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The Walking Dead: The Ones Who Live Needs to Quit All the Time Jumps


What year does The Ones Who Live take place? It’s time to make sense of The Walking Dead’s confusing timeline.

Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes, Danai Gurira as Michonne - The Walking Dead: The Ones Who Live _ Season 1, Episode 1 - Photo Credit: AMC
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This article contains spoilers for The Walking Dead: The Ones Who Live episode 2.

If there’s one thing that AMC’s The Walking Dead universe loves, it’s a time jump. While the first few seasons of the comic book adaptation were easy to follow, we were then hit with multiple skips through time, and fans were left scratching their heads as they fit together an increasingly confusing narrative. 

Featuring the much-hyped return of Andrew Lincoln and Danai Gurira as Rick Grimes and Michonne, The Walking Dead: The Ones Who Live brings the star-crossed lovers together after years apart. Unfortunately for those who were expecting a simplistic Romeo & Juliet with zombies, The Ones Who Live has already hit us with multiple time jumps. Sigh, it’s time to consult The Walking Dead timeline again.

What Year is The Walking Dead: The Ones Who Live Set In?

Wrangling The Walking Dead’s timeline was tricky enough as is, but in The Ones Who Live, we pick up the story of Rick five years after his fake out death in season 9’s “What Comes After.” Starting in 2018, Rick is forced to work for the Civic Republic Military (CRM) but is still trying to get back to Michonne after promising he’ll find her again. It’s here that we get a twist on the iconic comic book moment of Rick losing his hand.

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