The Gate to Hel

Hellblade VP Study #1

A vision, of what’s to come? Poor Senua. The darkness does not bargain. It does not reason. It is rot. And now it has taken hold, it will spread towards her head, the seat of the soul, until there is nothing left of her.

Towards the beginning of Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice, Senua arrives at the gate to HelHeim. It is such a powerful moment for me.

She not only discovers the spirits that will stand in her way, but also her own vulnerabilities that will directly affect the player.

I wanted to try and capture her realization and the shear pain that pours out of her heart.

The dark rot will grow each time you fail.

If the rot reaches senua’s head, her quest is over…

…and all progress will be lost

“The gate to Helheim. The gate to Dillion. To Hela. Why won’t it open? She has to challenge two gods first. Which one will she first?”


“All of her suffering will have been for nothing. It’s just a matter of time.”


“Spill their blood to open the gate and enter the land of the dead.”

I love the details in the game – everything down to the braids in Senua’s hair
The performance by Melina Juergens as Senua is outstanding