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 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.
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.
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.
God of War ends with Freya trying to find out the location of her wings after Odin takes them from her and hides them away. GameFAQs user Icefang526 explained the theory:
Based on what Mimir tells you in the post-game about Freya asking him where Odin might be keeping her lost wings, I'm practically certain that she's going to return in the next game as a boss character, having reclaimed her former powers as a Valkyrie. And at least a good chunk of the game will be concerned with settling your differences before you either kill her or reconcile in the face of a common threat.