God of War: Ragnarok’s Huge Twist Could Devastate Fans

Many fans assumed that God of War: Ragnarok would be the second instalment of a trilogy. It just seemed fitting to portray Norse mythology in this fashion long before its name was revealed, hinted, and so on. However, given that Santa Monica has stated that God of War: Ragnarok is the conclusion of the Norse mythology, it reframes things, owing to how long these games take to build.

Kratos and Atreus are clearly trying to halt the prophecy and save the Norse people from Ragnarok in the new God of War: Ragnarok video. Atreus discusses war with Asgard, Kratos protests, they seek out Tyr, and Thor/Freya pursue Kratos and Atreus. Indeed, there appears to be a lot going on, and it all focuses on the conclusion of Ragnarok, so it’s possible that one tease didn’t mean what fans believed it did at first.

NOTE: Based on the God of War: Ragnarok teaser, recognised franchise themes, and the events of God of War, particularly its finale, this is pure guesswork. As a result, anyone who has yet to beat the 2018 game will find MAJOR SPOILERS in this post.

With Ragnarok and Loki, the God of War Mural is Re-contextualized

Kratos saw a mural near the end of God of War in which Atreus, or Loki, appears to be draining Kratos’ life essence. Some have pointed out that it doesn’t necessarily look like Kratos, but now that Tyr and other gods have been revealed, the only other viable option (besides Kratos) is Odin, whose part appears to be minor in comparison to the other characters. (Perhaps there’s something to be said for time travel and Loki, and perhaps Atreus is draining Loki’s power, but that seems improbable in comparison to the other alternatives.) As a result, it’s presumably meant to be taken at face value in Kratos’ eyes: here is Atreus, holding a dying Kratos who has been stripped of his tattoos in some way.

This is the most straightforward interpretation of the mural, and it corresponds to God of War’s underlying theme of sons murdering fathers. This mural, on the other hand, leaves a lot unsaid, which adds to its mystique. At the same time, God of War: Ragnarok has so many hints about Kratos’ death that it feels like a Red Herring. It’s just too obvious, either taking away from or inverting that possible point in the upcoming plot. With the end of the Norse storyline in mind, another interpretation of this mural may be that Atreus has slain Kratos or is draining his life force…but that he has given his own to save his father, most certainly dying in the process.

Before Ragnarok begins in its entirety, Kratos and Atreus Must Put an End To It

Fimbulwinter has already begun in God of War: Ragnarok, and while the game isn’t directly based on Norse mythology, it does contain some key elements. In its entirety, Ragnarok begins with Loki’s emancipation, his progeny (Fenrir and the Serpent) causing devastation on the universe, and a major Gods-versus-Gods battle—something Kratos appears to be purposefully avoiding. In the end, everyone dies, and Loki is to blame for all that happened.

Atreus doesn’t seem to realise he’s Loki yet, but he’ll probably figure it out later in the game. Knowing that giants can see into the future, the events of Ragnarok will almost certainly be revealed, and Atreus’ involvement and connection to Loki and Angrboda (a child in God of War: Ragnarok, but mother of the serpent in myth) will have to be factored in somehow, somewhere.

Kratos may perish and Atreus may be taken in Ragnarok “proper.” He and Angrboda have children, and Ragnarok’s time travel/circular nature begins at this moment, even if it doesn’t happen right away. Due to Fimbulwinter’s early arrival, this “timeline” may have already been broken. However, Ragnarok had to occur in the future to explain the existence of the world’s serpents. Atreus may have to save his father and avoid this event if he learns his role in it, preventing Ragnarok at the cost of his own life and breaking God of War’s patricide cycle.

A major twist and reversal of common God of War motifs occurs in the Norse myth, which concludes with a child saving their father. This is just supposition, after all, Atreus is still a youngster with many unknowns, but if Atreus is the key to Ragnarok, he’s also the key to stopping it. Such a fate undoubtedly comes at a terrible cost, as players may witness Kratos leaving behind a home, bereft of his loved ones, Atreus and his mother. It would be a heartbreaking, but fitting, conclusion to Kratos’ exploits in God of War: Ragnarok’s Norse universe.

In 2022, God of War: Ragnarok will be released on PS4 and PS5.

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