We can all blame the wookie for the reset of the Star Wars canon in 2012.
When Disney bought Lucasfilm, one of the earliest actions taken was a reset of the official Star Wars canon. The reset was controversial at the time, but it seems that it really all came down to the fact Chewbacca was dead in what is known as the “Legends.”
Speaking with Syfy, Lucasfilm Story Group member Leland Chee shed some light on the decision.
For me it came down to simply that we had killed Chewbacca in the Legends — a big moon had fallen on him. Part of that [original decision] was Chewbacca, because he can’t speak and just speaks in growls, he was a challenging character to write for in novels. Publishing had decided they needed to kill somebody, and it was Chewbacca.
But if you have the opportunity to bring back Chewbacca into a live action film, you’re not gonna deprive fans that. There’s no way that I’d want to do an Episode VII that didn’t have Chewbacca in it and have to explain that Chewbacca had a moon fall on his head. And if we were going to overturn a monumental decision like that, everything else was really just minor in comparison.
The death of Chewie in the novels had split the fandom quite a bit. He was a beloved character, and in some senses was almost like the pet of the series. And Chee is right, with where these movies were going, he needed to be alive.
The new canon is doing a fine job of bringing back some of the best elements of the old Legends, and in turn our favorite wookie is back amongst the living. Seems like a good trade to me.
Source: Syfy .