As wonderful and fun as Episode VII was, its not without gaffes as even director J.J. Abrams himself admits.
In an interview with Slashfilm, he recently revealed the one scene he felt was a real “mistake”!
The scene in question — with which a lot of fans have a problem — is near the very end of the sci-fi adventure…
The Resistance fighters are returning from the Starkiller Base where Rey, Finn, and Chewbacca witnessed the death of Han Solo.
The part that has fans troubled is when Rey exists the Millennium Falcon and General Leia Organa, knowing Han died, goes to hug Rey — a stranger she’d never met before, as opposed to Solo’s right hand man, Chewbacca, whom she’s known for years!
Considering Leia also skipped Chewie during the medal awarding ceremony in the first film, it seemed a serious slight!
J.J. now realizes it the scene didn’t play like he had envisioned. He revealed:
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 ├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ 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.
However, since Leia walked right by Chewy, Abrams understands how some fans think our favorite giant fur ball got snubbed and explained:
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 at least J.J. is willing to admit his mistakes!
What do you think of the director’s explanation?!