God of War: Ragnarok - Ending EXPLAINED

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God of War: Ragnarok Kratos vs Thor

God of War: Ragnarok has proven to be one of the greatest releases we've ever seen on PlayStation, with the game's story being triumphed by the gaming community.

Blending action, combat and aesthetic with a real flourish, Sony Santa Monica crafted a game that will live long in the memory.

That being said, plenty of questions have arisen regarding the ending and we want to talk about what it all means for the future.

WARNING: SPOILERS ahead for God of War: Ragnarok

God of War: Ragnarok Ending

The story of God of War: Ragnarok takes you through an incredible journey within the Nine Realms, leading to an incredible culmination at Ragnarok itself.

Once you have defeated Odin, you return to Midgard in a camp which now houses most of the supporting characters you meet throughout the game.

Playing as Atreus, you meet Kratos and Angraboda and discover a secret cavern that houses a final mural.

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Inside that mural, you discover that Faye, Kratos' wife and Atreus' mother, has once again been guiding you, and it is her choices that have defined your fate.

Atreus then admits to Kratos that he needs to leave to find the other lost giants, with he and Kratos sharing an embrace before Atreus departs.

Kratos discovers the second side of the mural, depicting his journey to the Nine Realms and, eventually, his fate to be worshipped as the God of War in these lands.

Kratos then joins with Mimir and Freya to protect the Nine Realms in post-story activities.

What does it mean?

There are many hidden meanings that could be inferred from this ending, and it's worth experiencing before coming to your own conclusion.

For us, this ending signals a poetic junction for the series, with Kratos finally being worshipped as a God, a theme raised by Odin in the game.

Of course, this ending could lead to a spin-off in which we see Atreus locate and save the Giants, as it's his story that has a more natural path forward.

That being said, Kratos' story feels far from over, with this game and franchise riding the crest of an incredible wave of popularity.

The possibility of exploring Egypt has been mentioned, but it feels like Kratos could end up having one last ride in the Nine Realms.

Outside threats will always be present and we could see a different take on the series moving forward, with Kratos almost certainly being worshipped as the new all-father in the pantheon.

We're far from Norse Mythology experts but there are some clear correlations that can be found in the conclusion of God of War: Ragnarok.

In mythology, Ragnarok signals the end of the world, but there are those Gods that survive and are tasked with rebuilding.

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Whilst Ragnarok was not the world-ending climax some may have hoped for it, it's the poeticisms of this ending that link it closely to Norse Myth.

Kratos, Freya, Sif, Thrudd and a number of other Gods are now tasked with rebuilding these lands, with the Aesir and Vanir Gods working together in harmony.

Many questions remain unanswered as a consequence of this ending, but God of War: Ragnarok could always act as a jumping-off point for Kratos.

For now, we wait with bated breath to see what the future holds.

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