Ask any Star Wars fan what was wrong with the prequels, and their response can usually be summed up in three words: Jar Jar Binks.
Yup, the clumsy Gungan became such a staple of hatred for the franchise that George Lucas will probably never be forgiven. The late singer Wesley Willis even recorded the following song to express his distaste for Jar Jar.
You may remember that in Attack of the Clones, Jar Jar pressured the Senate into granting emergency powers to Chancellor Palpatine. Because what could possibly go wrong if Palpatine had more power. It's not like he's a Sith Lord or anything. Oh wait...
So yeah, due to his unintentional role in the rise of the Galactic Empire, Jar Jar is pretty much as hated by the residents of the Star Wars universe as he is by fans of the franchise. So what's a Gungan to do when everyone's out for his blood?
He returns to his home planet of Naboo and becomes a clown, of course. A literal clown. I don't think that would be particularly hard for him. He performs his clown routine twice a day by a fountain, and whilst the adults avoid him, a young refugee boy named Mapo takes a liking to Jar Jar and even strikes up a conversation. Which leads him to say the following:
"Meesa Jar Jar...Jar Jar makin some uh-oh mistakens...Desa hisen Naboo tink I help the uh-oh Empire."
He then stares sadly into the distance, no doubt reminiscing about how he inadvertently led to the rise of a regime that caused millions of deaths. We'll always hate you, Jar Jar.
This was revealed in the new Canon novel Star Wars Aftermath: Empire's End by Chuck Wendig, which you can buy on Amazon. Thanks to Mashable for the heads up.
It kind of seems like Disney don't want to put Jar Jar in any future movies because of the backlash it will bring them (he's been pretty much absent from Star Wars merchandise since they purchased the franchise back in 2012), so they asked Wendig to quietly come up with an explanation for his absence to tie up loose ends.
So yeah, if you're a fan of Jar Jar, don't expect to see him showing up in any new films or Star Wars merchandise. He's too busy clowning around on Naboo.
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