God of War Ragnarok concludes the franchise’s Norse saga with an intimate, game-filled storytelling brimming with complex emotions. The game ties up a lot of loose ends and creates more in an epic ending to Kratos’ journey through the Nine Realms. The theme of fate prevails in the game’s missions and other epic moments that make the ending that much more lucrative. But, with all the complex and intertwined fates of certain characters, confusion can arise about what the finale means and what it implies for the series. So, we’ll take a look at what unfolds in the epic conclusion to Kratos’ journey across the Nine Realms.
How does God of War Ragnarok end?
Starting off, Ragnarok does in fact happen as it is implied throughout the game. After being tricked by Odin, who was posing as Tyr and killing Brok in the process. Sindri, seeing his brother killed, is overcome with grief and blames Atreus and Kratos in the process. He then disappears with his body. Kratos and Atreus realize that the All-Father must be taken down no matter what. After that, with the help of allies including the goddess Freya, Valkyrie Sigrun, Freya’s brother Freyr, and unexpectedly Sindri, the father-son duo try to convince and unite all kingdoms to defeat Odin and destroy Asgard.
They travel to Muspelheim to convince Surtr, the first fire giant, to help start Ragnarok. After negotiating with him, Kratos drives his giant magic-imbued Blades of Chaos into the heart of Sinmara, who is present in Surtr’s body and turns him into the eponymous Ragnarok monster.
Kratos, being the most experienced of the group, is chosen as a general to lead the charge on Asgard. He touches Gjallarhorn and opens the gates of all the realms. Kratos, Atreus and their allies head to Asgard to kill the Aesir and, above all, kill Odin.
Initially, everything goes according to plan, except that Asgard has prepared a lot to defend itself. On top of that, Sindri fails to bring the Dwarves out of Svartelfheim citing that they don’t want to die in this war. But, he has brought a dwarven hammer that will help them get inside Asgard. Afterwards, Kratos fights Thor, injuring him massively in the process. He explains to Thor how Odin is deceiving him and his family and Thor soon realizes his mistake. But, before he could do anything about it, Odin kills him and blames Kratos and Atreus for corrupting his mind.
Kratos, Atreus, and Freya fight with Odin and eventually take him down with Atreus taking his soul in a marble. Sindri in the anguish of losing his brother destroys the marble with his hammer and thus ends Odin’s life. Freyr also sacrifices himself by giving the others enough time to get out when Ragnarok pushes word of him to Asgard.
The Asgardian survivors then move to Midgard for safety and eventual resettlement. Atreus and Kratos then discover a new sanctuary with the help of Angrboda. In it, Kratos’s wife and Atreus’s mother, Faye, is shown to have destroyed the Atreus shrine seen in the first game to help them forge their own path, rather than rely on a pre-written fate. Atreus then realizes that his destiny is to find the remaining giants and explains to Kratos. He also mentions that he might know where they are, though it’s not explicitly stated. In response, Kratos advises Atreus to continue his journey. The two then share an emotional hug and then Atreus leaves with Angrboda for parts unknown.
Kratos also discovers that there is another part behind the new sanctuary where he sees the future: a god who is worshiped and loved. Overcome with emotions, Kratos realizes that his future is full of hope. He then reunites with Freya and Mimir and continues the next part of his journey in the Nine Realms.
God of War Ragnarok Secret Ending
There is also another secret ending to God of War Ragnarok after the main story ends. After visiting Lunda at Sindri’s house, she informs that there is a funeral planned for Brok in Svartalfheim. Kratos, Freya, and Mimir go to the kingdom and pay their respects to their fallen friend. Kratos exclaims Brok as his friend when he pays his respects to him. During the farewell, Sindri arrives, heartbroken and exhausted, and also says a last goodbye to his brother.
Kratos tries to comfort Sindri, to which the latter pays no attention and shows that he still blames Kratos and Atreus for Brok’s death. Later, he disappears into the unknown. Finally, the credits roll, concluding the overall story of God of War Ragnarok.