The tragic truth of what happened to Jar Jar Binks

Ben Arnold
UK Movies Writer
Binks… is alive and well, but what’s he doing? – Credit: Lucasfilm

Poor Jar Jar Binks.

Pilloried from the outset, his ludicrous loping gait came to embody all that was wrong with George Lucas’s prequel ‘Star Wars’ movies.

And then in ‘Revenge of the Sith’, after he’d rather incredulously been made a senate representative, some bungled politics saw him directly responsible for weakening the Republic and creating the Empire.

So where is he now?

Well, a new book in the ‘Star Wars’ canon – ‘Star Wars Aftermath: Empire’s End’, by Chuck Wendig, set between ‘Return of the Jedi’ and ‘The Force Awakens’ – details his ignominy.

Wendig describes a refugee boy called Mapo who encounters a Gungan – Binks’ race of amphibious creatures – on the planet of Naboo.

(Credit: Lucasfilm)

The Gungan, who introduces himself as Jar Jar (“Meesa Jar Jar”, he says), is working on the streets as a clown.

According to the text, he clowns in the city, twice a day in fountain, performing tricks like popping his eyes and blowing out his cheeks for children.

Mashable reports that when asked why he is not wanted anywhere else, he replies: “Jar Jar makin some uh-oh mistakens.

“Desa hisen Naboo tink I help the uh-oh Empire.”

Sadly, being reminded of his grating manner of speaking makes us lose all sympathy for his current predicament.

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