It Chapter One And Two Timeline And History Explained

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It Chapter 2 isn’t actually a sequel to It Chapter 1, but a continuation of the same story–which means it does more than just pick up where Chapter 1 left off, it goes back and weaves all sorts of new information into the events we saw transpire back in 1989. While this is great–and an opportunity to check in with those lovable kids who starred in Chapter 1 all while keeping an eye on their adult selves–it also means that the timeline of events can get a little bit confusing with all the retroactive continuity being laid out.

But never fear–we’re here to help. By cross-referencing the details of the two movies–everything from the occasional month and year title card to the various outfits the characters wear–we’ve put together a complete timeline of events between It Chapters 1 and 2 to spell out not only the journey the Losers took across all 27 years of their ordeal, but also the history of Pennywise in Derry according to this version of the story, in chronological order.

A “Few Million Years” Ago

Pennywise arrives on Earth from space, crash lands in the area that would become Derry, Maine, and forms a nest deep underground.

The “Mid 18th Century”

The Shokopiwah tribe become the first known people to actually encounter and try to fight Pennywise, using the Ritual of Chüd, which fails.


Derry was officially founded as a beaver trapping town, but quickly befell a number of tragedies resulting in the entire town disappearing with no sign of an attack. The only clue was a trail of bloody clothes leading to the “well house.” This marks the first major Pennywise attack on record.


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An explosion at the Ironworks Factory kills over a hundred people. Pennywise was the cause, somehow.


A gang shootout between the Citizens of Derry and the Bradley Gang racked up a massive body count. Pennywise at fault.


The Black Spot nightclub was burned down by a racist cult. Pennywise to blame.

Late 1988

Pennywise surfaces as a clown to lure the children of Derry to their deaths, claiming Georgie Denbrough as a victim.

June/July 1989

  • At the end of the school year Bill Denbrough, Richie Tozier, Stan Uris, and Eddie Kapsbrak begin investigating the Barrens to help Bill find clues about what happened to Georgie.

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  • The Losers Club adds Ben Hanscom and Beverly Marsh after they intervene during an attack on Ben by the Bowers gang. Each individual Loser (except Richie) begins experiencing Pennywise nightmares while they’re alone. Later, Mike Hanlon joins after the Losers save him from Bowers with a “rock war” in The Barrens.

  • The Losers begin concocting their plan to attack Pennywise where it lives. They make their first trip into Neibolt house, where Eddie breaks his arm and is whisked away by his mother. Bill and Richie get into a fight, resulting in a major break up for the Losers.

    • Chapter 2 flashback: Immediately after the fight, Bill walks (or, bike rides) Bev back home to her apartment where her father sprays her with her mother’s perfume.

    • Chapter 2 flashback: Richie spends time playing Street Fighter at the theater arcade, before getting chased out by Bowers and his gang. Richie runs to the park, where he’s attacked by Pennywise as the Paul Bunyon statue. At some point, either before or after the Pennywise attack, Richie goes to the Kissing Bridge to carve he and Eddie’s initials.

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August/September 1989

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Summer 2016

  • Stan receives Mike’s phone call and decides to kill himself. Before he does, however, he writes a letter to each Loser explaining himself.

  • Mike sends the Losers to uncover the respective “tokens.” Bev returns to her apartment and is attacked by Pennywise as Mrs. Kersh. Richie returns to the movie theater arcade, and then to the park where he’s attacked by Pennywise.

  • Eddie returns to the pharmacy to pick up a new inhaler, where he encounters his leper in the basement once more. When he returns to the inn to clean himself off, he’s attacked by Henry Bowers, who stabs him in the face.

  • Richie, in the middle of sneaking out of town, returns to the synagogue where he remembers Stan’s bar mitzvah.

  • Mike is attacked by Bowers in the library. Richie, after convincing himself to stay, saves Mike and kills Bowers.

  • Ben and Bev begin a relationship, move onto a boat, and get a dog. Bill returns home to write a new book. Richie returns to the Kissing Bridge to re-carve he and Eddie’s initials.

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