Emma D’Arcy to Paddy Considine, HBO picks 12 ‘House of the Dragon’ stars for Emmys, Golden Globes and more

Emma D’Arcy to Paddy Considine, HBO picks 12 ‘House of the Dragon’ stars for Emmys, Golden Globes and more
Emma D'Arcy (L) and Paddy Considine in HBO's 'House of the Dragon' (IMDb)

'House of the Dragon' is the second show after 'Game of Thrones' created by George RR Martin and Ryan Condal for HBO. Condal and Miguel Sapochnik are the showrunners. The pilot episode of the series was watched by over 10 million viewers across the channels and HBO Max on the first day, the biggest in HBO's history. It is safe to say, anything related to the series has been anything but subtle. Like its predecessor 'Game of Thrones', fans predicted the show's success and hailed the talented cast.

The first season of 'House of Dragon' received highly positive reviews, garnering praise for its character development, writing, score, and performances (mainly of Paddy Considine, Matt Smith, Emma D'Arcy, Milly Alcock, and Olivia Cooke). People were extremely confused as to how the authorities or the channel will pick characters for award nominations. It has been a few weeks since the Season 1 finale premiered and we might have an idea as to how HBO will choose to submit the nominations. Read on to find out. 


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According to Gold Derby, 12 'House of the Dragon' actors have been submitted by HBO for acting awards. Two of the actors have been picked for lead nominations and 10 as supporting performers. HBO has submitted contention consideration for the upcoming fall's SAG awards for its one lead actor and actress. They have also submitted the leads and supporting cast considerations for other reputed award shows like the Golden Globes and Critics Choice Awards and next year's Emmys.

Emma D'Arcy, who began playing Rhaenyra Targaryen in the show's sixth episode, is being campaigned as Lead Actress, while Paddy Considine, the actor who portrayed the role of King Viserys Targaryen, is being campaigned for Lead Actor.

When it comes to the Supporting Actor categories, HBO has submitted the names of Fabien Frankel (Ser Criston Cole), Rhys Ifans (Otto Hightower), Matthew Needham (Lord Larys Strong), Matt Smith (Prince Daemon Targaryen), and Steve Toussaint (Lord Corlys Velaryon). For Supporting Actress, the network is submitting the name of Milly Alcock (young Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen), Eve Best (Princess Rhaenys Targaryen), Emily Carey (young Alicent Hightower), Olivia Cooke (adult Alicent Hightower), and Sonoya Mizuno (Mysaria).

Sapochnik departed as showrunner after the first season, leaving Condal to serve as the sole showrunner for the second season. The show was renewed for a second season in the last week of August 2022, less than a week after its premiere. Following the second season renewal, Casey Bloys, HBO's President of Programming, stated that the second season will premiere in 2024.

If you still have not watched the first season, the least to say is you're in for a treat. The series is set about 200 years before the events of 'Game of Thrones', 172 years before the birth of Daenerys Targaryen, the descendant of the eponymous royal house, and 100 years after the Seven Kingdoms are united by the Targaryen Conquest.

Featuring an ensemble cast, the show portrays the beginning of the end of House Targaryen and the events leading up to and covering the Targaryen civil war of succession, known as the 'Dance of the Dragons'.

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