There has been plenty of backlash when it comes to the way Jon Snow, Daenerys and the living Westerosi defended Castle Winterfell from The Night King and his army of White Walkers in Season 8 Episode 3 (The Long Night) of HBO's Game of Thrones. Well, this has been discussed by many, including us here. Tactics aside, there is always the issue of build-up - that anticipatory moment before the siege, the decisions behind why certain strategies are made and the sacrifices different commanders have to make in order to win the overall battle.
Well, here then, in no particular order, is our selection of the Top 10 sieges from various cinematic endeavors (film and television series) depicting either a fantasy element (eg. Game of Thrones, The Lord of the Rings) or medieval/historical element (eg. Anglo-Saxons, Vikings) where a group of warriors/soldiers has to lay siege to a castle, fort or barricade while it is being defended.
There's a scene, early on in the beginning of the film John Wick 3: Parabellum where Wick (played by Keanu Reeves) fights a bunch of Asian gangsters in a narrow knife collectors' shop using just blades - knives and axes mostly. The fight scene has been praised for its intensity and choreography.
Yet, just a year after the first John Wick film burst into the scene in 2014, there was one Chinese film, The Final Master, that had an amazing knife/bladed weapon fight scene (also along a narrow corridor), where Grandmaster Chen (played by Liao Fan) has to defeat eight masters of Tianjin's nineteen martial arts schools, using a dual-handed bladed weapon known as the 蝴蝶刀 (hudiedao or butterfly knife).
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Terry Astrial is an alias I'm using for this website & our social media channels (yep, it's not my real name). I'm born & raised in Asia.