5 Ways to Avoid 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Spoilers

by John Boone 12:20 PM PST, December 16, 2015
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Did you know [SPOILER!] is really a [SPOILER] and [SPOILER] gets [SPOILER] in Star Wars: The Force Awakens?

Obviously, we would never tell you anything that would ruin the movie. We’re not Rancor monsters! But now that press -- and whoever was lucky enough to attend any of the premieres -- has seen the film, you’re no longer living in a safe, spoiler-free world. If you don’t want anything about Episode VII ruined for you, here are some best practice methods to avoid spoilers.

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1. Avoid the Reviews: The embargo on The Force Awakens reviews was lifted at 12:01 PST this morning, meaning the floodgates have opened. Disney kindly asked that reviewers avoid spoilers -- and most that we’ve read have respected that -- but they might contain minor plot points. Best to steer clear. (Should you choose to read reviews anyway, our spoiler-free take is here.)

2. Use “Force Block”: If you’re a Google Chrome user, there is an add-on extension specifically created to “block pages containing spoilers from Star Wars: The Force Awakens” using “smart pattern detection and a whitelist for false alarms.”

3. Don’t Tweet About Avoiding Spoilers: Rumor has it if you do, there is a spiteful Twitter troll who is spending their time specifically targeting people who say they are avoiding spoilers and sending them spoilers. This person is most definitely a Sith and deserves to spend eternity in Jabba’s Sarlacc pit. Best to avoid Twitter completely, if you can.

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4. Don’t Believe Everything You Read: There have been so many rumors and fan theories surrounding The Force Awakens that have been misconstrued as fact. Speculation about why Luke Skywalker isn’t in any of the trailers, or who is related to whom, or General Leia’s bun-less hair and C-3PO’s red arm.

Take everything you hear with a grain of salt -- that way, even if you happen upon a real spoiler, you won’t necessarily believe it until you see it yourself. At the very least, know that spoilers won’t ruin the movie for you. Even if you know what’s going to happen, it’s still a ton of fun.

5. Stay Off the Damn Internet! You can be without it for 24 hours, right?!

Now, if you’re still worried about Star Wars spoilers, don’t worry. J.J. Abrams tells ET, “You haven’t seen anything!”