Are porgs friends or food in ‘The Last Jedi’?

Just look at these sharp pointy teeth! No wonder Chewie may wind up using them as snacks.
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Would you like your own porgs pan-fried, deep-fried, stir-fried, or directly up with feathers?

Since they had been unleashed on an unsuspecting world last month, at a behind-the-scenes video from The Last Jedi, we have assumed that porgs would be the new trilogy’s cutesy advertising gimmick Ewoks with feathers and bigger eyes.

The bird-like monsters are said to be numerous on the islands of Ahch-to, the world where Rey, BB-8, and Chewbacca find Luke Skywalker. They were created by director Rian Johnson, who noticed that the real life Irish island where they had been filming was filled with puffins.

But fans could not help but notice 1 shot of Chewbacca in the Millennium Falcon with that which seems to be a feather sticking out of the mouth.

That could have been dismissed as a team prank, were it not for the fact that the porgs-as-Wookiee-food theory made its way into Entertainment Weekly‘s information-rich cover story on The Last Jedi.

The story shows that Chewbacca is still mourning the loss of buddy-for-life Han Solo and can be “a bit more volatile than normal.”

Volatile, and maybe somewhat hungry. In the end, even just a 7-foot-tall walking carpet’s gotta eat. And what’s there to eat when you’re in Ahch-to?

All signs point to Luke denying Rey entrance to his hovel in the movie, nixing the notion that he might offer his old Wookiee pal a bowl of Yoda-style soup.

So does Chewie chow down on porgs? All we need to go on are a few pictures, including Chewie volatile, gloomy, hungry Chewie sitting by a campfire.

Hungry. Angry. Lonely. Tired. The combination of elements that might make a Wookiee even a rational, exceptionally loyal, spaceship-fixing companion like Chewie devour even the most economical and most forbidden of snacks.

Ah, nothing like actual fire-roasted porg when you’re camping.

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There’s also an image of a porg at the Millennium Falcon cockpit alongside Chewie, exactly the exact same place where a porg isn’t in that picture of the Wookiee with a feather in his mouth. Draw your own conclusions.

Worth noting: In our world, puffin meat is a delicacy in Iceland, in which they are as numerous as porgs around Ahch-To. Porgs wouldn’t be tough to grab, either, instead like Dodos.

“Given how seldom their island has visitors,” explained Lucasfilm Story Group’s Pablo Hidalgo at a interview, “their fascination outweighs any skittishness they may have.”

The notion of porgs as meals instead of friends or maybe a combination of both is already disturbing the fine folks of Star Wars Twitter.

If Chewie will get chewy with it, this would not be the first example of one monster eating yet another in the Star Wars universe.

While English-speaking characters have only been observed to consume soup (Yoda and Luke), protein bars (Yoda and Artoo fight over Luke’s supply), pears (Anakin and Padme), along with blue milk (Luke, Uncle Owen, Aunt Beru), we have also seen lots of carnivorous activity among aliens.

Jabba the Hutt ate reside meals, Jabba’s Rancor monster at Return of the Jedi ate dancing girls, the Sarlacc pumped people more than a million years, and did you think the Wampa on Hoth at Empire Strikes Back was hanging Luke upside-down in his ice cave for decorative purposes?

Star Wars’ aliens are red in tooth and claw the supposedly cutesy Ewoks most of all. Do not forget they tried to barbecue our heroes once we met them, then hammered on vacant Stormtrooper helmets, presumably after some kind of great feast at the conclusion of the original trilogy. Hmmm.

And take a closer look at these porgs. Look at their mouths. Notice the sharp teeth, which do not occur in nature when you’re just eating plants. Could these doe-eyed animals be carnivorous maybe even cannibalistic themselves?

If so, maybe Chewie is doing the remainder of the Falcon crew a favor.

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