Star Wars: The Force Awakens has been was released almost three months ago, and many fans have been wondering about what exactly was going on towards the end. Now, if you haven’t seen it by now, be advised there are some minor spoilers.
As Chewie, Finn, and Rey return to the Resistance base, there’s a heartfelt moment between Rey and General Leia in which the two near-strangers embraced after losing Han. Many fans have been wondering why Leia blew off Chewie, who have known each other since the days of Vader and who both lost a loved one. In a recent interview while promoting 10 Cloverfield Lane, director J.J. Abrams explains:
“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 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.”
There you have it. Not an intentional slight, not planned, it just happened. Maybe not quite the response some fans were expecting or hoping for, but sometimes it’s just as simple as an honest mistake.
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