The Promised Neverland Episode 9 Review
Well, Norman is all but giving up and accepting that he isn’t going to survive through the next day, though he goes through quite the array of emotions to get there. The Promised Neverland hasn’t hit our characters this hard emotionally since episode 1 when Emma and Norman had the very foundation of their world shaken up and now Emma’s injured and Norman has very much realised how outmatched they really are. Or has he? He’s still hopeful that he can help Emma and Ray escape even though he won’t be there.
Emma and Ray, for their part, outright deny his decision. They demand that he escape, even if that means just hiding until Emma’s leg is healed and they can all escape together, and somehow they convince him.
This wasn’t an ideal solution in the first place but it gives the characters, and the audience, the tiniest slither of hope that they aren’t about to take out a main character. That tiny slither of hope is just enough to devastate us when they get to the revealing conclusion of this episode.
Now the more cynical might wonder what the point of anything has been given the kids clearly were never escaping in the first place but realistically this is just another obstacle. Perhaps an insurmountable one and perhaps one that will finally do them in, but the whole way along the kids have been given obstacles to try to work around or overcome and while it seemed like they might get there, we’ve just had larger and more threatening obstacles revealed until finally we’ve reached this one.
Really, there was nothing for it but for Norman to return. Now the question is what did Krone leave them and does Norman have any chance of not making a pretty red flower as he dies.
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NENDOROID NO. 1092 THE PROMISED NEVERLAND: EMMA
- The Promised Neverland Series Review
- Episode 1: The Promised Neverland’s First Episode Promises Much, Will It Deliver?
- Episode 2: Why Emma’s Lack of Compromise is Both Foolish and Brilliant
- Episode 3: How a Simple game Can Become Ominous
- Episode 4: The Best Way To Catch A Liar…
- Episode 5: The Friend of My Enemy Is… Maybe a Useful Information Source
- Episode 6: The Promise of a Traitor Times 2
- Episode 7: Playing With Fire (Or Trying to Deal With Sister Krone)
- Episode 8: After Making Us Wait, The Promised Neverland Is Going To Deliver
- Episode 9: The Promised Neverland Promises Yet More Pain
- Episode 10: Where to Without The Promise of Tomorrow?
- Episode 11: Someone Tell Ray That Self-Immolation Is Not A Plan
- Episode 12: The Great Escape
- Images from: The Promised Neverland. Dir. M Kanbe. CloverWorks. 2019.
6 thoughts on “The Promised Neverland Promises Yet More Pain”
Is it possible to build a rope bridge out of bed sheets? 😉
I bet these kids could.
Actually, I was thinking they could make a rope and hang it over the wall and then swing across the crevice. Or of course, poll vault. Hang-glider maybe?
I’m pretty sure they are just stuffed at this point given getting over the wall isn’t happening so the question now becomes what are their other options.
Dare I say it, but is it a Bridge too far? I thought they did a great job showing Norman going through the various stages of grief. They just keep raising our hopes and then kicking them into a deep dark pit!
THIS IS GRACEFIELDS!
Norman was excellent in this episode. Actually, all of the cast were. Except Phil who I still can’t get a read on and really want to know why he keeps popping up.
Yeah, I was sure he was going to reveal something at the end of the episode. There are loads of other kids so there’s no need to keep bringing him up and having him so prominent in the title image. He’s still got time…