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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Krone showing her tattoo

Krone exposes her own intentions regarding Isabella, the fact that she was once a child for harvest like them, the system in which only girls are permitted to survive to adulthood and how the transmitter in an adult’s body work. Krone exposes a lot in this moment. She admits her desire to become a “Mom.” As her life is limited to farms, she believes that the life of a Mom is superior. She already knows that the children aren’t on the side of Isabella, so by telling them this she actually presents herself as an ally.

Her scars from the transmitter

Krone shows the children her tattoo revealing that she was once like them. I think this is her attempt to create a connection with them. She knows what it’s like to be farmed. Krone also protects herself from being murdered, when she reveals that doing so will expose the children. Finally, she cements herself as a trustworthy ally, by using the fact that Ray is a double agent and she won’t expose him and he won’t expose her. However, trust isn’t easily gain and can be lost quickly. Regardless, she can’t be trusted.

What the transmitter looks like

Of course, Norman is able to dissect her motivations thoroughly. He believes that she wants their trust in order to gain “evidence,” against them. They conclude that if they use “her well,” the could obtain her information. They plan to lie to Krone about what they know about the tracking devices. When they ask her she tells them the truth. She recommends “taking it out” instead of breaking it. She offers helping them get the equipment needed to remove them. She reveals that she herself has never seen the outside, but knows that human do exists outside.

Polaroids are still a thing

The lie that Norman and Emma present about the tracking devices, doesn’t work. Krone reveals that their body language gave away the truth. She seems disappointed that they didn’t trust her yet. However, she piques their interest by mentioning someone she refers to as “him.” The next day she searches their room to find out where the device is. Ray has planned for this, leaving a note for her to find. Excited to find more evidence on Isabella, she is interrupted by a knock on the door. Isabella gives her official instructions stating that she will be transferred out.

Krone reading Ray’s letter about Isabella

This series keeps me guessing. It’s such a joy to watch. I find the constant back and forth, secrets and lies and plots to be intriguing. The dynamic between Krone and the children, Norman, Emma and Ray are important. A smart adult probably trumps a smart child. She has known that they need and no amount of genius is going to get them this knowledge. She shares enough info, but also dropped some new information. Who is him? Why did girls only get the option to survive? Is it because they can become Mom’s? Why are there no Dad’s? Is it purely a sexist trope that women make the best parents or do boys taste better? Finally, if there is still Polaroid cameras in this World, how did they get the tech for transmitter. I don’t know, but I’m dying to find out.

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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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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.