Beloved Star Wars characters tend to die epic deaths, whether it's on the wrong end of a lightsaber blade or merging with the Force. And now we know the fate of one more character, one who isn't so beloved: Jar Jar Binks.
When last we saw the Gungan comic relief in Revenge of the Sith, he was attending the funeral of Padme Amidala, the senator who gave him her proxy back in Attack of the Clones. That's when Senator Binks made a motion to give Chancellor Palpatine emergency powers during the Clone Wars. The result: the fall of the Republic and the rise of the Empire. Only a Sith Lord could see that coming.
In Star Wars: Aftermath - Empire's End by Chuck Wendig, which takes place between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens, we learn …
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… he's still alive, people.
According to Heroic Hollywood, Jar Jar has been shunned by his people for his part in the defeat of the Republic and the rise of the Empire. He performs tricks for children. No one else speaks to him.
Since children started coming in by the shipload as refugees, the Gungan has served them, performing for the kids once or twice a day, He does tricks. He juggles. He falls over and shakes his head as his eyes roll around inside their fleshy stalks. He makes goofy sounds and does strange little dances. Sometimes it’s the same performance, repeated. Sometimes the Gungan does different things, things you've never seen, things you'll never see again. Just a few days ago, he splashed into the fountain’s center, then pretended to have the streams shoot him way up in the air. He leapt straight up, then back down with a splash. And he leapt from compass point to compass point, back and forth, before finally conking his head on the edge and plopping down on his butt. Shaking his head. Tongue wagging. All the kids laughed. Then the Gungan laughed, too.
The clown, they called him. "Bring the clown. We want to see the clown. We like it how he juggles glombo shells, or spits fish up in the air and catches them, or how he dances around and falls on his butt."
The adults, though. They don't say much about him. Or to him. And no other Gungans come to see him, either. Nobody even says his name.
Jar Jar seems to accept his fate, albeit sadly. When asked by a boy, Mapo, why adults shun him, he answers:
"My no so sure." The Gungan makes a hmm sound. "Mesa thinks it cause-o Jar Jar makin some uh-oh mistakens. Big mistakens. Der Gunga bosses banished me longo ago. Mesa no been to hom in for-ebbers. And desa hisen Naboo tink I help the uh-oh Empire."
There you have it. Jar Jar is paying for his crimes. But fans have savaged him over the years not for being easily manipulated … but for being ridiculous.
He was. I've never had much love for Jar Jar. While you may be happy to see Binks brought down low, spare a kind thought for actor Ahmed Best, who has suffered for his character’s flaws.
Star Wars: Aftermath - Empire's End hits store shelves today.