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The world was introduced to its new obsession this year when a behind-the-scenes look at Star Wars: The Last Jedi gave us our first look at the new cuddly creatures known as Porgs. Overnight, it seemed that the very real condition known as “Porg fever” had consumed the world.

However, unlike Ewoks — the former cutest creature in the Star Wars franchise — fans became concerned that these adorable puffin-like creatures might be food for our favorite heroes in The Last Jedi.

The concern for whether Porgs are a viable food source in the universe stemmed from a line in the book Star Wars Made Easy that describes them as follows:

“Small, bird-like Porgs are the island’s most adorable inhabitants. Cute? Definitely. Tasty? Maybe.”

While the line in Star Wars Made Easy doesn’t explicitly say that are food, it definitely hints at the idea that they could be. Before the Porgs rights activists could assemble to protest outside Luke’s cave on Ahch-To, Mark Hamill decided to nip the issue in the bud and address whether Porgs are on the menu for Luke Skywalker in The Last Jedi.

Mark Hamill Denies Luke Skywalker Eats Porgs In The Last Jedi

Fans are extremely excited to see Luke Skywalker return in The Last Jedi, but their expectations would be shattered if one of the scenes featured him chowing down on some freshly cooked Porg. In an effort to calm fans' nerves, Mark Hamill took to Twitter to clarify once and for all that Luke does not eat Porgs.

In the body of the post, Hamill explains that not only does Luke not eat Porgs, but he doesn’t eat meat at all:

"Please be advised: are not on any -Luke hasn't been a meat-eater since Aunt Beru made that nice back home."

Hamill's post put a lot of Porg fans at ease, but it only clarifies that Luke doesn’t eat Porgs. Sure, he did say that Porgs aren’t on the Ahch-To menu, but based on the context, it seems he is speaking strictly for his character. Porg enthusiasts are still wary of Rey’s Wookie companion — who was last seen traveling with her to Ahch-To — and his potential desire to consume the cuddly creatures for sustenance.

Luke May Not Eat Porgs, But Chewbacca Might Learn Whether They're (Ahem) Chewy

'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' [Credit: Disney/Lucasfilm]
'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' [Credit: Disney/Lucasfilm]

The notion that Chewbacca might eat some Porgs during his visit to Ahch-To stemmed from a promotional photo that features the mighty with a feather hanging out of his mouth. Fans immediately assumed that the feather in question was Porg in origin, which caused an uproar.

The image of Chewbacca is interesting, because if the feather is from a Porg, it suggests that he consumed the creature in the same way a cartoon cat eats a bird. Of course, he could have gotten the feather on his face from ripping at the flesh of the Porg with his teeth, but seeing as that would be extremely graphic and upsetting, it seems likely that he gulped the whole thing down in one shot.

It’s relieving to hear that Luke Skywalker doesn’t eat Porgs in The Last Jedi, but Chewbacca is still a Wookie of interest in the matter. Hopefully, fans won’t have to see their new favorite creature consumed by Chewbacca, but until the film comes out, the fear is very real.

Make sure you catch Star Wars: The Last Jedi in theaters on December 15, 2017.

Sound off! Do you think Porgs are on the menu for Chewbacca in The Last Jedi? Let your voice be heard in the comments section below.

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