While doing press for 10 Cloverfield Lane, producer J.J. Abrams touched on his most recent directorial effort, Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Abrams actually admitted that there was something he would go back and change if he could. It's a scene that involves
Princess General Leia, Chewbacca and Rey. Specifically, Abrams admitted that he probably should have had Leia hug Chewbacca instead of hug Rey as the latter two left the Millennium Falcon during the film's finale. Of course, that hug from Leia was meant to console Rey (and probably herself as well) over the death of Han Solo. Said Abrams---
"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 [was] that both of them being strong with the Force and never having met, would [still] 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 in the context of the film, Chewbacca actually walked right past Leia in his effort to get Finn some medical attention. As the two characters who were closests to Han, it definitely makes more sense for Chewbacca and Leia to console one another or at least have a brief acknowledgement of their loss. On the other side, does Chewbacca's close attention to Finn indicate that Chewie will form a new duo with Finn moving forward?
Star Wars: Episode VIII will be written and directed by Rian Johnson and arrive in US theaters on December 15, 2017.