One of the biggest selling points of [Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens](tag:711158) is J.J. Abrams being on board as director. You can easily argue that with an acclaimed director like him attached, the newest entry in the Star Wars saga is destined to be superior to the controversial prequel films. Those films, especially The Phantom Menace, are looked down upon by many Star Wars fans. There are countless characters and plot elements from the prequels that are still publicly criticized to this day. If you do hate the prequel films, J.J. Abrams has got your back, as he plans on killing off one of the most hated characters from said prequels.
Recently, Vanity Fair got a chance to go behind the scenes of The Force Awakens and talk to J.J. Abrams himself in his production office at Bad Robot. According to the publication's follow-up article, J.J. Abrams revealed that he is actually considering killing off Jar Jar Binks in canon. He is quoted as saying to a Vanity Fair editor:
"I have a thought about putting Jar Jar Binks’s bones in the desert there. I’m serious! Only three people will notice, but they’ll love it."
Apparently, he also pointed to a frame in the editing room while saying this. This means that he already knows where he will put Jar Jar's bones, but has not yet decided on making the scene final.
In 1999, Star Wars: The Phantom Menace was arguably as hyped up back then as The Force Awakens is today. Unfortunately, many fans were let down with what is widely considered to be a misguided, effects-driven sci-fi with cringe-worthy dialogue and characters.
Perhaps the biggest criticism of the film was the character of Jar Jar Binks. Many critics consider him to be an unfunny and borderline offensive African-American stereotype that had no place in the film other than to pander to younger audiences. His smug grin, constant joking and irritating voice made him the most hated character in the entire Star Wars Universe.
Many Star Wars fans will chuckle quite a bit at Jar Jar's skull in the desert, implying that he got lost and starved to death. Still, others may argue that even acknowledging Jar Jar's existence will rob the film of a bit of its dignity. There are even others that actually like Jar Jar, and don't think he deserves to die. Considering how hated the character is though, it is likely that Abrams will run with his idea. Expect audiences to laugh and applaud the death of one of the most despised characters ever put on film.