Chewbacca Ate A Bunch Of Rebels, Good Guys In Solo
A little while after Han is permanently named for the rest of his life by an off-hand comment from a bored recruitment officer, everybody's favorite space smuggler encounters his soon-to-be best friend, Chewbacca. Unfortunately, they don't meet under the best of circumstances.
Han attempts to get in with a group of criminals, but they're not having it, so they chuck him into a muddy cage pit to do battle with a wild beast (a la Return of the Jedi). But they're not just expecting Han to get his arms ripped off by the massive bear thing, they casually mention that the "Beast" has been starved and is hungry and that "this should be good." Chewbacca himself doesn't appear to contradict this statement given that he immediately lays into Han like he's a sentient cheeseburger.
Eventually Han and Chewie work things out and decide to not eat each other, but it seems super unlikely Han's the first person ever chucked in that pit. Chewbacca has almost certainly eaten people before, and most likely good guys. Chewie is in an Imperial cage, which means that he's likely been fed a steady diet of Rebel soldiers and princesses and anybody else the Empire wants to get rid of.
You might think this unexpected from a character we've often seen as a loveable furball, but consider Chewbacca's past. He's 190 years old in Solo, has fought in the Clone Wars, raised (and lost) a family, watched his entire race become enslaved, and then he became a slave. Also, remember, he was starved and thrown in a pit. At that point, what's devouring a few pounds of random man meat here or there? It's not like it'll make his life any more or less horrific.
Now, to be fair, the novelization claims Chewbacca hadn't actually eaten anybody yet, but also, to be doubly fair, Star Wars novelizations are bullshit.
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