When Leia chose to hug Rey at the end of “The Force Awakens,” and not Chewbacca — after that happened — many fans were left puzzled, considering the duo’s longer-lasting friendship. Well, according to director J.J. Abrams, that wasn’t necessarily a conscious decision, and was more so a result of oversight and specific blocking decisions.
Speaking to /Film while doing press for “10 Cloverfield Lane,” Abrams explained: “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.”
He added, “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.”
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” is still in theaters.