J.J. Abrams on the mistake made with that Rey/Leia hug in The Force Awakens

Everyone remembers the semi-awkward moment in Star Wars: The Force Awakens when Chewie, Rey and Finn arrive back at the Resistance compound in the aftermath of Han Solo's death at Starkiller Base and General Leia Organa snubs the grieving Wookiee and instead embraces Rey, someone whom she's never even met before. 

This puzzling emotional scene was grist for fans' vocal gripes about certain flawed aspects of the movie and was sliced and diced into diminutive shreds over the past few months.  Until now, only coherent and incoherent theories existed to explain the undercurrents of the motivations and resulting subtext.  In a recent interview with /Film, director J.J. Abrams offered up his explanation and admitted some mistakes in the scene blocking and poor handling of that pivotal reunion.  Here's his confession:

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.

What do you think about Abrams' take on this uncomfortable omission?  Still think Rey is really Leia and Han's daughter, or simply of Skywalker heritage? And doesn't Chewie deserve a gigantic group hug from everyone in the woeful wake of his smuggling partner's death?


(Via Geek Tyrant)

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