The latest chapter in the God of War series has arrived, bringing new worlds and enemies to take on. If you’ve already beat the game, and you’ve seen the ending, then you might have some questions because God of War may need the ending explained if you want to understand what’s going on. Here we’ll explain the ending to God of War, as well as touch on some of the connections that the game has with actual Norse mythology.

It should go without saying, but this article will continue heavy spoilers for God of War. If you want to remain surprised by things that happen in the game and experience them first hand, then please leave this page now. If you’ve already beat the game, or you just don’t care about spoilers, then scroll past this image to continue.

God of War Ending Explained

Alright, now that we’ve got all the spoiler warnings out of the way, let’s dive right in. There’s a lot of information to take in when you complete God of War, and the developers have definitely put in the work to make the game and its world and story feel authentic and true to Norse mythology.

Baldur and Freya are Related

The first big revelation near the end of the game comes when Kratos and Atreus learn that Baldur—The Stranger that has been chasing them since the start of their journey—is Freya’s son, and that the invincibility he has was cast upon him by Freya who made every object in the world swear an oath not to harm her son in any fashion. Of course, there is always a way out, and thus the mistletoe of the world was not forced to swear such an oath, as Freya never assumed that it would harm her son. This is why she becomes so aggravated when she sees Atreus with Mistletoe arrows midway through the game, as it’s the only thing that can remove the spell of protection she has cast upon her son.

Atreus is Loki

After helping bring about the demise of Baldur, the connections to Norse mythology are taken a step further. Once Kratos and Atreus travel to Jotunheim, the realm of the giants, they find several inscriptions on the walls that refer to Atreus as Loki, at which point Kratos explains that they originally planned to name Atreus Loki, but eventually settled on his current name in honor of one of Kratos’ fallen comrades. It’s an interesting twist, and it serves well to connect the entire story to Norse mythology as a whole. On top of that, the inscriptions also make mention of a mysterious being that may bring an end to Kratos and Atreus, which leaves a lot of room open for the story to continue in another game.

Kratos Might Fight Thor In the Next Game

If the revelations and mentions of Thor throughout the game weren’t enough, the developers have also added in a few more clues, one of which is pretty hard to dismiss. At the end of God of War, Thor arrives at Kratos’ home, knocking at his door. This isn’t a surprise considering the fact that Kratos killed Thor’s sons Magni and Modi. After the credits roll, Atreus also mentions having a dream—or vision if you will—or Kratos fighting Thor. It’s an exciting idea, and we’ll be interested to see if the God of War team brings that fight about in the next game.

It’s not clear just yet where Santa Monica Studios will go with the newest arc of the God of War series, but it’s sure to be a fun ride that brings about a lot of new and interesting stories in this dangerous new world that we’ve been introduced to. You can return to our God of War walkthrough for more helpful information about the game or check out our guide on how to defeat all the bosses in God of War for more helpful insight into the game.