HUGE GOD OF WAR SPOILERS AHEAD. WE’RE GOING TO BE TALKING ABOUT THE END OF THE GAME. POST GAME CONTENT AND WHAT IT ALL MIGHT MEAN.
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I really mean it about the spoilers, okay. I’m giving you all the chances there are to get out now. If you’re still here then it’s all you.
Okay. So. At the end of God of War, Kratos kills Balder and heads to Jotunheim with Atreus to scatter his wife’s ashes. Along the way they discover Kratos wife, Faye, was actually a giant called Laufey, and thus Atreus is half god and half giant, with another name: Loki.
There are a lot of questions which we pick apart in the video, but here’s a quick run through of myself and Sam Loveridge’s theories and thoughts.
Is Atreus destined to kill Kratos?
Fathers killing sons is a reoccurring theme in God of War. There’s a side mission involving a bandit stabbed in the back by his own child, which Atreus fixates on a lot (he can’t understand how anyone could do it). Kratos also later admits he killed his own father, Zeus, which is a more significant admission as a result. We also see this image above in Jotunheim, showing Atreus bending over Kratos, apparently linked in someway. Is he helping him? Healing him? Talking? The game puts a lot of effort into making you think about patricide, so it’s looking a little bleak. We even see Atreus shoot his own father when he destroys the first gateway to Jotunheim.
I’ve tried translating the runes around that image as well but it’s either gibberish or an anagram. The game is meant to use Elder Futhark runes, but following that for translations gives you ‘?ndlal foluo hormung’ – the first letter doesn’t seem to have a direct Futhark representation, although ‘hormung’ is close to an old word for ‘descendants’…
What happened to Fey and why did she hide what she was AND expose Atreus at the same time?
We never find out what happened to Fey, Kratos’ wife. She clearly died recently given the game’s funeral pyre opening. She also appears to have died naturally given that Kratos isn’t blaming anyone. Mimir comments at one point that giants don’t really die of old age though, so what killed her?
Another weird aspect of her death is that she marked the trees to be used for her pyre, suggesting she was alive at the time and aware she was dying. The marked trees then broke a spell that had been hiding her and her family, allowing Odin to find them and send Balder in to cause problems. That’s an odd thing for a mother do do to her child. Kratos didn’t know she was a giant so it’s possible Fey didn’t know he was a god but she must have realised Atreus was at risk from Odin giant hunting ways.
What was Balder/Odin after again?
The giant’s gift for prophecy. Ragnarök is meant to be the end of everything and Odin doesn’t like that much. Hence his persecution of the giants, mainly for not giving him what he wants: their ability to see the future. It was something he was after to help avert the apocalypse.
While Balder initially seems to turn up looking for Kratos, Mimir mentioned that Odin wants Kratos/Atreus to go “where he cannot reach”, which is Jotunheim. Atreus is confused how anyone could know that before they knew the highest mountain in all the realms was in Jotunheim, but Mimir points out that Odin collects prophecies. He possibly didn’t really know who Kratos was, or Atreus even existed, just that their journey was foretold.
Are we going to see Ragnarok?
At the end of the game we’re told Fimbulwinter is coming. This is a three year ‘great winter’ that proceeds Ragnarök, the Norse apocalypse. Now, there’s a second ending after the initial credits roll when you return home where Thor appears ‘several years later’ and Kratos askes him what he wants.
If the extra snow and ice you see after you’ve finished the game is Fimbulwinter, then this flash forward sequence would be nearing Ragnarök. Although Kratos killed Thor’s sons, I don’t think he’s here for revenge. I think he’s here for help to prevent the end of the world.
Is Kratos actually Tyr?
Tyr is the Norse god of war who’s continually referenced but never seen. We know he was it was a much loved deity who worked hard to maintain peace – a diplomat who travelled extensively to learn about other cultures.
In his vault we see the above image showing that he visited Mayan cultures, Egypt and China. That’s interesting because, in an interview, Cory Barlog has mentioned Mayan and Egyptian locations as possible settings for future God of War games.
Now, bear with me here, but I think Kratos is Tyr. The mention of Fimulwinter and the appearance of Thor suggest Ragnarök is coming. One interesting thing we know is that the World Serpent is actually from the future- he fights Thor at Ragnarök and was… will be… essentially hit so hard he travels back in time.
Honestly, I’m not making this stuff up look:
The only reason I even noticed this is because when Mimir tells this story in the boat Kratos scoffs loudly at the idea in a very odd way. He doesn’t comment, just laughs to underline the moment’ ‘Time travel? HAH’. There’s also some dialogue when Kratos finds Tyr’s Jotnar shrine and Mimir seems to think it shows the god traveling in some way but he’s not sure how, suggesting it might be magical in someway…
My theory is that Kratos is dragged into Ragnarök and, like the World Serpent, thrown back in time by the force of the cataclysm; wandering the the Earth through the ages until he eventually become the wise and peaceful Tyr.
Tyr never appears in the game but we know he was a huge friend of the giants, which would make sense if your son was one. We also know he was wise, and a good man – everything Kratos is hoping to be. It’s also convenient that Tyr’s shrine has a secret message that can only be read by Mimir’s eyes. Almost as if Tyr knew who would be looking at it later…
The Symbol for Tyr is even in the logo for the game if this translation is to be believed.
If you’ve got any ideas or thoughts on the ending then add them to the comments. I’ll be updating this features as and when I think of things, or people find new information so check back from time to time.