The Halo series has had some of the most beloved first-person shooter games in the recent years. While the series initially began as a project by Bungie for Xbox, it has extended to a lot of novels, comic books and other media. The latest installment in the series, Halo Infinite, came out in late 2021 by 343 Industries.

Halo Infinite also arrived at the right time to create anticipation and hype for the upcoming Paramount+ series. there are a lot of questions about what the series is going to take from the games and what is it going to leave behind.

The franchise’s creative director and executive producer Frank O’Connor recently explained that the show will have its own timeline. O’Connor talk to the official Halo Waypoint website to explain that the new timeline fill is show will be called the “Silver Timeline.

We want to use the existing Halo lore, history, canon, and characters wherever they make sense for a linear narrative, but also separate the two distinctly so that we don’t invalidate the core canon or do unnatural things to force a first-person video game into an ensemble TV show. The game canon and its extended lore in novels, comics, and other outlets is core, original, and will continue unbroken for as long as we make Halogames.

O’Connor also explain that while there will be a lot of things borrowed from the games, the show will often have a similar but ultimately different timeline. He explained that while the characters, events and places may seem similar, they might have their own differences. This is their way to keep things that they want to keep into the show and put out what they do not.

To be clear: these will be two parallel, VERY similar, but ultimately separate timelines whose main events and characters will intersect and align throughout their very different cadences. The TV show timeline – the ‘Silver Timeline’ – is grounded in the universe, characters and events of what’s been established in core canon, but will differ in subtle and not so subtle ways in order to tell a grounded, human story, set in the profoundly established Halo universe. Where differences and branches arise, they will do so in ways that make sense for the show, meaning that while many events, origins, character arcs, and outcomes will map to the Halo story fans know, there will be surprises, differences, and twists that will run parallel, but not identically to core canon.

Halo is up there with Warhammer 40 K and Lord of The Rings You have some of the most complicated timelines. Since the Halo universe extends beyond the game, too many novels as well as Web comics, the show has taken on a hard task of creating their own separate timeline. The Wire & American Gods’ Pablo Schreiber will play the role of Master Chief, while Jen Taylor will reprise her role as Cortana in the series.

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Nitish Vashishtha

Nitish Vashishtha is a freelance writer/news correspondent from India. He’s written content for companies like ScoopWhoop and Sportskeeda. He’s been writing about pop-culture, current affairs and pro-wrestling since 2017. While pursuing Master's in Mass Communication with a special interest in Advertising, his key areas of creativity lie in designing, content creation and creative storytelling as well as fictional writing. In his free time, he likes to create new riffs on his guitar, learning about whatever piques his interest, reading books ranging from philosophy to speculative sci-fi and enjoys watching anything HBO (Succession FTW).

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