(WARNING: The following contains an extremely mild plot SPOILER for Chuck Wendig's soon-to-be released Star Wars novel, Star Wars Aftermath: Empire's End. As Yoda once so sagely advised Taylor Swift, say I did not say I did not warn you, do not.)
Now, it's possible that there's a more widely hated figure in modern popular culture than #JarJarBinks, but it doesn't seem all that likely. After all, you're supposed to hate Draco Malfoy, most people under the age of 25 only know Wesley Crusher from The Big Bang Theory, and Donald Trump now only counts as a nightmarish fictional character if you squint your eyes and look at him sideways. Jar Jar, it seems, has the top of the "most hated" heap all to himsa self.
Which possibly explains why:
We Finally Know Jar Jar Binks' Post-'Star Wars' Prequels Fate, And It's Pretty Depressing
Y'see, while the latest #StarWars movies have seemingly opted to pretend that Jar Jar didn't actually exist, there are still a whole host of prequel novels currently working frantically to fill in the gaps in Star Wars' backstory that #Disney's elimination of the old Expanded Universe has left. And, as it turns out, Chuck Wendig's soon-to-be-released tie-in novel, Star Wars Aftermath: Empire's End, contains the canonical fate of Jar Jar Binks.
Yup, that's right. We can now read about exactly what happened to Jar Jar — and as it turns out, it's super, super depressing. According to Empire's End, Binks wound up as a mildly reviled, but largely ignored, street performer on Naboo — an unsuccessful clown who spends his days goofing around in a fountain, entertaining children and irritating adults. Worse still, he is widely considered a traitor, something that's actually fairly accurate when you think about his role in the rise of Palpatine.
As Binks himself puts it:
"'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."
Which, if we're being honest, is actually a particularly cruel fate — to be forgotten by half of your people, and loathed by the other half, while watching the galaxy you tried to help save fall into a horrifying totalitarian dictatorship.
On the plus side, though, it technically means that the "Snoke is Jar Jar" theories are still on. Still silly, true, but technically still on. You make your own mind up on Tuesday February 21st, when Star Wars Aftermath: Empire's End hits bookstores.
What do you think, though? Did Jar Jar deserve so cruel a fate, or are we all being too hard on him? Let us know below!