With The Strolling Useless‘s farewell to Rick involving yet one more large time leap for the collection, we determined we would get by means of the grieving course of by embarking on the pretty mammoth job of placing collectively a information to the franchise’s baffling timeline.
All the following has been formally confirmed on display – which implies that A LOT (critically, a LOT) has occurred to our Worry / Strolling Useless buddies over a two-year interval.
It is most likely finest you ignore how a lot Carl ages over the course of eight seasons, which is definitely the least of the logic issues when inspecting the timelines of those collection.
Round 131 days earlier than the International Outbreak, the Wildfire virus begins to reanimate corpses with out the general public being conscious of what is going on on.
Individuals go about their lives doing regular stuff, like being hooked on booze (Hershel), getting excessive in an deserted church / makeshift crackhouse (Nick) and being given a gun as a gift earlier than a household street journey (Andrea and Amy).
So, regardless of the very fact they’re completely not conscious of it on the time, the zombie virus is on the brink of devastate the world when cops Rick and Shane get right into a shootout with a bunch of dangerous dudes, and Rick leads to the hospital in a coma, like he is the world’s greatest 28 Days Later fanboy.
The entire of Worry The Strolling Useless‘s first two seasons happen within the early levels of Yr One, when the International Outbreak first hits and turns the world into Zack Snyder’s Daybreak Of The Useless in slow-mo.
Virtually two months after the breakout, Rick Grimes wakes up from his coma. Remarkably, Worry takes till season three to catch as much as this part of the timeline (they’re on that bizarre survivalist ranch when Rick’s waking up). Which implies that the Worry gang had principally probably the most insanely action-packed couple of months within the historical past of civilisation: escaping Los Angeles, turning into seafarers, heading to Mexico and establishing on the ranch.
In the meantime, The Strolling Useless workforce use their first few seasons to cowl the primary yr of the outbreak, which is barely extra credible however nonetheless fairly astonishing.
It implies that our heroes go from their first camp, to the CDC, to the farm, to the jail, to the Governor’s city, then again to the jail over the area of a yr within the timeline.
That is a whole lot of upheaval, dudes – we hope you by no means must undergo a letting company, they frown upon this a lot housemoving.
Morgan, in the meantime, manages to maintain issues comparatively chill, shifting from staying in a single place surrounded by a bunch of traps (day 314), to by accident burning down his condo (day 321), to happening a kill spree (day 321 – 324), to getting locked up by a pacifist (day 324 – 330) and studying the best way to be Donatello (day 330), over the course of round two weeks in direction of the top of the primary yr.
In case you thought the primary twelve months of The Strolling Useless‘s timeline had been action-packed, brace your self.
Season 4 begins at round day 500 of the outbreak. Season eight begins at round day 621. This was confirmed in a tweet from AMC, which in contrast Rick on day zero of the outbreak to day 632 (simply after Rick’s captured by Jadis).
It implies that, over the course of Yr Two, our heroes… *deep breath*… Expertise a lethal flu, watch Hershel get killed by the Governor earlier than their jail house is destroyed, journey to Terminus, get captured by cannibals, and go to Grady (a hospital run by homicidal officers, the place Beth is killed).
Then, they go to a supposedly secure neighborhood referred to as Alexandria, the place they’re attacked by a gang of weirdos calling themselves Wolves, who use zombies to assault the city.
THEN they uncover one other rival gang, who name themselves the Saviors, and resolve to kill them of their beds (after the yr they’ve had, who can blame them?) beginning a warfare with a rockabilly with a baseball bat referred to as Negan. (The warlord is named Negan. The bat is named Lucille.)
Oh, and so they additionally uncover one other neighborhood referred to as The Kingdom, run by a dude with a pet tiger. To be trustworthy, assembly a dude with a pet tiger could be sufficient for us to have an eventful yr, so goodness is aware of how Rick feels.
Season 4 of Worry The Strolling Useless kicks off through the second yr of the outbreak, with a time leap permitting for Morgan to affix the Worry forged shortly after the occasions of The Strolling Useless‘s All Out Battle. A dam blows up and so they all go to Texas, however they nonetheless have not gone into the third yr post-apocalypse, so it is bye-bye to the Worry crew for now.
Season 9 of The Strolling Useless begins on day 1170, so round midway by means of Yr Three. It is principally an enormous vacation in comparison with Yr Two, with the gang principally targeted on constructing a bridge and teasing Rick Grimes’ closing episode.
We type of get a take a look at Yr Seven in season eight, with the Previous Man Rick visions that bookend the season’s opening and Carl’s dying (sure, we expect the imaginative and prescient belongs to Rick, however it’s truly the hallucination of a dying Carl).
However because it’s all imaginary, we’re unsure it counts, except AMC decides that one of many films they’re contracted to make with Andrew Lincoln will take the type of a feature-length adaptation of this nonsense.
What positively does depend (except it additionally seems to be the imaginative and prescient of a feverish AMC government) is the time-jump that comes on the finish of Rick’s final episode (season 9, episode 5 – ‘What Comes After’), which sees 10-year-old Judith placing on Rick’s hat after saving a bunch of recent forged members.
Her age is important – Judith’s now the identical age as Carl when The Strolling Useless first began, which is a pleasant strategy to open The Strolling Useless‘s greatest reboot (although some outdated favourites will nonetheless be a part of the present for some time but).
Here is hoping new-Judith Cailey Fleming would not have any Chandler Riggs-style progress spurts between now and season 18, as we think about the present’s going to sluggish its timeline again down once more from this level on.
Although we hope that they really take this chance to hurry issues up a bit, particularly as, with season 9 happening in Yr Eight, we have virtually caught up with what this present ought to have logically been doing from the beginning (guys: one yr / one season – it isn’t rocket science).
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