Kratos, the iconic Spartan warrior and central character of the “God of War” video game series, has a tragic and complex backstory that adds depth to his character.
One of the most poignant elements of his past is the loss of his beloved wife, Faye. Many lingering questions regarding the previous release, God of War (2018), have been solved in God of War Ragnarok.
Despite her importance in Kratos and Atreus' voyage across the nine worlds, one figure remains a mystery: Faye, Kratos' wife, and Atreus' mother.
In this article, we delve into the heartbreaking circumstances surrounding her death and the profound impact it has had on Kratos' journey.
Who Was Faye?
According to Mimir, the severed head of God of War, Faye's full name was Laufey, a notable Frost Giant heroine.
She'd built a magical barrier in the woods around their house to hide her existence from the Norse gods, but she'd told Kratos to cut down the corresponding enchanted trees for her funeral pyre.
She also told Kratos and Atreus to scatter her ashes on the tallest peak in the Nine Realms, Jötunheim, the domain of giants.
As a result of Faye's death and cremation, Kratos and Atreus were discovered by Baldur, fleeing their house to eventually reach Jötunheim and learn of Faye's heritage and Atreus' actual identity as Loki.
Kratos' second wife, unlike his first wife, is significantly more crucial to the God of War story, manipulating an entire game's plot rather than just being the source of Kratos' rage.
When Kratos eventually settled in Midgard, he fell in love with Faye, whom he mistook for a mortal.
They married, had a son named Atreus, and led a quiet existence. Faye eventually discovered Kratos' actual status as a god, but she kept it disguised as Atreus.
How Did Kartos' Wife- Faye Die?
While it was never expressly stated, Faye might have died as a result of the wounds she received while fighting Thor, the God of Thunder.
Faye's mortality may have also led to her demise. However, there are clues that Thor is to blame for her death.
Thor recounts seeing the same lightning tree that was produced as a result of the clash between Mjolnir and Leviathan Axe during the initial battle between Kratos and Thor on the frozen Lake of Nine.
It was a clear hint that Thor had fought Faye, the original wielder of the Leviathan Axe, before passing it on to her husband, Kratos.
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It's plausible that Faye became ill with an unknown illness and died as a result, considering her mortal nature.
Knowing Faye's nature as a fighter, someone who stands toe-to-toe with the Ghost of Sparta himself before taking the broken God of War under her shelter and warmth, it feels anti-climactic that Faye would've perished from a common ailment.