God of War Ending Explained Video by Deffinition
God Of War is arguably the greatest Playstation 4 game ever created. Remarkable from start to finish we follow Kratos and his son Atreus as they embark on a journey to scatter the ashes of their wife and mother. It’s an enthralling quest that spans the nine realms of Midgard and sees encounters with monsters, Gods and more.
Whilst on the surface the plot seems very simplistic, there are several aspects about the games ending that may have some players scratching their head.
Throughout this video I will be discussing several aspects of the finale so I highly recommend that you skip this video for now if you still have certain side quests that you are yet to discover.
With that out the way, I’m Deffinition and this is my ending explained video of God Of War.
The Death Of Baldur and Freya’s Curse
In the games final fight, Kratos faces off against Baldur. Revealed to be Freya’s son she tried to shield Baldur throughout his life, making him invulnerable to most things. However, we do see that upon coming into contact with Mistletoe that Baldur is stripped of his immortality and able to be finally killed. This explains why Freya was so cautious over Atreus’ arrows throughout the game and attempted to replace them with ones that would not hurt her son.
Due to the anguish that he has faced throughout his life, Baldur attempts to murder his mother Freya. However, Kratos stops this and kills Baldur, exclaiming that he has stopped this cycle. This cycle refers to the fact that the majority of Gods throughout the series have murdered their parents and went on to be murdered by their children. Zeus attempted to kill Kronos, Kratos killed Zeus and Baldur is about to kill Freya and once again doom the Gods to tragedy. Kratos wants a better life for his son so stops this.
Unfortunately, Baldur’s death hurtles the Ragnarok prophecy 100 winters forward, ushering in the end of days for the Viking Gods. This will hopefully be picked up in a sequel to the game but for now it is left ambiguous to exactly what implications it could cause.
Faye’s Prophecy and Atreus’ True Identity Revealed
Upon entering Jothenhiem, Kratos and Atreus discover their story prophecised in the ruins of the destroyed realm. Faye, Kratos’ wife, knew that they would journey here and discover this story and their destiny. Labeled as the story of Loki, we learn that Atreus is infact the infamous Norse God.
Loki is a shape shifting God that is known for his ability to conjur tricks and fool people into thinking certain ways. It should be noted however that the God Of War mythology differs heavily from the original myths so whether this will be carried over into the sequel is unknown. It may be interpreted differently by the creators and put across in a certain way that makes the original Loki character difficult to associate fully with Atreus.
Another sequel teasing aspect is that one of the tapestries appears to show Atreus murdering Kratos. Once again we will have to wait until a sequel to know for sure how this will play out however it does once again hint at the cycle of death that haunts Kratos and his family.
Another end credit scene happens if players return home and rest. Doing so will cause the game to leap forward one year and tease Thor coming to see Atreus and Kratos, similar to how Baldur did at the beginning of the story. Obviously, this encounter carries a lot of weight to it as Kratos murdered Thor’s sons earlier in the adventure. We are yet to see Odin and one could imagine that the sequel too could involve Kratos tackling all of the Gods in brutal fashion similar to what the original trilogy did with the Grecian ones.
In conclusion there are several interesting and ambiguous aspects to the game’s closing chapter and all of them beautifully tease what we could be getting in a sequel.
As always I’d love to hear your thoughts on the game’s climax and if you think there is anything that I missed then please let me know in the comments.
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