A 'Star Wars' Novel Reveals Jar Jar's Fittingly Tragic Fate

Friday, 17 February 2017 - 10:32PM
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Friday, 17 February 2017 - 10:32PM
A 'Star Wars' Novel Reveals Jar Jar's Fittingly Tragic Fate
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Jar Jar Binks from The Phantom Menace has long held the position of "most hated Star Wars character," to the point that psychologists have examined what makes him so unlikeable. It's why the Gungan never appeared in The Force Awakens and hopefully not The Last Jedi, and why his plight in the new Star Wars: Aftermath novel is suitably a sad one.

Due out on February 21, Aftermath: Empire's End by Chuck Wendig is the conclusion of a book trilogy chronicling the Star Wars events between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens. While mostly following Rebels and Imperials like Wedge Antilles and original characters Rae Sloane and Norra Wexley, the book saw fit to tie up the loose end of Jar Jar, who last appeared briefly in Revenge of the Sith and then disappeared.

Turns out (and spoiler warning for Empire's End), the fan theories that he was a Sith Lord or simply blown up on Alderaan weren't true. He's become a street performer back on Naboo, a "clown" who spends his days trying to amuse kids. Mind you, he had a career in the Galactic Senate back in Attack of the Clones. Here's an excerpt from Wendig's novel, courtesy of io9
Opening quote
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.
Closing quote


Eventually, a child asks this mysterious, dopey stranger for his name (he says "Meesa Jar Jar"), and why all the adults hate him. The in-universe explanation is that he inadvertently gave enough power to Palpatine to begin his Empire during his Senate career, although the real explanation is, again, explained by psychology
Opening quote
 "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."
Closing quote

If you're feeling any schadenfreude, don't worry too much about it. After all, he's Jar Jar.

Star Wars Aftermath: Empires End comes out February 21, 2017, while Star Wars: The Last Jedi comes out December 15, 2017.

Via: Mashable
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