God of War

Things I’ve noticed in my Second play through (Spoilers if you haven’t yet beaten the game)

God of War 9 - Things I've noticed in my Second play through (Spoilers if you haven't yet beaten the game)
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Hi GOW fans alike,

I recently finished watching the movie "US" and was so intrigued by the endings ability to make you look back at all the scenes that come before it with a new perspective. This inspired me to play god of war for a second play through with that same mind set.

Particularly, I've been keeping a special eye out for things related to the sequel that will eventually be released and really anything odd that stood out to me while playing the game.

Currently I have just reached the part where Kratos aquires the Heart from the gate keeper in Helheim, so the events I will mention are the events that happen before that scene. However, feel free to comment anything that stood out to you, or may be referenced in a following sequel.

With that aside, lets begin!

Alpheim

During the missions in Alpheim through finding a scroll you will learn that freyas brother; Freyer is one of the leaders of the Vanir and is someone who is praised and honored in Alpheim by the light elves as he is the one who helped them win the war and is largely the reason they held victory for the longest against the dark elves. It is implied that due to his disappearance the dark elves retook control. My thoughts on this is that Freyer is either kidnapped, hiding or killed. The question that remains to be answered is not so much what happened to Freyer, but why? What is the importance of the dark elves having control of the light? Maybe someone wanted to prevent travel by the bifrost. But why now? and who? maybe Odin.

Who Blew the horn

I do believe this question will definitely be answered in the sequel as Mimir tells Kratos "someone has blown the horn" and Kratos responds "I know". The fact that they acknowledge this act, despite the only person being able to communicate with Jormi is Mimir as we are lead on to believe. I'm sure people realized this in their first play through as did I, but the fact that it happens on screen, really makes it such an interesting segment that makes you wonder? Possibilities of who it is? Well the options are limited to the people who speak Giant language which leaves us with Mimir from the future, a giant living in the present, and a giant from the future (including atreus himself). Definitely not Aesir as that would have caused a fight between Jormi and the Aesir to occur, which due to know loud sounds of fighting being heard after the horn being blown, it is clear that the person who blew the horn, used it for communication. For this reason it cannot be a vanir as none of the vanir speak the ancient tongue. So what really makes this interesting is the fact that it must be a giant living in the present (which none are known to be around aside from jormi himself and atreus), or it implies that someone time-traveled, also a very interesting topic (more on that later).

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Atreus Falls Ill

This is something small, and may have no implications at all. However, I do find the choice of words very interesting. When Kratos brings Atreus to Freya before going to get his blade of chaos. Freya says to him "go back home, dig up your past, do anything" to save his son. Her words of advice almost come off as instructions. Does Freya know more about Kratos then she lets on? We know she is aware that he is a God at this point, but you'd think she knew about the blades as well with such clear instructions. or maybe she didn't mean it so literally. Regardless, its a very interesting choice of words.

Jotunn Shrines: Implications of time-travel (Thamur and Tyr)

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The most intriguing thing on my second play through are the Jotunn Shrines. These shrines depict the past, the present and the future. One of the shrines that stands out to me is the Shrine about Thamur. The first part of the shrine is burnt off, the middle part shows Thamur building a wall, and the final part shows him defeated by Thor. Considering that Thamurs frozen corpse is a location, it is evident that everything this shrine depicts has already occurred. Which raises the question, why would the developers indicate that the first part is burnt off. Mimir even states he had wished the last panel was burned and that its a "senseless pity". This makes it seem, like the first panel holds some important information that even Mimir wish he knew or wish others knew as opposed to the events in the final panel. Why is it burnt off? what significance does it hold? The only other shrine to be missing a panel is the shrine about Tyr, which is missing the middle panel. I think theres a reason, these panels are missing, and that reason will be explored via time-travel. By time traveling, not only can the events be visualized but we can also learn why they were removed from the shrines in the first place.

Tyrs survival

The first panel in tyrs shrine shows Tyr using the unity stone to travel realms, the last panel holds Significant value and shows tyr, chained by the legs and neck, being watched over/guarded by thor and odin. If there's one thing we know, its that the Shrines show the past, present and the future but they are always in chronological order from left to right. This is clear evidence that Tyr is not dead. For if he was dead, the last panel would have shown his death, similar to how Thamur shrine shows his death in the last panel. There is almost no doubt in my mind that Kratos and Atreus will be the ones to rescue or meet tyr locked up in a dungeon, chains around his neck and legs. Some things that stand out about Tyr compared to other Gods/Giants in this universe.
-Tyr aided Faye hide the realm to Jotunnheim
-Tyr is the Norse God of War whereas Kratos is the Greek God of War with similar ideologies
-Tyr has been to Olympus and other realms
-Tyr strives for peace, and is well-liked by literally everyone except Odin and Thor who are desperately trying to prevent Ragnarok. This is what makes him stand out. He's a god who isnt about trickery, betrayal, or evil-doing. One may argue Fraya is similar in that regard, however, Fraya put a spell on her son and refused to remove it despite his requests, and even went as far as to lie and say its not possible. Even for a mother, this is not something to be respected for, in fact quiet the opposite imo.

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Among all the shrines, the two characters that stand out as relevant to the plot of the game are Thamur and Tyr. The developers wanted us to know about these characters due to their importance. As Atreus and Kratos we traveled to the Corpse of Thamur and we traveled to Tyr's temple. Thamur played his important role in God of War by providing Kratos a chisel, and when he was reanimated by fraya in the final boss while fighting baldur. However, Tyr is yet to be explored in such depth, aside from his temple and shrine. As a result, I believe the developers put Tyr's temple and shrine in the game not only to tease whats to come, but to give us some lore on a character that will play a big role in GOW2

Thanks for those of you who have managed to read this post. I plan to continue playing the game on my second play through until completion, I may make another post if I find out some more interesting tidbits that have implications to the sequel!

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