He might be busy writing the next installment of 'A Song of Ice and Fire,' but that hasn't stopped George R. R. Martin from binge-watching 14 episodes of [The Walking Dead](series:201193) recently, and now the mind behind the amazing [Game of Thrones](movie:817617) series has come out with what he believes is the solution to survival in a zombie apocalypse (especially in Europe): Castles!
The author explained to Entertainment Weekly:
Whatever is happening in the United States during The Walking Dead, I’m sure they’re a lot better off in England because they’re in castles. If they had any brains, they’d go to the existing castles and reinforce the walls. They can patrol on the bulwarks. No way is a zombie [getting through]—medieval seige armies couldn’t break castles with conventional artillery, and zombies don’t use artillery. Zombies don’t build trebuchets. They don’t build siege towers. There is no way they can break into a well-defended castle.
You have to admit, the guy has a good point! Though unfortunately, those of us in America who are a long way away from any castle may suffer, while those lucky enough to be near one when the apocalypse hits then can ensure their survival pretty easily, and hopefully more successfully than the survivors in World War Z:
Of course, not all castles were built equally and some would be much better to hole up inside of during an attack from zombies than others. Check out my top 4 walker-proof castles and be sure to bear them in mind if ever some sort of world-wide plague of the undead should occur....
1. Königstein Fortress - Saxony, Germany
While technically Königstein is less of a castle and more of a fortress, I still think this would be one of the best places on earth to sit out the apocalypse. Built in 1233, Königstein sits on a huge rock plateau and has never been conquered due to its sheer cliffs and impenetrable walls. The fortress has over 50 buildings, and the second deepest well in Europe, ensuring survivors will never go thirsty!
2. Leeds castle - Kent, United Kingdom
A castle has been on this site near Kent in the UK since 1119, proving it as a very tactical position. The current castle dates from mostly the 19 century. With part of the castle being surrounded by water on three sides, it seems like this would be a pretty smart place to base yourself, not to mention the grounds look like they could be fortified and turned into gardens to make the whole area self-sustaining.
3. Himeji castle - Hyogo, Japan
Not only is Hemeji Castle beautiful, but it's also a very complex castle. The castle has an advanced defensive system, including defensive loopholes allowing archers to fire on attackers without exposing themselves - something I'm sure Daryl Dixon would be impressed with. The castle is surrounded by multiple moats, both for protection and to be used in the event of fire, and 33 wells! Most importantly, the paths leading to the castle keep are confusing and maze like - no walker would make it through without a big struggle!
4. Fort Bourtange - Bourtange, The Netherlands
How cool does this fort look?! But it was actually done for practical reasons, rather than aesthetics - the triangular points make it much harder for an army to launch a sneak attack than it would be with a traditional circular tower. This means any herd of walkers could be spotted long before they get to you. Fort Bourtange has come under a few attacks since it was built in 1593, but thanks to its strong defenses it was always able to come out better off.
Source: Entertainment Weekly