When Disney bought the Star Wars universe, pretty much all of the canon Expanded Universe was wiped out, making room for a new series of sequels and spinoffs.
One of the pieces of media that did survive as canon, though, is the Aftermath trilogy of novels by Chuck Wendig. Similar to the Rogue One film, the Aftermath novels fill in gaps and tell untold stories in between the official episodic films. The first two dealt with General Hux’s backstory and why Chewbacca has a life debt to Han Solo, respectively.
The third novel, titled Empire’s End, will feature the Battle of Jakku. That’s great, but the real interesting thing is that the novel reveals what ever happened to the prequel’s most annoying character, Jar Jar Binks. Turns out that Jar Jar followed up his foray into politics by becoming a simple street performer on Naboo.
The conclusion of a trilogy, mostly set between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens, Empire’s End contains plenty of rewards for long-term fans. One of these is an interlude set on the planet of Naboo. A refugee boy named Mapo encounters a Gungan performing for kids on the streets, clowning around in a fountain twice a day while being studiously avoided by the grown-ups.
“Meesa Jar Jar,” says the clown when Mapo introduces himself.
The clown distracts the orphan from his own sadness by popping his eyes and bulging his cheeks, but is hiding a sadness of his own.
“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.
Frankly, we think this is a fair punishment for helping ruin the prequels.