The Promised Neverland: Season 1, Episode 8 “021145” – Recap, Review (with Spoilers)

Grandma's (Mami Koyama) menacing face.
Grandma (Mami Koyama)
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Let’s hope the kids prepped for the worst case scenario considering the events of this episode.


Episode Information: Episode 8 “021145”

Network
Crunchyroll
Director(s) Mamoru Kanbe
Writer(s) Toshiya Ono
Air Date 2/28/2019
Introduced This Episode
Grandma Mami Koyama

Recap

Goodbye Sister: Sister Krone, Isabella, Grandma

From what Isabella says, you’d think Krone got her own farm to manage. However, this was all just a ploy to get her to leave quietly. That way, when grandma greeted her, with a demon by her side, the children wouldn’t become aware of Krone’s gruesome death.

All Is Revealed: Isabella, Ray, Norman, Emma, Grandma, Sister Krone

With Krone gone, there is the need to question what does that mean for the kids? Well, Grandma makes it clear to us that even with Krone revealing the kids’ plans, as long as Isabella can handle the situation, she doesn’t care. After all, Isabella is a high performer and somewhat of a pawn to Grandma.

So, with Krone gone, so comes the question of what may happen to Ray? Well, Isabella makes it clear she doesn’t need him anymore, and so we’re led to believe she is going to kill him. However, first, she has to deal with Norman and Emma.

Even Pigs Are Happy Before Slaughter: Isabella, Ray, Norman, Emma, Gilda, Don

With tracker in hand, and likely the kind of speed we saw Krone have, Isabella catches up to Norman and Emma before they can mount the wall and see what’s on the other side. This leads to a bit of a standoff in which Isabella decides to drop the mom façade and speak person to person. Meaning, she doesn’t talk to them as Mom but a caretaker to children who will become food.

Emma's broken leg.

As you can imagine, dropping the façade is a bit jarring to the kids and add on she notes Norman is to be shipped out soon and it makes his foresight quite admirable. However, with her onto them, Emma’s stipulation of rescuing everyone and then Ray’s precarious situation of no longer being Isabella’s spy – things aren’t looking good. Add in that Isabella breaks Emma’s leg when she tries to slow her down from getting to Norman, and it seems the dream is over.

Question(s) Left Unanswered

  1. Based on the conversation Krone sees between a demon and what is assumingly a man, is it safe to assume men work with demons and women with the children?
  2. We’ve yet to learn if children come from the biological way we’re used to. Could it be they are made from the flowers planted in people? If not through artificial insemination?
  3. It seems Isabella tried to escape, what stopped her? Did Grandma really give a convincing argument?

Review

Highlights

Well, That’s What You Call A Twist

Norman's shocked face.

I can’t really fathom what the children’s next move can be. Grandma knows about the kids wanting to escape and apparently, Isabella tried before, so she knows the possibilities, and the kids are exposed. Also, based on what Krone revealed, killing Isabella will likely make things worse for them. So what can they do? Try to kill a demon and run before handed off to slaughter?

Seriously, it seems now the kids are screwed, but there remains some sense of hope. Even though fulfilling Emma’s wish, especially with her leg broken, looks like an impossible task. At least, unless there is some kind of liberation force out there.

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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 Date 3/14/2019
  • 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 Date 3/21/2019
  • 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 Date 3/28/2019
Introduced This Episode
Phil Kouno 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 Date 2/28/2019
Introduced This Episode
Grandma Mami 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 Date 3/7/2019
  • 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 Date 2/21/2019
  • 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 Date 2/14/2019
  • 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 Date 2/7/2019
  • 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 Date 1/31/2019
Introduced This Episode
Gilda Lynn
Don Ueki 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 Date 1/24/2019
  • 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 Date 1/17/2019
Introduced This Episode
Sister Krone Fujita 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.

Creator Kaiu Shirai
Director(s) Mamoru Kanbe
Writer(s) Toshiya Ono
Air Date 1/9/2018
Genre(s) Fantasy
Good If You Like Children As Leads In Dark Productions
Isn’t For You If You Like Shows To Be Slower And Build Up To The Shocking Moment Longer
Introduced This Episode
Ray Ise Mariya
Emma Morohoshi Sumire
Norman Uchida Maaya
Conny Ari Ozawa
Isabella Kaida Yuuko

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1 COMMENT

  1. I was not expecting Emma to have her leg broken. In an episode full of amazing reveals and developments, that was still the moment that left me stunned because I just didn’t expect the show to go there. This whole episode was fantastic to watch as it just built on everything we’ve seen so far and I’m really looking forward to what comes next.

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