Can OP copy and paste bits of the article or put a summary of it?
Just reading the link made me refuse to click.
The interview starts with this, in which Corey Barlog (God of War director) is the interviewee.
Keep in mind this is the FIRST question...
"Playing the game, I kept thinking of the ongoing conversation about how we raise sons to not be utter garbage humans. How do we not intentionally or inadvertently teach them toxic masculine behavior? I’m curious, what conversations were you having in the office while you were putting together this story and the relationship between Kratos and Atreus?"
Keep in mind that is the only question? It's actually starting to make me sick that everyone is coming to conclusions without reading the excerpt, so here it is:
"Oh, so many. This relationship developed over so many years. But I think I say it a lot better now. As we were figuring all this stuff out, I kind of had my very crude straw man version [of things].
Knowing that five years was going to go into this [game], I knew that we’d have an incredible megaphone. We have the ability to say something with what we do, right? Which I think is awesome. And I think perhaps I didn’t take advantage of that so much when I was starting out [in games]. I was so, sort of, enamored that I didn’t really think too much about the things below it, right?
That’s not to say I hate the work I’ve done before, because I love all that. It’s just, I feel like as I get older, I’m looking at things a little bit differently. This lesson that I hoped to pass on to [my son]: that the concepts of strength and emotional vulnerability and the ability to sort of be free to feel the range of emotions, that these are not two warring or diametrically opposed concepts.
“We have the ability to say something with what we do”
That it is what makes us the whole human, right? And who better to be a canvas than a person who is so broken, who is so much of a fragment of a person, whose life was so traumatic? At 8 years old, [Kratos was] entered into the most fearsome military training regiment [in of all mankind]. The Spartans were turned into machines, instruments of war, and to have that be the way that you’re ushered into your formative years, it will absolutely turn you into what Kratos became.
There’s very little humanity that he had left [after the previous God of War games], but I do not believe that anyone is so far gone that they don’t have some way to pull them back from the brink. I think it’s been a fantastic, dramatic chance to be able to take that on for Kratos.
[There’s this] idea of him not knowing how to do these things, but his son not knowing any different, right? Because [Atreus] wasn’t fully raised by Kratos. [His mother] Faye did a lot of the work initially. [Kratos] was spending a lot of time out in the woods, trying to figure out how to get control of the demons inside of him — the monster inside of him that we, as his creators, allowed to be out all the time.
So we are, in a large portion, were responsible for the fact that [Kratos] is the monster at all times, and now we are in turn taking our responsibility to help him balance these things. The journey is that he’s not very good at it in the beginning, and that’s what’s so fascinating, right? That a young kid, a 10- to 12-year-old child, can teach this guy who’s lived for hundreds of years? Who’s ascended to the throne of the pantheon of Greek gods, and been responsible for the downfall of so many of these deities. He has so much learning to do.
Honestly, if that can be taken away, if people look at it and they can see there’s a complexity to being a human being ... and also that there’s different ways [to behave], not just the way it’s been done before.