Desperate to not see the genocide of demons, Emma makes a deal with Norman but, will he be able to keep it up, considering it isn’t his sole decision?

Director(s) Ōri Yasukawa
Writer(s) Nanao
Aired (Hulu) 2/25/2021

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An Unfavorable Deal – Emma, Ray, Norman, Barbara, Vincent, Cislo

Due to Norman having a soft spot for Emma, he decides to make a deal. Emma and Ray have 5 days to find Mujika and Sonju, for they complicate his annihilation plan. Now, why are they important? Well, because Mujika’s blood allows demons to maintain their human form without consuming humans which means, they can maintain their dominance. This is a problem for Norman, Barbara, Vincent, and Cislo because they don’t want or can fathom peace. There is only one position at the top of the food chain, and they don’t want to be anywhere but the head.

Barbara pissed about the delay Emma caused

But, of course, due to fond memories of Sonju and Mujika and the desire for no one to die, Emma advocates for their survival. So, on his own, Norman gives Emma five days with no promise of what would happen if Sonju and Mujika were found and brought to him.

A Time Limit Neither Can Afford – Emma, Ray, Norman, Barbara, Don, Gilda

Thanks to the experiments done at Lambda, Barbara has seizures that require a notable amount of pills, and she isn’t alone in this ailment. Norman is coughing up blood, and it seems the rush to decimate demons isn’t just about revenge but wanting to live to see it. Hence Barbara being so intense.

However, how do the Gracefield Escapees feel? Well, Gilda is originally of Norman’s mindset until Emma’s impassioned speech about the death of babies, kids, the elderly, and being no better than demons. Which leads to all but Ray seemingly coming onto her side.

Sonju and Mujika traversing the world

Though what may really help in pulling people to Emma’s side is that, with the mention of searching for Sonju and Mujika, there is the reminder there exists exceptions. Also, perhaps learning from Norman, Emma has it where it isn’t only Ray but also Don and Gilda who will help find Sonju and Mujika.

So with this shared burden and conversation about what to do, even though it is clear where Emma stands and Ray sheepish on presenting an opposing idea, everyone feels involved. Granted, they almost universally are on Emma’s side, but there is still this sense of inclusion.

What Happened That Night – Norman, Isabelle

So what happened the night Norman was supposed to be delivered to become a tasty meal? Well, we’re left only knowing that Isabelle brought Norman to someone who seemingly wanted to talk to Norman versus scoop his brain out on sight. Leaving us to believe, we may get to see what happened to Norman between his departure and reconnecting with his old family.

Things To Note | Question(s) Left Unanswered

  1. Who is the character of Norman’s group with a bag over his head?
  2. What happened to Isabella and her attempt to get the kids who escaped?
  3. We learn under Grace Field is the only known gate to the human world, but with no guarantees, humanity would accept them, Norman isn’t fond of that plan. Add in how deep underground the gate is, and it further complicates Emma and Ray’s original plan to rejoin humanity.



Time Is Of The Essence

With Norman and the rest of the Lambda escapees clearly on borrowed time and Norman even apologizing to Emma before the flashback, it appears time is of the essence. So even if Sonju and Mujika are found, it could be all over, and we honestly appreciate that. In its second season, the Promised Neverland hasn’t really had any real threat or time limit. No demons are shown to be actively hunting the kids, Isabelle, who was quested with finding them, she hasn’t been seen in a while, so Norman is the first one to present any sort of deadline.

Though, let’s be real, Norman is one of 5, including the one with a paper bag on their head. So his promise didn’t really mean much for Barbara could easily go rogue if not everyone decide Norman is no longer fit to be the boss due to Emma’s influence.

Exploring Norman’s Time At Lambda

Isabelle directing Norman to a room to wait.

It isn’t clear what we may see if Norman or learn in episode 8, but considering the uproar of all that was potentially cut, maybe we might get a taste of what the manga readers have been speaking of? Because with Barbara’s seizure, Norman coughing blood, and the horror stories presented in a previous episode, to just gloss over what happened at Lambda and keep it pushing would be a disservice.

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The Promised Neverland: Season 2 – Review/ Summary (with Spoilers)The Promised Neverland: Season 2 is a proverbial sophomore slump compared to season 1 as it presents no credible threats or reasons to get invested.
The Promised Neverland: Season 2 [Finale]/ Episode 11 – Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)It seems to be the end of not just the season, but potentially the Promised Neverland series.
The Promised Neverland: Season 2/ Episode 10 – Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)The time has come! Members of Grace Field, and the other plants, will either escape the demon world or potentially die trying.
The Promised Neverland: Season 2/ Episode 9 – Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)As Mujika is tasked with saving her people, we learn whether or not Norman’s peers will stop the genocide and what is to come next.
The Promised Neverland: Season 2/ Episode 8 – Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)As we're given a clue as to what happened in Lambda, Emma and Ray desperately search for Sonju and Mujika, with time running out.
The Promised Neverland: Season 2/ Episode 7 – Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)Desperate to not see the genocide of demons, Emma makes a deal with Norman but, will he be able to keep it up, considering it isn't his sole decision?
The Promised Neverland: Season 2/ Episode 6 – Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)Norman's return comes with minimal explanation on how he survived but does present a plan that could save humans in the demon world.
The Promised Neverland: Season 2/ Episode 5 – Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)Nearly a year has passed since Emma and Ray escaped the farm and almost 6 months since the bunker – let's see how they are surviving despite all they've been through.
The Promised Neverland: Season 2/ Episode 4 – Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)Just as a plan begins to come together and everything seems to finally have calmed down, one of the worst betrayals imaginable happens.
The Promised Neverland: Season 2/ Episode 3 – Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)Things have been going rather well for Emma and everyone else. However, it seems the good times might be coming to an end.
The Promised Neverland: Season 2/ Episode 2 – Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)Are there truly demons who don't eat and are social with humans? Can they reveal a means to escape? Mujika and Sonju stir up so many questions.
The Promised Neverland: Season 2/ Episode 1 – Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)The Promised Neverland returns and gets right into the story – no recap, no chill period, just demons chasing down our heroes.
The Promised Neverland: Season 1, Episode 12 "150146" - Recap, Review (with Spoilers)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.
The Promised Neverland: Season 1, Episode 11 "140146" - Recap, Review (with Spoilers)The kids finally escape but as for how, with who, and how they deal with Isabella, you may not have guessed it.
The Promised Neverland: Season 1, Episode 10 "130146" - Recap, Review (with Spoilers)Is there any chance Norman won’t end up having his brain eaten by a demon in the year 2045? Time to find out.
The Promised Neverland: Season 1, Episode 9 "031145" - Recap, Review (with Spoilers)More and more there is a need to question what the kids of the farm can do, and Norman discovers yet another obstacle.
The Promised Neverland: Season 1, Episode 8 "021145" - Recap, Review (with Spoilers)Let’s hope the kids prepped for the worst case scenario considering the events of this episode.
The Promised Neverland: Season 1, Episode 7 "011145" - Recap, Review (with Spoilers)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?
The Promised Neverland: Season 1, Episode 6 "311045" - Recap, Review (with Spoilers)A major complication throws everyone’s escape plans into a loop but, the complication could end up becoming a major solution.
The Promised Neverland: Season 1, Episode 5 "301045" - Recap, Review (with Spoilers)The traitor revealed in the last episode explains their relationship with Isabella and complicates things for Norman.
The Promised Neverland - Recap/ Review (with Spoilers) | 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.
The Promised Neverland: Season 1/ Episode 3 "181045" - Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)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.
The Promised Neverland: Season 1/ Episode 2 "131045" - Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)With the truth discovered, Emma and Norman scramble to figure a way for not only them to escape, but the 35 others.
The Promised Neverland: Season 1/ Episode 1 "121045" [Series Premiere] - Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)The Promised Neverland balances out childhood innocence with the type of creepiness which puts you a tad on edge.


Exploring Norman's Time At Lambda - 84%
Time Is Of The Essence - 85%


As Norman and Emma come to a deal, setting a time limit for how long she has to potentially broker peace and an alternative, The Promised Neverland finally creates some sense of urgency.

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