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Timeline Chronology and Series Continuity

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Timeline to the Series

The series timeline can be somewhat confusing, especially if you haven't been taking notes.

While most users tend to believe that each season occurs "that year", for instance, Season 1 in 2008, Season 2 in 2009, etc., that's not how it works. Remember that when Season 2 debuted, it picked up right where Season 1 left off, making it 2008 still. Factor in all the jumps in time, like when Sookie was in Fairyland, and you'll be lost in no time.

This makes it hard to post death years on certain character infoboxes.

While I thought we already had it established, that the Thanksgiving Dinner scene at the end of the series' final episode took place in 2014, the page was recently updated by a user with the IP #67.183.238.127. He states:

  • "The Thanksgiving dinner at the end takes place in 2015, since the year before the two time-jumps was 2011."

...So I started questioning whether there was any fact in this bout of logic, and exactly whose right.

So let's take a look:

Background

  • 2006
    • Vampires come out of the coffin.

Season 1

  • 2008
    • While most think it should be the same as the current year, the events actually take place slightly in the future.
    • The events occur over a matter of only 16 days.
    • It is 2008 in real life, and the show is to be set in the future. Middle to Late August of 2008.

Season 2

  • 2008
    • Picks up where Season 1 leaves off.
    • The events occur over a matter of only 11 days.

Season 3

  • 2008
    • Picks up where Season 2 leaves off.
    • The events occur over a matter of only 9 days.
    • The events have encompassed a little over 2 months as of this point.
    • It is the beginning of October, 2008.

Season 4

  • 2008
    • While the season picks up where Season 3 leaves off, Sookie visits Fairy Land, for only several minutes, and "12 and a half months" pass by on the other plane.
  • 2010
    • It is 2011 in real life, and October of 2010 in the series' timeline.
    • It is approximately a week and a half before Halloween.

Season 5

  • 2010
    • Picks up where Season 4 leaves off.
    • It is likely November, 2010.

Season 6

  • 2011
    • Time spent in Burrell's Camp advanced the story timeline through 2010 and into 2011.

Season 7

  • 2011
    • It is the beginning / middle of 2011.
    • The first time jump is 1 year and advances the story timeline into the middle of 2012.
  • 2012
    • The second time jump is 3 years.
    • This would indeed jump the date up to 2015.

While I would normally think that this all depends on the season and date before the first time jump in the seventh season, that wouldn't necessarily matter, as, regardless, it is more than likely Thanksgiving Dinner in November at the end of the series. Let's assume it was November 2014. Three years prior would have made it November 2011. And one year before that would put it around November 2010. Because we know that October 2010 occurred in Season 4, that would leave one month for the events in Seasons 5 and 6 to occur without causing a continuity error.

However, as the diary Sookie is reading at the beginning of Season 7 possesses entries dated 2011, we can make the assumption that it is at least the middle of 2011 by the start of Season 7's time jumps.

But, high-schooler's T-shirts seen on the show read "2012" even though it was 2010, going on 2011. This would make the final dinner's date 2016.

Ensuring continuity wasn't a top priority among the series' creators. This is what makes the art of establishing a timeline even more difficult.

Following a logical, progressive flow of the sequences throughout, it would indeed appear that it is about 2015 and not 2014. What do you guys think? Did I miss something? - Adamantoise (talk) 02:59, October 15, 2014 (UTC)

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