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The following is a timeline of key events in the 12 Monkeys universe.

Original Timeline[]

1955[]

1958[]

1980[]

1985[]

Goines examines the Annapurna Remains. ("Shonin")

1987[]

Ramse deals with prison life. ("Shonin")

1988[]

1990[]

  • Ramse continues to receive contact from Olivia and begins learning from great philosophers through books. ("Shonin")

Ramse joins the 12 Monkeys. ("Shonin")

1991[]

1992[]

1995[]

Cole is accidentally sent to 2006. ("Mentally Divergent")

2006[]

  • En route to 2015, Cole accidentally arrives in North Korea. He is taken into custody but is soon slingshot to safety. ("Mentally Divergent")

2011[]

2012[]

Cassie gives a presentation on pandemics. ("Splinter")

2013[]

Cole confronts Henri Toussaint. ("Cassandra Complex")

2014[]

2015[]

Cassie finally reunites with Cole, after two years of waiting. ("Splinter")

January-July

July

August-November

Jennifer unleashes the virus. ("Year of the Monkey")

2016[]

The world faces mass death due to the pandemic. ("Splinter")

2017[]

  • The virus kills 7 billion people. The few who survive become scavengers or hide underground. ("Splinter")
  • James Cole appears in Chechnya at the height of the plague, after an unintentional time jump from 2015. ("Tomorrow")
  • Cole tracks down Cassie, who is working tirelessly at the CDC headquarters.
  • The West VII Quarantine Zone is established. At some point in the following years, scavenger leader Theodore Deacon slaughters the inhabitants of the zone and adopts their name for his group. ("Tomorrow")
  • A sick Cassie records a message for future survivors, “The plague starts with Leland Frost. [...] Please Cole.” ("Splinter")
  • Cassie dies in Cole's arms. She gives him a note with Jones's address on it to help her 2015 self locate Jones when Cole returns from Tokyo and is dying. ("Tomorrow")

2020[]

Cole and Ramse first meet Deacon ("Atari")

2032[]

The Spearhead community faces mass deaths after the virus mutates. ("Yesterday")

2033[]

2035[]

2039[]

Jones gives Cole his mission. ("Splinter")

2041[]


2043[]

Cole finds Cassie's decomposed body. ("Splinter")


Alternate Timeline[]

2015[]

2043[]

  • Cole returns to a different future than the one he remembers. In it, West VII has control over the facility. He heads back to 2015 before he splintered away from the Night Room. He intends to save Cassie. If he is successful, he will restore the Original Timeline. ("The Red Forest")

Third Timeline[]

This timeline is created after Cassie prevents Jennifer from unleashing the plague during Chinese New Years in 2016.

1955- November 2015[]

  • All events are the same.

Cole saves Ramse ("Year of the Monkey")

November 2015[]

Cole and Ramse work together against the 12 Monkeys. ("Year of the Monkey")

2016[]

Cassie changes history by preventing Jennifer from unleashing the virus. ("Year of the Monkey")

2018[]

  • May 6: The Washington Examiner warns "Pandemic Could Sweep Globe By 2019" ("Primary")
  • August 4: The New York Examiner reports on Cassie's work on the epidemic. ("Primary")

2043[]

2044[]

Fourth Timeline[]

This timeline is created after Cole and Cassie begin altering the past to prevent Messengers from paradoxing Primaries.

A young Kirschner is visited by The Witness. ("Fatherland")

1925[]

1930s?[]

1940[]

Mantis kills Glennis. ("Primary")

1944[]

1950s[]

Charlie decides to stab his wife, causing a paradox. ("Blood Washed Away")

1957[]

1958[]

Cassie is reunited with Cole. ("Blood Washed Away")

1959[]

Olivia first learns about The Witness through Mantis. ("Fatherland")

1961[]

Mantis on her deathbed. ("Emergence")

1971[]

1974[]

Cole and Ramse arrive in 1975. ("Immortal")

1975[]

Cassie speaks to The Witness, taking the shape of Aaron. ("Immortal")

2016[]

Cassie arrives in 2020. ("Lullaby')

2020[]

Hannah reveals herself to Jones. ("Lullaby")

2044[]

Fifth Timeline[]

This timeline is created after Cole splinters from 1959 to 1957, using the Red Forest's leaves. He changes history, killing Charlie instead of letting him live. ("Memory of Tomorrow")

1750[]

1852[]

1879[]

  • The Witness, who goes by Athan, is a young adult, having been raised in different time periods by the sole surviving Guardian of 1953’s massacre. Athan starts writing the Word of the Witness. ("Masks")

1891[]

  • Cassie and Cole come face to face with Athan, who flees through time. ("Witness")
  • June 26: The now adult Athan, having traveled and lived through countless decades, meets a woman named Eliza. Athan falls in love with her, but she later dies. Athan is crushed, and we see why he became someone that wanted to destroy time. ("Thief")
  • June 26: Athan changes history by saving Eliza. Only to have her die again later on. He attempts to save her in 607 other circumstances. ("Thief")

1899[]

Jennifer splinters to 1917. ("Memory of Tomorrow")

1917[]

1921[]

  • Jennifer, still stuck, writes postcards for Jones and Cole to find in the future in hopes of rescue. She also starts performing in one-woman shows. ("Guardians")

1922[]

1940[]

  • Cole's group travels back to steal 'Die Glocke', a bell owned by the Nazis. ("Die Glocke")
  • Deacon reveals he doesn't actually support the 12 Monkeys. ("Die Glocke")
  • Jennifer activates a bomb, killing Hitler. Himmler seizes power after his death. ("Die Glocke")
  • Cole's group gets the bell, and find a message inscribed on it: "1491, Hertfordshire, England". ("Die Glocke")

1945[]

  • Deacon and Hannah chase Cassie and Cole, but they escape. ("Nurture")

1953[]

  • Cole and Cassie provide Gale with parts of the Word of the Witness. ("Nature")
  • A mining disaster happens in Hope Valley. Gale suspects the 12 Monkeys are recruiting the family of the victims. ("Nature")
  • Cassie, posing as the wife of a mining victim, convinces "The Missionary", Zalmon Shaw, to invite her to a "wake". ("Nature")
  • Cole and Jennifer steal a magnet from Raritan. ("Nurture")
  • December 22: Cole and Cassie tell Gale how he dies in 1961. ("Nature")
  • December 22: Cole and Cassie attend a "wake" hosted by Zalmon and Mantis. It ends in a massacre, as the attendees are gassed to death by Athan. Cole and Cassie splinter away. ("Nature")
  • December 22: Cole, Deacon and Jennifer splinter to 1953 again, in an attempt to prevent the massacre. ("Nurture")
  • December 22: Cassie splinters back and kills Magdalena. ("Nurture")
  • December 22: Cole points his gun at Athan, but chooses not to kill him. Cassie shoots Deacon, preventing him from killing Athan. ("Nurture")
  • December 22: Athan splinters away. ("Nurture")
  • December 22: Cole and Cassie splinter away, telling Jennifer and Whitley, "Do not come after us. This is our's to fix. It's our family." ("Nurture")

1957[]

1959[]

  • December 26: Cole refuses to kill Athan again. ("Witness")
  • December 26: Jones leads a group to kill Athan. She manages to shoot him, but he splinters away to 2017. ("Witness")
  • December 26: Olivia launches a coup at Titan, believing Athan to be dead. ("Witness")
  • December 26: Athan splinters back from 2017 and shoots members of the 12 Monkeys at Titan. ("Witness")
  • December 26: Athan reveals to Olivia that she's the Witness. Olivia kills Athan out of anger. ("Witness")

1966[]

1971[]

  • March 16: Olivia is arrested for possession of stolen goods. ("45 RPM")

1989[]

1990[]

2007[]

2009?[]

  • Athan visits his mother after she loses her fist patient. She tells him "All we're doing is fighting the clock. And it always wins." This inspires him to create the Army of the 12 Monkeys. ("Thief")

2015[]

2017[]

  • Jennifer is visited by two kids at Eliza's grave. ("Witness")
  • Athan arrives from 1959 and is nursed back to health, with Jennifer's help. ("Witness")

2018[]

  • July 31: Jennifer jumps in front of a train to avoid capture. A future version of Cole saves her. ("Ouroboros")
  • August 1: Cole meets with Jennifer. ("Ouroboros")

2043[]

2044[]

  • Jones reappears, alone at the facility, unclear about what has happened. She has to fend off against scavengers for the year to come. ("Memory of Tomorrow")

2045[]

2046[]

2047[]

2163[]

Cassie is shocked to learn her child is The Witness. ("Memory of Tomorrow")

  • Deacon is kept as a prisoner and sees visions of his father. ("Enemy")
  • Cole scours the world of 2163 for months, hopelessly looking for Titan and Cassie. ("Mother")
  • Cole tracks Titan down, but is splintered away by a future version of himself before he can reach Cassie. ("Mother")
  • Cassie tries to commit suicide, but is splintered back to an earlier version of herself in 2163. Future Magdalena warned past Magdalena of Cassie's attempt. ("Mother")
  • Titan splinters back to 2046. ("Mother")


Final Timeline[]

Having saved time by sacrificing himself, there is technically no James Cole. The Cole from the preceding timelines is saved by being splintered into an alternate timeline where the show's events did not occur and he does not really exist. He and Cassie live happily here. The Jones' are alive and united. Etc.

References[]


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