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Dune 2’s Release Delay Has Worked Out Perfectly For The Movie’s Timeline


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  • The delay of Dune: Part Two from 2023 to 2024 may actually benefit the sequel’s timeline.
  • The time jump in the novel is an important narrative device that needs to be properly portrayed in the film.
  • The delay unintentionally provides the perfect two-and-a-half-year gap between the installments, aiding the movie’s storytelling.


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While Dune: Part Two‘s unforeseen delay from 2023 to 2024 was a major disappointment for many fans of the first movie, the pause could actually benefit the sequel’s timeline. Based on Frank Herbert’s seminal science fiction novel, Denis Villeneuve’s first Dune movie was largely loyal to the original story, suggesting that the follow-up will deliver more of the same. However, thanks to the source material’s structure, this loyalty presented a potential issue for the adaptation – one that the delay may have helped fix.

Following the dramatic events of Dune: Part One, Dune: Part Two will continue the story of Paul Atreides and his mother Lady Jessica after they join the Fremen freedom fighters in the war against the Harkonnens. Set amid a backdrop of intergalactic political turbulence and intrigue, the film mirrors the book’s epic ambition and scope. Yet, before Part Two‘s release, one unavoidable narrative device had fans divided – the novel’s time jump. Spanning Paul’s growing influence over the Fremen and the introduction of new characters, effectively portraying the gap on film presented a potential problem. However, thanks to the release delay, the issue may have an accidental solution.

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Dune 2 Delay Creates A Perfect 2-And-A-Half-Year Gap To Part 1

The Dune time jump is important for several reasons. Not only does it explain how Paul is able to gradually exert his influence over the Fremen, rather than suddenly turning him into a fully-fledged leader, but it also allows for the birth of his sister, Alia – a hugely important character for the rest of the saga. Furthermore, the gap also allows the story to explore the consequences of the Fremen’s guerilla campaign against the Harkonnens, rather than focusing chronologically on each individual engagement. This allows the story to concentrate on the key moments of the conflict, instead of dwelling on the minutiae of the whole period.

Herbert’s original text is inconsistent when it comes to the jump’s length. For instance, while Paul is 15 at the start of the novel, some of Herbert’s dialogue suggests he is 18 at the end of the time jump, with lines like “Among our people, we ride the maker at the age of twelve. You are more than six years beyond that…” (via Reddit). By contrast, Alia is frequently described as two years old, suggesting a two to three-year period between the start and end of the jump. Ironically, thanks to the unforeseen delay, Dune: Part Two now has almost exactly the right gap between the installments, aiding the movie’s storytelling.

Why Dune’s Timeline Still Isn’t Perfect

 Timothée Chalamet as Paul Atreides From Dune Part Two

Even with a canonically perfect two-and-a-half-year gap in the story, Dune: Part Two‘s timeline is far from straightforward. For one thing, the necessary time jump will not happen right away, since several important moments still need to happen in the films. Lady Jessica must drink the toxic Water of Life for Alia’s birth to make sense, while Paul’s relationship with Chani is still in its infancy. Given that both of these developments will have to happen on screen in Part Two, the actual gap between installments will only become relevant later on. Nevertheless, in a franchise where the passage of time is key, the time jump symmetry caused by the delay is a welcome coincidence.

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