It feels like ages since God of War was released in 2018, a time before the pandemic, when I was fresh out of college and embarking on new adventures. Recently, I decided to revisit the game (thanks to a devil’s deal for a PS5), and I was amazed at how much I had forgotten. The satisfaction of throwing Kratos’ axe and its return to his hand, as well as the heartfelt moments shared between Kratos and his son, Atreus, had slipped from my memory. But what stood out the most was the game’s subtle references to the impending Ragnarok.
Upon completing God of War, it becomes clear that the next installment will take place during Ragnarok or in the lead-up to it. However, scattered throughout the game, there are morsels of lore and brief statements that hint at the specific details of Ragnarok. These hints may have been easily missed, especially by those who haven’t played the game recently and might not recall them.
To save you the trouble of replaying God of War with your notes app open (as I did), here are some of the most significant hints about what lies ahead in God of War: Ragnarok.
We may witness the birth of the World Serpent
I was astonished to discover that the World Serpent, the colossal snake that encircles all of Midgard, originates from the future. Mimir, one of the game’s characters, reveals that during Ragnarok, the Serpent engages in a fierce battle with Thor, causing time and space to fracture. As a result, the Serpent is flung back into the distant past before its birth. Considering this, it is likely that the World Serpent has not yet come into existence when Kratos and Atreus embark on their adventure. However, a peculiar connection seems to exist between Atreus and the World Serpent. When the giant snake first encounters Atreus, it recognizes something familiar about him, as if they had met before.
In Norse Mythology, Loki is not only Thor’s brother or the son of a god and a giant, but also the father of the World Serpent. If God of War: Ragnarok retains this aspect of Loki’s character, it is plausible that we will encounter Atreus’ scaly offspring, forging a deeper bond with the enigmatic serpent.
Giants are poised for a return
In God of War, players encounter either deceased Giants or the colossal snake as representatives of their kind. However, according to Mimir’s wisdom, the Giants have not completely disappeared. When Atreus asks if anyone resides in Muspelheim, the realm of fire, Mimir mentions that the land is inhabited solely by fire giants, who will only reemerge during Ragnarok.
If this holds true, players can expect to witness the return of towering giants in God of War: Ragnarok. While Giants don’t always possess immense stature, the only other elemental giant encountered in the game was Thamur, the ice giant whose corpse players explore. He was colossal enough to obliterate an entire village when Thor slew him.
Freya’s curse will be lifted
God of War: Ragnarok’s initial trailer contained numerous intriguing details, but one that stood out was Freya’s apparent attack on Kratos. It’s no surprise that the goddess seeks revenge after Kratos killed her son, Baldur, in the previous game. What is surprising, however, is that she is able to strike at him with a sword. Throughout God of War, Freya’s history is unveiled, including the part where Odin cursed her after she left him. This curse not only traps her in Midgard but also renders her unable to harm any living being, be it through magic or physical means.
Clearly, this curse is not an obstacle for her anymore. How Freya manages to break free from it remains unclear, but we can undoubtedly expect to witness this pivotal moment in God of War: Ragnarok.
As we eagerly await the arrival of God of War: Ragnarok, the hints scattered throughout its predecessor offer tantalizing insights into the epic story that awaits us. From the potential birth of the World Serpent to the impending return of giants and the liberation of Freya from her curse, Ragnarok promises to deliver an unforgettable adventure.
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