SPOILERS, for those who haven't played the game yet.
So, after play God of War (2018), I have a theory on what the timeline is regarding the game, and how events yet to happen have happened earlier than intended.
Please bear in mind this is only a theory based on the knowledge from God of War (2018), and its subsequent novels etc. Also, if this has been mentioned in some shape of form, I do apologise.
This theory relies on the rebirth of Norse Mythology after Ragnarok. With all that out of the way, lets get started.
I believe that there are two timelines in the game, one that has already happened and the one we are playing through right now.
So, in Timeline A you have the general normal Norse mythology timeline, and in Timeline B you have the God of War timeline
My reasoning for this is based on the in game facts of Jörmungandr, birth/ reveal of Atreus, The giants/ realm of Jotunheim and events surrounding Baldr, Magni & Modi.
Firstly, throughout the game Mimir mentions that previously Jörmungandr fought Thor in battle yet to come, it is my assumption that Thor knocked Jörmungandr through the timeline into the 'past' of the Timeline B. He never specifies anything more other than the serpent being sent through time, to the past.
This event already throws the new timeline (Timeline B) out of whack, as Thor's (possible) mistake of not killing the serpent in Timeline A has changed the events of Timeline B, like the floods that cause the murder of hundreds of humans lives. And, with no Valkyries to transport the souls to Valhalla, the dead are enable to go to Helheim or Valhalla, thus Hel-walkers roam the earth.
The second point, is Kratos arrival in Norse mythology. Mimir mentions towards the end of the game that Kratos killing of Baldr has brought forward the timeline, when we compare it normal Norse mythology or prophecies of Ragnarok. As such, I believe Kratos is like a man out of time. Kratos fate or role in the Norse universe was unknown to most, except the giants and perhaps Faye.
Faye, or Laufey, as we know from Norse mythology was destined to father a son, Loki, with Fárbauti. But, I think her meeting with Kratos, made said events happen earlier than intended as she feel in love with Kratos.
I think perhaps thats her argument with the giants from the mural, she seeks to be their protector. But, also doesn't want her fate dictated by prophecies. So, she leaves the giants. However, without knowing she inevitable brought events forward.
As, I believe she didn't paint the murals. But, she along with giants knew she was fated to marry Fárbauti and have a child called Loki (i.e. Timeline A). However, the events became slightly twisted when she met Kratos, in that it still happens, just earlier (Timeline B).
Nevertheless, the third point is the Modi seemed genuinely shocked the Kratos was able to kill Magdi. As, it has been pre-establish in Norse mythology that they survive come Ragnarok (Timeline A), in order to receive Thor's hammer, Mylonir, due to his death. Now, its unknown if Modi survives his encounter with Atreus. So, perhaps certain events still play out as established.
As we know from a hidden cutscene Thor and Kratos will battle. So perhaps if Kratos kills him, then the World Serpent will not only survive, but Modi will receive the hammer earlier than intended (if he has survived). However, regardless, Kratos has thrown a monkey sized wrench in the normal timeline of Norse Mythology. In fact, his murals in the game don't show his birth, because he a man who's past is largely unknown. Except to figures with the gift of foresight like Mimir and Freya. As such, his fate is largely unknown except his role to play in the end of the Norse world (i.e. Ragnarok).
The last point is that when we arrive in Jotunheim all the giants are dead, from what seems to be a battle of some sort. My theory is that they died in the events of Timelines A's Ragnarok, through the battle of Aesir/ Giants. It was established by Mimir that events in Jotunheim move faster than Midgard, so what if when we arrive when the giants are gone. Because, Ragnarok has ended there. And, because Atreus birth was early, their rebirth has yet to happen just yet.
Perhaps, Atreus being half-giant will have some role to play in the rebirth of the giants come Ragnarok.
As such, Timeline A has the general normal events of Ragnarok, except in this version Thor (possibly by accident) knocks the World Serpent into the past of the rebirth timeline (i.e. Timeline B).
Thus, in Timeline B Kratos brings all events forward, like the birth of Loki, the death of Baldur and Fimbulwinter. However, he also straight up changes world, like the killing Magni and his removal of Mimir. Which, throws the question in the air, is anyone safe? If Magni a character known to survive Raganrokk dies, then does that mean anyone can. And, what does that mean for this timeline's (Timeline B's) Ragnarok and the rebirth of the world.
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