Police across the world are making final preparations for what they fear will be a series of violent and explosive riots if the rumoured death of Luke Skywalker occurs in Star Wars 8: The Last Jedi.
Riots are expected in New York, Los Angeles, London, Paris and Tokyo if Skywalker, played by Mark Hamill, dies, with police stocking up on tear gas and batons to fend off the legions of angry Star Wars geeks if the worst happens.
Riots have reportedly also broken out in Detroit, although it’s unclear if they are related to the potential death of the Jedi Master, or indeed if there is any reason behind them at all.
NYPD commissioner James P. O’Neill warned the people of New York to stay indoors on December 14th.
“I am afraid that if you go outside on December 14, we cannot guarantee your safety,” said a grim O’Neill.
“The Star Wars fanbase are high in numbers, rabid, and there is no reasoning with them.”
Some observers are sceptical about whether they really will kill Luke, but Rian Johnson, director of Looper, is not afraid to make controversial decisions; if he was willing to kill off Bruce Willis, he should have no issue in offing Mark Hamill.
Hamill himself has not helped calm the situation, by stating that he disagreed with every decision Johnson took in respect of Luke, suggesting that the character’s death was one of those decisions.
“You look at the Star Wars films and they always kill off the best characters,” said a bitter Hamill.
“Boba Fett, Obi-Wan, Qui-Gon, Han Solo, Ned Stark, all great characters cut down in their aged prime.
“I have a bad feeling about this…”