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The Underworld’s Pit & Its Purpose In Greek Mythology Explained


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Warning: This article contains SPOILERS for Percy Jackson & the Olympians season 1, episode 7, “We Find Out the Truth, Sort Of.”




  • Percy and Grover are nearly pulled into Tartarus in Percy Jackson season 1, episode 7, but Percy’s quick thinking saves them.
  • Tartarus is used to imprison powerful beings, including Kronos, Percy Jackson‘s main antagonist.
  • Kronos speaks to Percy in his dreams from Tartarus, setting up a major reveal and the future of the series.

Percy Jackson & the Olympians season 1, episode 7 sees Percy and his friends finally reaching the Underworld, but he and Grover nearly get pulled into Tartarus, a pit with origins in Greek mythology. The Underworld isn’t what Percy and his friends expect, nor is Hades, who didn’t actually steal Zeus’ Master Bolt. Percy realizes who’s really trying to start a war among the Olympian gods just ahead of the season 1 finale. Percy Jackson‘s true villain currently is Kronos, and he currently resides in Tartarus.

In Percy Jackson episode 7, Hermes’ flying shoes nearly pull Grover into Tartarus when the trio reaches the Underworld, and it’s only thanks to Percy’s quick impulses that the pair don’t get dragged into the pit. Reaching Hades doesn’t solve all their problems, though, and it’s unlikely they’ve seen or heard the last of Tartarus. Viewers less familiar with Greek mythology may need a refresher on the Underworld’s pit and how it relates to Percy Jackson‘s narrative as season 1 comes to a close.

Percy Jackson & the Olympians is streaming on Disney+.

Tartarus Is An Abyss In The Underworld Used To Imprison The Titans (Including Kronos)

Kronos Is Percy Jackson’s True Big Bad

Percy (Walker Scobell), Annabeth (Leah Sava Jeffries), and Grover (Aryan Simhadri) look out in Percy Jackson and the Olympians.

In both Greek mythology and the Percy Jackson books, Tartarus is the lower part of the Underworld, which takes the form of an abyss. This pit is used to imprison the most powerful beings that reside in Hades’ realm, including the Titans, or the 12 offspring of Uranus and Gaea (via Britannica). Among the imprisoned Titans is Percy Jackson‘s real Big Bad, Kronos, whom Ares mentions earlier in season 1. When Percy and Grover are nearly pulled into Tartarus with Zeus’ Lightning Bolt, Percy realizes that Kronos is the one stirring conflict among the gods.

This revelation makes sense, especially after the story that Ares relays to the trio in Percy Jackson episode 5. He mentions that Kronos is his grandfather who ate several of the Greek gods — his “aunts and uncles” — before being forced by Zeus to throw them back up. Zeus banishes Kronos to Tartarus after chopping him “into a million pieces,” and Percy Jackson‘s version of the story bears similarities to the Greek myth. In Greek mythology, Kronos feared his children would overthrow him, so he would eat them (via Britannica). Rhea replaced Zeus with a stone, giving the Olympian god the opportunity to rescue his siblings.

Since the Titans are powerful beings, the gods threw them into the deepest pit they could. Naturally, this angered them, and Kronos’ actions in Percy Jackson & the Olympians are the result of that anger. Kronos isn’t the only concerning entity in Tartarus either, even if he’s the most relevant to Percy Jackson season 1’s narrative.

Tartarus’ History & Other Notable Prisoners In Greek Mythology Explained

Other Titans & Monsters Are Imprisoned There

Young Percy looking at the cloaked figure in a desert area in a nightmare in Percy Jackson and the Olympians

While Percy Jackson & the Olympians briefly touches on Kronos and his relationship with the gods, it doesn’t dig too deeply into the Titan’s history. It fails to mention that Kronos castrated his own father after he threw him in Tartarus the first time, an act that likely contributed to his paranoia about his children moving against him. The show also doesn’t explain the war that unfolded between the gods and the Titans after Zeus forced Kronos to throw up his siblings. Because most of the Titans fought for Kronos, they faced a similar fate when the Olympians won the war against them.

The Titans that fought the Olympian gods were banished to Tartarus alongside Kronos, though the female Titans were excluded from this punishment (via History Cooperative). Prior to the Titans’ war against the gods, other monsters, giants, and banished deities were also kept in the pit, including the Cyclopes. Later myths saw less dangerous beings sent to Tartarus as well; even mortals who directly offended the gods could wind up there. Percy Jackson‘s version of Tartarus contains the Titans, as well as numerous monsters who pose threats to the gods and their demigod children.

Tartarus Is The Location Where Kronos Was Speaking To Percy Jackson In His Dreams

It Looks Like A Desert In The Disney+ Show

While viewers only see the entrance to Tartarus while Percy and Grover are in the Underworld, they glimpse the actual abyss in the Disney series’ earlier episodes. Tartarus is where Kronos speaks to Percy in his dreams, taunting the young demigod as he frames him for stealing the Master Bolt. While the series has yet to reveal who’s working with Kronos (apart from Ares), it’s teased the villain’s introduction since the very beginning. In this way, Percy Jackson & the Olympians set up its biggest reveal and the future of the series.

Source: Britannica, History Cooperative

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Percy Jackson & the Olympians

Based on the novel series by Rick Riordan Percy Jackson & the Olympians is an action-adventure fantasy television series created for Disney+. When Percy Jackson is framed for the theft of Zeus’ almighty thunderbolt, Percy must clear his name, all while harnessing the powers inherited by his father, Poseidon, at a camp created for demi-gods.

Walker Scobell , Leah Sava Jeffries , Aryan Simhadri , Jason Mantzoukas , Megan Mullally , Glynn Turman , Adam Copeland , Virginia Kull , Lance Reddick


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