Warning: This article contains spoilers for God of War Ragnarok
Eagle-eyed players could potentially spot a major plot twist in God of War Ragnarok fairly early on.
The big, late-game plot twist in God of War Ragnarok is that Týr, the one you rescued early in the game, is not actually the Norse god of war but rather Odin in disguise. While the trickery was caught when Týr kept calling Atreus, Loki, the developers hid a tell the moment you meet him.
“I saw someone finally figure it out the other night,” Williams says about one early Odin tell which is hidden in the subtitles. “When Odin as Týr speaks, there’s no accent on the ‘Y’ in the subtitles.”
So in the subtitles, when Odin speaks it is simply “Tyr,” but when the real Tyr is found in the post-game it’s correctly spelled as “Týr.”
The Norse Mythology in God of War: Ragnarok
Williams revealed when the team first thought of the idea of having Odin disguise himself as Týr. “We were in a meeting one day, we were talking about the Týr prison and all that, and I said to the writers, I was like, ‘What if Týr’s Odin?’ And they were like, ‘What?’”
After the idea the writers left for a week to see if the plot twist could work and came back to Willaims. “They were like, ‘I think we can pull it off.’”
After that, the developers ran away with the idea to hide clues early on. “There’s so many little clues. You know the prison where you break [Odin/Tyr] out? If you go back in there, in that room, there’s like raven feathers in the corner. You can see it in the broom closet. Even just the stuff he says like he calls Freya ‘Frigg’ just like to dig the knife into her. When you go back it’s — you can see it all.”
The twist was a true gut punch, and even though the real Týr lives at the end, it just goes to show how Odin is a trickster as well as the Allfather. For more on God of War Ragnarok, check out IGN’s perfect score review and for the full interview check out the special episode of Beyond.
Matt T.M. Kim is IGN’s News Editor. You can reach him @lawoftd.