Well into the mix of A New Hope, Han, Chewy, Luke, Obi-Wan and the two droids have escaped Tantooie and are headed to Alderaan. Passing through at light speed, Luke is training with the light saber as R2D2 plays a galactic form of chess with Chewbacca. Three dimensional hologram pieces occupy the board and one leaps across to upend an opponent. Chewy moans and strokes his hands behind his head in agitation.
“He made a fair move,” C3PO commentates, articulating both Rtoo’s clever play and Chewy’s frustration. “Screaming about it can’t help you.”
“It’s not wise to upset a Wookie.” Han slyly injects.
“But sir, nobody worries about upsetting a droid.” C3PO defends his position.
Han leans over for emphasis with a knowing grin on his face, “That’s because a droid doesn’t pull people’s arms out of their sockets when they lose. Wookie’s are known to do that.”
C3PO takes a moment to compute.
“I see your point, sir. I suggest a new strategy.” C3PO naively, but accurately recommends, “Let the Wookie win.”
He’s over seven feet tall. He’s hairy. Chewbacca understands human English but few who speak English understand his groans, roars, and assorted whines and pitches. He is loyal. He is loving. The friendship between Han and Chewy is true and lived well in their every day functions of life as well as the dramas.
Living with someone is sometimes tough. Whether its who cleans the dishes or whether there’s enough food on the table, there’s going to be fights. This band of loosely-fitting droids and humans has been through quite a bit escaping the Empire. Heading toward what they anticipate will be a respite, they have enough down time to do some “normal” stuff before the next chapter erupts. We know that what is coming next will be even more harrowing than the last encounter.
You can’t always win and you don’t know when the next drama is going to rip into your life. Next time you get agitated about someone possibly getting the best of you, consider the real issues at stake. Let the Wookie win.