Snowpiercer Timeline Shows Difference Between Movie & TV Show

Titan Comics unveils an official Snowpiercer timeline to clarify when the graphic novels, Bong Joon-ho’s film, and the TNT series all take place.

Snowpiercer timeline shows the difference between the movie and the television series. First published in 1989, the French graphic novel series, Le Transperceneige, by Jacques Lob, Benjamin Legrand, and Jean-Marc Rochette was first adapted into a feature film by the Academy Award-winning director, Bong Joon-ho. In the wake of Snowpiercer‘s release in 2013, the graphic novel saw a spike in international popularity, and Titan Comics released an English translation the following year, which consisted of two volumes: The Escape and The Explorers (which also includes The Crossing). A third volume, Terminus, was released in 2016, followed by a prequel trilogy in 2019.


Based in part on the 2013 film and the graphic novel, a Snowpiercer series debuted on TNT in May of 2020, which acts a reboot of film’s continuity. Bong’s version is set 15 years after humanity’s attempt to stop global warming via stratospheric aerosol injection catastrophically, which backfires and creates a new ice age. The series winds the clocks back to just seven years after the world becomes a frozen wasteland, and the remnants of humanity seek refuge on the titular self-sustaining circumnavigational train run by the eccentric billionaire, Mr. Wilford.

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Now, Titan Comics has released an official Snowpiercer timeline to help fans understand the subtle differences between the graphic novels, Bong’s film, and the TV series. The timeline places the graphic novel’s prequel and original trilogies on the bottom with the TV show and movie in their corresponding places above, along with an indication of when the extinction event occurred. Check out the timeline below:

This timeline is the perfect guide for Snowpiercer fans who have only seen the movie and/or the TV show and are interested in diving into the original graphic novels, but are not sure where to begin. It is also helpful for those who want to start reading from the beginning and need some clarification regarding where the two adaptations fall on the overall timeline in relation to the source material. For instance, the Snowpiercer series picks up somewhere between the third prequel, Annihilation, and The Escape, while the movie is set near the beginning of The Explorers.

Despite these differences in the timeline, both adaptations feature a similar premise and explore the same themes, such as class warfare, social injustice, and the politics of survival. In both versions, the Snowpiercer’s population is rigidly segregated by class, with the elite living in the lavish front cars while the impoverished are forced to live in the back in squalor. This, of course, all stems from the original Snowpiercer comics.

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Source: Titan Comics

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