If you’re like me, you may have always wondered why Chewbacca wasn’t given a medal at the end of A New Hope like Han and Luke. I mean, the guy was part of the team, so it always seemed wrong he wasn’t honored in the same fashion Even so, for some reason, this is something I’ve never looked up.
Well, that ends today. It appears this was settled long ago, but George Lucas himself. Back in 1977, Lucas recorded some character spots, and one of them explained the issue with Chewie being denied a medal for his service. You can check out what Lucas had to say about it below.
“Chewbacca wasn’t given a medal because medals don’t really mean much to Wookiees. They don’t really put too much credence in them. They have different kinds of ceremonies. The Wookiee Chewbacca was in fact given a great prize and honor during a ceremony with his own people. The whole contingent from the Rebel Alliance went to Chewbacca’s people and participated in a very large celebration. It was an honor for the entire Wookiee race.”
So there you have it, Chewy was honored, just not in the same ceremony as Han and Luke, and unfortunately not on screen. Well, while that’s good to know and to an extent puts the issue to bed, I still feel he should have been given recognition with Han and Luke. The scene is almost uncomfortable to watch because Chewy just stands there awkwardly, not having a medal, when he absolutely deserved one.
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