God of War is undeniably one of the best games of 2018, and excitement is already building for the sequel. With the developers confirming that it will deal heavily with Norse mythology, fans have a plethora of theories about what's next for Kratos and his boy. Considering the sheer amount of twists and turns that happen in the 2018 game, God of War fans have plenty of material to absorb and speculate about.
The community came together to try to guess what might happen in future installments of the franchise, and their imaginings are astounding. Some focused on the mythologies or potential pantheons of gods, Norse or otherwise, a sequel could include. Others mused on where we might find our new favorite characters in the near future.
So if you're interested in what could happen in the next God of War game, read on - and don't forget to vote up the most convincing theories.
The game's entire plot sees Kratos and his son Atreus traveling to spread Faye's ashes atop the mountain. One theory suggests Faye may have requested this on purpose, knowing it would awaken the sleeping giants. Redditor /u/Illusionnist wrote:
I noticed while spreading the ashes of the mother that the giants in the background in Jotunheim don't seem like they were in a fight or anything, rather that the entire area might have been put under a spell. I theorize that the reason why the mother was pointing towards Jotunheim was due to the fact that her ashes might be the key to wake the giants from their slumber.
The reason the World Serpent recognizes Atreus, though they have seemingly never met, might be the result of Jörmungandr having been sent back in time. This would explain why Jörmungandr is around when his father - Atreus, AKA Loki - is still a child. Redditor /u/gamesmoriarty explained their theory:
Early in the game, it is mentioned that the World Serpent "just kind of showed up" in the area we see him in the game. Later, he mentions that Atreus seems familiar to him. Even later in the game, it is revealed that during Ragnarok the World Tree will shatter and the World Serpent will be sent back in time before he was even born.
I believe that the World Serpent we see now is the one that has been sent back in time before he was even born, and this explains why he just "shows up" and also explains why he recognizes Atreus. In the original mythology, Loki is the father of the World Serpent. With the revelation that Atreus is, in fact, Loki, we know that the reason the World Serpent recognizes Atreus is because Atreus is actually his father.
There are several clues throughout God of War that the next game might focus on Ragnarok, an end of the world event in Norse mythology. Redditor /u/Danjamin12 wrote:
The next game will involve Ragnarok in some way. Whether Kratos fights in it or tries to stop it, I don't know, but it will be the focus. There are a few clues to this I've seen, but I'm sure there are more if you look harder.
The first and most obvious one is the winter that everyone points out after you return from Jotunheim. The second is more fun. In Jotunheim, we learn Atreus's mother wanted to name him Loki; this is significant because one of the first prophecies that foretells the end of the world (Ragnarok) is the death of Baldur (the guy [Kratos] and Atreus murder) by the hand of Loki. Now, you might argue Kratos killed Baldur, but it was the arrow on Atreus's quiver strap that made Baldur vulnerable again.
One former Redditor suggested an in-depth theory arguing Atreus will ultimately be responsible for causing Ragnarok to begin. They contended the following:
Remember when they met Jormungand? Atreus said that he belonged to the giants because of his colossal size. In Norse mythology, Jormungand is ... one of the three children of Loki. The other two being Hel and Fenrir.
Fast forward to when they first see the artistic expression of Yggdrasil, Freya explains it to be the tree that holds all life and the time and space surrounding it. Time. The most important word in this theory. In Norse mythology, Jormungand was thrown into the oceans of Midgard by Odin (idk what his problem was). And because of this, I thought what if by throwing him across the realm, he ended up falling in another time stream that still led to Midgard where Atreus (Loki) wasn't even born yet. Atreus was actually able to translate what the serpent said - that Jormungand wanted to help them.
However, they did change this fact in the release of the game and that he wasn't able to comprehend what Jormungand was saying. But what Jormungand said in the trailer strikes another point in my theory. That he wanted to help them. Why would a snake, the size of the Earth, who could've been a potential boss in the game, just out of the blue suddenly help them? Kratos didn't even mention anything, nor did Atreus. But maybe that's just it. Maybe because Jormungand knew his father's face regardless of the time he was sent to. And what threats and problems his father would face ahead.
This may also explain why his siblings were not with him. They could've probably escaped from the grasps of Odin or maybe that Odin had other cruel plans for them. It also explains the fact that Odin knew who Atreus was and why he had the other gods hunt him and Kratos down. Because it's a prophecy that Atreus will perpetrate Ragnarok along with his children and his father, Kratos. This is also a well-known fact in the Norse mythology as well (except for Kratos being there).