The Promised Neverland Episode Review – 311045

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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The Promised Neverland Episode 5 Review – 301045

Ray making a evil face, as he tells Norman he's a spy.
Ray looking menacing

Ray’s the spy

I gotta be honest I though the series was just messing with us. However, it turns out that they were sincere. I turns out that Ray was indeed the spy. Of course things are always more complicated in this series. Ray claims that he “sold himself” for the purpose of escaping. According to him the most “efficient way to learn about the enemy and gather things is from inside their pocket.” He asked Mom for two things, ” that he won’t be ship out immediately,” and “he would receive awards.” It was clever to as for awards from the outside, as Ray says “he got to probe the outside world.” Ray of course presents himself as their trump card. While, conceding that he’s not an enemy or an ally. What he wants is for Norman to lie to Emma.

A child's rendering of the trio. Ray, Norman and Emma.
A drawing of the trio

Ray’s the double agent

Ray wants to abandon the other children at the last minute. The episode does something I think is brilliant. While confirming that Ray is a spy, he isn’t instantly rendered a useless enemy. They complicate matters further by having him become a double agent. In addition to that he uses his position as Mom’s informant to levy his positions to his best interest. Regardless, of which side “wins” he would be on it. This assumes that he’s not betrayed by either side. Finally, he manages to convince Norman to drop the kids increasing his chances of living and making Norman a co-conspirator, as well as putting him in the position to have to lie to Emma. Ray could use that as blackmail to get more concessions from Norman later. The problem with Ray is he can’t be trusted, so Norman may need to betray him before they escape.

Don and Gilda standing near the bookcase.

Don and Gilda are weak links

Ray meets with Mom to discuss his conversation with Norman. He quickly changes the subject to Sister Krone. The following morning the trio meet, Ray surprisingly reveals that he was the traitor. Emma’s shows her naivety again, assuming Ray felt terrible for doing nothing to stop the harvesting of the other children. It’s not that Ray had much choice anyway. The question I have is whether Emma’s personality is a front, a weakness or a weapon that will change Ray’s mind. Don and Gilda are left out of this conversation I wonder what role they’ll play.

Regardless, Gilda and Emma come up with a plan to spy on Mom. They notice that she disappears into a “secret room.” Don shows that he could become a problem for them. To be simple he’s not as smart, and more importantly he seems like he might be impulsive. He could become a weak link and expose himself or the others to more trouble. Instead of going to start dinner he and Gilda go to find the hidden room. When they do, someone enters.

The Promised Neverland Episode 04 Review – 291045

Krone’s “baby”

Isabella threatens Krone

In the last episode, Krone made it clear that she was coming for Isabella’s head. In this episode Isabella turns the tables. She asks Krone how she feels about living here. Krone tells her that it’s a “wonderful house,” and all the children are well behaved. Isabella notes that Krone has been “well-behaved as well.” This is a interesting juxtaposition. I think Isabella is reminding Krone that she’s her inferior.

As the children are beneath her, so is Krone. Isabella is also the reason that the children are well behaved. The tomboy crack clearly insulted Krone. She tell Krone that she’s “her pawn.” Finally, she promises to make Krone a “mom” if she’s obedient. Obviously, this pisses Krone off. who “murders” her baby doll. Ripping it’s head off and then stomping the stuffing out of it.

Don doesn’t believe them yet

Tag in teams

Norman informs Emma that they should “plat tag in teams.” Ray believes that most of the children will die if they escape as individuals. So team will work better. Norman also suggest that he should inform Don and Gilda of the situation. He aims to find out who the informant is, while simultaneously “winning them over.” This is a clever but risky plan. It’s unlikely that Isabella told the informant the truth.

So, Norman would be informing them of the danger, while revealing to Isabella that he knows. Of course, he is one of the most valued cattle, so she would unlikely kill him. However, she could trap him or even speed up his “harvest.” The team tag exercise was successful. Norman reveals that he’s moved the time table up to ten days. He trying to outwit “Mom.”

Someone informs Mom

The trio tells Don and Gilda

Emma, Norman and Ray inform Gilda and Don of the trafficking. Don understandably believes that they’re trying to prank him. He becomes infuriated when Emma tells him that Mom is involved. Gilda notes that she has noticed a change in Emma’s behavior and she believes them. Norman withholds the truth of Conny’s death. He then presents them with the scores of the children, seemingly proving to Don and Gilda what they say is true. Emma then asks them to help them “run away.”

Ray doesn’t like the lie. He considers it “cruel” especially if neither one of them is an informant. Norman doesn’t seem to care. However, he does plan on setting a trap for them. He’ll tell them two different locations of the rope. At night we see that Gilda gets up, a letter saying the location of the rope is slipped under Isabella’s door and Gilda heads to Krone’s room. This sequence is deliberately confusing, however, Gilda seems to have proven her innocence. As Emma eavesdrops on their conversation, Gilda refuses to tell Krone anything.

Krone interrogates Gilda

The traitor is . . . Ray

For all the far fetch situations this series has presented this is the most ridiculous or is it? Norman accusing Ray of being the traitor is certainly shocking, but is it sincere. It’s hard to tell with this series as depiction is an important part of The Promised Neverland series. Ray has been a foil in this series from the beginning. While he believes that they should escape, he only thought the trio should do it.

Is it possible that he betrayed them because he believed they would fail anyway? The conversation Norman and Ray had earlier may be pertinent to this situation, when Ray and Norman discussed why someone who betray them Ray answers “maybe it’s because there must be some merit in doing so.” This could be a trigger for Norman’s suspicions or he could just be paranoid.

Norman accuses Ray of being a traitor

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The Promised Neverland Episode 3 Review – 181045

Krone’s creepy “daughter”

Wear are the tracking devices

The Promised Neverland’s third episode, 181045 introduces us to the character Krone. Before we get to learn about her the trio get together to discuss where their tracking devices might be. The most obvious question from the previous episode was the location of the tracking devices. Emma says she failed to locate any. They conclude that they should check the new baby, Carol. Later Emma does just that and locates a bump behind Carol’s ear. Of course this introduces new questions. Why does the bump disappear? My best guess is that they inject nano machines into their bloodstream. Regardless, the trio later discuss the possibility that destroying the trackers will only notify them, setting off some alarm.

The tracking devices

Creepy Krone

Krone is the new assistant of Isabella. Krone tries to ingratiate herself to Isabella, but she’s not interested in “lip service.” Isabella reveals that she knows that Emma and Norman know the secret. Her plan isn’t to follow the rules, but hide this fact from the “higher-ups.” At this point we learn that Krone is a bit mentally unstable. She decides that she will use this to “capture the children who know the secret and report Isabella’s violation,” getting her fired. She says all this while holding a creepy baby doll she seems to believe is her daughter. The introduction of Krone has increased the pressure on the trio. Simultaneously, it has also increased danger to Isabella.

One of Krone’s many expressions

One step forward, two step back

Ray reminds Emma that their biggest problem is that the younger children are a “hindrance.” Emma’s plan is to teach the kid’s through playing tag. Using tag as a training method is clever. She simultaneously can train their minds and bodies, all while under the noses of Isabella and Krone. However, Krone quickly undermines this when she plays tag with them. She’s able to track down the younger kids with lures. Krone exposes one problem, Emma’s compassion makes her a weak link. She reveals that Norman weakness is his psychical body, Ray’s is that he’s “a little quick to give up.” She tells Emma that if she “saw the harvest the other day,” she’s on her side. Krone captures Emma, but fails to capture Ray and Norman before the time runs out.

Gilda the traitor?

A traitor among them

After she loses at tag, Krone notes the trio and a fourth child, 10 year old Gilda. Visually, she is depicted as different from the others. I might be heavy handed, but it’s still effective. This episode has positioned Gilda as more important. The difficulty here is that children are naive by nature and the one person they’re likely to trust absolutely is Mom. Emma, Ray and Norman have to break this trust or trick the children. Ray figures out that there might be a traitor among the children. Could it be that Gilda is the traitor? This series loves playing mind games, I think this might be one of them.

Emma realizing the possibility that there’s a traitor

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