Game of Thrones Actors Say Goodbye…to Disposable Plastic in SodaStream’s Cheeky Ad

Hodor, The Mountain and Septa Unella face the epic struggle

Kristian Nairn, known for playing Game of Thrones' Hodor, joins some fellow alumni in the spot. SodaStream
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We’re nearing the end of an era. Most immediately, that means the end of Game of Thrones’ unforgettable 8-season run on HBO. More optimistically, perhaps we’re nearing the end of our society’s destructive dependence on single-use plastics.

We’ll likely not see an end to rampant plastic waste in our landfills and oceans before Game of Thrones signs off this Sunday, but it’s still a worthwhile goal to see championed in SodaStream’s light-hearted new ad starring three actors from the show.

In the spot, they seem to be facing an impending end, but as you can probably guess, there’s more going on here than just the fall of King’s Landing.

Featured in the spot are Thor Bjornsson, who plays Gregor “The Mountain” Clegane and is also considered the (real) world’s strongest man; Hannah Waddingham, who played the unyielding Septa Unella; and Kristian Nairn, who played lovably simple Hodor.

These weren’t exactly the three luckiest characters over the run of the show (perhaps with the exception of The Mountain, who was brought back from near death to become a seemingly immortal killing machine), so it’s nice to see them return in a scenario where their lives aren’t on the line—though the fate of the planet might be.

“As a fan of SodaStream and an advocate for the environment myself, I always welcome an opportunity to help SodaStream spread their environmental message about single-use plastic,” Nairn says in a statement about the ad’s launch today. “This time I got to do it with my two friends, Thor and Hannah, which makes it even better.”

As Nairn mentions, this wasn’t his—nor Bjornsson’s—first outing with SodaStream. Here’s a look back at their earlier spots, a 2016 April Fool’s Day piece starring Bjornsson and a 2017 spot starring Nairn alongside Mayim Bialik.

@griner David Griner is creative and innovation editor at Adweek and host of Adweek's podcast, "Yeah, That's Probably an Ad."