The Promised Neverland (Episode 12)

With the orphanage engulfed in flames, Emma and Ray take the children to the wall, but can they make it to the bridge before the alarm is raised or will they take their chances with the cliff?

What did you watch? It comes down to this. After what I can only describe as a thrilling roller-coaster of a viewing experience, we’ve reached the final episode of the season and wow! I’ve loved this series from the first episode and never looked back. I hadn’t planned on doing episode reviews for The Promised Neverland, but after watching the first episode, I had to, and boy, am I glad I did.

On top of the episode reviews, I felt compelled to write a post In Defence of Isabella where I calculated her past and speculated on the possible future. It’s one of my favourite posts, so don’t forget to check it out once you’ve read this one. Get reader, spoilers coming from the end of this sentence.

What happened? At the end of last week, we saw Ray notice that they were missing some children. Then it jumped back to the burning orphanage and Mom. She was about to chase the others when Phil appeared at her side. We picked up from there and then jumped into a flashback.

Emma discussed the situation with Gilda and Don, debating on whether to leave the children younger than five behind. All made very compelling arguments, but then Emma asked to see Phil. She told him about the truth of the house and he instantly said, ‘I knew it.’ Then he said that they should leave him and the younger children behind.

Phil was the only child left behind that knew the truth which made his decision incredibly brave and sad all at the same time. Once he’d shown Mom where the rest of the younger children were, she radio for help reporting the escape. The demons sounded the alarm and guarded the bridge, but Norman had planned for that.

The children had been playing several new games in preparation. To Ray’s surprise Don launched a rope across the chasm and then zip-lined over. Two more ropes flew across on soda bottle rockets. Then the children raced over to freedom.

When word came from the bridge that the children hadn’t shown up, Mom raced to the wall and eventually arrived at the ropes as Emma, the only child remaining on the wall looked back at her. She said her goodbyes and then slid over to join the others before disappearing into the woods and freedom.

Isabella stared across the chasm as memories from her childhood came flooding back. We saw her as a young girl listening to a friend playing a song. She saw her friend leave the orphanage and then tried to escape herself, only to come back and agree to train to become a Mom. She had a baby and was then made Mom of Plant 3 where she met Ray, humming the tune she had sung to her unborn baby…

What hooked you? I’m not crying, you’re crying! This was yet another incredibly emotional episode and it answered a few questions, but left enough open for there to be another season. There had better be another season. I’m going to take a brief moment to give myself a pat on the back. It’s as if Isabella’s flashback was written from someone that read my reviews.

At the end of my review of episode five, I suggested the possibility that Ray was actually Isabella’s son… I know I’ve thrown a lot of crazy ideas around, so it’s great that something as big as that has come true, but on top of that in my post In Defence of Isabella, I pretty much outlined that flashback from start to finish. So, my musing on the future didn’t quite pan out, but I’m not too worried.

What was your favourite thing? Honestly, I’m glad that something came of all the Phil sightings through out the season. It would have been really annoying if it had been a big red herring and taken some of the sheen off what has been a phenomenal series.

I loved the escape with the way they incorporated their games as training, but most of all I loved Mom’s flashback. It was tragic and heartbreaking. For a second there, I thought she was going to throw herself off the wall.

What was your least favourite thing? There was nothing I didn’t enjoy in this episode, so my least favourite thing is that there isn’t another episode next week. I’m really going to miss this series and will definitely be diving further into the manga. I recently finished volume three which took me up to the end of episode eight.

Who was your favourite character? Emma absolutely rocked this episode and has been the best character the whole series. There has been times when the others have outshone her briefly, but not for long. Her determination and ability to react on the spot has been incredible and it’s still gutting that they couldn’t have made it out with Norman.

Who was your least favourite character? Stop it! This episode was solid gold and everyone in it was great. Even Mom, who has been a fascinating character and is now one of my favourite villains of all time.

Are you ready for more? I still can’t believe it’s over… At least it ended in a great place. It would be a crime for there to not be a second season, but it did reach a satisfying conclusion with regards to the main arc, so, while I wouldn’t be happy if that was it, we weren’t left with a huge cliffhanger. Ha! That’s got to be the first time this season that we weren’t.

I can’t give this series enough praise, whether it’s from animation to writing, everything about it has been a delight. Great series. Gutted it’s over. I’m going to leave you with one last observation. The image below is of the pen that Sister Krone left Norman. Look at the end of the pen and you will see the initials of its original owner – W.M. Now, I’m not saying it’s William Minerva’s pen, but it probably is!

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7 Comments

  1. This series definitely managed a solid ending and has been consistently good from start to finish. While I will still say I didn’t much like Krone and the way she was depicted, that’s such a petty complaint in amongst all the good this series does.

    • Agreed Krone was the only real blemish and even then it wasn’t that big of a deal in the end. I think she ended up having a pretty moving send off and helped to reveal a lot about the world. If only they hadn’t made her a blabbering info dump the rest of the time. Maybe even toning down how cartoonish her expressions were would have helped too.

    • Yes, I think toning her down would have helped a lot because she was so over the top compared to all the other characters she just never fit within the show’s tone.

    • Exactly, although I think Ray tried his best to help her fit in…

  2. “Phil was the only child left behind that knew the truth which made his decision incredibly brave and sad all at the same time. ”

    In an episode full of punches in the gut, little Phil’s dawning understanding stands out.

    “For a second there, I thought she was going to throw herself off the wall.”

    You and me both! Especially as she started reeling in one of the streaming (sheets?).

    “we weren’t left with a huge cliffhanger. Ha! ”

    I see what you did there!

    “I can’t give this series enough praise, whether it’s from animation to writing, everything about it has been a delight. ”

    I know I’m still affected by its afterglow, but I’m racking my brains to think of a series that propelled me so strongly through each episode. And it stuck its landing!

    • Yeah, it was a flawless landing. I think they lost half a point for Sister Krone’s facial expressions, but I thought the episode where she left was excellent and also touching. I loved how even the villains were just conflicted people fighting for their own survival.

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