Now, after years of speculation and wild theories Nintendo has finally created an official set timeline for the Zelda franchise. Eiji Aonuma who has helped produce almost all of the newer Zelda tiles co-edited the publication of the book "Hyrule Histroia" which this chart comes form.
The diverging paths due to Zelda & Link's time shenanigans in OoT makes sense and has been a fan theory for a while;
|Whoever made this got it spot on.|
but what's up with that whole "The Hero is Defeated" path? Is this what happens if you get a game over and if so then why don't the rest of the games have a failed end? Or is there some 3rd secret end to Ocarina that I don't know about, like one in some Japan only magazine?
Despite the oddness of an extra path I am glad Nintendo finally did this.