Many of you have likely finished God of War Ragnarok already. The game has been out for almost two weeks now which is more than enough time for those hardcore fans to get through it. Of course, we do have loadshedding in SA so you’re likely playing games much less than usual. I don’t blame you if you haven’t finished the game yet. However, if you have finished it, Santa Monica Studios has shed some light on the ending.
WARNING – It goes without saying that this post includes major spoilers from the God of War Ragnarok ending so if you haven’t finished the game yet, come back later.
Santa Monica Studios’ narrative director has explained exactly what happens at the end of God of War Ragnarok. Even though the ending was quite clear, you might have missed some important story elements dropped during the final scenes.
After your final showdown with Odin, we know that Asgard is now destroyed. Kratos and the main characters have returned to Midgard and there is finally peace among the nine realms.
Atreus is now determined to set off on his own adventure and part ways with his father in order to go and look for the last remaining Giants. Before Kratos and Atreus part ways, we learn about a final mural the two find. Upon opening it, Kratos and Atreus learn that Faye, Kratos’ wife, knew about the journey the two would take together. We also learn that Faye planned the entire thing from the start.
However, after Atreus leaves to go on his own journey, Kratos discovers another mural behind the one depicting Faye’s plan. This mural shows off three paintings detailing the journey that Kratos would make throughout the God of War games. There’s the past, present and future. The last painting shows Kratos being worshipped as a god. But not the fearful god we know, the good Kratos that he has grown into.
Santa Monica Studios’ narrative director Matt Sophos answered some questions related to the God of War Ragnarok ending including and the strange figure shown off in the last mural painting. He said:
The larger figure behind Kratos is actually Thor standing over the dead Kratos (which was in the original mural). But since Kratos changed his fate, all of that was painted over with the new prediction of his future — where people revere Kratos. As he says to Freya/Mimir soon after… there is “much to do much to rebuild.’ So this new future is a statue dedicated to Kratos “the rebuilder” rather than his past as “the destroyer.”
So basically, Kratos is now known as Kratos the Rebuilder instead of Kratos the Destroyer. You can watch the entire ending explained in a video from YouTuber Jon Ford below: