“The Acolyte”: 5 nail-biting theories about a mysterious Sith Lord and his true intentions

Contains spoilers and speculation

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: “The Acolyte” premiered on June 4, 2024, on Disney+, and the intriguing “Star Wars” prequel series created an unparalleled buzz among “Star Wars” fans who may not have received it wholeheartedly. but still keep track of the plot and follow it religiously.

One of the most important plot points in “The Acolyte” is the revelation of the mysterious masked figure who was Mae’s (Amandla Stenberg) masked master who was teased in the first four episodes before finally being revealed as Mae’s accomplice Qimir (Manny Jacinto).

Episodes 5 & 6 delved into the backstory of the mysterious man and how he became this Sith Lord. Many aspects of the man’s character must be explored. Here we explore 5 theories about the true identity of the Sith Lord.

Qimir’s connection with Kylo Ren

Fans believe Mae Qimir's accomplice is the masked Sith Lord (@lucasfilm)
Mae Qimir’s accomplice is the hooded Sith Lord (@lucasfilm)

Kylo Ren is a character in “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” who was betrayed by his master Luke Skywalker. The story is similar to Qimir’s story as he reveals in Episode 6 when Qimir tells Osha that he was once a Jedi who was betrayed by a master.

Fans of the “Star Wars” franchise were also quick to notice the theme of Kylo Ren playing in Episode 5. This could hint at a future connection. It could be that like their pasts, their futures could also be similar to each other.

Qimir is fighting against time

Qimir is revealed as the Masked Sith (@lucasfilm)
Qimir is revealed as the Masked Sith (@lucasfilm)

The events of “The Acolyte” happen quickly and Jedi are killed quickly. Whatever Qimir’s past may be, it could be possible that his future is uncertain and he is fighting against time for something.

The fact that he is so desperate for a student and is willing to go the extra mile and expedite Mae’s actions by taking Qimir’s alias in the first place signals that he is against it.

Qimir is bound to Brendok

Photocom of the series
Photocom of the series “The Acolyte” (@lucasfilm)

Episode 3 showed how the Jedi were responsible for the events at Brendok where a fire burned the coven and Mae was presumed dead for a long time.

Mae reappears where Qimir commands her so that there is a possibility that Qimir has some connection with the planet where Mae and Osha originate from.

Further, in Episode 5, we see Qimir hinting at knowing Master Sol’s (Lee Jung-jae) past and how it might have affected Osha and Mae’s future.

Osha to be Qimir’s student

“The Acolyte” was met with an overwhelmingly negative response (@lucasfilm)

Osha is the most prominent protagonist in this series but it seems that her chemistry with Qimir might turn her against the Jedi soon. Her past could be connected to her possible anxiety towards the Jedi.

In Episode 6, we see an uncomfortable but palpable chemistry between Osha and Qimir and he makes her try on the Cortosis helmet as well. There could be a chance that Osha actually becomes his student and joins the dark side.

Master Vernestra was the Jedi Master of Qimir

The Lightsaber whip or the Lightsaber is used in
The Lightsaber whip or the Lightsaber is used in “The Acolyte” but Master Vernestra (@lucasfilm)

Master Vernestra (Rebecca Henderson) uses a lightsaber whip and when Osha sees Qimir’s back, she looks at a scar that resembles a lightsaber whip scar.

He talks about being cast out by a Jedi Master so it might be possible that Master Vernestra was the Jedi Master who cast out Qimir and she could be his ultimate target.

How to stream ‘The Acolyte’?

Lee Jung-jae in
Lee Jung-jae in “The Acolyte” (@lucasfilm)

“The Acolyte” Episodes 1-6 are streaming on Disney+. To watch the show, you’ll need a Disney+ Subscription. To stream ‘The Acolyte’, you’ll need a Disney+ subscription.

The basic membership plan with ads costs $7.99/month while the premium plan (without ads) comes at $13.99/month or $139.99/year.

Trailer “The Acolyte”.

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