The Promised Neverland (Episode 5)

With plans to move the escape forwards and a traitor in their midst, nobody said it was going to be easy, but will letting more people in on the secret help or hinder their progress?

What did you watch? All right, here we go again. As always this first little bit here is spoiler free and ensures that nothing pops up inadvertently. This is a great series, however, I can’t help but feel that this episode didn’t quite live up to the rest of the series so far.

It was still fascinating, but it didn’t quite grab me the way the previous ones did. So, that’s enough of this inane waffling. Let’s dive into episode five of The Promised Neverland.

What happened? In the final seconds of the last episode, Norman accused Ray of being the spy. It led to a shocked face, then some awkward stares in the brief moment of silence before the credits rolled. So, Ray’s had a whole week to come up with an excuse. This is going to be good.

No, wait. Ray, realizing that he walked into Norman’s trap, has just confessed and more. Not only is he working for Mother, but he approached her having discovered the secret himself, a long time ago. Which is brutal, considering he’s watched his friends taken away one after another and had no one to talk with.

Maybe that explains the manic faces he’s pulling as he drops all of this information. Norman, unfazed as usual, tells Ray that he wants him to switch sides and be their secret weapon. He’ll be able to run interference with Mother and ensure that all goes without a hitch. Ray has one request. Only the three of them escape.

As soon as Ray leaves, Norman’s face lights up as he’s managed to grab hold of some nugget of information that he can use against him. Ray makes his way to Mother’s room and gives her the latest scoop, but doesn’t mention that he’s been discovered. Mother is her usual delightful self, scolding him for ever letting them go to the gatehouse.

Ray then tells Emma that he’s the spy, catching Norman off guard and Emma equally so. She quickly jumps to some conclusions that highlight what Ray’s been up to and what he’s been through. On the way back to the house, Norman is about to quiz Ray on something important only for Emma to interrupt.

Later we discover that Gilda has found a potential secret room. Ray and Norman warn her and Don off trying to get in as the risks overwhelmingly out weight the rewards. They all head off to get on with the chores, but Don and Gilda head to the location of the secret room and find the opening. Just as their about to open it the main door creaks open…

What hooked you? The opening discussion between Ray and Norman was intense. I loved the way the camera swung back and forth like the pendulum of a clock. Ray got a little too manic, but it was very interesting to discover the extent of his betrayal. I guessed in the last review that Norman never told Don or Gilda that the rope was under his bed. Yeah, me!

I found Ray’s explanation of what he gets out of it to be way off, making me trust everything he said even less. Last week, he mentioned how someone might betray their friends if it was to save themselves, so to try to tell Norman that he did it for stuff was a bit lame. I’m sure Norman noticed that too, which could have been what got him excited.

What was your favourite thing? It was interesting that this episode focused much more on Norman. This time, he had a nightmare about escaping and it all going wrong, as per Ray’s warnings. It also showed him entering the breakfast room unable to hide his emotions, much like Emma had after her nightmare, while Emma and Ray were playing their roles perfectly.

I think Norman still has a few tricks up his sleeve that he’s waiting to reveal. He’s too observant and risk-adverse to take everything Ray said at face value, after all, if you can’t trust a spy…

What was your least favourite thing? We got to see a little bit of Mother again which was good, however, I’m not convinced we should be seeing this much of her away from Emma and Norman. She was far more sinister when all you saw was the warm smiles and hugs, but knew that she was planning something. Mother is still a very interesting villain. I just think they’ve revealed too much from her point of view.

Who was your favourite character? It’s Norman again, which probably isn’t surprising as he was the focus of the episode. One think I have noticed is that Norman and Ray appear to be the angel and the demon sitting on Emma’s shoulders trying to influence her to do things their way. I hadn’t noticed it until now (look at the header image on this post).

Who was your least favourite character? This time Don takes it, especially in the absence of Sister Krone. That’s right a whole Krone-less episode, which was nice. Don, however, is determined to screw everything up. He doesn’t have the emotion stability to be able to handle the situation, especially as he still thinks he can save Conny, but that’s Emma’s fault.

Are you ready for more? Of course. We need to find out who was coming into the room. My gut says it’s not Mother. Sister Krone is a possibility, but I think that’s not likely. Could it be another of Norman’s traps or will Ray rush in to save the day? Tune in next week!

So, I’m just going to throw a crazy idea out there. What if Ray is actually Mother’s son? If would fit with Krone’s desires to become a Mother and her creepy doll that she uses for information dumps. Maybe that means that he’s not in any danger whatsoever, making turning him that much harder. I’m probably wrong, but it’s a possibility.

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3 Comments

  1. David Boone (moonhawk81)

    Collaborators are always a hard case to judge–where does sympathy end and accusation begin? (Alternately, some find them the easiest to judge, condemning them as the ultimate traitors. . .)

    • Lynn Sheridan

      Well, with this show the trust has long gone and I’m struggling to trust anybody. It makes things pretty tense.

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