There is a lot of mystery and unanswered questions that Star Wars: The Force Awakens brought to the screen. Like, what has Luke been doing all this years, who exactly are Rey's parents? Those are things that hopefully the next installments will answer.
But one thing that really bothered a lot of eagle eyed Star Wars fans from an emotional standpoint. That is the part where, after the destruction of Star Killer Base and apparent death of the love-of-her-life, Han Solo, General Leia chose to hug Rey, a stranger she has never met before, while she apparently ignored Chewbacca who is Han Solo's best friend, and a close companion of hers.
For answers we of course turn to J.J. Abrams who not only directed the film but also wrote the script. He addressed the issue and admitted that there was a mistake made in the way that he shot the emotional scene. Because there was a reason for the hug, and Chewbacca should not have been placed where he was where he was passed over by Leia in the shot.
Speaking to SlashFilm the director explained the intent of the hug. "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." Abrams said.
As for Chewbacca?
"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." he explains. "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."
Well there you go, it was an honest mistake in framing the shot. Hopefully we can move on with this , and JJ Abrams can add a scene in the next installment where Leia can make it up to Chewie.
Star Wars Episode VIII will hit theaters on December 15, 2017