Porgs are friends, food, and (maybe) family. The cuddly, puffin-like creatures with a strange screech, the porgs, will make their debut in Star Wars: The Last Jedi alongside their potential descendants, the Caretakers of Ahch-To.
Neal Scanlan, head of the Star Wars Creatures Workshop, gave some insight on what to expect from the new creatures in Last Jedi, including the mysterious Caretakers of Ahch-To and the internet’s cuddliest controversy, the porgs.
“With Ahch-To, it felt like the only creatures that would ever exist on this island were those indigenous to it, where very few other species and DNA would have reached them,” Scanlan told Empire for the magazine’s November 2017 issue. “So they’re an extrapolation from the porgs and have bird-like feet, but they’re a further developed race.”
Scanlan’s wording is a little confusing, but it’s the fact that he says the Caretakers are a “further developed race” from the porgs instead of a different “species.” Because if the Caretakers are the same race as the porgs — just further developed — then that means the Caretakers might be descended from porgs.
And if the Caretakers are descended from porgs, then that means the Caretakers are eating their brethren, since porgs are food.
The Caretakers and porgs don’t really look too similar. But since Chewbacca is going to befriend one of the porgs because the little dude’s coloring and personality reminds him of a Wookie (according to Scanlan), fans might be able to make an exception. It’s not like Star Wars has never pulled a strange, unexpected “they’re related” plotline on fans before.
For more quality porg content, check out “The ‘Star Wars’ Original Trilogy, But Everyone’s a Porg.”
Star Wars: The Last Jedi premieres in theaters on December 15.
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