THE ACOLYTE Showrunner Says We Will Learn More About Mae And Osha's Conception - SPOILERS

THE ACOLYTE Showrunner Says We Will Learn More About Mae And Osha's Conception - SPOILERS

This week's episode of The Acolyte revealed some intriguing new details about twins Mae and Osha's origins, but it also left us with more questions about their "immaculate" conception...

By MarkCassidy - Jun 13, 2024 07:06 PM EST
Filed Under: Star Wars
Source: Via SFF Gazette

The third episode of The Acolyte is now streaming on Disney+, and it takes us back 16 years into the past to reveal what led to Force-sensitive sisters Osha and Mae falling out, and why the former believed the latter to be dead.

Spoilers ahead.

In "Destiny," we learn that the twins lived as part of a coven of Force-sensitive witches on the planet Brendok. A group of Jedi interrupt an ascension ceremony for the sisters being led by one of their mothers, Aniseya, in an attempt to recruit the children to the Jedi order.

Osha wants to be a Jedi, but Mae implores her sibling to stay with their coven, causing a rift that ultimately leads to the latter setting a fire which (seemingly) results in the deaths of everyone in the coven.

There's definitely more to this story (let's just say there's a reason Mae wants a certain group of Jedi dead), but arguably the more intriguing question is raised when Aniseya reveals that the girls had no father, implying that they were conceived by The Force itself (which is how we were told Anakin Skywalker came into the galaxy in The Phantom Menace).

“If you keep watching the show, we do talk about that and explore that," showrunner Leslye Headland tells EW. "I would say there isn't one answer to it. Some characters believe certain things, and other characters believe other things in terms of what she means by that. So you're going to have to watch and decide which side of that argument you're on.”

There are several theories, one of which points to the sisters being revealed to be a Force dyad, tying their story to Sith's legacy. Another connects them to Darth Plagueis, the Sith master of Darth Sidious, aka Emperor Palpatine.

It doesn't sound like we're going to get any definitive answers (at least not this season), but be sure to let us know what you think in the comments section.

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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harryba11zack - 6/13/2024, 7:32 PM
please don't.
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TheLight - 6/13/2024, 10:01 PM
@harryba11zack - Seriously!

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marvel72 - 6/14/2024, 9:09 AM
@harryba11zack -

I can't wait to find out if their is a worse episode than episode 3.

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marvel72 - 6/14/2024, 9:10 AM
@marvel72 - there not their.
AvalonX - 6/14/2024, 10:56 AM
@marvel72 - Don't worry Leslie. Based on the 17% audience score. No one is sticking around to find out. I'm not even hate watching this show.

A bunch of witches, who break the law and use the Force in an unlawful manner and call themselves oppressed. The entire episode, they lie, they deceive and they are the aggressors by attacking Torbin. The writers are so bad, they had the opposite of their intent.

@HashTagSwagg @Malatrova15 @AnthonyVonGeek @DocSpock @Origame @HistoryofMatt
Origame - 6/14/2024, 11:04 AM
@AvalonX - yeah, but they're lesbian women of color. So you have to see them as the good guys 🙄

I'm convinced they put a spell on Torbin to make him drink the poison in episode 2. No way does any rational person thinks he was in the wrong here.
AvalonX - 6/14/2024, 12:18 PM
@Origame - I think they are going to have the Jedi being responsible for killing the Witches. No way they don't redeem Mae. Those Witches are supposed to be Force users. None of them ran from a fire? They all just happened to die in the same exact place? Why weren't they burned? Show is so badly written, the space lesbians and change to the force are the least offensive thing about it. Thats how bad it is.

Origame - 6/14/2024, 12:26 PM
@AvalonX - honestly even that reveal I think is justified. They broke republic law and attacked Torbin when they pointed out that fact.
AvalonX - 6/14/2024, 12:48 PM
@Origame - Exactly. "some think what we do is dark and unnatural."

Yeah. Thats kind of a Witches thing. I think the High Republic would kind of be concerned if you were just conjuring up Force children. FN stupid show.

BTW, did you know Filoni's wife think she's a witch? Where do they find these people?
HashTagSwagg - 6/14/2024, 1:52 PM
@Origame - Torbin's hairline did him in long before the poison.
Malatrova15 - 6/13/2024, 7:33 PM
Pleaze yes
AnthonyVonGeek - 6/13/2024, 7:34 PM
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DocSpock - 6/13/2024, 8:00 PM
@AnthonyVonGeek -

LOL! You win the day man.

JackBurton1 - 6/13/2024, 8:02 PM
@AnthonyVonGeek - Star Wars has had it moments of cringe....but dang has Disney took that to a whole new level.The dykes witches chanting was next level....we just needed them to jump on some bikes together so we really could have took it to another level.
Origame - 6/13/2024, 8:18 PM
@AnthonyVonGeek - based on that prophecy, that means the existence of anakin means the patriarchy wins 🤣
Vigor - 6/13/2024, 8:27 PM
@jst5 - they already did the bike thing in Boba Fett
marvel72 - 6/13/2024, 9:17 PM
@AnthonyVonGeek -

Can't top that, well played.
JackBurton1 - 6/14/2024, 1:08 AM
@Vigor - But the dykes were not on them....we need to bring the dykes on bikes saying to Star Wars!
Sabre81 - 6/14/2024, 4:03 AM
@jst5 - Hahahaha! That chanting took me to the fair to say the least. It was because there was one witch, out of sync, making these "yip,yip,yip,yip,yip" noises like a fox or a coyote that had me in stitches.
DevilsDreams - 6/14/2024, 4:10 AM
@jst5 - and there was me thinking that the "attack me with all of your strength" with the weird pose was cringy enough...
HashTagSwagg - 6/13/2024, 7:36 PM
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Mrnorth1921 - 6/13/2024, 7:38 PM
And if it’s a nothing burger. You’ll still be whining.
IronMan616 - 6/14/2024, 8:16 AM
@Mrnorth1921 - Speaking of burger, I liked the fat Jedi meme where it was "Order 66 with extra large fries and a chocolate shake"
clintthahamster - 6/13/2024, 7:40 PM
I always thought it was cool the way that Star Wars kept subverting the concept of a "chosen one." Turns out prophecies are all bullshit, who knew!
mountainman - 6/13/2024, 7:44 PM
@clintthahamster - At least Dune has something interesting to say about the chosen one trope. I hope they don’t shy away from the potentially offensive message of Dune Messiah. Some people who want to traditional heroes journey might be thrown off when that one comes out.
HistoryofMatt - 6/13/2024, 8:05 PM
@mountainman - Yep. Unlike Rian Johnson, Frank Herbert knew how to actually subvert fan expectations and make it great and memorable and also make sense on the page and the world that we knew.

Not awful. Like Rian Johnson did. Because The Last Jedi was awful. It didn't make sense in the world we knew and had so many people do so many dumb things so he could subvert all those expectations. To be clear. The Last Jedi sucks.
CorndogBurglar - 6/13/2024, 8:09 PM
@clintthahamster - You know what I always wondered? And I'm going back tk the prequel trilogy here, is the prophecy always said a Chosen One would bring balance to the Force. But it never said the Force would never found back out of balance in the future.
mountainman - 6/13/2024, 8:11 PM
@HistoryofMatt - Have you read through God Emperor? That has to be one of my favorite books of all time. It absolutely subverts expectations, has such interesting things to say, makes you question your beliefs about incredibly important subjects, and is just such an amazing read.

I would personally say that Rian Johnson had some interesting ideas in The Last Jedi. They were just executed poorly. Similar to the show Lost.

Some Star Wars extended universe books and games (KOTOR for example) get into some great themes, but the shows and movies haven’t really covered interesting ones besides Andor.
DrReedRichards - 6/13/2024, 8:12 PM
@CorndogBurglar -

You know what's even weirder? The Jedi preaching about "bringing balance to the Force" while wanting to eradicate any remnants of the Dark side. In the literal sense of balance, Darth Revan should be seen as more of a "chosen one" than Anakin (or Luke) ever was.
CorndogBurglar - 6/13/2024, 8:18 PM
@DrReedRichards - Yeah, I could get behind that. I always wondered that too. How is destroying one side considered "balance"?
HistoryofMatt - 6/13/2024, 8:22 PM
@mountainman - The problem is a guy like Rian Johnson is only interested in breaking things. It's why his Benoit Blanc movies have been so incredibly stupid in hindsight and will age poorly. If you know the man's politics, you know exactly what happened and how it will end. He's not subtle about it at all.

Frank Herbert definitely had a point of view and things he wanted to say, but in the world he created it always made sense. Maybe not so much the dogs bred to be chairs (what the frak was THAT all about, Frank???), but the big themes and character motivations we sensical and even when not and people did stupid things it wasn't out of character for them to do so.

Rian Johnson and JJ Abrams both had characters we knew do stupid things against their established characters, so many times, in those three movies because they had a story they wanted to graft onto the world instead of telling stories that fit into the world. Same with Leslye Hedlund. Same with Deborah Chow. God, the only thing The Acolyte has done has been to make people forget just how truly bad Obi-Wan Kenobi was and how dumb and feckless they made one of the best characters Lucas ever created.

Star Wars is dead. Disney Star Wars has taken its place like Frankenstein's monster, having replaced its brain and its heart with Woke nonsense identity politics driving terrible storytelling and unlikable characters.
Origame - 6/13/2024, 8:23 PM
@CorndogBurglar - you have to understand the concept of "sides" of the force is very misleading.

The light side of the force as we know it is the natural state of the force. The dark side of the force is a corrupt perversion of the force, which allows it's wielder to do unnatural things.

So to bring balance to the force means cleanse it of corruption, which simply put is destroying the dark side users the sith.

That's also why the premise of this show being the sith are "misunderstood" is nonsense.
TheVisionary25 - 6/13/2024, 8:23 PM
@DrReedRichards - I always thought balance means where both the light & the dark are at equal level yet still be in harmony.

So far we have just had owners one trumps the other which isn’t true balance imo.
Vigor - 6/13/2024, 8:25 PM
@HistoryofMatt - something you and I agree on. Finally
mountainman - 6/13/2024, 8:25 PM
@HistoryofMatt - Herbert was always an ideas over lore guy. He also wrote political factions better than anyone until George RR Martin came around.
DrReedRichards - 6/13/2024, 8:26 PM
@TheVisionary25 -

I know, right? It just doesn't make sense to call it balance when it's anything but that! I guess it sounds a lot more noble and diplomatic, ergo more hypocritical.
TheVisionary25 - 6/13/2024, 8:30 PM
@DrReedRichards - hypocrisy and the Jedi?

Gasp lol
CorndogBurglar - 6/13/2024, 8:31 PM
@Origame - I guess that makes sense.
clintthahamster - 6/13/2024, 8:53 PM
@mountainman - "Some people who want to traditional heroes journey might be thrown off when that one comes out."

I legit can't wait. I'll admit to being mostly unfamiliar with Dune up until recently (never read the books, never even watched the Lynch one all the way through) but Villeneuve is doing something really remarkable with that story.
clintthahamster - 6/13/2024, 8:56 PM
@CorndogBurglar - Yeah, they never said "forever" but man, what kind of Chosen One is he if he only managed to get the force into balance for like 20 years? I find it much more satisfying to think of the Jedi getting high on their own farts, using little midichlorian meters to sniff out "The Chosen One" only to have him piss all over their prophecy.
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