Amazon Studios promises their God of War series will be a faithful adaptation. God of War is based on Sony’s series of video games created by David Jaffe. The franchise began in 2005, with players controlling Kratos, a Spartan soldier betrayed by Ares, spurring a revenge mission that would see him ascend to the throne as the new God of War in Greek mythology. In 2018, the series reinvented itself with a new self-titled game that now sees Kratos and his son Atreus in Norway on a new mission steeped in the world of Norse mythology. The new direction of the God of War franchise proved successful, spawning a sequel with God of War: Ragnarök, which has become the fastest-selling game in Playstation history, earning several award nominations, including one for Game of the Year at The Game Awards.
After Amazon Studios announced a new series based on the God of War franchise, their Head of Television, Vernon Sanders, opened up about what to expect while speaking with Collider. The show, which is said to focus heavily on the Norse mythology stories from the later games, with Kratos and Atreus’ relationship integral to the story, will be grounded by emotional stakes within their larger-than-life tale. Additionally, Sanders promises that the God of War series will be “incredibly true to the source material.” Check out Sanders’ comments on God of War below:
“At the center of it all is this story of fathers and sons, and families, set against this giant epic landscape. So what Rafe [Judkins] (showrunner) and Mark [Fergus] and Hawk [Ostby] (writers) have come up with for the first season, and for the series, I think, is both incredibly true to the source material, and also compelling on its own. If you never played the game, you will fall in love with the show and feel very much invited in. So we think it’s going to be huge.”
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What To Expect From Amazon’s God Of War Series
The God of War series has already assured viewers that it will focus on the later games in the franchise, focusing on Norse mythology. So while gamers may know Kratos’ story of betrayal at the hands of Ares, that plot point may not be featured at all or simply relegated to mentions of past exploits utilized to flesh out the character’s present circumstances. However, God of War still presents viewers with the promise of beautiful locations and the epic battles for which the franchise is known.
By focusing on God of War‘s later use of Norse mythology, it allows the series to embark on a grandiose journey from humble beginnings. The story is likely to see Kratos’ wife Faye die, with him and his son Atreus setting out on a quest to fulfill her final wish of having her ashes spread at the highest peak in the nine realms, Jötunheim. It’s over the course of this journey that Kratos and Atreus can grow closer, better understanding each other while also learning of Faye’s origins and Atreus’ true identity.
With God of War in the early stages of development, there are still many details under wraps, like casting. While no cast for the series has been announced, there are several actors who could tackle the immense presence of Kratos, like Dave Bautista, Gerard Butler, or even Christopher Judge, who voices the character and features a similarly imposing stature. Still, while details are vague, God of War is promising to be a series for audiences to keep an eye on as it develops.