The Acolyte Showrunner Confirms What We've Suspected About Osha and Qimir's Relationship

Osha and The Stranger
Credit: Lucasfilm

Osha and The Stranger
Credit: Lucasfilm

The Acolyte showrunner Leslye Headland addressed the popular fan theory surrounding the relationship between Osha and Qimir.

The recently-aired episode 6 saw Qimir attempting to seduce Osha into the dark side. While Osha was wary at first, she eventually opened up to him and Qimir shared his past trauma that led him to become a Sith.

In the end, Qimir's attempt is seemingly successful as Osha puts on his cortosis helmet and sets up her potential dark side turn. Since then, fans have been speculating that Qimir and Osha's relationship might go on a path similar to Rey and Kylo Ren in the sequel trilogy.

The Acolyte Showrunner Discusses Osha and Qimir's Relationship in Episode 6

In a recent interview, Headland addressed the fan theories surrounding Osha and Qimir's relationship coming off The Acolyte episode 6 and confirmed what we've suspected about where their relationship is heading.

"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," she said.

"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."

Headland also noted that, while the path is similar to Rey and Kylo Ren, there's still a massive difference between them and The Acolyte's pair.

She added, "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."

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This is an intriguing tease about Osha and Qimir's relationship moving forward as it indicates that the former's path to the dark side is clearer than ever and it is interesting to see how they'll explore it in the rest of the season.

We also know that Headland's intention for the show is to tell the story from the perspective of a Sith, and perhaps the focus on Osha and her potential dark side turn is the reason why the showrunner described it that way.

It is curious to see how it all plays out as there's plenty that they have to unfold on Osha and Qimir's growing relationship and it could potentially be the beginning of their rule of two.

New episodes of The Acolyte premiere every Tuesday night on Disney+.

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