NOTE: This article contains MASSIVE spoilers for God of War Ragnarok. Proceed at your own risk.The 2018 century god of war was a phenomenon when it was launched. Bringing the beloved mythology-based hack-and-slash series into the modern gaming era with a more grounded, mature narrative, god of war quickly became a modern classic, and it brought a whole new audience to the series. One of the biggest factors pushing god of war into mainstream media at the time was the game’s ending, which teased an ominous future for Kratos and Atreus, a future that may or may not occur in God of War Ragnarok.
One of the biggest questions that comes in to God of War Ragnarok was whether Kratos would meet his end in the sequel, and whether his demise had anything to do with the closing teaser of god of war 2018. Well, with God of War Ragnarok now out for the better part of a week, it’s time to dissect exactly what god of warhis last mural meant and how it relates to Kratos’ fate in god of war 2018.
How God of War’s Last Mural Is Fulfilled in God of War Ragnarok
Right at the end of god of war In 2018, Kratos and Atreus finally arrive in Jotunheim, the realm of giants, where they intend to spread the ashes of their recently deceased wife and mother. Before heading to the highest peak in the entire Nine Realms, Kratos and Atreus stumble upon a wall painted with a prophetic mural. This mural reveals Kratos’ wife and Atreus’ mother, Faye, to be a giant, and depicts the entire events of the game up to this point, implying that the giants foresaw all of this to happen.
Along with this, it is also revealed that Faye’s true name is Laufey, and Atreus’ giant name is actually Loki. After this revelation, Atreus exits the temple, but before Kratos can join him, he catches a glimpse of another mural. Although the majority is broken, Kratos can make out one image quite clearly: a young boy kneeling, cradling a bald, bearded man lying lifeless on the ground. A mysterious snake-like substance connects the two figures to their mouths.
Goes into God of War Ragnarok, most fans had expectations that this mural would come to fruition in one form or another. While some fans believed that this bald, bearded man was Kratos, and that this mural cemented the notion that he would die in God of War Ragnarokothers believed that the mural may be wrong, and Atreus is actually cradling another character in his arms.
Well, at the end of God of War Ragnarok, the prophecy in this mural is indeed coming true, but not quite as some fans expected. After laying siege to Asgard, Kratos, Atreus and Freya battle Odin. They fall through the ground and all land in Odin’s workshop, where he begs Atreus to use the mysterious mask artifact to gain knowledge of the rivulet in reality. Atreus chooses to break the mask, and Odin rushes towards him. Atreus stops Odin dead in his tracks, takes out an empty giant marble and begins whispering a spell. As he falls into his arms, Atreus whispers Odin’s soul out of his body, trapping it in the marble. The camera pans back, and the scene is very reminiscent of the last mural god of war 2018, with Odin lying lifeless in Atreus’ arms.
God of War Ragnarok is available on PS4 and PS5.
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