Chewie is the same old lovable Wookiee in The Force Awakens, with his grumpy reactions to Finn’s attempts at first aid, his complaints about the cold on Starkiller, and his childish assertions to the Resistance doctor that he acted very bravely. He also remains a loyal and fierce ally.
When Han returned to his old life as a smuggler after the fall of his son, Ben, Chewie left his family on Kashyyyk to rejoin his old friend. Chewie’s wife, Malla, who was first established in the much maligned Holiday Special, has been made canon in the young reader book A New Hope: The Princess, the Scoundrel, and the Farm Boy. According to the Visual Dictionary, his long absences from home are not unreasonable due to the long-lived nature of Wookiees.
In a deleted scene that made it into the novelization, Chewie makes good on an old warning of Han’s. Unkar Plutt, having followed Rey to Maz’s castle, threatens her for taking the Falcon. Rey pulls the blaster Han gave her, but Unkar takes it from her, pointing out that the safety is on (which is the reason she remembers it later in the film). Chewie takes the gun from Unkar, who pokes Chewie in his injured arm saying, “Half a Wookiee ain’t much to worry about.” Chewie then proceeds to rip Unkar’s arm off and throw it across the room.
Chewie’s reaction to Han’s death was quite emotional, with his blaster shot to Kylo – whom he no doubt had a familial bond with at one time – and igniting the explosives without regard to his own life. Yet I feel he could have gone even more berserk. I would have liked to see him throw a few First Order troops into the chasm or pull off an arm or two.
One criticism I had with the film was the lack of acknowledgment between Chewie and Leia after Han’s death. They pass each other by at the base without a glance, but Leia has an emotional moment with Rey, who she has never met before.
At the end, Chewie travels with Rey as they go in search of Luke. There is a touching moment in the novelization where Chewie prevents Rey from taking the co-pilot seat. Rey thinks Chewie doesn’t believe she can handle the job and she makes her case that he needs a co-pilot, but the Wookiee takes the seat himself, giving over the captain’s seat to her.
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