JJ Abrams Finally Explains Why Leia Snubbed Chewie At The End Of The Force Awakens

JJ Abrams Finally Explains Why Leia Snubbed Chewie at the End of The Force Awakens

Are we still putting up spoiler warnings for The Force Awakens? I don't think we should have to, but out of an abundance of caution, let me say this: There are spoilers for that film below this paragraph. Click at your own risk. At the end of The Force Awakens, the Millennium Falcon lands on D'Qar, with Finn needing a lot of medical help and everyone despondent over Han Solo's death at the hands of his son, Ben Solo/Kylo Ren. What happens then is that Leia embraces Rey, someone she hasn't even met before -- and leaves Chewbacca, her friend and Han's, kind of hanging.

At least, that's what it looks like. Speaking with /Film, Abrams says that it was purely his mistake that led to that interpretation:

Had Chewbacca not been where he was, you probably wouldn't have thought of it. But because he was right there, passed by Leia, it felt almost like a slight, which was definitely not the intention.

Abrams' intention was that Chewie was busy trying to get Finn help, while Rey and Leia had a "connection in the Force" moment:

That was probably one of the mistakes I made in that. My thinking at the time was that Chewbacca, despite the pain he was feeling, was focused on trying to save Finn and getting him taken care of. So I tried to have Chewbacca go off with him. And [meanwhile to] focus on Rey, and then have Rey find Leia and Leia find Rey. The idea being that both of them being strong with the Force and never having met, would know about each other -- that Leia would have been told about her beyond what we saw onscreen and Rey of course would have learned about Leia. And that reunion would be a meeting and a reunion all in one, and a sort of commiseration of their mutual loss.

I'm still not sure that, even knowing that Chewie was preoccupied, you really get the "Force" thing. But at least it's not just that Leia's ignoring Chewbacca in favour of a near-stranger.


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    Is this going to lead to a Chewie Hugged First moment at some point in the future?

      Nuh, they'll do a re-cut so that everyone hugs at once...Disney style!

        Chewies really a Disney Princess? Thats even more messed up...

        There'll be fireworks in the background as well, and swell princess music to suit.

    The big question is: Who hugged first?

    I interpreted it that way as well.
    Just more evidence that the director was wrong fro this film.
    so much for post production.

      That's why they've got someone else in mind for the next one.

    I just assumed that Chewie got snubbed because he was a guy, and this film made it pretty clear that guys are useless morons.

      You watched a different film than me mate. Poe dameron and Finn were bad arse

        We really did.

        Last edited 31/03/16 1:01 am

        Um. Srs? Finn. Was a bad arse? Fin? The comic relief character?

        Ok. Cool.

    I just assumed that Chewie got snubbed because he was a guy, and this film made it pretty clear that guys are useless morons.

    I'd just assumed that just don't hug a grieving Wookie unless you want to get your arm ripped off.

    Thing is wookies live for 1000s of years. Chewie could have had another partner he was just as close with die before Solo. As affectionate as he is, hes probably conditioned to get over losses really freaking quickly. That's what I went with anyway.

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