The Promised Neverland (Episode 4)

Not knowing who to trust will make escaping from the orphanage that much tougher, but can they really trust anyone?

What did you watch? So that was episode four of the Promised Neverland and it was a good one. With this series, I find that I cannot take my eyes off the screen, even for a second. There are so many little details and clues to watch for, if you blink you’ll miss them.

As per normal, this is just me filling up the preview section. I don’t want to give away spoilers to people that don’t want them, unlike the two instances I’ve stumbled upon on Twitter so far. One spoiled the first episode and another something yet to come. I am more than a little annoyed.

What happened? Mother gives Sister Krone a dressing down, on one hand promising to help her become a Mother if she behaves and with the other threatening to destroy her if she steps out of line again. That’s right, again. She definitely knows more than she should.

Krone returns to her room, a couple doors down and tears her doll apart while having a temper tantrum that I’m sure everyone in the house will hear. Rather than heeding the warning, she seems even more determined to dethrone Mother. They must have some bad blood in their past.

The children decide to play tag in groups, an ideal way to practice for the real escape, especially if they plan on taking everyone. To help with the task, they decide to bring Gilda and Don in on the plan, aware that anyone could be the traitor.

At first Don refuses to believe them, but Gilda has already worked out that something was wrong. Admittedly, they did sugar coat what happened to Conny and it’s hard to blame them. They need the other children to remain resolute and not fall to pieces, which is a real possibilty.

Norman reveals to Ray that he is going to test Gilda and Don by telling each of them that the rope is hidden in a different place in the hope of flushing out the traitor. Later that night, someone slides a note up Mother’s door saying that the rope is under Norman’s bed.

Gilda also visits Sister Krone once all the others are asleep, however, Emma was pretending and follows. Krone tries to get Gilda to break and join her, but Gilda manages to maintain her composure, just!

The next day, Norman and Ray check the two rope locations to discover that the one under his bed has gone. Ray suggests that Don is the traitor, but Norman turns to him and accuses Ray!

What hooked you? Again, there were lots of little details, some may be telling others may be to throw us off, but either way it’s enthralling. Firstly, Mother knows that two of the older children know. Now, if Ray really is the traitor, then she must know it’s Norman and Emma. That means she’s toying with everyone.

I guess the assumption here is that Norman never actually told Don or Gilda about the ropes, and it was all just a test for Ray, which it would appear that he and possibly Emma have suspected for a little while. There was a conversation between Norman and Emma about what to do with the traitor.

Emma said that she would want to take them with them whether they thought she was naive or not. That struck me as if she was saying that she thinks it’s Ray as this is his main criticism of her.

That said, at this point all we know is that Norman believes it’s Ray. He’s the only one that has flat out accused him of it. Whether he is or not, I guess we’ll have to wait and see.

What was your favourite thing? The moment Norman turned to Ray and accused him of being the traitor. Ray’s initial look makes me think that it’s true and I believe that the test was for Ray and not Don or Gilda. Seconds later though they are stood face to face and Ray’s steely demeanor has returned.

This really is going to be an epic battle of wits, especially with Emma and Mother involved. Moving the escape date up is a clever move too, but if Ray is the traitor has he already warned Mother. It did appear in an earlier episode that she was going to change the schedule anyhow. Now, if Ray is the traitor and they can turn him, that would give them so much power.

What was your least favourite thing? It was the maniacal rants of Sister Krone once more. She seems to be entirely out of place in the whole story. Her character is too over the top and almost comical. I’ve compared her to the Joker before and that still stands. Everything about her gives off the wrong tone. They could have made it really interesting without having her be so over the top.

Who was your favourite character? Norman gets it this week. He really does have the potential to be a true evil genius, which is exactly what you need if you’re going to outsmart an evil genius. I still can’t bring myself to trust him completely, but then this series is great at making you suspiscious of everyone.

Who was your least favourite character? Sister Krone takes it again. I just don’t know what they were thinking with the insane grins and cartoon like movements. Again, she’s taking away screen time from Mother, which is a crime.

Are you ready for more? I can’t wait to see how Ray tries to get out of this one or whether he accepts that he screwed up and fell into Norman’s trap. If he sides with them then they will be able to feed Mother misinformation which could become their most powerful weapon.

Maybe, they can even put Krone and Mother on a collision path. I don’t think that would be too hard for them to orchestrate. I’m really enjoying all of the mind games and tactics. This really is a thoroughly engaging series in my opinion. Bring on the next episode.

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4 Comments

  1. Sister Krone remains my lease favourite part of the story as well. She just doesn’t fit with the rest of the tone and so far her contributions have been minimal. I’d like them to tone her down a little so she could be more believable within the setting, but it is a fairly small complaint for an overall fairly solid series so far.

    • Lynn Sheridan

      Yes, exactly. It’s the only minor issue I have with the series as well. Every time she’s on screen and not getting told off by Mother it gets comical.

      If she stopped to pull up her stockings every so often it would feel like a Tom and Jerry cartoon. Definitely not the mood the series is going for I think.

  2. I really have to watch this show have not gotten around to it yet.

    • Lynn Sheridan

      I’m really enjoying it. Every time it’s on I just stare at the screen unable to look away.

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