God of War's director and story writer Cory Barlog recently changed his Twitter account's header image to a picture that many fans are hoping holds clues about the next game. The image shows some familiar faces from the 2018 title sitting down for a feast, and has already been dissected by fans eager to figure out the fates of their favorite characters.
This God of War image is packed full of detail, and some fans are divided on what it might point to. Here's a full breakdown of the teaser image, some of the secrets already uncovered, and what it could all mean for Ragnarok.
There are some clear references to the next God of War game written into the image. Reddit user strong_is_waifu was quick to notice a placard above the fireplace. The placard has runes on it which spell out the next game's "Ragnarok is coming" slogan. Another Reddit user, huxainsyed, noticed the boar Hildisvini from the last game, who can be seen hidden behind Atreus in the image.
Sitting at the feast are some of God of War 2018's most memorable characters. There are the Dwarf brothers Sindri and Brok, Thor's sons Magni and Modi, Baldur, Freya, Mimir, Atreus, and Kratos. The silhouette standing in the window on the right side is likely Thor. In God of War 2018's secret ending, Thor appears wearing a hood at the end of Fimbulwinter to confront Kratos and Atreus.
The window on the left shows a snake-like eye that almost certainly belongs to Jormungandr, the World Serpent. The rematch between Thor and the World Serpent is a vital part of Ragnarok. Mimir and Freya explain in the 2018 game that Thor and the World Serpent once fought to a stalemate. In the God of War universe's version of Ragnarok, Thor and Jormungandr will fight until the tree of life splinters, sending the World Serpent back in time to the point of their original encounter.
The pair's presence outside the house is likely also representative of the "Ragnarok is coming" slogan. Magni and Modi were both killed in the last game, however, and Baldur's death at the end of 2018's God of War is the main prerequisite of Ragnarok. It seems strange that an image heavily hinting at the sequel would contain characters who died in the last game, but there may be a good reason for that.
The last God of War is packed full of hints that the Ragnarok sequel will have some sort of time travel plotline, just as the original trilogy's God of War 2 did. Not only is it established that the Jormungandr seen in-game was sent back in time during Ragnarok, but also that the creature is Loki's son. Since Atreus was revealed to be Loki, this makes it seem very likely that there will be some form of time manipulation at play in the plot of the next game to explain when Loki had his children.
This could easily allow for Magni, Modi, and Baldur to make appearances in the next game. Although there are plenty of Norse gods who haven't appeared in God of War so far, there are some good reasons to think that all three characters could return.
In Norse mythology, Magni, Modi, and Baldur are among the few gods to survive Ragnarok. Magni and Modi become Thor's successors, while Baldur is resurrected after the final battle. God of War has changed aspects of Norse mythology in the past to fit its own unique narrative, but the image may be a hint that Magni, Modi, and Baldur will still appear in Ragnarok in some form.