Actor Ben Hawkey, who plays Hot Pie on Game of Thrones has decided to capitalise on his role in the world’s biggest show by opening a bakery.
Hawkey’s bakery is called “You Know Nothing John Dough”, a play on the famous phrase first spoken by Jon Snow’s Wildling ex-girlfriend Ygritte.
The bakery opened its virtual doors when Season 7 began, using the food delivery service Deliveroo to deliver its products to the London area.
Perhaps “product” is more accurate – the store currently lists “Direwolf bread” as the only item for sale, at the attractive price of just one pound ($AUD 1.64).
— Dan Casey (@DanCasey) July 26, 2017
According to Deliveroo, Hawkey was inspired by the Direwolf bread he made for Arya Stark back in Season 3.
At the time of writing, the store isn’t accepting orders for the wholewheat cornbread and orange zest Direwolf loaves. Maybe Hawkey decided to stick with the acting game after all.
If he does continue with this bakery, I would suggest he add pies to the menu. It’s a crime against humanity that Hot Pie is only selling bread.
— SelectNext (@selectnext) July 24, 2017
Hot Pie first appeared in Season 1 and has become a fan favourite for his love of baking and humble approach to life.
He was pretty nasty in his first appearance though. Watch him bully the incredibly young-looking Arya:
After being notably absent from the fifth and sixth seasons, Hot Pie made his triumphant return in the most recent episode.
Bumping into Arya, Hot Pie informs her that the Boltons are all dead and that Jon is now King in the North. Naturally, he also slipped in some baking tips, telling Arya that you have to “brown the butter” to make a good pie.
Although Hot Pie is a minor character, that hasn’t stopped fans’ imaginations from running wild regarding his True Purpose. In a Reddit post, one cheeky fan laid out a comprehensive list of proofs that Hot Pie is, in fact, Azor Ahai, a legendary hero prophesized to save the Seven Kingdoms (he isn’t).
Hawkey isn’t the only actor to leverage the popularity of Game of Thrones to boost other ventures. Kristian Nairn, who played Hodor, is also a progressive house DJ. In 2014, Nairn went on a U.S. and Australia DJ tour called “Rave of Thrones”.