The Acolyte Episode 7 Sparks Biggest Star Wars Debate Ever With Move That Contradicts What George Lucas Said About the Jedi
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The Acolyte Episode 7 Sparks Biggest Star Wars Debate Ever With Move That Contradicts What George Lucas Said About the Jedi

Spoiler alert!

This article contains spoilers for episode 7 of The Acolyte.

The Acolyte was one of the most polarizing entries of the Star Wars franchise, particularly because of its approach to certain existing concepts and themes. However, the seventh installment sparked what is arguably the biggest debate regarding the franchise’s main heroes, the Jedi.

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The Acolyte divided fans by showing the Jedi in a bad light (Credit: Lucasfilm).

After the seventh episode, fans began debating the morality of the Jedi. Some fans noted that the portrayal of the Jedi in the episode directly contradicted what franchise creator George Lucas had said in the past. Here’s what fans are saying about the morality of the Jedi after The Acolyte episode 7.

The Acolyte Episode 7 sparks debate among fans over Jedi morality after Sol’s move

The seventh episode of The Acolyte is a reinterpretation of the events on Brendok that led to the demise of Osha and Mae’s witch clan. However, the episode is presented from the perspective of the Jedi, primarily Sol, who makes some questionable choices in the episode.

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Sol’s actions in The Acolyte portray the Jedi as evil beings (Credit: Lucasfilm).

In this episode, Sol goes to great lengths to recruit Osha as a Jedi Padawan, forming an emotional bond with her. Additionally, Sol is motivated by his own self-interest in obtaining a Padawan and, despite Indara’s insistence, views witches as evil.

Ultimately, Sol’s self-interest leads him to kill Mother Aniseya, portraying him and the Jedi in an overall poor light. As a result, fans began to wonder if the episode’s portrayal of the Jedi was a major departure from what creator George Lucas had envisioned.

On X (formerly Twitter), fans discussed the events of the episode, particularly the fact that Sol was acting out of self-interest, even though Jedi are not supposed to have emotional connections. Fans pointed out the various atrocities committed by the Sith throughout the franchise’s history, denying the idea that Sol’s actions made the Jedi the villains.

The Acolyte Episode 7 Contradicts What George Lucas Said About the Jedi

During the online debate, some fans also defended the Jedi, claiming that Mother Aniseya’s corporeal form was enough to prompt Sol to act against her. However, it can also be argued that Sol should have sensed her intentions through the Force.

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George Lucas called the Jedi the most moral people in the galaxy (Credit: AMC).

In the book Star Wars Archives 1999-2005In this book written by author Paul Duncan, George Lucas talked about what the Jedi were supposed to represent in the galaxy far, far away. He said:

They are the most moral beings in the galaxy. They are monks.

Based on Lucas’ comments, it’s safe to say that Leslye Headland’s portrayal of the Jedi in The Acolyteradically departs from what they were originally intended to be.

Headland claimed that the Jedi of the High Republic were different from those in Lucas’ films. However, in the book excerpt, Lucas proclaimed that the Jedi had been ambassadors of peacekeeping for centuries.

Additionally, while Lucas admitted that the Jedi had a dark side to them, they kept it in check. Therefore, by the time of the High Republic, the Jedi should have been at the peak of their prowess as the most moral people in the galaxy. Therefore, The Acolyte Portraying the Jedi as morally ambiguous warriors contradicts Lucas’ original vision.

The Acolyte is broadcast on Disney+.