I know its hard to believe, but there has been criticism about an important scene towards the end of The Force Awakens. Most audibly by Steven on our podcasts i might add. the scene in question is when the victorious rebel scum return to their base after destroying Starkiller Base. Victorious they may be, however many lives were lost, most importantly to us, Han Solo.
It seemed to annoy people that Chewie and Leia didn't have much of a scene. Considering their history and the fact that they both loved Han (in very different ways mind you) they seemed to just walk by each other.
To me this was not a problem as my theory is that Wookies are like Space Cats. They only bond with whomever feeds them and empties their Wookie tray. As soon as you stop feeding them they move on, like a 7' moggie would. they don't grieve.
However it seems i am wrong, JJ has spoken out about the 'missing' scene where Chewie and Leia hugged it out.
"That was probably one of the mistakes I made," Abrams admits. "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.
"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.
So hopefully this will put an end to the arguing about why Chewie didn't grieve. It was a mistake, and also done to show a bond between Finn and Chewie.
Glad that's all sorted out then!