J J Abrams Admits Mistake During Key Scene In ‘Force Awakens’ | Film News
Spoilers Ahead for all you guys who have yet to see the film.
Among the many shocking things to have occurred in Episode VII, the death of Han Solo at the hands of his own son really took the cake. What made it even more emotional was having to watch Chewbecca’s reaction, who in a fit of rage and grief, shoots Kylo with his Bowcaster.
The aftermath however felt a bit odd to some long time fans, as upon the heroes return to the resistance base, Leia appeared to wave off Chewie and instead gave Rey (a complete stranger) a hug.
Finally, Abrams has gone on the record to address this particular scene and admit that he made a mistake. Speaking with slashFilm, the director explained:
“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.”
Of course this doesn’t really take very much away from the actual scene, as it has since spawned a number of fan theories that have correlated with Rey’s birthright. Though many fans argue that this ruined Han’s ending, we simply say “It’s just one of those things”.
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