I’ve seen a lot of news websites posting about Peter Mayhew and I didn’t really want to make a post about his passing because I felt that so many websites were using the news as click bait. And they do this without a single thought because it’s news. But Peter Mayhew was the original Chewbacca and will always be “the” Chewbacca for me. Having grown up with the OT, I never really ever thought he would get replaced or needed to be replaced as the Mighty Chewbacca. That’s not to say that the new actor is bad or not as good or anything like that, he seems to be taking the role to a good place as well. But it’s kind of like saying that (as an example) they could easily replace Sarah Michelle Gellar as Buffy because they just can’t. She’ll always be the only “Buffy” for me as Peter Mayhew will always be the only Chewbacca. Does that make sense? I hope so.
I’d like to wish Peter’s family and friends my deepest condolences. Peter brought so much to his role as Chewbacca and has made such a deep and lasting impact on so many lives as a result.
May he rest in peace, The Mighty Chewbacca, Peter Mayhew 1944 – 2019