One fine evening by a roaring fire, Chewbacca is ready to

feast on roasted porg. He has two at least. The (still living) porgs seem to be distraught

that he would eat (although they do seem much more

upset about the prospect of their departed family and friends being chewed on than about them being offed in the first place).

From Return of the Jedi we know that Chewie is an enthusiastic carnivore whose appetite sometimes clouds his sense of caution and self-preservation.

Did he really start having

second thoughts about his intended pulled-porg meal just because they gave him puppy-dog eyes?

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    I read the title as "Why didn't Chewie die". Spoilers! :-P – Rand al'Thor Dec 16 '17 at 21:44
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    @Randal'Thor Same here XD – Josh B. Dec 16 '17 at 23:03
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    possibly connect to the trope of no one ever actually taking a bite of their food when "eating" in films and tv shows. – RedCaio Dec 16 '17 at 23:28
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    +1 just for 'pulled porg' – NKCampbell Dec 17 '17 at 0:16
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    My personal theory is that he did eat the porg, and loved it so much that he decided that he needed a whole flock of them on the Falcon so that he can dine on them whenever he likes. Any affection is just good animal husbandry. – Paul Dec 21 '17 at 4:35

The film's Visual Dictionary seems to confirm that Chewie ate at least one porg during his time on the island (or else how could he have formed an opinion about the "tastiest part").

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That being said, other canon sources (such as the film's novelisation) clearly imply that he didn't eat because he felt sad about his actions.

On the other side of the fire a whole family of porgs was huddled together, staring up at him. The Wookiee roared and the porgs fled into the darkness. Checking to make sure he hadn’t missed any stragglers, he turned back to his dinner—only to find he’d lost his appetite. Something about the way the porgs had looked at him made him feel like he’d done a bad thing. But he’d only been hungry.

The Last Jedi: Official Novelisation


Chewbacca roasted his dinner outside the ship. He grabbed a spit from the campfire and brought the blackened slab on it to his lips. Before he bit into the meat, an uncooked member of its species, one of Ahch-To’s little avians, waddled up from a group and stared at him innocently. Chewbacca snarled, showing fangs, and the other avians around him shot in all directions, much faster than they appeared capable of moving.
The Wookiee returned to eat his meal, but then dropped it with a guilty whine. Luke smiled as he walked up the Falcon’s boarding ramp. Chewbacca’s heart always won out over his hunger.

the Last Jedi: Junior Novelisation

And as we see in Chewie and the Porgs, he eventually grew to love the porgs.

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  • Yeah, Chewbacca is definitely a softy. He plays all tough on the outside but inside he's just a big teddy bear. – LevenTrek Dec 18 '17 at 5:53
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    This doesn't say that Chewie ate that porg. Just that some wookie (probably many) ate some porgs at some point. – DVK-on-Ahch-To Jan 22 '18 at 21:24
  • @DVK-on-Ahch-To - I'll amend it as soon as you show me evidence of any other Wookiee coming into contact with any other porg. – Valorum Jan 22 '18 at 21:28
  • @Valorum absence of evidence!=evidence of absence. – DVK-on-Ahch-To Jan 22 '18 at 21:30
  • @DVK-on-Ahch-To - Under normal circumstances I'd agree with you, except that I can provide evidence of a wookiee coming into contact with a porg. – Valorum Jan 22 '18 at 21:32

We don't know whether Chewie ate or not.

While it's likely that Chewbacca didn't finish his meal after the disappointing moan he gave as Luke was boarding the ship, it's also possible that after scaring off the last porg he went along with his meal. (I mean he needs to eat something)

This will likely become more clear in March when the novelisations are released or if a screenplay is released as they normally provide more details on the matter.

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