The Date Issue
I’ve gotten a few emails pointing out a problem with the death date listed on Michael’s tombstone. Some people have said that he’s listed as having died on the same day that he entered Fox River, which obviously makes no sense. I’m not sure why people are saying this, because that’s not the date listed. According to this photo of the grave, the dates are as follows: 10.08.1974 – 11.04.2005.
So, let’s go over this. According to the Prison Break Wiki, Michael’s birthdate is October 8, 1974 (originally it was supposed to be September 8, but this is a minor discrepancy). Therefore, the grave is displaying the date in the MM/DD/YYYY format. That would mean, then, that he died on November 4, 2005. This totally fits. Again, according to the wiki, Michael entered Fox River on April 11, 2005, which would be displayed as 04.11.2005. The early episodes of season 3 took place around June 18.
The Prison Break timeline was confusing at best, and a nightmare at worst, but I believe that after escaping Sona, Michael took about 6 weeks to arrive in LA. That would mean that all of season 4 took place throughout August 2005. Let’s assume that all of season 4 concluded prior to September 2005 (which I think is a safe assumption). That means that Michael lived another 2 months before dying. The Final Break special is supposed to take place mere days after the group is exonerated, so, again, I’m assuming that the group gets a bit of downtime before their final break, so to speak.
The only thing that doesn’t really fit is Sara’s pregnancy. And this has been bugging me for a long time. Michael and Sara didn’t sleep together until they were reunited in August 2005. So she finds out that she’s pregnant less than a month later? Uh….ok? Anyways, to conclude this overly long and somewhat pointless post, Michael’s death date of November 4, 2005 DOES fit in with the established timeline of the show. Hope that helps!