One of the reasons I didn’t like Season 5 was Dorne. The Dorne story line was handled really badly and I’m know many who haven’t read the books also agree with me.
And the side-effects of that Dorne plot-line? Messed up story for Brienne, no evolution of Jaime/Brienne (ok fine, that’s the shipper in me speaking, but we DID leave them at a crucial point in the books, and I’m pretty sure they could have come up with something good w/o using Stoneheart).
There’s actually a direction in the script in between their interaction about how they named their swords and learning how to fight. It says: “Arya smiles. She likes this weirdo. Brienne smiles. She likes this weirdo.” I remember reading it and thinking, “That is it. It’s perfect.” It’s the most happy Arya has been in forever. She realizes you can be female and fight, and be strong and be a leader. – Maisie Williams
Captain Phasma—a towering, armor-clad captain of the First Order—is a true rarity in Hollywood. She’s a female villain who is neither a femme fatale nor a foil for a female hero. Even her appearance is revolutionary.
“I don’t think many female actors get the opportunity to play a part where they’re not having to think about the way their face looks,” said actress Gwendoline Christie.
Even in supposedly gritty action movies, attractiveness often outweighs authenticity for female characters.
One of the most egregious examples is Elizabeth Olsen’s turn as Scarlet Witch in Avengers: Age of Ultron, for which Joss Whedon told Olsen to keep her face calm during action sequences.
Scarlet Witch is fueled by anger and grief throughout the movie, but her facial expressions were deemed too unattractive for slow-motion shots.
In a similar vein, Jessica Alba admitted that she was told to cry less realistically in Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer. “The director was like, ‘It looks too real. It looks too painful. Can you be prettier when you cry?’”