Curious to know what Jar Jar Binks has been getting up to ever since Return of the Jedi? Of course you aren’t, but Chuck Wendig is about to shed light on the character’s fate nonetheless.
The decorated Star Wars author is on the verge of launching Star Wars: Aftermath — Empire’s End, the third part of his canon trilogy, and Mashable has gained access to an early copy. Due for release on February 21st, the extract largely focuses on the infamous Jar Jar Binks, and if you’re one of the few holding out hope that the well-meaning Gungan outcast somehow managed to find peace in his life, we’d advise you to stop reading now. In fact, if you’re wanting to avoid spoiling Empire’s End prior to launch, you’d be best bookmarking this page and returning at a later date.
Still with us? Much like the previous two entries in his canonical saga, Chuck Wendig will continue to document the collapse of the Galactic Empire with Aftermath, along with the Republic’s eventual change into the Rebel Alliance. As for Jar Jar, below you’ll find him reflecting on the moment he was banished for his mistakes.
“A refugee boy named Mapo encounters a Gungan performing for kids on the streets, clowning around in a fountain twice a day while being studiously avoided by the grown-ups. “Meesa Jar Jar,” says the clown when Mapo introduces himself. The clown distracts the orphan from his own sadness by popping his eyes and bulging his cheeks, but is hiding a sadness of his own. “Jar Jar makin some uh-oh mistakens,” the Gungan says, explaining why he isn’t wanted anywhere either. “Desa hisen Naboo tink I help the uh-oh Empire.” He stares into the distance, suggesting he knows more than he’s saying.”
Alienated by his own people, Jar Jar is essentially doomed to live out his remaining days as a clown far, far away from his rightful home on Naboo. It’s a sad, if somewhat cruel ending for a character that is so often ridiculed in the Star Wars universe, don’t you think?
Empire’s End graces store shelves on February 21st. In terms of Disney’s rebooted film universe, Star Wars: The Last Jedi is next in line to zoom into theaters. A December 15th release date is in place, and it seems that that title may be plural after all.