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This timeline depicts the order in which the events shown or mentioned throughout the seven Saw films probably occurred. Due to some contradictions it is separated from the video games' timeline.

Before Saw

  • Amanda Young is sentenced to imprisonment for drug possession and became addicted to heroin during her time in jail.
  • Seth Baxter is convicted to a life sentence for murder.
  • The Clear Dawn mental facility is shut down by the state resulting in the release of several inmates.
  • Due to an emergency call Officer Matt Gibson enters the old crossroad manufactory and is attacked by a former patient of Clear Dawn.
  • Mark Hoffman arrives at the manufactory and shoots the aggressor despite him dropping his weapon.
  • Matt Gibson reports Mark Hoffman to the police.
  • Mark Hoffman is promoted to the rank of a detective while Matt Gibson is transfered to the internal affairs department.
  • As an internal affairs officer Matt Gibson convicts three of Mark Hoffman's colleagues of unspecified offenses resulting in Hoffman swearing revenge against him.
  • The only witness of the car crash, Danica Scott, refuses to testify against Timothy Young which causes the presiding Judge Halden to sentence him to imprisonment for merely six months.
  • Their son's death and Timothy Young's mild punishment results in both Lynn and Jeff Denlon suffering from depressions causing them to neglect each other as well as their daughter Corbett.
  • John Kramer encourages his wife Jill to open the Homeward Bound Clinic for drug addicts under the motto "Cherish your life".
  • Following her release from imprisonment Amanda Young becomes a patient at Jill's clinic.
  • Jill Kramer becomes pregnant and her son Gideon is planned to be born during the year of the pig in the chinese calendar.
  • John Kramer shows Jill his new workshop and surprises her with a cot and a wooden puppet for their son.
  • John Kramer, leader of the Urban Renewal Company, and his lawyer Art Blank work together on a project regarding the creation of new housing for needy families.
  • Detective Mark Hoffman and Officer Daniel Rigg interrogate Jane at her school due to her being physically abused by the violent principle Rex which she denies out of fear. In front of his cowed wife Morgan Rigg attacks the principle and breaks his nose.
  • Rex tries to take legal proceedings against Rigg which are dismissed due to an incorrect statutory declaration by Detective Hoffman.
  • Art Blank successfully defends Rex against the accuses of abuse due to his wife refusing to testify against him.
  • During a brawl between Gus Colyard and Cecil Adams at the Homeward Bound Clinic John Kramer makes acquaintance with the latter.
  • While waiting for Jill in front of the clinic John Kramer makes acquaintance with the prositute Addison Corday who offers him her company which he rejects.
  • Amanda Young persuades Cecil Adams to a robbery at the clinic which results in him inadvertently slamming a doorknob into Jill's stomach causing a miscarriage.
  • Cecil flees from the clinic.
  • John Kramer finds Jill and brings her to the next hospital but despite their efforts the doctors aren't able to save the life of John and Jill's unborn child.
  • Following Gideon's death John suffers from severe depression causing him to withdraw from both his wife and the project he and Art Blank were involved which results in a dispute between John and the latter.
  • John finds out about an experimental therapy developed by a doctor in Norway and asks William Easton to bear the treatment costs which he repeatedly denies due to the low probability of success resulting in a dispute between them.
  • John attempts to commit suicide by driving his car over a cliff but survives despite being heavily injured and decides to spend the rest of his life on testing other peoples' will to survive.
  • John separates from Jill causing her to revert to her maiden name Tuck.
  • John abducts Cecil Adams during a chinese street festival using a pig mask and forces him into his first trap.
  • Cecil survives albeit heavily injured but dies when he attempts to attack John causing him to fall into a cage full of razor wire. After bleeding out John cuts a jigsaw piece out of Cecil's skin.
  • The police finds Cecil Adams' corpse and therefore creates a case file under the name of Cecil Fletcher.
  • Due to the jigsaw piece cut from Cecil's body the police and newspapers give John Kramer the nickname "Jigsaw Killer" or simply "Jigsaw". Detective David Tapp takes on the lead position on the case.
  • After finding out about Cecil's death Jill visits John in his workshop confronting him with the newspaper and photos of Cecil she finds on a workbench which results in another dispute between them causing Jill to leave.
  • Dr. Lawrence Gordon starts to have an affair with his medical trainee Carla.
  • Due to procedural errors Seth Baxter is released from prison after five years.
  • Paul Leahy unsuccessfully attempts to commit suicide by cutting his wrists.
  • Detective Mark Hoffman abducts Seth Baxter and puts him into a trap. Due to the trap being manipulated Seth has no chance to survive even after solving his task which results in him being killed by a giant pendulum in front of Hoffman's eyes who cuts a jigsaw piece out of his victim's skin in order to make the murder appear to be another one of Jigsaw's tests.
  • After finding Seth Baxter's corpse Detective Mark Hoffman and Detective Fisk investigate the crime scene.
  • John Kramer gathers evidence that Hoffman murdered Seth and sends him an anonymous message stating that he knows about his secret.
  • John abducts Hoffman, reveals himself to be the Jigsaw Killer and forces him to help him setting up his future games. Otherwise he would make sure the police would find out about his information about Hoffman. After a short argument Hoffman finally agrees.
  • John and Hoffman attack Paul Leahy in his car while the latter attempts to commit suicide again. After subduing him Leahy is put into another trap but fails to fulfill his task and therefore dies from blood loss while being observed by his abductors.
  • While watching Paul die Hoffman warns John about Detective Tapp being after him. John gives him a penlight he took from Dr. Gordon and tells Hoffman to lead his colleagues on the doctor's trail.
  • The real estate agent Brit hires a drug dealer to burn down an apartment building so she can buy the estate for a low price and also bribes the city planner Luba Gibbs in order to be granted a building permit.
  • The dealer offers drug addict Mallick an ounce of heroin for burning down the building.
  • Mallick, thinking that the building was abandoned, burns it down causing the death of eight people still living there.
  • Mallick's father bribes the fire inspector Ashley so she fakes the accident report and the Herald's investigative journalist Charles so he doesn't publish the truth about the arson.
  • Detective Mark Hoffman abducts Mark Wilson and puts him into the next trap. After witnessing Mark's death Hoffman places Dr. Gordon's penlight at the crime scene.
  • John Kramer abducts Amanda Young and Donnie Greco forcing the former into another one of his tests. Donnie is killed by Amanda in order to get the key for her trap from inside his body making Amanda the first person who survived one of Jigsaw's traps.
  • After finding Mark's corpse Detective David Tapp, Detective Allison Kerry and Detective Steven Sing investigate the crime scene. Detective Kerry discovers the peepholes Jigsaw uses to observe his victims and also finds the penlight.
  • Detective Tapp and Detective Sing confront Dr. Gordon and take him to the police station.
  • When being asked about his alibi Dr. Gordon tells his lawyer Brett about his affair with Carla and that they were together during the time of Mark Wilson's death.
  • Upon Detective Sing's urging Dr. Gordon witnesses the interrogation of Amanda Young by Detective Tapp during which she states that Jigsaw helped her by putting her in the trap.
  • John waits for Amanda at her home and convinces her to become his apprentice.
  • By investigating Jigsaw's video tape from Amanda's crime scene Detective Tapp and Detective Sing discover Jigsaw's hideout in an abandoned mannequin factory on 213 Stygian street.
  • Detective Tapp and Detective Sing enter the factory without a search warrant and find Jeff Ridenhour.
  • Jigsaw enters the hideout and starts Jeff's trap forcing the detectives to act quickly.
  • While Sing destroys the trap and therefore saves Jeff Jigsaw slashes Tapp's throat and flees. On his pursuit Detective Sing walks right into a booby trap and dies.
  • Following his parter's death Tapp suffers a mental breakdown and is dismissed from the police force.
  • Because he's convinced that Dr. Gordon is involved in the Jigsaw murderers in some way Tapp rents a flat right across from Gordon's apartment in order to be able to observe him.
  • John Kramer visits Jill in her clinic and shows her a seemingly purified Amanda in order to convince her of the necessity of his actions.

Saw

  • David Tapp calling himself "Bob" hires the photographer Adam Stanheight to observe Dr. Gordon in return for a payment of 200$ per night.
  • Adam agrees, observes and takes photos of Dr. Gordon.
  • John Kramer abducts Zep Hindle and forces him to participate in his next test.
  • Zep breaks into Dr. Gordon's apartment and hides inside Diana Gordon's closet.
  • Carla contacts Dr. Gordon asking him to meet her inside a motel.
  • After Gordon leaves the apartment Zep captures Alison and Diana Gordon and ties them up in Alison and her husband's bedroom. Unnoticed by him someone takes a photo of him when watching out of the window.
  • Adam follows Dr. Gordon into the motel.
  • Gordons refuses to sleep with Carla and puts an end to their affair.
  • Zep anonymously calls Gordon in the motel causing him to leave.
  • Gordon is abducted in a car park and taken to an underground bathroom where he has to survive one of Jigsaw's games.
  • Adam returns to his apartment to develop the photos for Tapp.
  • Amanda Young breaks into Adam's apartment, abducts him and takes him to the same bathroom as Dr. Gordon.
  • Amanda leaves the bathroom while John stays and poses as an allegedly dead body.
  • Dr. Gordon and Adam awake and their game plays out leading to Gordon failing his task to kill Adam until 6:00 o'clock.
  • Zep forces Alison to call Gordon and tell him about his failure but gets into a fight with her resulting in a shoot-out.
  • Tapp enters Dr. Gordon's house offering both Alison and Diana a chance to flee.
  • Alison and Diana flee to their neighbors who call the police.
  • While listening to the shoot-out Gordon suffers a mental breakdown leading to him sawing off his own feet and shooting Adam in an attempt to kill him.
  • Tapp pursues Zep to an underground tunnel network connected to the bathroom but is shot by the latter during a melee.
  • Zep reaches the bathroom and tries to shoot Dr. Gordon in order to complete his own test but is overpowered by Adam who survived the gunshot and smashes the aggressors head with a toilet lid.
  • A heavily injured Dr. Gordon promises Adam to come back with help before crawling out of the bathroom.
  • While searching Zep's corpse for a key for his shackle Adam find's Zep's instruction tape revealing that Zep himself was also just a victim of the real Jigsaw.
  • John Kramer stands up revealing to Adam that the key for his shackle lies inside the bathtup. Upon realizing the key went down the drain when he woke up Adam starts to panic and tries to shoot John who subdues him and leaves him to die alone in the bathroom.

Between Saw and Saw II

  • John finds Dr. Gordon unconscious in the hallway outside the bathroom and nurses him back to health.
  • Dr. Gordon becomes John's third apprentice.
  • Due to nightmares and guilt Amanda Young returns to the bathroom and suffocates Adam with a plastic bag in order to grant him a quick death.
  • Detective Eric Matthews starts an affair with his fellow colleague Detective Allison Kerry resulting in him alienating from his son Daniel and his wife who subsequently files for divorce.
  • Due to his violent and aggressive behaviour towards suspects Eric is investigated by the internal affairs department.
  • Dr. Lawrence Gordon leaves the Angel of Mercy Hospital and starts working at the Saint Eustace Hospital.
  • Joan is tested by Jigsaw and survives.
  • Bobby Dagen and his best friend Cale watch Joan on TV when she's telling her story of surviving Jigsaw.
  • In order to become rich and famous Bobby Dagen publishes his book "S.U.R.V.I.V.E. - My story of overcoming Jigsaw" in which he tells about his experience of surviving one of Jigsaw's test on his own which in fact never happened. He receives support from Cale, his publicist Nina, his lawyer Suzanne and his wife Joyce with the latter being the only one who doesn't know about his lies.
  • During an autograph session John Kramer talks to Bobby and hints at his lie before leaving with a signed copy of his book.
  • William Easton denies to bear the treatment costs for Harold Abbott who suffers from a heart disease ultimately resulting in Harold's death.
  • Detective Hoffman obtains the police files of Jonas Singer, Gus Colyard, Addison Corday, Xavier Chavez, Laura Hunter, Obi Tate and Amanda Young.
  • John and Hoffman prepare their next game in a house connected to the tunnel network and the bathroom in which Adam and Dr. Gordon's test took place.
  • During a surgery Dr. Gordon places a key behind the eye of Detective Eric Matthews' informant Michael Marks.

Saw II

  • Michael is tested but fails to fulfill his task in time and dies.
  • Daniel Matthews gets caught stealing resulting in a dispute between him and his father causing him to leave angrily.
  • Obi abducts Laura at Jigsaw's command.
  • John and Detective Hoffman abduct Daniel Matthews, Jonas Singer, Gus Colyard, Addison Corday, Xavier Chavez and Obi Tate and lock them up in a room together with Laura Hunter and Amanda Young, the latter being supposed to act as another victim. John sets up the Magnum Eyehole trap and therefore finishes the preparations.
  • The eight victims awake in the Nevge Gas House and find Jigsaw's instruction tape.
  • Upon trying to open the door against Jigsaw's explicit warning Gus Colyard is killed by the Magnum trap. After that Amanda reveals herself to be a former Jigsaw survivor.
  • In the basement of the house the seven remaining victim's find another tape revealing that Obi helped in their abduction. Jigsaw forces him to crawl into a furnace in order to get two syringes with the antidote for the gas that's slowly killing them. Obi fails his test and is burned alive together with the syringes.
  • On the second floor the remaining six victims find the next tape. Xavier Chavez is supposed to jump into a pit full of needles in order to obtain a key and get one dose of the antidote. Instead of playing the game on his own he throws Amanda into the pit who fails to obtain the key in time causing Xavier to leave the group angrily.
  • Xavier discovers a number in the back of Gus Colyard's neck which is required to open a safe with another dose of the antidote. He gets into a fight with Jonas and kills the latter with a needle bat. After finding out his number Xavier goes on to find the remaining numbers.
  • Daniel, Laura, Amanda and Addison discover a photo of Daniel and his father and therefore realize that it was Eric who sended all of them except for Daniel to prison by faking the evidence causing Addison to leave the group as well.
  • Laura succumbs to the nerve gas.
  • Addison is caught in another trap. When Xavier finds her he looks for her number before leaving her to bleed out and die in the trap.
  • By using a key Jigsaw gave to them at the start of the game Daniel and Amanda find the underground tunnel leading to the bathroom while being pursued by Xavier.
  • Xavier reaches the bathroom and cuts out a piece of skin from his neck in order to find out his own number. After that Daniel attacks him and slits his throat with a saw, killing him.
  • Amanda narcotizes Daniel, gives him the cure and brings him to John's hideout inside the Wilson Steel building.
  • John locks Daniel up in a safe toghether with a sufficient supply of oxygen while Amanda returns to the Nerve Gas House.
  • One of Jigsaw's apprentices prepares a video broadcast of the game's recordings in another house at 237 North Hyde Crescent which is almost identical to the actual Nerve Gas House.
  • After Michael Marks' corpse is found during an asbestos disposal Detective Allison Kerry investigates the crime scene and finds a message from Jigsaw for Detective Matthews. She calls Eric to identify Michael and to show him the message.
  • At first Eric refuses to help Kerry but upon discovering an engraving of Wilson Steel on Michael's trap he decides to go to the building along with Kerry, Officer Lieutentant Daniel Rigg and his SWAT team.
  • After entering the building three members of the SWAT team are caught in an electrified staircase. Two of them die while SWAT member Pete Baker is injured with both of his legs broken.
  • Eric, Kerry, Rigg and the remaining SWAT members find Jigsaw who forces Eric to play a game in order to save the life of his son. He tells Eric to stay at the Wilson Steel building and talk to Jigsaw for the following two hours. During this time Eric and his fellow colleagues are shown the footage of the Nerve Gas House without knowing that this is merely a recording of the events.
  • Detective Kerry calls a tech team to trace the recordings.
  • Out of fear that Daniel might die in the house Eric brutally beats John up forcing him to tell him about Daniel's whereabouts. John offers to take him to the house but demands to go there with Eric alone. Eric agrees and leaves the building with John in a hidden elevator.
  • The tech team successfully traces the broadcast back to 237 North Hyde Crescent.
  • Eric and John reach the Nerve Gas House and Eric enters the building while leaving the heavily injured John in his car.
  • Officer Rigg and his SWAT team arrive at the house at 237 North Hyde Crescent and discover that Jigsaw showed them a recording of an already finished game for the whole time.
  • Eric Matthews reaches the bathroom and is subdued by Amanda.
  • When the timer at Wilson Steel runs out Detective Kerry finds Daniel inside John's safe.
  • Eric awakes in the bathroom where he is locked up by Amanda after the latter revealed herself to be Jigsaw's apprentice.

Between Saw II and Saw III / IV

  • Detective Matthews escapes the bathroom by breaking his foot with the same toilet lid used by Adam Stanheight to kill Zep Hindle.
  • Eric and Amanda engage in a fight in which the latter is heavily injured before being able to subduing Eric. After the fight she leaves him behind thinking he's dead or will be soon.
  • Detective Hoffman finds Eric unconscious in the hallway outside the bathroom and takes care of his injuries before locking him up in a room for the next six months.
  • Detective Hoffman disposes of the six victim's bodies in the Nerve Gas House, fully renovates the building and sets up the Glass Coffin Trap in another room connected to the underground tunnel network.
  • After finding out Jigsaw's true identity Jill Tuck who is represented by her lawyer Art Blank is interrogated by Detective Hoffman. The police also investigates her house finding evidence including Billy the puppet and his red tricycle which belonged to John during his childhood.
  • Sidney and her abusive boyfriend Alex are tested. Sidney survives by killing Alex.
  • Dr. Lawrence Gordon suggests John Kramer to abduct Dr. Lynn Denlon and force her to participate in what's probably going to be his final test.
  • Trevor and Art Blank are abducted. Dr. Gordon sews Trevor's eyes and Art's mouth shut.
  • Trevor and Art Blank awake in a trap inside a mausoleum causing Trevor to die at the hands of Art and the latter being severely injured.
  • Art gets new instructions from Jigsaw and is forced to put on another trap device which will kill him if he refuses to follow the orders.
  • Art rents a room at the Alexander Motel run by his former client and threefold rapist Ivan Landsness where he brings the supplies for another test.
  • Troy is abducted by Amanda who forces him into a trap inside a classroom. Due to the only door of the room being welded shut by Amanda Troy is unable to escape the trap and dies in an explosion.
  • A woman calls the police upon hearing the explosion.

Saw III and Saw IV

  • The firefighters reach the school followed by Officer Rigg and his SWAT team who open the door to Troy's trap.
  • Detective Hoffman and Detective Kerry investigate the crime scene. Kerry is the first to discover that Troy's game was manipulated and impossible to win.
  • Amanda reveals herself to Detective Kerry seconds before the latter is killed by her trap. After that Amanda places shell casing with Officer Rigg's fingerprints on the corpse.
  • Detective Hoffman sends a key along with a cryptic note to Special Agent Peter Strahm and Special Agent Lindsey Perez as well as a message which claims that two officers might be in danger.
  • Amanda and Hoffman abduct Danica Scott, Judge Halden, Timothy Young, Jeff Denlon and his daughter Corbett and take them to the Gideon Meatpacking Plant.
  • Art Blank abducts Brenda, Rex and Morgan.
  • Lynn sleeps with her lover Chris in a hotel. Before Lynn leaves to go to work Chris demands from her to separate from her husband Jeff.
  • A SWAT team lead by Officer Rigg as well as SWAT officer Lamanna and Detective Hoffman find Kerry's corpse.
  • Detective Fisk arrives at the crime scene followed by Agent Strahm and Agent Perez who tell Hoffman that they're searching for another accomplice of Jigsaw.
  • Rigg comes home to find his wife Tracy driving to her mother for a few days.
  • Hoffman places the victims of Jeff's Tests in their traps.
  • After a short argument between Hoffman and Amanda the latter leaves to abduct Lynn Denlon.
  • Jill comes to the Gideon Meatpacking Plant and begs John to stop his games. John gives her a key for the black box he gave to his executor.
  • John puts everything in place for his final test.
  • Art Blank places the victims of Rigg's Tests in their traps.
  • Amanda abducts Lynn from the hospital.
  • Fisk is informed about Lynn's disappearing.
  • Hoffman places a letter inside Amanda's desk which reveals that he knows the truth about Gideon's death and forces her to kill Lynn Denlon if she doesn't want him to tell John what she did.
  • John gives Hoffman the instructions for the test of Brit, Mallick, Luba, Charles and Ashley. Hoffman leaves through a secret door the same moment Amanda arrives with Lynn.
  • John gives Lynn the instructions for her test while Amanda is putting a Shotgun Collar on her which would kill her if John dies. Amanda doesn't realize that John's instructions are also meant for her.
  • Hoffman places Eric Matthews in his trap and ties himself up posing as another victim.
  • Art Blank subdues Rigg in his apartment and prepares everything for his and Brenda's test.
  • Jeff Denlon awakes in a box and gets his instructions from Jigsaw.
  • Rigg awakes and gets his instructions seconds before finding Brenda in his living room. He frees her from her trap but kills her in self defense when she attacks him with a knife.
  • Rigg finds a key leading him to the Alexander Motel.
  • The fingerprints on the shell casing found on Kerry's corpse are identified as those of Officer Rigg. Moments later someone calls the police informing them about a shoot-out in Rigg's apartment at 23 Park Place.
  • After John suffers an epileptical attack Lynn convinces Amanda that he needs a surgery. Amanda demands her to perform the surgery at the meatpacking plant before leaving to get the necessary supplies.
  • Jeff finds Danica Scott in a trap. After hesitating to help her he finally tries to save her from freezing to death but ultimately fails.
  • A SWAT team lead by Officer Lamanna as well as Agent Strahm and Agent Perez enter Rigg's apartment where they find Brenda's corpse and several photos of all the victim's of Rigg's game as well as Jill Tuck.
  • Agent Strahm interrogates Jill and finds out more about John's past.
  • Art Blank enters the room where Eric and Hoffman are tied up.
  • Rigg enters the room at the Alexander Motel and forces the owner Ivan Landsness into the trap Art Blank set up the two weeks before. Ivan fails his test and dies. Another note from Jigsaw leads Rigg to the school where he found Troy's corpse and where he attacked Rex years ago.
  • Jeff finds Judge Halden in another trap. After hesitating to help him he ultimately manages to save him.
  • Dr. Lynn Denlon performs a brain surgery on John which he almost doesn't survive resulting in Amanda suffering another mental breakdown.
  • After Ivan's corpse is found Agent Strahm, Agent Perez and Officer Lamanna investigate the crime scene and learn that the room has been rented by Jill Tuck's lawyer Art Blank.
  • Agent Strahm, Agent Perez and Officer Lamanna arrive at another building owned by Art Blank and find a message revealing that they are the two officers mentioned in Detective Kerry's final message.
  • Rigg arrives at the school and finds Morgan whom he frees from her trap. He finds a photo of his wife leading him to the Gideon Meatpacking Plant. He triggers the fire alarm and leaves the school.
  • Jeff finds Timothy Young in the next trap. He hesitates to help him but is finally convinced by Judge Halden to save him. When obtaining the key Judge Halden is accidently killed by a shotgun. Jeff fails to save Timothy and time and watches him die forgiving him for the death of his son.
  • Agent Strahm and Agent Perez arrive at the school and investigate the crime scene where a young female police photographer is accidently killed by a spike piercing her brain.
  • Agent Strahm and Agent Perez find another Jigsaw puppet and a tape warning Perez that Strahm will soon kill an innocent man and that her next move will be critical. Seconds later she is heavily injured by a shrapnel bomb placed inside the puppet's head.
  • The paramedics take Agent Perez to the hospital after she gives the key from Detective Kerry to Agent Strahm.
  • Agent Strahm calls Agent Perez' mother and tells her about her daughter's fate. During a fit of rage he looks at a newspaper article about John Kramer and Art Blank's building project years ago and realizes that Rigg's game will end at the Gideon Meatpacking Plant.
  • John pours wax on a cassette tape and swallows it.
  • Lynn and Amanda engage in a fight. (Director's Cut only)
  • Amanda finds Hoffman's blackmailing letter. She goes to Corbett Denlon and tells her not to trust the one who'll come to save her.
  • After telling John that Jeff just ended his third test John demands Amanda to free Lynn from the Shotgun Collar which Amanda refuses.
  • Rigg arrives the meatpacking plant.
  • Agent Strahm enters the meatpacking plant shortly after Rigg.
  • Art Blank reveals a device to Hoffman and Eric and tells them that they will all be free if Rigg doesn't enter the room before his time runs out.
  • Amanda argues with John and shoots Lynn. Seconds later Jeff enters the room and shoots Amanda in the throat killing her. During her final moments John tells her that he wasn't only testing Lynn but her as well.
  • John demands a final test from Jeff to see if he can survive John for what he did to him and his wife. Jeff tells John he forgives him before he slashes his throat with a circular saw causing the deadly explosion of Lynn's collar. A final tape reveals that Jeff had failed his test and that he has to play another game in order to find his daughter Corbett who was abducted as well.
  • Rigg enters the room to Eric and Hoffman's trap before the timer runs out. Upon breaking through the door he's shot by Eric who is killed by his trap immediately after this.
  • Agent Strahm enters the room in which Amanda, Jigsaw and Lynn died by using Detective Kerry's key. Jeff aims his gun at him, demanding to tell him where his daughter is and is subsequently shot by Strahm.
  • Rigg shoots Art Blank and obtains a tape revealing that he failed his test and killed Eric by entering the room before the time ran out.
  • Hoffman reveals himself to be Jigsaw's apprentice before leaving the room.
  • Rigg succumbs to his wound.
  • Hoffman locks up Agent Strahm inside the room in which Amanda, John, Lynn and Jeff died.

Saw V

  • Agent Strahm finds the secret door and finds a tape that warns him to go on. He ignores the warning and is subdued by Detective Hoffman.
  • Strahm awakes in the Cube Trap which is meant to be unescapable. However he manages to perform a tracheotomy on himself and therefore survives.
  • Detective Hoffman picks up Corbett and takes her out of the building where he is met by the police forces lead by Detective Fisk. The paramedics take care of Corbett.
  • The paramedics finds Agent Strahm and take him to the hospital.
  • The newspapers portray Hoffman as a hero.
  • Dr. Adam Heffner performs an autopsy on John's body and finds the tape the latter swallowed before his death.
  • Detective Hoffman is called to the morgue and listens to the tape which announces that there'll be more games after John's death and that Hoffman himself will be tested as well.
  • Jill Tuck receives the black box John gave to his executor.
  • Detective Hoffman prepares the game for Brit, Mallick, Luba Gibbs, Charles and Ashley on 1293 Sandburst Drive.
  • Hoffman is promoted Detective Lieutenant during a memorial ceremony for him as well as his deceased colleagues. He gives a public speech to the press including journalist Pamela Jenkins.
  • Hoffman finds an anonymous letter in his office which is identical to the one he received from John after killing Seth Baxter. Believing it is from Strahm he takes his mobile phone from the evidence room.
  • Hoffman receives a call from the hospital and learns about Agent Perez' death. Upon visiting Agent Strahm the latter tells him that he believes Hoffman to be Jigsaw's accomplice due to him having survived the events at the Gideon Plant without any significant injuries.
  • Agent Erickson visits Agent Strahm and tells him that he won't work on the Jigsaw case anymore.
  • The five victims awake and receive there instructions. During their first test Ashley dies.
  • Agent Strahm leaves the hospital and steals several files of Jigsaw's victims from the FBI archives. Upon finding out about the death of Hoffman's sister he visits the crime scene of Seth Baxter's murder.
  • The four remaining victims start their second game which Charles doesn't survive due to Luba hitting him with an iron bar when he beat up Mallick.
  • Erickson calls Detective Hoffman who tried to contact him previously. Hoffman tells him about Strahm's theory of a second accomplice of Jigsaw. After their conversation Erickson discovers the disappearance of the Jigsaw files.
  • Agent Strahm returns to the room where he found the Jigsaw, Amanda, Lynn and Jeff Denlon.
  • The three remaining victims start their third game. Luba tries to kill Mallick in order to sacrifice him but is instead killed by Brit who stabs her in the neck. Brit and Mallick survive.
  • Jill Tuck visits Agent Erickson in his office and tells him she believes to be observed by Agent Strahm.
  • Hoffman calls Erickson using Strahm's mobile but hangs up in order to make Erickson suspicious. Erickson orders Special Agent Cowan to trace back the call.
  • Hoffman places Strahm's mobile in the surveillance room of the game as well as a file including photos of Detective Erickson.
  • Agent Cowan traces the call to 1293 Sanburst Drive.
  • Brit and Mallick reach their final test. When trying to open the door Brit realizes that everyone of them was meant to survive all of the tests. Forced to play the last game on their own both of them are heavily injured and suffer from massive bloodloss.
  • Agent Strahm observes Hoffman and follows him to the former Nerve Gas House and discovers the underground tunnel network where he finds the glass coffin and a tape explaining him to climb into the coffin in order to leave this room alive.
  • Hoffman enters the room and engages in a fight with Agent Strahm. Strahm locks him up in the coffin. Seconds later the door of the room closes.
  • Erickson arrives at 1293 Sandburst Drive and finds Strahm's phone as well as his file. Upon further investigating the hideout he finds Brit and calls an ambulance for her and Mallick. After that he orders Agent Cowan to put an APB on Peter Strahm.
  • Agent Strahm accidently activates his own trap and dies.

Saw VI

  • Hoffman leaves the glass coffin and returns to the room where Agent Strahm died. There he find the agent's severed hand to be in a reasonably good condition despite the rest of his body being crushed completely. Hoffman takes the hand with him.
  • Pamela Jenkins finds out about the black box Jill received from John's executor and somehow receives a copy of Hoffman's letter to Amanda.
  • Hoffman abducts the lending bankers Simone and Eddie and puts them in a trap. Eddie dies while Simone survives by cutting her left arm off.
  • Hoffman plants Strahm's fingerprints on the trap as well as Eddie's corpse by using Strahm's severed hand.
  • Simone gets to the hospital.
  • The lawyer of the Umbrella Health Company, Debbie, interrogates William Easton about Harold Abbott in order to plan the companie's defence in the upcoming process against Tara and Brent Abbott.
  • The police finds Eddie's corpse. Upon investatigating the crime scene they find Strahm's fingerprints and inform the FBI.
  • Agent Erickson and Agent Perez arrive at the crime scene.
  • While listening to an audio recording of Simone and Eddie's test Hoffman is called by his colleagues.
  • Hoffman arrives at the crime scene. Erickson tells him about Strahm's fingerprints and reveals to him that he had faked Agent Perez' death in order to keep her safe. Promising to tell him about every future FBI activities regarding the Jigsaw case he convinces Hoffman to work together.
  • Hoffman visits the hospital where he meets Pamela Jenkins who tells him about the black box and asks him to arrange an interview with Jill Tuck.
  • Hoffman interrogates Simone and asks her if she learned anything from he test which she denies angrily.
  • Upon performing an autopsy on Eddie's corpse Dr. Heffner finds out that the knife used to cut out the jigsaw piece from Eddie's skin is a different one than the one used on all the other victims except for Seth Baxter. Agent Erickson and Agent Perez order to analyze the tape found at Seth Baxter's crime scene to find out if it was recorded by someone else than John Kramer.
  • Alarmed by Pamela Jenkins' knowledge of the black box Hoffman visits Jill in her office at the Homeward Bound Clinic and demands the envelopes from the box in order to start William Easton's game earlier than he originally planned. Jill gives him five of the envelopes while secretly holding back the last one. After this Hoffman leaves the clinic.
  • Hoffman manipulates the power line of William Easton's office causing a blackout. William shoots a security guard whom he believes to be an invader. Seconds later he is abducted and taken to the zoo as well where Hoffman puts a key inside his body.
  • William awakes in a trap together with his janitor Hank and receives his instructions from John Kramer. He has to pass four tests within an our in order to save his life and see his family again. During their first game Hank loses his task and dies resulting in William being released from his trap.
  • At the same time Tara and Brent Abbott awake in an animal enclosure and observe William's progress on a TV.
  • Hoffman sends Jill's address to Pamela Jenkins. Pamela arrives at Jill's apartment and gives her the copy of Amanda's letter but leaves due to Jill not wanting to talk to her. Seconds later she is abducted by Hoffman who takes her to the zoo and locks her up in another enclosure.
  • William reaches his second test where he must decide to either save his secretary Addy or his file clerk Allen. After refusing to let any of the die he finally decides to sacrifice the latter resulting in his death. While Addy is released from her shackles William goes on.
  • Pamela Jenkins awakes in her enclosure and watches her brother William's progress on a TV.
  • Upon the investigation of Strahm's fingerprints it becomes obvious that he must have been dead already when they were planted on the crime scene due to the glandular residues not fitting to the metabolism of a living human being
  • Hoffman receives a call from Agent Erickson regarding the analyze of Seth Baxter's tape. However the agent doesn't tell him what he found out about Strahm's fingerprints.
  • Jill visits the Saint Eustace Hospital and leaves the envelope for Dr. Lawrence Gordon in his office.
  • Dr. Gordon finds the envelope which includes a video tape from John Kramer who requests him to watch over Jill and act on his behalf if anything happens to her.
  • William arrives at his third test where he tries to save his lawyer Debbie. However they engage in a fight when Debbie tries to kill him with a circular saw in order to obtain the key inside his body which will release her from her trap. Unable to get the key in time Debbie is killed by a spike piercing her brain.
  • Hoffman arrives at the FBI's office and accompanies Agent Perez and Agent Erickson to the techical laboratory when the latter receives a call from FBI technician Sachi who informs him of her progress on analyzing the Seth Baxter tape.
  • Jill drives to the Rowan Zoological Institute taking the modern Reverse Beartrap and the sixth envelope with her.
  • William reaches his fourth test and is force to save two of his six colleagues. He ultimately decides to save Emily and Shelby while Aaron, Gena, Dave and Josh are killed.
  • Hoffman, Erickson and Perez reach the laboratory. When technician Sachi identifies the voice on Seth Baxter's tape as Hoffman's voice the latter attacks Erickson and Perez who accidently shoots Sachi. Hoffman kills Perez, plants Strahm's fingerprints all over the crime scene and sets fire on the laboratory destroying all the evidences.
  • Jill arrives at the zoo and places the letter she received from Pamela Jenkins in Hoffman's surveillance room.
  • Hoffman arrives at the zoo and enters the surveillance room where he finds the copy of his blackmailing letter to Amanda. Jill enters the room and electrocutes him leaving him unconscious. She ties him to the chair and puts the Reverse Beartrap on him.
  • William reaches Pamela, Tara and Brent. John offers Tara to either take revenge on William for her husbands death or forgive him. She can't bring herself to kill him but her son Brent activates the final trap killing William in the process. While watching him die Jill reveals to Hoffman that John ordered her to test him as well.
  • By activating William's trap Brent also activates Hoffman's trap. Jill doesn't give him a chance to escape. (Director's Cut only)
  • Jill activates Hoffman's trap without giving him a chance to escape. (other versions)
  • Jill leaves the room leaving Hoffman to die. However Hoffman manages to escape his trap by jamming it between the door window's bars. However his left cheek is ripped open when he pulls his head out of the trap.

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  • Detective Hoffman escapes to a hangar where he treats his wounds taking the Reverse Beartrap with him.
  • The police investigate the crime scene at the zoo. The press reports the events at the zoo including the death of William Easton but also tell the public that up to seven people may have survived the massacre.
  • Out of fear Jill Tuck goes to the police and asks for Matt Gibson. She tells him about Mark Hoffman being Jigsaw's successor and offers to give him all the evidence he needs in exchange for his protection and complete immunity which he immediately agrees.
  • Hoffman abducts Brad, Ryan and Dina and forces them to play a game in a public square while hundreds of passengers watch them fight for their lives. After some heated argument Brad and Ryan decide to sacrifice Dina killing her in front of the crowd.
  • Hoffman sets up the traps for Bobby Dagen's game in the abandoned Clear Dawn mental facility.
  • Bobby Dagen is interviewed by reality show host Donna Evans about his story of surviving a Jigsaw trap.
  • Hoffman abducts Evan, Kara, Dan and Jake and puts them into another trap at a junkyard called Pete's Auto Body which none of them survives. After the game Hoffman sets a bomb on the place and drapes his Reverse Beartrap along with a message for Matt Gibson.
  • Bobby Dagen his wife and his crew visit a support group for Jigsaw survivors which is attended by many of Jigsaw's victims including Sidney, Mallick, Simone, Addy, Emily, Tara Abbott, Brad, Ryan and Dr. Lawrence Gordon. When Bobby talks to group about their experiences Dr. Gordon sarcastically gives a standing ovation while alluding to his alleged survivor story.
  • Hoffman abducts Bobby and Joyce Dagen, Cale, Nina and Suzanne and takes them to the Clear Dawn facility.
  • After finding the corpses at the junkyard the crime scene Officer Rogers and Detective Gibson investigate the crime scene. Gibson orders the four bodies to be send to the morgue immediately. Upon finding the beartrap he sends it to the laboratory as well.
  • Bobby Dagen awakes at the Clear Dawn facility. Jigsaw gives him his instructions and forces him to pass a series of tests in order to save Joyce who has been abducted as well. After surviving his first trap Bobby follows the way through the facility.
  • After finding Jill's fingerprints on the beartrap used on Hoffman Gibson takes her to a safe house. However Hoffman locates her and sends a CD to Gibson. Hoffman offers him to end Bobby's game in exchange for Jill Tuck. Denying his demand Gibson orders Jill to be transfered to a cell at the police station.
  • Hoffman detonates the bomb at the junkyard and distracts the police forces. He takes Dan's corpse out of its body bag and drags it to a secret room before hiding in the bag on his own.
  • Bobby reaches his next test where he has to save his publicist Nina. However he dosen't fulfill his task in time resulting in Nina's death.
  • The four body bags including the corpses of Evan, Dan and Kara as well as Hoffman arrive at the morgue.
  • Bobby reaches his next game and has to save his lawyer Suzanne. He fails again and witnesses her death before continuing his path.
  • As Gibson doesn't accept Hoffman's demand of delivering Jill Hoffman sends a video message to him telling him to "look beyond the crossroad to the clear dawn" referencing the encounter with the psychotic inmate Hoffman killed at the Crossroad Manufactory years ago.
  • Bobby reaches his third test where he must save his best friend Cale. He fails again and watches Cale die.
  • After figuring out that Bobby's game plays out at the Clear Dawn facility Gibson orders Rogers to watch over Jill while he goes to the abandoned building.
  • Bobby reaches his next test and manages to progress.
  • At the same time Gibson enters the facility along with a SWAT team. However when being contacted by Officer Palmer who managed to trace Hoffman's video message back to the junkyard he leaves the men in order to go after Hoffman.
  • Accompanied by two officers Gibson enters the secret room at Pete's Auto Body and finds Dan's corpse. Upon realizing that Hoffman infiltrated the police station in one of the body bags Gibson and the officers are killed by an automatic machine gun.
  • At the same time the six members of the SWAT team at the Clear Dawn facility are killed by another booby trap.
  • Bobby reaches his final test. He has to overcome the same game he claimed to have survived already in his book. He confesses his lies to Joyce and tries to save her but is unable to do so causing Joyce to die.
  • Hoffman leaves the body bag and kills several of his former colleagues including Dr. Adam Heffner, a coroner worker, Officer Palmer, Officer Rogers and two more officers. Upon finding Jill she stabs him in the neck with a nailfile and runs away. However due to the doors of the police station being locked she is forced to hide in the evidence room which includes several of John's trap devices.
  • Hoffman finds Jill and brutally beats her up before he ties her to a chair and kills her by using the original Reverse Beartrap. After that he leaves the station and returns to his hangar.
  • After discovering the massacre at the station the police shuts off the city by installing roadblocks and putting an APB on Hoffman. The press reports the death of several people including Jill Tuck.
  • Hoffman blows up the hangar and wants to flee but is attacked by Dr. Gordon accompanied by Brad and Ryan.
  • Dr. Gordon, Brad and Ryan take Hoffman to the bathroom.
  • Fulfilling John's final request Dr. Gordon throws the saw out of the bathroom and locks Hoffman up without any chance to escape leaving him to die.

Notes

  • Actual dates appear in the Saw films, but some contradict others. According to Kevin Greutert, the director of Saw VI and Saw 3D, Jigsaw's tests span two years.
  • Some events can't be put in an exact order like John's suicide and his last talk to William or the tests of several victims like Joan, Alex and Sidney as well as several other events. Therefore their placement in the timeline is based on the information given in the movies but so far there's no guarantee of the timeline being completely correct.

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