There’s no character more reviled in the Star Wars universe than Jar Jar Binks, the unbearably not funny Gungan from the Prequel Trilogy. After Jar Jar’s debut in The Phantom Menace turned ugly, George Lucas pretty much abandoned the character in the next two movies. Lucas barely gave Jar Jar enough screen time in Attack of the Clones to muck things up further by giving Chancellor Palpatine the emergency powers that would eventually lead to the secret Sith Lord becoming Emperor of the galaxy. In Revenge of the Sith, we see Jar Jar mourning during Padme Amidala’s funeral on Naboo and not much else.
Jar Jar’s fate after the Prequels remained a mystery until earlier this year when Aftermath: Empire’s End, a novel by Chuck Wendig, hit shelves. The novel, which takes place a few years after Return of the Jedi, reveals in one of its many interludes that Jar Jar has been shunned by society after the rise of the Galactic Empire. The Gungans have banished him from their underwater city again and the people on the surface of Naboo blame him for facilitating the rise of Emperor Palpatine. Jar Jar now lives as a street performer in Theed, the capital of Naboo.
As the interlude describes, “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.”
It seems that Jar Jar is forced to live out the rest of his life alone on the streets of the capital he once (clumsily) helped save from the Trade Federation.
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Well, the actor who played Jar Jar in the Prequels, Ahmed Best, has some thoughts on his character’s fate and they might actually surprise you. While Best previously said that he was really surpised by the animosity fans felt towards Jar Jar after The Phantom Menace, he’s actually quite happy with the way things turned out for the poor Gungan in the end.
In an interview with Jamie Stangroom, Best revealed that he thought it was a good ending and that he’d originally asked Lucas for an even harsher fate for the character.
“It’s a very somber, very dark eventuality for Jar Jar, I quite liked it actually!” said Best of the character’s fate as a street performer. “It was really dramatic and I think a good idea to kind of sum up. I always complained to George when I realized that Sith was pretty much not going to have Jar Jar in it and they were moving very very far from me, I always complained to George that I didn’t get a good death! I wanted to really be just hacked to pieces in some kind of way… and George wouldn’t do it.”
“Hacked to pieces” probably would have satisfied the angriest of Jar Jar haters, but perhaps would have been a little too gratuitous for a Star Wars movie? Who am I kidding, Anakin killed a bunch of younglings in Revenge of the Sith! I would’ve been okay with Anakin striking down Jar Jar instead.
You can watch the full interview below: