Hodor Lives On in This 'Game of Thrones'-Inspired Ad for KFC

Actor Kristian Nairn Reprises His Role, but With a Funny Twist in Spot From BBH London

By Ann-Christine Diaz. Published on Jul 07, 2017

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While in the U.S. KFC recently built a robot Colonel Sanders, in the U.K., the brand has been riding the wave of "Game of Thrones" fandom. A new ad that has quickly gone viral plays off one of the show's beloved characters, Hodor, the single word-speaking simpleton played by actor Kristian Nairn.

Nairn stars in the ad, but as a KFC server. In it, customers approach him, relentlessly demanding "Chicken with fries," which he goes on to endlessly repeat to himself. His performance, and the customers swarming him, echo scenes from a landmark GoT episode, in which Nairn reiterates the iconic line, "Hold the door," and we go on to discover sad details about Hodor's history, including the origin of this name.

This time, however, it's all in good humor and so far, has paid off for KFC. As of yesterday, the video saw 32 million views, 24 of which were organic. It's also KFC U.K.'s most successful social post of all time, according to the agency behind the spot, BBH London.

The ad promotes the brand's "healthier" Ricebox option, which subs in rice for the fries. Consumers have perceived the product to be KFC's version of a bland fast food salad, so the marketer wanted to clear things up and make sure customers know that the offering is the same, "delicious" KFC, only with a different carb. The ad coincides with the debut of "Game of Thrones" Season 7. The first episode hits airwaves on Sunday, July 16 on HBO in the U.S. and on Monday, July 17 in the U.K. through Sky Atlantic.

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Jul 07, 2017
BBH London
Brand Manager:
Jack Foley
Marketing Manager:
Marion Racine
Marketing Director:
Monica Pool
Creative Team:
Alex King
Creative Team:
Andrew Jordan
Creative Director:
Hamish Pinnell
Jill Cummings
Jack Colchester
Strategy Director:
Fernando Ribeiro
Business Lead:
Becky Russell
Account Manager:
Jazz Powell
Account Director:
Jamie Bolton
Jack Howard
Production Company:
Ben Taylor
Executive Producer:
Charlie Phillips
Jonny Knight
Director of Photography:
Dan Holland
Post Production:
The Mill
Phil Hignett
Editing House:
Marshall Street Editors
Sam Robinson
Sound Company:

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