The Promised Neverland (Episode 8)

It looks like Sister Krone has got her dream job and is heading out, but what does this mean for the escape plans?

What did you watch? This was episode eight of The Promised Neverland and… wow! I’m going to try to keep this opening spoiler free, so all I’m going to say is if you haven’t seen this one yet, do not forget to blink or breath. The tension has been building for several weeks now and there’s only so much it can hold before exploding.

For me, this was the best episode yet. Even better than episode one and unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll know what happened there. Anyhow, I can’t wait any longer. The spoilers will start now…

What happened? Mom had given Sister Krone a letter and stood blankly before her as she opened it and digested the contents. Damn, that woman has a poker face and a half. Anyhow, it turns out that Krone has been awarded a Mom position at a different plant and she must leave immediately.

It’s good news, but she seems flustered and a little disappointed. Eventually, she made her way down to the gates with her bag in hand. Grandma was waiting for her. Krone tried to inform her of the escape plans, but Grandma doesn’t care and sets a ‘demon’ on Sister Krone!

As she fights for her life, we get to see her past from when she made the decision to become an adult, the implant, and her training in sewing and martial arts. We see her grow and harden, shedding her childish life and committing to the role she now plays. Then, she saw a man and collected a pen he dropped. Her last act before leaving Gracefields was to place something in Norman’s drawer.

Hold onto your hats, because this is where it gets crazy. Mom tells Ray that she has disposed of Krone and that she was letting him go too. He tried to stop her, but she tossed him aside and locked him in a room. Emma and Norman are at the wall planning on seeing what lies beyond, but Mom showed up and introduced herself for the first time without the pretences.

She begged them to accept their fate and return to the house. Ray, Don, and Gilda arrive as Emma tries to restrain Mom, while Norman runs for the rope. He stops suddenly as a loud crack and then an anguished scream filled the air. When he looked back, Emma was on the floor, her leg broken like a twig, Mom leaning over her stroking her hair… Oh, and Norman’s adoption day it tomorrow!!!

What hooked you? This was the episode I’d been waiting for. I kept saying that we need to see more of Mom and now, I’m absolutely regretting that. She is every bit the cold and calculating monster we believed she was and more. The children thought they could play at her games, but in truth, they were playing checkers and Mom has been playing three-dimensional chess. It wasn’t even a contest.

What was your favourite thing? As much as I’ve lamented Sister Krone’s out of place performances, I couldn’t help but feel sorry for her as her life flashed before her eyes. It’s easy to think of them as just adults being mean to children, but in reality she was just a child too, forced to fight to survive. This is obviously true for Mom too, and she seems to have a very competitive side to her.

What was your least favourite thing? Seeing Emma’s leg wrecked like that. I’ve no idea how they’re going to escape now unless there is some futuristic technology that we’ve not seen yet for caring for the sick and injured cattle… I mean children…

Who was your favourite character? I’m actually going to give it to Sister Krone. It was shocking to see what she went through from the time she reached twelve-years-old to now. Making me feel sorry for her was amazing. I love it when a character gets that extra bit of growth and while you may still not like them, you can certainly understand them better. I can’t wait to see what she left Norman and how it might tip the balance.

Who was your least favourite character? A rational person would say Mom, but I thought she was incredible. Terrifying, but incredible. I’m not going to give this to anyone this week as it was such a shocking episode that I can feel my heart racing just putting this review together. So, let’s talk a little more about Mom. She’s obviously a bit of a martial arts master as hinted at with Krone’s training. I do also wonder if she was the girl looking over the wall in Grandma’s mini flashback.

Are you ready for more? I can’t wait for more. Why do I have to wait another four weeks to see them all? It’s just not fair. I’ve really enjoyed the steady build up to this point, but I absolutely loved this episode. It was a great double whammy with the sad demise of Sister Krone and then Mom confronting the children and, dare I say it, scaring the crap out of them!

Also, did you see Phil’s reaction when Mom carried Emma back to the house. He looked away and then back again, but showed little emotion. Was it because he had been watching them for Mom or was he secretly pulling the strings on the escape plan without anyone else realising. There’s definitely more to Phil than meets the eyes.

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2 thoughts on “The Promised Neverland (Episode 8)”

  1. It was such a solid episode and there were so many moments I just loved as it all felt like pay off for all the build up. That said, I think the sound director needs a special shout out because wow the sound of Emma’s leg breaking and the voice acting after that really just nailed the final sequence and it was truly horrible to listen to and yet absolutely perfect for the situation.

    1. Yeah, I heard the crunch and I saw the image of Mom putting some judo move on Emma in my head. You could tell it wasn’t going to be pretty.

      Also the music while Krone was fighting for her life and back and forth between that and the children enjoying dinner.

      Like you say, there were just so many moments to get excited about. Even Ray’s reaction when he realized he finished.

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