The Promised Neverland: Season 1, Episode 10 “130146” – Recap, Review (with Spoilers)

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Is there any chance Norman won’t end up having his brain eaten by a demon in the year 2045? Time to find out.

Director(s)Mamoru Kanbe
Writer(s)Toshiya Ono
Air Date3/14/2019

Let’s Remember The Good Times: Emma, Norman, Ray, Isabella

With the only bridge out of the farms accessible through HQ, Norman is ready to tap out. There is no means of getting past the chasm between the cliff and the woods which lead to the outside world, so all hope is lost. Yet, this doesn’t mean he plans to leave sad, depressed and crying. He’ll remember Emma, when they were younger, making sure he didn’t feel alone when sick. Also, Ray coming up with the string and cup trick so they can talk when Isabella would kick them out. Heck, Emma’s persistence could have been what triggered Norman’s crush so with fond memories, he hugs them and preps to say goodbye.

Goodbye Old Friend: Norman, Emma, Isabella

As you can imagine, Emma has a bit of an issue letting Norman waltz to his death. So, she decides to cause a bit of a fuss which leads Norman to try to stop her and Isabella to warn her that she will kill her on the spot. Leading her to resign herself and watch as Norman exits her life.

Norman shocked by what he sees when he enters a room.

But, unlike previous times we’ve seen people at the gate, the show doesn’t show a demon greet and perhaps eat Norman. He goes into a room, and that’s the last we see of him.

Just As Hope Seems Lost/ Bartering: Ray, Emma, Isabella

Ray and Emma are seemingly devastated and spend more than a month as shells of their former selves. This is a bit alarming, even to Isabella, leading her to offer Emma the opportunity to become a sister or mom – something she rejects. That, of course, offends Isabella since it seems she does have a bit of pity on Emma. Maybe since she remembers when she learned the truth and decided that at least being a mom meant survival. So her decision being rejected likely is taken personally.

However, unbeknownst to her, on the eve of Ray’s birthday and shipment date, it seems Emma and Ray might have a plan. One which may very well save the 37 kids left on the ranch.

Question(s) Left Unanswered

  1. When talking to Emma about becoming a mom there is a mention of having kids so, does this mean Isabella, or other women, are getting pregnant and producing these children? Considering the year, one could assume like there are farms to raise children, there could be machines which incubate them until they are ready to be shipped off. At least, that was my theory until Isabella noted the possibility of Emma having kids.
  2. What are the chances Norman does actually get adopted?

Other Noteworthy Facts & Moments

  • It’s 2045 to 2046 at this point in the show.


A Reminder That Isabella Is Human – Sometimes

With Norman asking if she is happy, and that shocking her, and then her asking Emma if she wants to be a mom or sister, we see a flash of humanity in Isabella. Perhaps one of the few times it may ever be clear that most of what she does is for survival and, as she has said before, isn’t personal. Yet, with things never being personal means she is a bit disconnected from the kids. The only people who aren’t her bosses and in the case of Emma, Ray, and Norman, are anywhere near her equals or at least someone to talk to. Hence why that flash of humanity seems important for it reminds you that there is perhaps a bit of loneliness in the line of work Isabella does. Maybe even a touch of survivor’s guilt.

With So Much Despair Comes Hope

Emma having a devious smile.

Assumingly, Norman is dead. We don’t see him eaten, but unless he joins the workforce, and his brain is spared, despite being made to sound like a delicacy, he is dead. Yet, with losing a major character and the episode ending with Emma and Ray having mischievous smiles, there is hope. Now, whether it is for naught is an entirely different topic, but with so few episodes left, something has to happen.

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Season/ EpisodeSynopsisDirector, Writer, and Introduced ActorsTopics & Focused Characters
Season 1, Episode 10 “130146”Is there any chance Norman won’t end up having his brain eaten by a demon in the year 2045? Time to find out.
Director(s)Mamoru Kanbe
Writer(s)Toshiya Ono
Air Date3/14/2019
  • Let’s Remember The Good Times: Emma, Norman, Ray, Isabella
  • Goodbye Old Friend: Norman, Emma, Isabella
  • Just As Hope Seems Lost/ Bartering: Ray, Emma, Isabella
Season 1, Episode 11 “140146”The kids finally escape but as for how, with who, and how they deal with Isabella, you may not have guessed it.
Director(s)              Mamoru Kanbe
Writer(s)Toshiya Ono
Air Date3/21/2019
  • Ray’s Plan: Ray, Emma
  • Norman’s Plan: Emma, Norman, Ray
  • The Unexpected: Don, Ray, Emma, Isabella
Season 1, Episode 12 “150146”While learning how and if Emma, Ray, and the others escaped you’d think would be the high point, it is actually an emotional sendoff to someone else.
Director(s)Mamoru Kanbe
Writer(s)Toshiya Ono
Air Date3/28/2019
Introduced This Episode
PhilKouno Hiyori
Leslie ?
  • What Changed Emma’s Mind: Phil, Gilda, Emma
  • A Leap Of Faith: Ray, Emma
  • Goodbye My Children, Goodbye My Son: Isabella, Leslie, Ray, Emma
Season 1, Episode 8 “021145”Let’s hope the kids prepped for the worst case scenario considering the events of this episode.
Director(s)Mamoru Kanbe
Writer(s)Toshiya Ono
Air Date2/28/2019
Introduced This Episode
GrandmaMami Koyama
  • Goodbye Sister: Sister Krone, Isabella, Grandma
  • All Is Revealed: Isabella, Ray, Norman, Emma, Grandma, Sister Krone
  • Even Pigs Are Happy Before Slaughter: Isabella, Ray, Norman, Emma, Gilda, Don
Season 1, Episode 9 “031145”More and more there is a need to question what the kids of the farm can do, and Norman discovers yet another obstacle.
Director(s)Mamoru Kanbe
Writer(s)Toshiya Ono
Air Date3/7/2019
  • A Backup Plan: Ray, Norman, Emma
  • Infantile Amnesia: Ray
  • The End Of The Rope: Ray, Norman, Emma, Isabella
Season 1, Episode 7 “011145”A ton of information about the way the world works is dropped by Sister Krone, but is this all just to throw off the kids or genuine help
Director(s)Mamoru Kanbe
Writer(s)Toshiya Ono
Air Date2/21/2019
  • There Is So Much You Don’t Know: Sister Krone, Emma, Norman
  • The Plan: Ray, Norma, Emma, Gilda, Don
  • The Backup Plan Executed: Ray, Isabella, Sister Krone
Season 1, Episode 6 “311045”A major complication throws everyone’s escape plans into a loop but, the complication could end up becoming a major solution.
Director(s)Mamoru Kanbe
Writer(s)Toshiya Ono
Air Date2/14/2019
  • What’s Behind The Door?: Don, Gilda, Isabella
  • The Whole Truth and Nothing But The Truth:Don, Gilda, Emma, Norman, Ray
  • Got Caught Slipping: Krone, Emma, Norman, Ray, Don, Gilda, Isabella
Season 1, Episode 5 “301045”The traitor revealed in the last episode explains their relationship with Isabella and complicates things for Norman.
Director(s)Mamoru Kanbe
Writer(s)Toshiya Ono
Air Date2/7/2019
  • Let’s Make A Deal: Ray, Norman
  • Secrets Between Friends: Ray, Norman, Emma
  • Will You Be A Liability Or An Asset?: Ray, Norman, Emma, Gilda, Don
Season 1/ Episode 4 “291045”Norman sets when everyone is going to leave, and that causes them to scramble over who might be the traitor and why.
Director(s)Mamoru Kanbe
Writer(s)Toshiya Ono
Air Date1/31/2019
Introduced This Episode
DonUeki Shin`ei
  • 11/8: Norman, Ray, Emma
  • Expanding Those In The Know: Norman, Ray, Emma, Gilda, Don
  • A Traitor In Our Midst: Norman, Ray, Emma, Gilda, Don, Isabella, Krone
Season 1/ Episode 3 “181045”As Sister Krone reveals her intentions at the farm, it becomes clear that Emma, Ray, and Norman may not all get what they want if they plan to escape.
Director(s)Mamoru Kanbe
Writer(s)Toshiya Ono
Air Date1/24/2019
  • The Return of Sister Krone, And Her Plans For The Future: Krone, Isabella
  • The Return of Sister Krone, And Her Plans For The Future: Krone, Isabella
  • Putting Plans Into Action: Ray, Norman, Emma, Krone
Season 1/ Episode 2 “131045”With the truth discovered, Emma and Norman scramble to figure a way for not only them to escape, but the 35 others.
Director(s)Mamoru Kanbe
Writer(s)Toshiya Ono
Air Date1/17/2019
Introduced This Episode
Sister KroneFujita Nao
  • Stay Cool, Let’s Talk About This: Emma, Norman
  • Does She Know?: Momma, Sister Krone, Norman, Emma
  • The Mud Boat: Ray, Norman, Emma

Season 1/ Episode 1 “121045”

The Promised Neverland balances out childhood innocence with the type of creepiness which puts you a tad on edge.

CreatorKaiu Shirai
Director(s)Mamoru Kanbe
Writer(s)Toshiya Ono
Air Date1/9/2018
Good If You LikeChildren As Leads In Dark Productions
Isn’t For You If YouLike Shows To Be Slower And Build Up To The Shocking Moment Longer
Introduced This Episode
RayIse Mariya
EmmaMorohoshi Sumire
NormanUchida Maaya
ConnyAri Ozawa
IsabellaKaida Yuuko
A Reminder That Isabella Is Human – Sometimes - 84%
With So Much Despair Comes Hope - 85%


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