The Promised Neverland Episode 12 Review – 150146

Phil and other children

The final episode of the first season of The Promised Neverland has arrived. It shouldn’t come to anyone’s surprise that the second season of The Promised Neverland was announced, set to premiere in 2020. Anyway, the episode begins with the children reaching the wall. In a flashback, we see that Phil is the mastermind behind the escape. He’s brilliant, he figured out the secret messages from William Minerva. In a series that has a number of genius children, is it plausible that a four year old can be this smart?

Isabella alerting the authorities

I would say no, but the series can’t work otherwise. Regardless, his age certainly meant that Isabella wouldn’t even think that he figured out what happens at the farm. Phil’s most important value of course is that Emma could leave the youngest children behind as they are in good hands. It would have been impossible to scale the wall while holding infants. Some might consider this a cop out of sorts. Emma never has to make the devastating decision to leave the children behind.

Don practicing

One of the shocking Revelations in this episode is that Ray is the son of Isabella. This seems to be a moot point considering that all the children considered Isabella their mother. That said, it’s strange that Ray didn’t tell anyone that she was his biological mother. Like with Sister, Isabella is humanized. Like Emma she hope to escape. Unlike Emma she failed to do so. In the end she seemed genuinely happy that Emma and the others escaped. The concerning problem for Isabella is how will she be treated after what must be a major failure on her part. This is probably the end for Isabella, but just the beginning for Emma and the other children.

The house burning down
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This series loves crazy faces

To say this episode marks a major turning point in this series is the definition of an understatement. Emma reveals that she had never stopped planning their escape. Mom’s constant surveillance of Ray and Emma backfire as they are able to use this to their advantage. Emma leaves the rest of the training and preparation to Gilda and Don. Norman continued to plan the next phases of their escape. Ray continues his skepticism, and decides that he will sacrifice himself. He concludes that if he sets the house and then himself on fire Mom will be too distracted to pursue them.

Emma’s ear

Emma has other plans of course. She pretends that Ray set himself on, then she leaves while Isabella tries to put the fire out. In a shocking move, Emma cuts her ear off. She meets with the other children. The other kids were informed of the situation at the house and allowed to eavesdrop on the conversation they had with Sister. Emma had actually pretended to be devastated while giving orders to the other children. The plan largely works perfectly, until it turns out that Phil was left behind.

Mom’s crazy face

Of course this episode would put a wrench in the plot. Phil has always stood out, even considering the fact that he’s just 4 years old. The question is whose side is he on? It seems ridiculous to believe that with all this careful planning Emma and Norman wouldn’t have a plan that included making sure that all the kids were accounted for. Clearly, Phil is either in on the plot or a foil for it. Finally, I’m not convinced that Norman is dead. I predict that he will be helping them escape across the bridge.

Phil remains behind

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Isabella threatens to kill Emma

With the massive cliff in their way, Norman develops a new plan. He concludes that Grace Field House is on “a hexagonal property surrounded by a cliff.” The only way to escape is to cross the bridge. However, Mom wants Norman. Before he goes he returns the tracker breaker and says his goodbyes. Emma still hopes that he’s willing to run away and hide, he refuses. He remembers his childhood when Emma visited him while ill. In this flashback, Isabella makes things feel odd. She is sending him to his death and caring for Norman reminds use of how fake she is. It undermines the sweet moment between him and Emma.

Norman asks if she’s “happy”

When it’s time for him to leave, Emma tries in vain to stop him. Mom threatens to kill her if she tries it again. Norman and Isabella walk to the bridge, where he waits for his death. Considering the fact that The Promised Neverland hasn’t been shy about showing the death of the children. Meaning that NOT showing Norman’s death is telling. Does that mean he won’t be killed, not really. However, his intellect is still intact so he may have a plan. At the house, Isabella seems to reveal in the misery of Emma and Ray. She attempts to break their spirit completely. In particular she tries to break the devastated Emma. Telling her to “give up.”

What did Norman witness before his “death”?

Isabella is actually right. If they could accept their fate the would be happier. However, how or why would they accept that. If their going to die, they may as well try to escape of at least make Isabella’s life miserable as well. She offer’s Emma a sponsorship to become a “Mom or a Sister.” What I found interesting is that while Emma and Ray became more miserable, Don and Gilda seemed fine. I get that they were close to Norman but they do know what happened to him. Ray’s final day arrives. He asks Emma if she really gave up? She returns a a smile.

Emma hasn’t given up

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The mysterious Grandma

Krone sad end

The stakes are raised in this episode. Krone who made it clear from her first day, that her goal was to dethrone Isabella. Making her intentions know was always going to lead to her death I guess. When she is finally given the opportunity to expose Isabella to Grandma at the gate, it’s all for nothing. However, she’s left something for the children to discover. While I think Krone’s death was drawn out too much, it was rather sad to see. She remembers her life growing up as an orphan and learning to become a Mom. Her death is contrasted with the children eating, which was well done.

Dead Krone

Isabella’s dominance

Isabella has shown herself to be more monstrous than previously thought. That’s the larger theme of this episode, Isabella is in control. Isabella had been moved to the back burner as the children plotted and dealt with Krone. Little did they know that Isabella was planning to take over control. She manages to abruptly end the plans. While, Emma and Norman begin the to implement their plan, Ray is informed that his services is no longer needed. She tells him that she “disposed” of Krone, and for a second I though Ray would die when he started coughing. She locks him in Krone’s old room.

Emma’s broken leg

The broken children

Ray is devastated from these event. He and Don head to save Emma and Norman. However, their too late as Isabella catches up to them. She tells them to ” stop resisting, that they have lived happy and carefree lives and will die quickly.” They refuse to accept this end and Emma grabs Isabella so Norman can scale the wall. Isabella breaks Emma’s leg causing her to scream in pain. She says that they are the “highest quality meat fit for the One,” and that Norman will be shipped out tomorrow. Isabella crushes the dreams of the children. Until this point we were lead to believe that Krone and the children were making some progress. It turns out that Isabella had everything under control from the start. Will the children have the will to start over? What did Krone leave for them? It seem like the only options for the children is to become dinner or a broken adult. It might be better if the just died.

Norman’s face when being told his harvest day has arrived

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Don stealing the key

Check the outside

The cliffhanger from last week quickly deflates as Phil turns out to be the one entering the room that Don and Gilda are snooping in. As the children determine their plans to escape, the outside is what remains a complete mystery. The trio collectively decide that they need to explorer the outside in some way. Norman explains the three steps needed to escape. First, “get over the wall and escape,” second, “get away from this farm safely,” and thirdly, “establish a way to survive outside and become self-reliant.” The first thing they need to so is determine what’s outside the wall.

Don and Gilda hearing Mom

Mr. Minerva and his Morse code

Emma presents Mr. William Minerva to Norman and Ray. The previous owner of the books in the library, Emma believes that he could be “on their side.” She has noticed that he has been putting secret messages in the books. Minerva uses Morse code to send the messages, “run,” “doubt,” “danger,” “truth,” “harvest,” “monster,” and “farm.” Even Ray believes he could be an ally. However, they don’t know if he’s still alive. If Minerva is real, then he proves that humans exist on the outside. Inside the books are tags that note that at least one book was published after 2015. Emma notes that two books had Morse code she couldn’t understand. One has no code, the other says “promise.” The book has missing pages.

Don attacking Norman

Don and Gilda’s recklessness

Don “bumps” into mom, stealing the key to her secret room. I’m on record believing that Don is the weak link in the series so far. Don uses the key to open the door. The head down a cellar. He and Gilda realize that mom was lying. However, Don becomes angry when he learns what happens to the children that leave. While down in the room, someone returns. Norman, Ray and Emma notice that they were gone and fear the worst. Don and Gilda manage to escape as Eugene busts in the door to return the key Don stole. After, Don yells at the trio and assaults Norman and Ray, both he and Gilda are told the whole truth.

Krone offering an alliance

Working with Krone

In the latest cliffhanger, Krone, that has been gone for what seems like the last few weeks. She claims to have been spying on them and want to join forces with them. I’m not buying this cliffhanger. While, we know that Krone hates Mom and is plotting against her, joining with the kids would be a bad for her. If they manage to escape, they would bring questions about her competency. She would most likely just screw them over anyway.


Don and the others have made up. However, he remains a weak link. He’s to rash and now he seems prone to physical attack. I think he was justified to feel the way he did, but his tendency to have outburst is troubling. Another, problem this series still has is the loud talking in public or places that should have echoes. You can’t have everything in a series, but it is jarring that they can be so loud so often and not get caught at all.

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