Chewbacca is one of the most beloved characters in the Star Wars franchise but as we’ve pointed out previously, he tends to not get as much recognition as he deserves, at least as far as the films go. Fortunately, Chewie’s backstory has been fleshed out extensively in various comics and novels over the years, with last year’s book Life Debt finally providing some official backstory for Han and Chewie’s friendship. Now, in addition to revealing what happened to Jar Jar Binks, the recently-published novel Aftermath: Empire’s End also delves into Chewbacca’s personal life and reveals that he is a big daddy Wookie.
Chuck Wendig’s Aftermath trilogy actually includes a number of interludes that show what happened around the galaxy in the three decades or so that passed between the end of Return of the Jedi and the beginning of The Force Awakens. One of these sections is set on Chewie’s home world of Kashyyyk and follows a Wookie named Lumpawaroo, better known by his nickname “Waroo.” Waroo is part of the Wookie resistance still trying to eliminate any Imperial presence on Kashyyyk and the novel finds Waroo attempting to free some young Wookies from a child labor camp. Unfortunately, he encounters an Imperial officer named Dessard, who is a notorious Wookie torturer, but before he is able to kill Waroo, the Wookie is rescued by another group led by Chewbacca, who is revealed to be Waroo’s father. When the pair reunite, they “sing a song of family.”
Of course, this isn’t the first time that we’ve seen Chewbacca’s family, as most of the infamous Star Wars Holiday Special followed Chewie and his family celebrating Life Day, with Chewie’s son Lumpy being among the group. It would appear that Lumpy and Lumpawaroo are the same Wookie, which either means that the Holiday Special is indeed canon or just that Wendig drew inspiration from the special and merely wanted to pay homage with Lumpawaroo’s name. Either way, Aftermath confirms that Chewie is a father in official Star Wars canon, which is good enough for us!
It’s unclear how old Waroo is in the novel, but considering Wookiees have a lifespan of several hundred years, it’s possible that he’s been around well before Han ever showed up, which means that there’s always a possibility he could turn up in the upcoming young Han Solo movie. After all, part of Han and Chewie’s backstory involves the smuggler helping his Wookie friend reclaim his home on Kashyyyk, so it would be very surprising if the movie doesn’t feature other Wookies.
Via: Screen Rant