Chewbacca, the iconic Wookiee character in the Star Wars franchise, is known for his fierce loyalty, bravery, and unique language. But did he have a family in the Star Wars universe?
Chewbacca’s Wife and Son
In the Star Wars Holiday Special, which aired in 1978, Chewbacca’s family is introduced. His wife, Mallatobuck, also known as “Malla,” and his son, Lumpawarrump, or “Lumpy,” are shown waiting for Chewbacca to return to their home planet of Kashyyyk to celebrate Life Day, the Wookiee holiday.
While the Star Wars Holiday Special is not considered part of the official Star Wars canon, it did introduce the idea of Chewbacca having a family. The special was not well-received, and the existence of Chewbacca’s family was not mentioned again in later Star Wars media until the canon novel Aftermath: Life Debt, which confirms that Chewbacca is married and has a son.
Life Debt is the second book in the Aftermath trilogy by author Chuck Wendig, and it takes place between the events of Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens. In the book, Chewbacca is searching for his family, who were captured by the Galactic Empire and enslaved on the planet Kashyyyk. He is eventually able to rescue his family, including his wife and son.