So! Basic timeline for Winry’s parents death in relation to the events o the manga based solely on her hair/logic.
Winry’s hair was still short when Ed and Al left to train at Izumi’s after their mother’s death. Ed and Al must have been gone for quite a while, because when they got back, she had it long (not as long as she would eventually have it, but on it’s way) and in her ponytail.
Now, in the flashback to when her parents left, she looks slightly younger than she does when Ed and Al come back from Izumi’s and though her hair is now past her shoulders, she hasn’t started tying it back yet. This means her parents left her while Ed and Al were also gone. Yikes.
Ed witnessed Winry discovering her parents were dead, since it’s among his flashbacks. So it must have happened shortly after Ed and Al got back from Izumi’s.
I imagine there’s an official timeline somewhere so all this conjecture was unneccesary, but i don’t have access to it so there you go.
One of the many weird things about 2003 is, if I recalled correctly, they did a full scene based on that last panel, with Ed and Al walking in on Winry only to find her all angry and crying about dead mom and dad. Only for some reason they had it take place BEFORE Trisha died, despite the fact it clearly took place a while after. Ed was all “wow man sucks for Winry can’t imagine what we’d do if Mom died” (~SUBTLE FORESHADOWING~ later Ed’s also like “ALSO I CANT IMAGINE WHAT I’D DO IF YOU WERE A SUIT OF ARMOR AL IDK LIFE’S FULL OF POSSIBILITIES).
Yeah, they appear to have changed the timing solely so Ed could make that ultra significant statement, but unfortunately if I also recall correctly it left one of the hugest plotholes I’ve ever seen- 2003 had the Momunculus be the one to trigger the civil War in Ishval instead of Envy and
how did zombie Trisha cause a civil war that apparently killed Winry’s parents before she died
time travel i guess
seriously i’m kind of still disbelieving the 2003 writers actually completely forgot the timeline for their anime can you really be that sloppy??? apparently i guess. though if someone has a logical explanation i’d be interested.