Still, he’s a bit of diversity often lacking in most Eurocentric fantasy. And the most probable reason is that as a character, he’s sorely wasted in the books. There were some minor fanboy grumblings at this deviation from “purity,” but most seemed to take it in stride–and GRRM was satisfied at HBO’s attempt to bring more diversity to the cast.
Many of the prominently featured women in GOT are thus not simply the match of their male counterparts–they are at times more crafty, stronger and better at the “traditionally” (or perhaps, expected) masculine roles they usurp. The most prominent (as in, allowed a place in the plot) in past seasons was the Dothraki handmaiden Irri, played by the Nepalese-Ukranian actress Amrita Acharia–who suffered an untimely death.
While many women exist as sex-workers in brothels, and the controversial use of sexposition (formulated specially for the male gaze) has raised eyebrows, even critics point to a list of prominent female characters: the shrewd Cersei Lannister, the matronly strong Catelyn Stark, the feisty and defiant Arya and, of course, the Mother of Dragons turned abolitionist and conqueror–Daeneyrs “Stormborn” Targaryen.
There are fighting women like the would-be-knight Brienne of Tarth, the fierce Freewoman Ygritte and the battle-hardened ship commander Yara Greyjoy.
It likely has origins in early black New Orleans dance, possibly a New World syncretic blend of West and Central African flat footed body jerking movements similar to Cote d’Ivoire’s Mapouka.
Though originally performed by both men and women to New Orleans bounce music, in recent years it has become a distinctly feminized dance that many (rather erroneously) associate with strip clubs or lewd music videos.