Most sageuks are male-centric owing to the historical reality that men ruled and the politicking was about which man had more power. I do love when K-dramas attempt to tell a female sageuk story based on a real life historical figure but there are few and far between. But that doesn’t mean female characters and the actresses who play them aren’t able to shine in a male-centric sageuk, its all about the writing and giving these women their due. That happened in The Red Sleeve Cuff as the female servants of the palace took center stage, and I can see upcoming sageuk Red Single Heart putting female lead Kang Han Na in center stage alongside the two male leads Lee Joon and Jang Hyuk. Even in an era where women had little agency they still had feelings and endured, and in the latest stills from the drama I can see Kang Han Na go from bright young woman to serious and subdued in the palace walls. Lee Joon kinda looks pissed either way lol, but hopefully these two as romantic love interests have a bit happy before the inevitable rocks falls down to come.