The destruction of the Pantheon started Christianity.Poseidon's death caused a great flood and Hermes' death unleashed a plague. Yeah.
Kratos is the father of Yahweh.Kratos had a son with Aphrodite, the only surviving Olympian. This son grew up and became the new Boss. Yahweh's son Jesus is Kratos' grandson.
The Bible, and the entire history of Christianity, is the future of Classical Mythology and God of War. Kratos, or one of his descendants, used to be the Old Testament God, Yahweh, and Jesus killed him.Kratos ends up killing all the Greek gods and he (or one of his sons) becomes Yahweh, who became as much of a tyrant as the Greek Gods, repeating the Oedipus Complex/Mandate of Heaven that plagues the Pantheon. Yahweh, in a hubristic attempt to rule forever, imprisons Lucifer, and any Prometheus-figures who want to give mankind knowledge, into Tartarus where they are tortured forever. This causes the the decline of the Roman Republic into the corrupt Roman Empire, and the ensuing Dark Ages and the tyranny of the Catholic Inquisition. However, he makes the mistake of Zeus-ing with a mortal woman and Jesus is born. Jesus sympathizes with the plight of the imprisoned knowledge-bearers and tried diplomacy and compromise with the old Order. That didn't work, and in response, Yahweh brands Jesus a heretic, and hires the Jews and Romans to crucify him. After Jesus goes through his whole resurrection deal, he goes into heaven and kills Yahweh, and tried to take over the kingdom as the Christian God of the New Testament. However, Yahweh also possessed the Resurrection ability and returns to life again and continues being God in the Medieval Era without Jesus finding out, corrupting Jesus' reputation in the process. It would be until the Renaissance where Jesus finally seals Yahweh into Tartarus for good, allowing Europe an opportunity for a rebellion against the Catholic Church. To break the Mandate of Heaven, he takes the mantle of Prometheus/Lucifer as the Bearer of Knowledge, and becomes the new God: Science. Jesus/Science then overthrows the rest of the tyrannical corrupt Old Gods in the world. With Science being the only God left, the Universe is in risk of being consumed back by the first and most powerful Protogenoi, Chaos, who is starting to manifest itself as Entropy. Thus, Science has to spend much of his time and intellect into maintaining the universe in logical order to protect it from Chaos, and that's why he has to allow for humans to think for themselves and exercise their own capacity for science, hence the rise of Deism and Democracy.
On ApollonWe never once see the god of light in the entirity of the 6 installments, yet his treasures are relevant in both GOW 3 and Ascension, particularly the latter where it's pretty much framed as him being opposed to the Furies, as the most sacred locations and symbols of the god are used by Kratos against them. Considering that, I think that he's pretty much incorporeal or otherwise "above" the other gods, which explains why the hell he isn't anywhere and how he helps Kratos in the latest prequel. That purple light on his statue? Probably him.
All dead gods DO become ghost-like beings
Athena was behind everything
Kratos is going to become KhorneIt's easy to notice the similarities. Originally, Khorne forbade his followers to kill non-combatants, while in the first game, Kratos had some semblance of heroism. Later on, Khorne allowed his followers to kill everything that moves; similarly, some fans simply cross the "hero" part off of Kratos's AntiHeroism during the second game. Additionally, according to this here website, three of the four gods of Chaos awoke by the end of the Middle Ages. It would seem like Kratos is getting a head start. In addition, come on, it's Kratos. Don't you think he'd like to have legions of like-minded blade-wielding zealots at his command, ready to kill and spill blood in his name? (Which would include all of the World Eaters, a good portion of the Word Bearers, and some of the Black Legion)
Kratos is an alternate universe AchillesAchilles' mother, Thetis, was prophecized that any son born to her would be far greater than his father. And so, he pawned her off on Pelus, Achilles' father, and she became the only woman even remotely associated with Zeus that he didn't sleep with. That was the only person to even make Zeus worry about his power getting eclipsed, so perhaps in God of War's world, he just couldn't keep his thunderbolt from striking.
Gaia is an evil bitch
Time TravelNot so wild. But appearantly when we see Atlas recount the Great War and Zeus is using the Blade of Olympus the Titans are surrounded by a green glow. Later when Kratos goes to that time we see he is causing that green glow by moving all the titans forward in time. So the Blade of Olympus doesn't destroy the Titans they disappear into the future. Leaving the Olympians thinking the Titans have been obliterated. (I guess the blade of olympus isn't as powerful as everyone thinks) So in the final game, for any of this to make sense, Kratos will have to A) still have his time traveling power, and B) Take Gaia back in time so she can help Kratos as he searches for the sisters of faith.
After killing the gods in the next game, Kratos will be betrayed by the Titans
Kratos killing Helios will end up being a Nice Job Breaking It, HeroAnyone else remember the beginning of the plot of Chains Of Olympus? Helios is incapacitated, letting Morpheus begin trying to take over the world. He might give it another shot after Kratos kills the sun god in the third game...then again, maybe he'll notice Kratos's rising body count, and keep quiet.
God of War III will feature a boss battle against Stheno, the third GorgonWe fought Medusa in the first game and Euryale in the second, so why not let Kratos get the complete set?
You really can't fight FateOne of the murals in the Temple of Fates shows a lone warrior, presumably Kratos himself surveying the destruction he has caused. This mural is between one depicting the war of Gods vs. Titans (past) and one depicting the birth of Christ (future). The fates knew all along that Kratos was going to kill them and make war on the gods. But they're not going to go down without a fight.
Zeus will give Kratos' brother his chance at revengeMaybe Kratos has to go to hell one more time to kill Hades because the Titans are being swarmed by an army of the undead that keeps respawning. At some point he reunites with his brother. And in a style befitting his entire life Kratos will have to kill his brother because he is left with no choice. Naturally Zeus (or possibly Hades) knows the brother will not have a real chance (after all he was cast out of Sparta for being to weak) but is simply another play thing of the gods like Kratos was.
Kratos stayed awake in Chains of Olympus because he is a chronic insomniacKratos being a chronic insomniac would hardly be a surprise, given that he has nightmares whenever he does sleep, and would explain his less than rational thought processes. More importantly, this would explain why he retained consciousness when even the gods were passing out.
Kratos reincarnates into Lelouch.Kratos stabs himself with his own sword to suicide and give hope to the world, and The Stinger paves the way to Epileptic Trees about wheter he really died. Lelouch dies by assisted suicide by letting himself get stabbed by his own sword to give hope to the world, and the ending paves the way to Epileptic Trees about wheter he really died... until Word of Zeus came.
Eris engineered the whole thing.It's fair to say that the Goddess of Strife and Discord is the only entity who might actually want Kratos to cut a bloody swathe through Gods, Titans, and mythical beasts alike. Tricking other people into causing the chaos she desires is pretty well established as her MO - see the Trojan War, for example - and as sister (or possibly daughter, the mythology isn't consistent) of Ares, she'd be well positioned to persuade him into setting the whole tragic affair on its course. As for why she doesn't make an on-screen appearence in any of the games? She's so genre-savvy she knows not to appear on screen at any point, because that would mean Kratos would end up killing her.
The destruction of the Pantheon is what destroyed the Mycenaeans.The cause of the destruction of Mycenaean civilisation which would've occupied Greece at the time of the games is somewhat unknown. The chaos that occurs every time Kratos kills each of the Pantheon is likely how the Mycenaeans were wiped out. The survivors, in the aftermath, ended up forgetting how to record what went down, and their descendants went on to become the Greek city-states. The Dark Ages after the end of the Mycenaeans and the end of the Age of Heroes was started by Kratos' slaughter. Makes sense, whether the devs intended so or not, if they did, kudos to them.
The next God of War game will be based on a throwaway line from Poseidon.Poseidon mentions that Kratos was responsible for the destruction of Atlantis. The Making of video of Go W 2 shows Atlantis as one of the levels cut from the final game. The developers are clearly interested in Atlantis, and the potential environments Kratos could explore there are as great as they were in God of War 3.
Athena planed everything from the beginningIt seems to me that the events of the 3 games were one big Xanatos Gambit by Athena so she could be the last remaining god.
Kratos murdered ArkantosAnd the story takes place in the same continuity as Age of Mythology, with Age of Mythology coming first. Its main character, Arkantos, is elevated to a minor god of titan-slaying for his actions in the story, so it's likely Kratos killed him off screen at some point in God Of War III.
Kratos is an agent for a rival pantheonSome other gods want to wipe out the Olympians and take their place. The Norse gods sound like likely candidates - Kratos would be right at home in Norse mythology. God of War IV will feature Kratos going after the Titans. At the end, Mount Olympus itself will be destroyed, and Kratos will be congratulated by his real master, Odin. The God of War franchise will then continue with Norse mythology replacing Greek.
The Final Game will feature RomansThat is how the Greeks went under, after all.
Hades isn't that deadHades' soul is presumably still intact inside the Claws of Hades; after all, Kratos used it to pass through the Hyperion Gate. And while the catastrophes caused by the deaths of the other gods could pass with time (floodwaters recede, storms end, plagues burn out, plants grow back), having a total lack of anyone ruling the underworld could lead to dead souls just wandering in and out at all times. Thus, this troper believes that when Kratos kills himself, Hades emerges from the Claws and possesses his body, then starts putting his kingdom back together. Then again, this may just be because she likes Hades. Because that was never actually Athena. This Troper spent the entire game waiting for that twist, and was disappointed when it never came. Nothing about her, from her actions to her motivations, to just the way she talked to Kratos, was anything like Athena. She was just an entity using Athena's form in an effort to manipulate Kratos (which, to be fair, isn't really too hard; he's kind of gullible that way). What entity? Who knows? Maybe that's a question for God of War IV....
The Hercules from real world mythology is a Composite Character of Herc and KratosHercules complains that despite both of them being sons of Zeus, Kratos is the one getting all the recognition that Hercules should. so why are there legends of Herc and no legends about Kratos? Because people telling the stories wound up conflating the two. Kratos brings certain elements such as mistakenly killing his wife and children, defeating the hydra, ascending to godhood, etc. Hercules brings the actual 12 Labors to the table, the reputation as a defender of Olympus and the gods, etc. It might also explain why so many of the lesser known stories about Hercules have Herc killing people for little to no reason.
Eris is responsible for everything.Most of the Olympians dead and the whole world plunged into Chaos? This reeks of Eris' handiwork. No doubt she orchestrated all of this because she lost a game of Yahtzhee or something. She's probably watching the whole thing at a safe distance while joyously partaking of a hotdog.
Gods aren't particularly difficult to kill.Kratos says it himself: "Olympians overestimate themselves." You've got a bunch of supposed "gods" getting ganked by being impaled, getting their eyes gouged out, having their heads ripped off, and generally getting the ever-loving crap beat out of them. It's almost like they're not even gods, but just really big people with magical powers. Maybe the hope bound up inside Kratos after opening Pandora's Box helped, but he killed his way up to Pandora's Box just fine. If a baseline human had a Giant Mecha, a Fantastic Nuke, the Colt, or even just sufficient dakka, they could kill a god too.
When Pandora's Box was opened, it affected all the gods and all the titans for all time. Even Kratos himself.It doesn't seem that Zeus was particularly more of an asshole after Pandora's Box was opened. He betrays Gaia after she hid him from Chronus. He chained up Prometheus for giving fire to mortals. He stole Pandora from Hephaestus. And he gets a Spartan woman knocked up behind Hera's back. In fact, many of the gods seem to have been affected by the opening of Pandora's Box, even before it was officially opened! Ares was jealous of Athena's followers (or something like that). Athena planned this whole entire Pandora's Box thing. Chronus ate his own children. Rhea betrayed Chronus in his aforementioned efforts. The Fates denied the largely innocent titans victory in the Great War. And Kratos isn't exactly without asshole-ish tendencies himself. So why does it seem that Kratos is perpetually surrounded by assholes? Well...
Kratos absorbed powers from the other gods and become God of War again.It would line up with the first game. It said he watched over wars and such and showed modern pictures. If he gets the power from these gods like in the first, then he could be a god again.
A New Sequel with Artemis as Main Character.The gods who didn't apperes in III will appear in a sequel with Artemis as main playable character looking for Kratos in order to fight back the last otherwordly threat (Eris, Tartaros, the Giants). This could be really interesting (Ok, honestly just because I'd love to see Aphrodite and Artemis in the recurring Hot Coffee Minigame
Dante's Kratos descendantWhen he was, still, a god, he pregnant a mortal(one of the two at the beginning of GOW II, maybe?) that woman survived the disasters from the war between Kratos and the olympeans, and, with the baby, started a new life. That child, and his descendents, are the only thing from the god's era that remains. thousands years later, Dante, Kratos last descendent, follows his ancestor's path and started to kill everyone in hell.
Kratos lives, and traveled to the Mortal Kombat universe to slay the Elder Gods.With Hades dead the underworld is no longer suitable to send the souls of the dead. But they have to go somewhere, and the next best place to send them is the Neatherrealm. Kratos went there after killing himself, but since the guy doesn't stay dead he fought his way out of the Neatherrealm and into Earthrealm. Mortal Kombat 9 begins and Kratos gets involved and brutally slays everyone that dares fight him, up to and including the Elder Gods.
Kratos is [[Darksiders War]]
At the end of God of War III, Kratos is a God once more.Rather than give Athena her power back, Kratos stabs himself with the Blade of Olympus, a noble sacrifice to give humanity a chance. Or is it? Kratos is clearly alive, per the after-credits scene, and the first games' ending suggests he's still kicking at least into the modern age. Stabbing himself with the Blade allowed him (perhaps by accident) to re-absorb all the power he'd transferred into it in Go W II. Zeus' impaling of Kratos didn't have the same effect because Zeus was wielding the Blade and its energies, same reason why no one got a booster shot from Kratos using it on them afterwards. Being mortal again, Kratos couldn't simply pull his power back out of the sword; he had to forcibly inject it back into himself. Note that the Blade loses its distinctive glow after Kratos stabs himself with it, whatever stored power it had being drained. Kratos isn't laughing at the end just because he's spoiled Athena's plans; he's laughing because he's just realized he's a God again! Only thing now is to figure out how he loses his power again for the next game...
Next game with have Kratos kill the Norse Gods.Just so Kratos can fight Thor. That would be awesome.
There was a reason for Kratos suicide at the end of GOW 3 other than finishing his vengence.
If there is a fourth game staring Kratos, it will still involve OlympiansJust because there were a lot of gods and goddesses unaccounted for throughout the franchise. Nemesis and Eris spring strongest to mind as others have pointed out, Artemis, Dinonysis, and Demeter as well. But given everything Kratos has been through near the very end of the third game, he might have to suffer Aesop Amnesia for it to NOT feel like Character Derailment.
The entire series is a story within a story.
Captain Titus is a distant descendant of Kratos
Somewhere, there are audio files labeled "Outtakes" consisting entirely of all the ferocious manly grunting the makers of the games couldn't use.There has to be.
Kratos was always meant to be the villain till God of War 3In God of War I, Kratos only sided with the gods against Ares out of revenge. He didn't care for anyone's well being, especially the humans he was supposed to be protecting. In the end, he doesn't ask for redemption. He wants his memory erased so he can forget he ever got married. When he doesn't get what he wants, Kratos essentially throws a tantrum and begins consuming the world in war. Zeus stole his powers and tried to kill him out of necessity. By that point in God of War II, besides Ares, the gods have not done anything bad other than destroy Sparta and that was only because they were ravaging the land under Kratos's orders. Only in God of War III did the writers realize that they made Kratos a villain and needed to redo the story to make him more like an anti-hero.
A future God of War game will have Kratos save humanity from the forces described in the Cthulhu MythosKratos' preferred line of work seems to be brutally murdering gods, and the Great Old Ones have always been described as "Gods". I can't imagine Kratos would be phased much by seeing an Eldritch Abomination, seeing as he greets most everything with violence. And come on, you know it would be awesome to see Kratos go right past flipping off Cthulhu and go straight to ripping his tentacled-face off. As an added Bonus, we'll have him actually murder HP Lovecraft, and call it a day.
Kratos actually did die at the end of 3, and the reason he wasn't on the cliff anymore was not because he survived and walked off, but because the Grave Digger found him.Think about it. At the end of Ghost of Sparta, the Grave Digger buried Deimos and his mother. He reserved a grave that was empty and said "Now there's only one left". He was implying that Kratos be killed. GOS was the 3rd to last in the series chronologically, meaning that much of Kratos' events up until then were driving him to suicide for good. The Grave Digger knew that Kratos was close to cracking. Come the end of 3, two games later, and Kratos (finally) seems to actually be dead. This would mean that 3 is really the end of the story.
Theseus, Perseus and Icarus should still be aliveWhen Kratos went back in time to keep Zeus from killing him in God of War II, it also prevented his meetings with Theseus, Perseus and Icarus on the Island of Creation, the same as it did with the Last Spartan. So in a sense, Kratos did not tell what was the "truth" to Daedalus when he met him, failing to understand just how much he changed when he changed his Fate.
Athena's plan from the beginning was to overthrow Olympus, not a result of the Evils' corruptionAt the end of God of War III, Athena's plan to cleanse the world in Chaos and rebuild it using hope indicates a rather dark side to the Goddess' motives. She sealed the power of Hope inside the Box, which in a roundabout way made the world vulnerable to the Evils when Pandora's Box was opened. Her tool for all of this was Kratos, the Marked Warrior. She wasn't 'sheltering' Kratos from Olympus to protect him, but to suit her own purpose. The possibility also exists that SHE was the one who orchestrated for Calliope and Lysandra to be in that temple, so Kratos would kill them under Ares' influence. After all, it was Athena's temple, and Kratos thought he left his daughter and wife in Sparta. This will most likely be what the final God of War game's purpose will be: learning of Athena's manipulations.
If Kratos dukes it out with Yahweh, it will be based off the Caananite religion.Realistically if Kratos were to go after the traditional, Christian vision of God he would get his ass handed to him. In order to both make the fight plausible, and to still tie it into the Abrahamic faiths, Yahweh will the War God portrayed in Hebrew Mythology. It would also serve as a precursor to Judaism, with Yahweh taking the position of entities like Gaea and becoming the I am That I am we know Him today.
Athena doesn't actually make an appearance in IIIIt was Eris in disguise. The real Athena would never help Kratos kill her father. The world was burned to the ground, which she explicitly stated was part of her goal, and chaos reigned. Kratos giving mankind the power to overcome that chaos was the worst thing that could happen to her.
Many of the enemies Kratos fights in God of War II and III are actually minor gods/goddesses/heroes/other mythological figures in generic formThis explanation could be used to Hand Wave the absence of any deity the series didn't already slaughter. For what it's worth, it's already implied the Dark Rider from Go WII is Bellerophon.