulu, FX and Nat-Geo — held a smaller and more reserved after-party at the Otium restaurant, next to the Broad museum in downtown Los Angeles.
Michelle Williams, who won for best actress in a limited series for “Fosse/Verdon,” held her Emmy confidently in one hand as she received congratulations from Disney and FX heavy hitters. Jeff Goldblum plugged his upcoming show on Disney’s new streaming service, “The World According to Jeff Goldblum.” He expressed hope that television will keep thriving, in whatever form it takes.
“It reminds me that we find ourselves in a uniquely powerful moment, of powerful change,” he said. “And I’d be remiss if I didn’t tell you I have a jazz album coming out. It’s called ‘I Shouldn’t Be Telling You This.’”
Back at the HBO party, Timothy Simons, who played the dweeb-bro congressman Jonah Ryan in “Veep,” greeted his co-star Sufe Bradshaw, then pondered the cruelness and appeal of the style of comedy in “Veep.” “We have the benefit of living in a pretty politically nihilistic age, and our show I think did a good job of depicting a particularly nihilistic world,” Mr. Simons said.
Now that “Veep” is over, what is he working on next? “I’m writing a show, developing some stuff, and just back to the salt mines of getting jobs,” he said.