Let's just hug this one out, "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" fans.
J.J. Abrams is still answering questions about his blockbuster Episode VII, and /Film approached him about a common fan "nitpick": Why did Leia (Carrie Fisher) hug Rey (Daisy Ridley) after the death of Han Solo (Harrison Ford) instead of Chewbacca, who was basically Han's life partner?
As it turns out, Abrams admitted, it was just a shot blocking boo boo:
"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. [...] 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."
'Cause NOBODY PUTS CHEWIE IN A CORNER! At least Abrams is taking responsibility for that (mildly) distracting shot, which sent erroneous messages during a film where fans spent a lot of their time looking for hidden meaning.
So Leia still loves you, Chewie, she wasn't just jealous.
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