Chicken and rice!
Hodor lives — at least in a KFC commercial airing in the U.K. and Ireland.
KFC recruited the likable — and sadly deceased — “Game of Thrones” character to somewhat recreate the famous Season 6 scene involving one simple and solemn phrase: “Hold the door!”
Actor Kristian Nairn, who played the simple-minded quasi-chaffeur Hodor (aka Wylis), appears in the spot just as a crazed lunch crowd storms the register at KFC.
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Nairn, channeling Hodor, starts to stir as the dining crowd grows increasingly impatient.
The scene relates to Season 6, Episode 5 of “Thrones,” aptly entitled “The Door.” In it, Bran Stark’s guardian must sacrifice himself to save the newly crowned Three-Eyed Raven (Bran!), who can “warg,” or take control,” of animals and simple-minded people.
The character, who for decades led people to believe that his name was in fact Hodor, had really been tampered with vis-a-vis the time-traveling raven. What he really heard, as a child named Wylis, was Meera Reed (in the present) shouting “Hold the door!” as a White Walker army stormed in and nearly killed the paralyzed Bran.
Hodor listens to the order, technically made decades earlier. As Meera and Bran escape, he’s overcome by White Walkers.
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In the more lighthearted KFC spot — playing on the famous “Thrones” catchphrase “Winter is coming,” and the “Hold the door!” scene — customers shout “Chicken and fries!” so much that he begins to echo it in his mind.
“Chicken and fries, chicken and fries!” Hodor shouts, unable to accomodate all the orders.
This “order” quickly morphs into a slightly different version, thanks to the repetition (as what happened with young Wylis, who seized on the ground as the warging character influenced him): “Chicken and rice!”
At that very moment, an unsuspecting customer walks to the front of the line and thanks Hodor for carrying out his order of chicken and rice.
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It was a plug for the restaurant’s “Ricebox.”
Clearly, Hodor may be gone, but he is not forgotten.
Plus, “Game of Thrones” returns to the small screen on July 16.
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