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9 Theories About Manny Jacinto's Sith Lord After The Acolyte Episode 6

Warning! This article contains SPOILERS for The Acolyte episode 6.


  • Qimir is a complex character in The Acolyte, and there are many theories about his true identity and intentions.
  • Qimir’s supposed association with the Sith and his desire for a student have led to a plethora of theories about his true intentions with Osha.
  • Qimir’s Jedi past, especially concerning his scar, seem to point towards a dark theory about his former master.

The Acolyte episode 6 gave audiences a lot of answers, but also left them with more questions about Manny Jacinto’s Sith Lord. Jacinto’s character, Qimir, was revealed to be the mysterious Sith Lord in The Acolyte episode 5, but many questions remained about his origins and ultimate goals. While The Acolyte episode 6 filled in some holes about Qimir, it’s also led to many different theories.

The Acolyte episode 6 sees Osha (Amandla Stenberg) waking up on an unknown planet and trying to kill Qimir for most of the episode. It’s clear that Qimir is trying to recruit Osha to be his Sith Acolyte, and by the end of the episode, it seems like he might’ve been successful. With only two episodes remaining, it’s unclear how much more backstory audiences will get about Qimir, and how his actions as a Sith will affect the Jedi Order and the events of the Skywalker saga. Here are all the theories surrounding Qimir after The Acolyte episode 6.


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9 Osha Will Become Qimir’s Acolyte

Instead of Mae

Before The Acolyte premiered, it seemed obvious that Mae (Amandla Stenberg) was the Acolyte the show was named after. However, after seeing Mae so quick to betray her master and Qimir’s new interest in Osha, it’s possible that Osha was the real Acolyte all along. Throughout The Acolyte episode 6, Qimir makes Osha feel comfortable, which then allows him to explain the dark side and how it differs from the Jedi’s teachings.

The Acolyte episode 6 ends with Osha putting on Qimir’s helmet, which acts as a sensory deprivation headpiece. This means that Qimir’s cortosis helmet allows Osha to connect more deeply with the Force than she likely ever has. This seemingly confirms the path Osha will continue down, though it’s unclear if she will be fully swayed and turn into a Sith herself. Considering her strong connection to Master Sol (Lee Jung-jae) and Mae, Osha may harbor loyalties to them and betray Qimir.

8 Qimir Was Master Vernestra’s Jedi Padawan

And It Didn’t End Well

Qimir revealed in The Acolyte episode 6 that he used to be a Jedi and that he had been thrown away by them. This is one of the ways he attempts to connect with Osha, but he also shows off scars on his back. While Qimir doesn’t confirm that the lashing scars came from his Jedi Master, it was heavily implied that was what happened. The Acolyte episode 6 also focused on Master Vernestra Rwoh (Rebecca Henderson) as she found the remnants of the Jedi massacre from The Acolyte episode 5.

While on Khofar, Master Vernestra takes out her lightsaber to kill an umbramoth that threatened to attack the Jedi. It cannot be a coincidence that the first and only time audiences have seen Master Vernestra’s lightsaber whip is the same episode where Qimir showcases the scars on his back that look like whip lashings. This has led many to believe that Vernestra was Qimir’s Jedi Master, but she threw him away. This doubled with Vernestra seemingly hiding something at the end of The Acolyte episode 6, which makes this theory seem very plausible.

Star Wars the High Republic Vernestra Rwoh Wielding a Blue Lightsaber

Vernestra Rwoh

A prodigy among the Jedi of the High Republic, Vernestra “Vern” Rwoh was one of the youngest Jedi ever to achieve the rank of Knight. She served at a time of crisis for the Republic, battling on the front lines against the Nihil, the Nameless, and the Drengir, and proving herself wise beyond her years. Vern will appear in live-action in The Acolyte, set over a hundred years after she became a Master, at the tail end of the High Republic Era.

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Justina Ireland

Rebecca Henderson

First Appearance
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7 Darth Plagueis Is The One Who Recruited & Trained Qimir

Retconning the Events From Legends

It’s been speculated for a while that Qimir isn’t the Sith Master, but instead an apprentice looking for a pupil to help overthrow his master. Based on the now non-canon Legends, Darth Tenebrous would likely be the Sith Master of the time. However, there have been multiple hints at the appearance of Darth Plagueis. If Qimir’s master really is Plageuis, this would retcon the events of James Luceno’s Darth Plageuis novel. If nothing else, it would adjust the timeline that was established in the novel, as Plagueis murders his master, Darth Tenebrous, around 67 BBY.

It’s possible that Plagueis trained Qimir and, upon learning of his mistakes in recruiting Mae, kills him and begins looking for a new apprentice, eventually finding Palpatine.

Because The Acolyte takes place about 100 years before Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace, this timeline would be altered. It’s worth noting that throughout the first part of Luceno’s novel, Plagueis looks for multiple potential apprentices before meeting and recruiting Sheev Palpatine. It’s possible that Plagueis trained Qimir and, upon learning of his mistakes in recruiting Mae, kills him and begins looking for a new apprentice, eventually finding Palpatine. It would certainly be interesting to see the Muun Sith Lord in live-action, especially if The Acolyte has another Sith to show.


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6 Qimir’s Story Will Set Up Kylo Ren’s In The Sequel Era

This Would Explain the Use of Kylo’s Theme Music

In the final moments of The Acolyte episode 5, sharp-eared viewers noticed Kylo Ren’s theme playing while Qimir placed his cloak over Osha. It’s still not clear why Kylo Ren’s theme played, but it might hint that there’s a parallel between the two dark side users. Audiences now know that both Qimir and Kylo were former Jedi before falling to the dark side.

Additionally, Star Wars: The Last Jedi showed Kylo Ren being betrayed by his master, Luke Skywalker, in a moment of weakness, and from The Acolyte episode 6, it’s clear Qimir also believes he was betrayed and thrown away from his Jedi Master. With parallels already being made between the two characters’ backstories, it’s possible their futures may mirror each other as well. It doesn’t seem likely that Qimir will return to the light side of the Force, but it’s not entirely off the table, especially since audiences don’t know his whole backstory yet.

5 Qimir’s “Unknown Planet” Is Meant To Be Like Ahch-To

Ahch-To Was Originally Seen in The Last Jedi

The Acolyte episode 6 made a point of not revealing the name or location of the planet where Qimir is based. This has led to a lot of speculation about what this planet actually is. Many have pointed out the similarities between this unknown planet and Ahch-To, the planet Luke Skywalker exiles himself. Ahch-To is said to be where the Jedi Order was founded, but as shown in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the planet has deep connections with both the light and dark sides of the Force. However, showrunner Leslye Headland has confirmed this planet is not Ahch-To.

Despite the similarities, some theories indicate that this planet may be the planet Bal’demnic, which also appeared in James Luceno’s Darth Plagueis novel. On Bal’demnic, Plagueis and his master, Darth Tenebrous, seek out deposits of cortosis, which is what Qimir’s mask is made of in The Acolyte. While the planet of Bal’demnic is now part of Legends, it would be easy to re-canonize the planet and have it still be rich with cortosis.

4 Qimir Isn’t A Real Sith, But Is Another Type Of Dark Side User

Could He Be The First Knight of Ren?

After The Acolyte episode 5, there’s no doubt that Qimir is extremely strong in the Force. However, it’s still unclear if he’s actually a Sith or just a dark side user. Many have begun to theorize that Qimir is actually the first Knight of Ren. Considering the fact that Qimir’s helmet is cracked and that the Kylo Ren theme played again in The Acolyte episode 6, this theory may have some merit.

When the Kylo Ren theme played in The Acolyte episode 6, it had little to do with Qimir but instead played while Osha was gazing at the cortosis helmet after Qimir had left. This theory would also make sense if The Acolyte wanted to keep the Sith in the shadows. One of the biggest criticisms in The Acolyte was that Master Ki-Adi-Mundi said that the Sith had been extinct for nearly 1000 years in The Phantom Menace. This theory allows Ki-Adi-Mundi’s statement to still hold true for the Jedi while still giving audiences a compelling dark side user.


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3 Qimir Knows What Happened On Brendok

Could He Reveal the Truth to Osha?

After The Acolyte episode 5, it seemed that Qimir knew more about the events that happened on Brendok than Osha did. While audiences are still missing many pieces of the story like Osha is, it would be interesting to see Osha get the full story from Qimir instead of someone she’s trusted most of her life, like Master Sol. It’s unclear how Qimir got this information, though it’s possible that he got this information from Mae, or he could even have been a witness to the events between the Jedi and the witches of Brendok.

It seems like The Acolyte episode 7 is setting up Master Sol to reveal the truth about what happened on Brendok instead of Mae, which may give new and interesting perspectives. From trailer footage, it’s known that Wookiee Jedi Master Kelnacca will have his lightsaber ignited while leaping towards someone, most likely Master Torbin. Audiences can expect to get these gaps filled in the next episode, but it would be interesting to see it conclude with Osha’s reaction to these events after Qimir relays the information.

Of the four Jedi stationed on Brendok sixteen years ago–Master Indara, Master Torbin, Master Kelnacca, and Master Sol–only Sol is still alive.

2 Qimir Doesn’t Want A Pupil, He NEEDS One

And Is Desperate For Things To Work With Osha

Qimir’s ultimate goal isn’t clear, as he’s been very vague about what he wants; however, one thing is clear: he wants a pupil. Whether he needs an Acolyte to help him overthrow his own Sith Master, or something else, he requires the power of two to achieve his ultimate goal. Qimir admits that he made mistakes with Mae, and it’s clear from his actions that he aims to course-correct with Osha.

With Mae, Qimir never revealed his identity to him and scared her into submission. However, with Osha, Qimir is laying everything on the table for her and is trying to seduce her to the dark side. Instead of leaning into just one emotion that leads to the dark side, Qimir aims to have Osha feel a cacophony of emotions that will further cement her in the dark side. He may be moving fast trying to recruit her, but he may also be desperate for this arrangement to work out, especially if he’s on a time crunch for something.

1 Osha Will Help Qimir Defeat His Sith Master

Could We See a New Sith Lord?

If it is true that Qimir is a true Sith, it stands to reason that he aims to recruit Osha’s help in overthrowing his master. While Qimir is obviously strong in the Force, whatever he has planned for his master may require the power of two. It’s unclear who Qimir’s Sith Master will be, but theories have suggested that it will likely be either Darth Plagueis or Darth Tenebrous.

The Acolyte may conclude with Osha officially falling to the dark side, with the Sith master and apprentice taking on their enemies together. It’s not confirmed whether The Acolyte will have more than one season, but this could potentially be a huge setup for the future of Qimir and Osha. With so many theories floating around, it’s likely that some of these won’t come to fruition; however, it’s amazing that The Acolyte and Qimir are spawning such interesting and diverse thoughts about where Star Wars will go next.

The Acolyte episode 6 is now streaming. New episodes premiere on Tuesdays at 9PM EST on Disney+.

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