Last week, we learned that Chuck Wendig’s “Star Wars Aftermath: Empire’s End” would clue fans in on what Lando Calrissian and Lobot were up to after the fall of the empire. It turns out that we’ll also get to hear the official story of Jar Jar Binks, and no… he isn’t Snoke.
It turns out that Binks, who was once a member of the Galactic Senate is now exiled from his Gungan homeland and has been reduced to performing tricks for children on the streets of Naboo.
Here’s a clip from the upcoming novel (available next week):
Since children started coming in by the shipload as refugees, the Gungan has served them, performing for the kids once or twice a day, He does tricks. He juggles. He falls over and shakes his head as his eyes roll around inside their fleshy stalks. He makes goofy sounds and does strange little dances. Sometimes it’s the same performance, repeated. Sometimes the Gungan does different things, things you’ve never seen, thing’s you’ll never see again. Just a few days ago, he splashed into the fountain’s center, ten pretended to have the streams shoot him way up in the air. He leapt straight up, then back down with a splash. And he leapt from compass point to compass point, back and forth, before finally conking his head on the edge and plopping down on his butt. Shaking his head. Tongue wagging. All the kids laughed. Then the Gungan laughed, too.
The clown, they called him “Bring the clown. We want to see the clown. We like it how he juggles glombo shells, or spits fish up in the air and catches them, or how he dances around and falls on his butt.”
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.
When a child asks him why no adults talk to him, he answers:
“My no so sure.” The Gungan makes a hmm sound. “Mesa thinks it cause-o Jar Jar makin some uh-oh mistakens. Big mistakens. Der Gunga bosses banished me longo ago. Mesa no been to hom in for-ebbers. And desa hisen Naboo tink I help the uh-oh Empire.”
Well crap. Now I actually feel bad for the Gungan…