Being an actor on Game of Thrones seems like a pretty sweet gig. You get to be part of a universally beloved worldwide phenomenon and get to work with some incredibly talented people. The only real downside is that it doesn’t come with a whole lot of job security.
Just ask Kristian Nairn who played Hodor for six and half seasons until (spoilers) he was killed by White Walkers in one of the most heartbreaking moments in the series. In case you have forgotten, Hodor dies while holding a door to prevent the White Walkers from getting to Bran and Meera. Thanks to time travel magic, we also learn this moment is responsible for Hodor only being able to say “Hodor” as “Hold the door” eventually gets shortened to “Hodor.” It’s complicated, but also pretty great.
Now Nairn is back playing Hodor, kind of. In a recent viral ad aptly named “Lunchtime is coming…” Nairn plays a KFC employee during rush hour who, instead of being swarmed by ice zombies, gets overwhelmed by a bunch of hungry people on their lunch breaks.
So instead of being brutally murdered, he comes up with an new dish for KFC to serve. It’s a much happier ending, but one I’m happy the show went in a different direction with.
A lot of people are applauding KFC for this clever campaign.
Others are a little upset with KFC for trying to capitalize off of our emotions like that.
Others are having trouble with the logic of this video.
Whatever your stance is, we have just a few more weeks until Game of Thrones is back so we’ll soon find out if Hodor actually did survive and open up his own chicken restaurant. It’d be nice for him to catch a break for once.