God of War: understand how Kratos migrated to Norse mythology
with the arrival of God of War to PC in great port, more players have the chance to know the story of Kratos and understand how the God of War migrated from Greek mythology to Norse, which really seems something very forced and atypical in theory.
As we well know, Kratos spent most of his adventures immersed in Greek mythology and, at the end of the original trilogy still on PS3, a great flood put an end to the Greek pantheon. While the game does not provide direct answers to the changing of seasons and locations in God of War 2018, you might want to leave a small spoiler warning for the next few paragraphs.
In the most recent adventure, when arriving at the bridge of Tyr, Freya mentions that the place was submerged for at least 150 years, in a possible connection with the aforementioned flood. Inside Tyr’s vault, you can also see a vase with Kratos’ face, indicating that his legend has been passed on.
According to creative director Cory Barlog, each pantheon of different mythologies has different levels of power, and while they all exist in the same dimension and reality, they are also limited by the territories of the other gods, which does not apply to mortals. It’s almost as if there are multiple possible afterlives depending on where you are and what you believe in, but with no impact on the material world of the living, which is all connected.
Thus, Kratos survived the flood and traveled to Midgard by boat, the main form of long-distance transportation in the latest game. Even the large amount of water in the game could also be a reference to the end of God of War 3. If we can take the game’s information and Cory’s statements to the letter, it would be enough for Kratos or any other character to travel to Egypt to see other gods in action reigning over their people, for example.
It’s a rather convenient and simplistic explanation, but it certainly explains how the different mythologies and deities in the series work. Did you already know about this explanation? What do you think of her? Comment below!