The whole thing came to a head yesterday after Shatner tweeted a cryptic “I’m baaaccck!,” a statement that could have referred to any number of beloved Shatner characters like the Priceline Negotiator or The Big Giant Head from 3rd Rock From The Sun. However, a bunch of Star Trek nerds on the Internet read it as the return of Captain Kirk, because they haven’t experienced betrayal the way Star Wars fans have. Some of them even published blog posts about it. Shatner, angered by the impertinence of these young whippersnappers, swiftly took to Twitter to shut the rumors down:
Let’s talk ST. I don’t know anything about the current gossip. Nobody has contacted me. Right now it’s just rhetoric to cause hype.
— William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) September 23, 2014
His work defending his most iconic role and source of fan-convention income complete, Shatner then returned to live-tweeting Castle.