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The Walking Dead started with BFFs Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and Shane (Jon Bernthal) on the job just before the outbreak. Then we woke up in the hospital with Rick and saw the world had gone to poop. Now it’s halfway through Season 4, right after the prison battle.

How long has it been since the start of the zombie apocalypse? What’s the timeline?

Every so often we try to do the math, including time jumps between seasons, but director/producer/special effects guru Greg Nicotero helped us out in a December 31 interview with Channel Guide Magazine.

Here’s what he dropped into an answer about walkers in the second half of Season 4: “The threat of the walkers is something that Scott [Gimple] and I had a long conversation about when we wrapped Season 3. Because the truth of the matter is that if our group has been going out on runs and living in this prison for a year, year and a half — because you figure it’s probably been about a year and a half since The Turn — they have to be good at killing walkers or otherwise they wouldn’t have survived...”

OK, so that gives us a big-picture feel for the timeline. There were several months between Season 2 and Season 3, illustrated by Lori’s advanced pregnancy; and there were about six or seven months between Season 3 and Season 4. Do you think they’ll do another time jump between Season 4 and Season 5 or follow the characters wherever we leave them on the March 30 finale, "A"? We're guessing they won't be on the road as much when Season 5 returns, and it would be nice to pick up the action as if no time had passed. But filming tends to be done from spring to fall, so we won't be shocked if the story fast-forwards through another winter.

The Walking Dead Season 4 airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET on AMC.

Source: Channel Guide Magazine