Ragnarok – Season 3 Episode 6 Recap, Review & Ending Explained

Ragnarok

Episode 6 of Ragnarok season 3 starts with a new chapter beginning in Edda. With the fighting ending with a peace treaty and everyone throwing down their weapons, Edda is a peaceful, mellow and easygoing community again. As for Magne, he puts the hammer aside and decides to prepare for his exams. But what of the God of Thunder when the battle is done and there’s nothing left to fight?

What happens at the school?

Well, Iman and Harry both return to their old lives they left behind, no longer needed in Edda, while Saxa still hasn’t messaged Magne back. Fjor is also shacked up with his colleague from work too. Jutul Industries turns a corner, polluting less as Saxa works with the investors and the activists to make a better world going forward.

Magne passes his exams and is congratulated by Turid. As for Signy, she’s had an article published in the paper and she’s super happy. She grins from afar… and walks right past Magne to celebrate with the teacher.

While Magne graduates, Laurits prepares to move out with Jens and they get ready to start a new life together. Now that Little O has presumably swum away and gone, it leaves the house surprisingly empty. Magne goes through old belongings though and ends up finding a whole bunch of Thor comics and a toy Mjolnir. Naturally, he ends up reading through the comics, reminiscing on old times.

What’s the catalyst for starting Ragnarok?

The graduation ceremony at school goes ahead, and Signy is still not really talking to Magne. She still needs time, so he takes his seat along with everyone else and listens as Ran does her big speech. Magne is distracted though, especially as he notices Harry outside teaching the different kids.

The trouble is, one if these happens to be Hod, the kid who took an arrow to the eye during the skirmish in the streets. Now, at this point it’s worth pointing out that for the rest of the episode, there’s a good deal of fiction and narrative misdirection going on. We’ll explain what happens after laying out the visual recap of events.

Hod takes the bow and arrow, and Magne watches as he realizes this is eerily similar to his own experiences reading the Young Thor comic. And guess what its name is? The Death of Baldur. And who is Baldur? Yep, it’s Jens.

Magne calls out in shock, just as Jens takes an arrow through the heart. The Prophecy looks like it’s about to unfold, led by Laurits himself while blinded by rage and anger…. only everyone keeps clapping at the ceremony. No one seems to realize what’s happened.

Was Magne just imagining everything?

It turns out Magne is imagining these different scenarios play out, allowing his mental self (the one harnessing Mjolnir and Thor’s powers) to play out what would happen should Edda be consumed by Ragnarok.

After a whole sequence of one on one fights, with the three giants and Laurits working to dispatch the various Gods and fight to the bitter end, Magne is left alone in the school auditorium after the ceremony. Signy shows up and admits that love is the most dangerous emotion and she wants Magne to do his best. If he can promise to do that and be there for her, then she’ll agree to be his girlfriend.

Magne takes nine steps toward her and drops to his knees, which is prophesised by the legend of Thor which sees him poisoned by the Serpent after besting the beast. We actually see this happen during the visions too. Anyway, this would then lead to Thor’s death only for him to be reborn in the New World. Alas, the New World being Edda.

How does Ragnarok season 3 end?

Magne drops to his knees and holds out his hands for Signy, allowing himself to move past Ragnarok and the impending threat to something better – a new beginning.

In the wake of this, Magne decides to throw away all of his old Thor comics and move forward with his life, and heads back to see his friends. He’s greeted by Signy, who embraces him warmly and he takes his seat alongside everyone else. There’s a shot of Isolde sitting in one of the seats before fading, hinting that Magne is still haunted by her memories, but is moving past that.

So to clarify, everything was one big vision inside Magne’s head?

For those confused, it’s hinted through these flashes that everything that’s taken place across the entire three seasons has been distorted and imagined by Magne. His mother admits that Magne has been suffering from paranoid schizophrenia as a child and he used to escape into Thor comic books to find refuge. He’s also prone to visions and distorting reality to his liking.

With that, it’s fair to assume that Magne imagined himself as Thor, while his friends were other Norse Gods, using this as a crux to cope with the loss of Isolde, who is the catalyst for all of this. In fact, we even see Magne messing about with the hammer, which happens to be a toy.

This recontextualizes many parts of the show, and puts Magne’s mood swings into a different light, than what we initially thought. Him throwing away those comic books, while Eric and Turid watch proudly, shows that Magne is ready to move past his trauma, with Isolde fading away only reinforcing that idea.


The Episode Review

So just to clarify, the writers saw the annoyance from fans in shows that decide to play the whole “it was one big dream, the end” and thought “yeah let’s do that too.”

The final season ends as it began, with a complete mess of a narrative, one that struggles to actually make good on its promise of showing off a ravaged world and promising Ragnarok to take place. Sure, we get these visions but they’re completely inconsequential in the grand scheme of things. It’s an artsy ending for the sake of it and a twist that doesn’t work so much as it only serves to annoy a legion of fans.

By comparison, this would be like writing Harry Potter and then finishing up Deathly Hallows after the big fight with “and Harry woke up under the stairs in the Dursleys and realized it was all a dream. The end.”

The sheer lack of tension and thrills during the whole season, not to mention the teased, baited threat of Ragnarok in season 3, just makes a mockery of those fans who have stuck with this through the last 4 years.

I’m not saying Ragnarok is the worst ending ever written, but it’s certainly not a competent one. The whole subplot involving the missing hikers and workers is just dropped without being mentioned again either. We also get various plot contrivances and holes pop up for all those scenes involving Jutul Industries away from Magne’s influence, while the fight with Vidar is given new context in the sense that Magne is basically a murderer then?

We could be here all day picking holes in this narrative but unfortunately, this Netflix Original ends with a very disappointing ending. What a shame.

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26 thoughts on “Ragnarok – Season 3 Episode 6 Recap, Review & Ending Explained”

  1. Well I have been waiting for this season, I was even willing to pay the rip off price that Netflix charges and resubscribe just to watch this last season as I hate most of their other shows. I am glad I read this I will save my money and not resubscribe, but I am very disappointed, they probably had AI write it, most of their shows are so bad and miscast I cannot believe anyone is paid to write such drivel. Thanks

  2. I felt like episode 5 was there to make everything look like an ending before 6 ruins everything.
    “It was all in Magne’s head” is one of those obnoxious things that writers can do to get away with. A very cheap way to end the series with.
    I can’t help but wonder if this was to please “certain” corporations out there, if you know what I mean.

  3. I saw the signs early in S2 that this was gonna flop. I wasn’t wrong…
    1. Volven chose Magne because he was GOOD yet the second reincarnated god was Iman who had a teeny tiny moral compass and, let’s face it, that character inconsistency is a huge red flag.
    2. Odin “awakens”, given the task to guide Magne… zero guidance offered. Telling the good boy Magne to ditch his morals and principles and murder the giants is bad advice… Cuz THATS WHY HE WAS CHOSEN! He was GOOD. Magne kept saying they had to be better than the giants.
    3. Fjor had a whole personality makeover! Fjor seeking vengeance against Thor from a sense of duty, sure. Fjor becoming a sadistic tyrant is not in-character. Cmon guys. The inconsistency continues.
    4. There were several secrets Magne kept from Laurits that were unnecessary, out of character, and merely pushed for plot purposes. The drama that occurred as a result was so stupid and soap-opera-ish. Especially when if told the truth in many of these scenarios, the outcome wouldn’t have changed necessarily but the brotherly bond would’ve remained strong. Which tells me the strain on that bond is all they wanted, whether it made sense or not.
    5. In the end, if Magne’s worst fear was hurting his loved ones… let’s admit he was doing JUST FINE in the beginning with his honesty and his good-boy heart! That’s why it DOESN’T MAKE SENSE he would change that drastically throughout the seasons! The catalysts don’t match up!
    6. They employed their own HEADCANNON to push the narrative which is why it’s choppy and full of loop holes! Magne becoming power-hungry by Mjolnir??? The hammer isn’t evil! Magne isn’t evil! Thor isn’t evil! What are they doing?!
    7. And if the Gods and Giants are reliving history…. And they (apparently) see it… whyyyy are they going along with it instead of changing it? I mean, Laurits is LOKI. (and they know that!) Why they poking that bear?
    8. Magne had them trembling like cowards in their own home. Seriously. After that scene, what’s the point in pretending there’s a power struggle here? The whole show is ruined with this scene. Just like that. They destroyed their own show. What’s left to do if the whole point was to beat the giants? They’re on their knees, defeated. End game.

  4. so Isolde is dead?
    Vidar is death?
    the giant tapeworm does not exist?
    Marianne and the old couple?
    the homeless guy?
    the old witch?
    and so on…
    for the record the worst characters were Laurits and his/her mother, much worst than Vidar.

  5. Why would the showrunners decide to tell its loyal audience that the story they have been rooting for since 2020 was all one schizophrenic teenager’s delusion is beyond my comprehension.
    Shameful, incompetent, and borderline sociopathic.
    The whole lot of you should never be allowed anywhere near a production ever again. An embarrassment for Norwegian film and TV.
    I genuinely hate you and what you have done.

  6. Let’s be thrilled by this ending! The great news is that Jutul didn’t poison the water or mistreat any sick employees! All just made up by a mentally ill imagination. Leave corporations alone!

  7. All this speculation is just that. What did the authors intend? “It’s all been a dream” seems way too simplistic. Personally, I prefer to think that all the events were to have taken place as shown but, at the end, Magne is having a “vision” of what would have been if peace hadn’t been successful. It’s very difficult to ecplai missing and the wounded otherwise. I rather liked the ending.

  8. Taught at school age 11 never ever to finish our stories with “and it was all a dream” because its the world’s greatest literary cop out, I feel mighty cheated. Such a strong season 1, a decent season 2. A calamitous depressing ending. Adam Price.Weird he seems to start strong on all his shows eg Borgen then tail off into the ordinary a damp squib. Agree with someone above- they did a Game of Thrones- like who cares about the ending?… err everyone who’s stuck with a show!

  9. As a retired high school teacher, I enjoyed this series about teens struggling with various issues. However, the ending brought back those same feelings of viewer betrayal from almost 40 years ago when an entire season of the show “Dallas” turned out to be a dream!

  10. It took me a minute to digest the ending of Netflix’s Ragnarok…
    Surprised by the brevity of the season and layered progression of the finale, I immediately looked to internet forums hoping for a definitive synopsis explaining how the writers intended for us to perceive it. After reviewing many (likely former) fans’ reactions and thoughts, I have a deviated view of what actually occurred. Though entirely possible, I like to think that the entirety of mythic events were not just a psychological response to trauma from a mind predisposed to mental illness, but something much less abhorrent, yet still a bit trope-ey. I lean towards the premise of “Comic books are based on myths that just so happen to be real”, like in M. Night Shymalan’s ”Unbreakable”, and that Magne was strongly drawn to the story of Thor, because it was his history of sorts. During the graduation ceremony, I feel he is not imagining any of it, but instead, having a visceral vision of a past battle the comic books are based off of. He envisions the mythological entities with the appearances of those of his present, as that is how his mind is able to process these past-life memories. As the battle they avoided plays out in his mind, he finds peace that history had not repeated, but instead, the gods and giants came to an agreement using their gained wisdom through evolved experience. Thus, the ancient, perpetual discord comes to an end, eliminating the trauma loop forever. Magne discards the comic books and toys because he no longer needs them to know who he is and will never need them again. History will not repeat. And just like taking a risk with love, he, his friends and frenemies move forward into an unknown future, finally free to make their own stories.

  11. Very, very disappointing and it really doesn’t deserve a reason as to way I feel that way. However, anybody should understand why. I understand it’s all make believe anyways, but Omg let me have the fantasy of Thor. I won’t watch anymore.

  12. Alright, I have to come up with my own conclusion for my own sanity because the finale was awful if looking at it through a lense of it was all in Magne’s head.
    Enter what most likely is incorrect and has no basis from the rest of the show: the people that had embodied the spirits of the gods and giants had brokered a peace, and rid themselves of their weapons. The spirits of the gods and giants themselves still had to have their war, and did. In this, the spirits of those gods and giants finally died off, but the people embodied by them lived on since they didn’t engage in a physical war. Magne saw the battle he wasn’t physically in, but could have been in. Why this, because if it’s all the mental health issues of a teenager living in a fantasy, there’s way too many holes in the series that have no explanation whatsoever, not limited to Magne, but involving almost all of the characters.

  13. Yeah really disappointing considering the facts of every Thor movies plus series out there and some people believe that thoroughly actually existed in one time or point even though he was a black Smith in reality at least his ending was way better than Magne

  14. I am completely disappointed too and heartbroken. When the illness of Magne is sad and all, it looked like we have been betrayed by a long shot. I support all those who commented previously. I love mythology but this series is a huge blow for me.

  15. So I was not expecting that: a most disappointing ending. Fans who have stuck with the show for so long should not be made to question why they would enjoy this show in the first place! What way to let your fans down that too on the last episode, I was not expecting another Game of Thrones level blunder.

  16. I am very disappointed, I have been watching this from the first episode. I was waiting like a little kid with excitement and to have the ending like this was a big let down.

  17. So did he really murder Vidar or imagine it? Is there really a monster in the water? What about the missing hikers?
    Over all lame ending

  18. Sorry I was hooked on the first 2 seasons to be completely disappointed with the last and series finale…What a way to ruin what could have been a great season 3…

  19. The writers completely screwed over Ragnorak. It had a fascinating premise and I was super excited to see an accuratee depiction of Norse gods and goddesses and their abilities. To make it just one man’s delusions was beyond disappointing to me.

  20. I agree! I was looking forward to seeing a real fight Giants vs Gods, not a sketchy vision in his head. I thought something was amiss with season 3 episode 5 having nothing going on with it and then having only 1 episode left with no time to have a blowout. It wasn’t a terrible ending, but I was left wanting more. One thing though, he still didn’t need his glasses at the end…

  21. I think 1.5 stars was generous for a finale that basically said that everything that came before was a lie. The only consolation is that the season was so lame that I actually skipped from the third episode to the sixth because I thought they might get “creative”. So, I wasted less time than most that made it to the end.

    Just terrible.

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