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What are the purrgil in ‘Ahsoka’ and why are they so important in ‘Star Wars?’

They have appeared at crucial points in the galaxy far far away, but this time they offer more than just hope.

Purrgil in Ahsoka Star Wars
Screengrab via Disney Plus

Warning: The article contains spoilers for Ahsoka episode three.

Honestly, after the action-packed, fast-paced first two episodes, “Time to Fly” proved to be a bit underwhelming… that is until the “purrgil” made their majestic appearance in Ahoska and not only teased the impending arrival of Star Wars’ favorite but also doubled down on an intriguing theory teased as a myth seven years ago.

Time to know the mysterious purrgil giving us mini-heart attacks whenever they appeared in the Star Wars universe

Purrgil in Mandalorian
Screengrab via Disney Plus

Technically, purrgil are space whales — one of the many unique creatures in the Star Wars universe. But anyone who has been following their appearance and mentions across the galaxy far, far away knows how they are so much more than simple star beasts.

The purrgil made their first appearance in Rebels whose finale episode saw the whales whisking Grand Admiral Thrawn and Ezra Bridger away from the original galaxy. The creatures were next seen during The Mandalorian, sparking hopes that the missing Jedi Padawan was alive as well as triggering fresh fears that the same held true for the villainous Thrawn. Ahsoka marks the first time we have seen the purrgil in live-action and also confirms the “amazing stories” Hera talked about in Rebels of “creatures that lived in the stars, traveled between the worlds.”

Purrgil in Star Wars
Photo via Disney

If there was ever any doubt about purrgils’ ability to travel between galaxies, Morgan Elsbeth building the hyperspace ring using the creatures’ knowledge in Ahsoka (to reach Thrawn) erases it all. It confirms that yes, the purrgil can travel between galaxies and they were probably the inspiration (Hera found unbelievable back in 2016) behind the perfected technique to “jump from system to system” in the galaxy.

But of course, in terms of importance, given the manner in which purrgil became tragically memorable in Star Wars history, for the foreseeable future, they will be always seen as a ray of hope by Ezra’s well-wishers and friends who are hoping to see him alive. Finding the purrgil almost instantly means the ones looking for him and/or Thrawn are on the right path and are closer to finding them.

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Apeksha Bagchi

Apeksha is a Freelance Editor and Writer at We Got This Covered. She is a passionate content creator with years of experience and can cover anything under the sun. She labels herself as a loyal Marvel junkie (while secretly re-binging Vampire Diaries for the zillionth time). When she is not breaking her back by typing on her laptop for hours, you can likely find her curled up on the couch with a murder mystery book and her cat dozing off on her lap.