THE ACOLYTE Showrunner On Fans "Shipping" Osha & The Stranger And That Unnamed Planet - SPOILERS

THE ACOLYTE Showrunner On Fans "Shipping" Osha & The Stranger And That Unnamed Planet - SPOILERS

In a new interview, The Acolyte showrunner Leslye Headland weighs in on the new dynamic between Osha and the Stranger, as well as the name of that mysterious planet...

By MarkCassidy - Jul 04, 2024 06:07 AM EST
Filed Under: Star Wars
Source: Via SFF Gazette

This week's sixth episode of The Acolyte was a little more subdued than last Tuesday's action-packed bloodbath, but it did reveal some new details about the mysterious Sith(?) villain known only as The Stranger.

Major spoilers follow.

In addition to confirming that he used to be a Jedi, the Dark-side warrior shows a much calmer, almost vulnerable side in "Teach/Corrupt," and while he does seem to be manipulating Osha in an attempt to make her his new pupil, there might also be a genuine connection between them.

A romantic connection?

Some fans have already "shipped" the characters, and during an interview with Collider, showrunner Leslye Headland did suggest that their dynamic could head in that direction - but that may not necessarily be a good thing for Osha. 

"It's so clear what's going on. So anybody that's picking up on it, congrats, awesome. But again, the dynamics had to be what they are after what he did in [Episode] 5. He cannot seem like an alpha male-y, intimidating — we know he's capable of that from 5 — but that cannot be his dynamic with her. It wouldn't make sense! We have to see this other side of him, and we have to see specifically the way he is with her. He never let Mae see his face, and he let her see him naked. You know what I mean?

The character design was very, very intentional. But also this is, again, this is the story of the bad guys. So unlike Rey and Kylo, where Rey is always in these lighter colors, and he's in black, then the Sith would be in white and the character, really, that's struggling with both sides would be wearing gray. It just seems like it had to be that way."

Headland also confirmed that the mysterious "unnamed planet" where the Stranger brings Osha is not Ahch-To.

"I know it's similar, and it was intentionally supposed to be similar in terms of terrain and feeling isolated and surrounded by water and less lush green and more rocky. But the idea is that cortosis is mined on this planet, so I don't think that's the case with Ahch-To. Part of the reason this is his home base is that cortosis is a very rare metal. I don't think we say it explicitly in the show, but that's a reason it's not Ahch-To."

What did you make of the latest episode of The Acolyte? Drop us a comment down below.

In The Acolyte, an investigation into a shocking crime spree pits a respected Jedi Master (Lee Jung-jae) against a dangerous warrior from his past (Amandla Stenberg). As more clues emerge, they travel down a dark path where sinister forces reveal all is not what it seems.

 The series stars Amandla Stenberg, Lee Jung-jae, Manny Jacinto, Dafne Keen, Charlie Barnett, Jodie Turner-Smith, Rebecca Henderson, Dean-Charles Chapman, Joonas Suotamo, and Carrie-Anne Moss.

Leslye Headland created the series, based on Star Wars by George Lucas, and serves as an executive producer along with Kathleen Kennedy, Simon Emanuel, Jeff F. King and Jason Micallef. Charmaine DeGraté and Kor Adana are the co-executive producers. Rayne Roberts, Damian Anderson, Eileen Shim and Rob Bredow are the producers.

Headland also directed the premiere episodes (Eps. 101 & 102). Directors Kogonada (Eps. 103 & 107), Alex Garcia Lopez (Eps. 104 & 105) and Hanelle Culpepper (Eps. 106 & 108) round out the directing duties on the series.

"I really wanted to tell a story about the Sith," showrunner Headland told EW in a recent interview. "That was kind of my dream Star Wars idea. But it felt like the time period to do that in would be something pre-Phantom Menace. That seemed to be the most interesting trajectory for the Sith: How did the Sith go from the Rule of Two and being quote-unquote 'extinct' to Palpatine coming into power without the Jedi knowing about it?"

Award-winning composer Michael Abels, known for his work on Get Out and Us, scored The Acolyte.

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YouFlopped - 7/4/2024, 6:49 AM
THE ACOLYTE needs a trilogy in theaters 🔥🔥🔥
WhatIfRickJames - 7/4/2024, 7:02 AM
I had cortosis once. The cream helped with the itching
TheVisionary25 - 7/4/2024, 7:05 AM
“Qimir” might be the most interesting “villain” we have seen from SW in awhile imo…

While there is an element of manipulation there , he isn’t really lying to Osha and is telling the truth to an extent which makes his claims stronger in my eyes.

Plus he seems so sure in his convinctions that it makes sense he would wear white since he seems himself as someone who is doing the right thing as a hero would while Osha wearing grey to signify her struggling with both sides is a good thematic design choice.

I hope he doesn’t die and continues on to the potential next season but I think he will sadly.

This show imo has more layers then some people have been giving it credit for…

Also it’s always nice that due to the themes of perspective/POV that we are dealing with the “grey” in a franchise that usually is black & white in its narrative.

Anyway , hopefully the final 2 episodes wrap it up well since I have liked the show thus far!!.
thewanderer - 7/4/2024, 7:15 AM
@TheVisionary25 - interesting you say that as I was thinking about that yesterday. He’s not really manipulating her, because he’s not lying. It’s more like…persuading I guess?

I’m starting to wonder if it’s not Qimir that starts the Knights of Ren but rather one of, or both, of the twins.
Slotherin - 7/4/2024, 9:04 AM
@thewanderer - to be fair manipulation doesn't have to be lying and the best lies are told with an element of truth.
Urubrodi - 7/5/2024, 8:44 AM
@TheVisionary25 - Apart from the whole thing about the twins being born from the Force, which I think it should have been kept as an Anakin thing only, the rest has been quite good, especially Master Sol and The Stranger.
philinterrupted - 7/4/2024, 7:25 AM
It’s not Ahch-To, it’s …..

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BobbyDrake - 7/4/2024, 8:43 AM
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SheepishOne - 7/4/2024, 11:30 AM
@philinterrupted - This is the funniest thing I’ve seen on this site. Well done lol
KennKathleen - 7/4/2024, 7:35 AM

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FireandBlood - 7/4/2024, 7:38 AM
Now that’s some lazy shit right there. Jakku type lazy. Of all the ways you could present a new planet, and they chose to copy/paste an existing planet just to not make it that planet. It’d be like them going Lake Como, filming scenes there and then turning around saying “but it’s not Naboo”. Bollocks.

One thing about the Disney era I will say, they’ve given us some bland planets. Besides Crait, what actually stands out? [frick] all.
Gabimaru - 7/4/2024, 7:40 AM
@FireandBlood - everything about disney/lucasfilm are doing are just down right lazy uninspiring boring. All they do are "remember these guys?"
FireandBlood - 7/4/2024, 7:43 AM
@Gabimaru - I wouldn’t say everything, but the planets? 100%.
clintthahamster - 7/4/2024, 9:02 AM
@FireandBlood - I understand what they were going for, they needed rocks and caves and water, and found the spot that fit their needs. But someone on the locations team shoulda said "Nope, this looks like too much like Skellig Michael, we need to make an adjustment."
DocSpock - 7/4/2024, 9:11 AM
@FireandBlood -

On this, we totally agree. Oh yeah Happy USA Independence Day!!

Hee Hee
theBlackSquare - 7/4/2024, 10:32 AM
@FireandBlood - that's the stagecraft set up for ya
Matchesz - 7/4/2024, 8:39 AM
Sad how we’re being conditioned into accepting mediocrity
DarthNihilus - 7/4/2024, 9:01 AM
"Shipping" in a big trash can yeah... please no more with ShitWars..

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dagenspear - 7/4/2024, 9:03 AM
That this an actual thing that's happening, and this writer may seem to be taking cues from TLJ for it, I think is a showcase that this writer doesn't have the strongest view of this type of thing.
Slotherin - 7/4/2024, 10:47 AM
@dagenspear - to be fair, you can take parts of something that worked and leave out the rest.
dagenspear - 7/4/2024, 6:18 PM
@Slotherin - Is that thing reylo?
dagenspear - 7/4/2024, 6:22 PM
@Slotherin - I thank God for your civil response.
Slotherin - 7/4/2024, 10:32 PM
@dagenspear - haha, it's not. I'm not really giving my opinion on what I think worked or didn't to take from, just stating it can be done.

A better example in my opinion would be like how the Planet of the Apes sequels weren't that great (though I did like some of them) but the new movies took inspiration from them and made something better regardless.

And hey, I try. If we can't disagree with civility then we ultimately lack it.
Slotherin - 7/4/2024, 10:34 PM
@dagenspear - I actually see these comments sections as potentially valuable areas for all of us to hone those skills.
dagenspear - 7/5/2024, 1:24 AM
@Slotherin - I grew up with the old apes movies. I don't remember hating them overall.
Slotherin - 7/5/2024, 6:36 AM
@dagenspear - i didn't hate them nor find them hateable. I actually like them for what they are though the first sequel is pretty crummy.
My point though is that the new movies took the best elements (Caesar, the initial uprising, detailing how things came to be and Caesar attempting to keep peace between humans and apes as well as learning that the two are alike) and used those to make something better.
Slotherin - 7/5/2024, 6:42 AM
@dagenspear - I'll probably catch flack for this but another example of what I mean is the Friday the 13th Reboot.

It took the first 4 movies and condensed them into one and honestly I think it was better for it. It was more cohesive and you got many of the best parts of each (his mother from part 1, the shrine from part 2 and the mask from part 3) in just one movie. Friday the 13th is a fun franchise of individually mediocre films.
dagenspear - 7/5/2024, 3:47 PM
@Slotherin - I wasn't arguing against what you said in your post.
dagenspear - 7/5/2024, 3:48 PM
@Slotherin - I didn't think that was that poorly constructed overall either. A bit trashy over the top in some aspects though.
Slotherin - 7/6/2024, 5:16 AM
@dagenspear - I was just going further with anything I felt I could elaborate upon and wanted to make clear if it seemed I was trashing the original Apes sequels that it wasn't my intent.
dagenspear - 7/4/2024, 9:04 AM
"Rey and Kylo"

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DocSpock - 7/4/2024, 9:23 AM

A lot of DEI, shocking reveals, flash, & dash.

But the show still sucks.
CreateNowSlpL8r - 7/4/2024, 11:40 AM
I watched this show and its written so poorly, I didnt even pick up on this. I did wonder why we had to have a naked sith and Osha intentionally look down on his junk.

Its made for kids though. I'm actually happy. I can't wait for the Rey movie. The faster this burns down, the better. Maybe we'll get Star Wars back.
TheMetaMan - 7/4/2024, 1:06 PM
@CreateNowSlpL8r - I completely forgot about the nude bit because it was so casually done it was pointless. I figure the only propose is to imply sexual tension between them? I think this is where it’s going. I noticed how they have made him more “hunky” with his clothes, hair, sporting a muscular physique when before he looked more weedy. Now that osha is wearing the mask both characters are more connected, you could almost say intimate… We shall see. What is Star Wars without a little bit of romance aeh.
CreateNowSlpL8r - 7/4/2024, 3:44 PM
@TheMetaMan - imply sexual tension ...with a guy who she just met and murdered all her friends 5 minutes before he kidnapped her?

Real wholesome message there.

Also, isn't the reason she wouldn't hear it from Mae is because Mae was a killer which literally just happened? Thats the issue with this show, this is all happening in a very small passage of time. Even the implied Jecki friendship, Osha just met her. These characters just flip flop their positions because the plot wants them to.
TheMetaMan - 7/4/2024, 6:24 PM
@CreateNowSlpL8r - “imply sexual tension ...with a guy who she just met and murdered all her friends 5 minutes before he kidnapped her? Real wholesome message there.”

Yeah and afterwards he strips naked, goes for a quick dip in the sea, climbs out puts his clothes on in front of her deliberately and she literally checks out his package. Yeah Id say the underlying message behind that moment is sexual tension and it’s self explanatory. Why else would they write such a scene? You were the one who emphasised the sexual acts in the first place. I’m merely expanding on what you wrote. You also pointed out that she checked him out down below. Maybe it’s you who has sex on the mind more because I forgot about that moment until you mentioned it.
CreateNowSlpL8r - 7/4/2024, 9:40 PM
@TheMetaMan - I can't tell if you are agreeing with me, disagreeing with me, or just mental. Im saying the entire angle is awful. Of course its sexual tension but its out of place, and written by retards. This is why these activist writers get the reputation they do. They are about as subtle as a nail through the forehead. How stupid of a character does Osha have to be to be attracted to a guy shes already met, finds out he turned her sister AND just killed her friends? The show is nuclear stupid.
Slotherin - 7/4/2024, 10:40 PM
@CreateNowSlpL8r - Osha may have only recently met Jecki, but Jecki did help clear her name. If that doesn't generate a level of positive regard toward someone, I dunno...

But didn't she call out Qimir on killing them?
MrDandy - 7/4/2024, 3:23 PM
From the first two episodes I called this a crappy CW show on Disney+ and the series keeps proving me right as it goes along.
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