The Promised Neverland Promises Yet More Pain

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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.

The Promised Neverland Episode 9 Norman

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.

The Promised Neverland Episode 9 Ray and Emma
Good friends don’t let you calmly walk to your death.

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.

The Promised Neverland Episode 9
You can tell things are bad when bone breaking is considered a potential solution.

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.

The Promised Neverland Episode 9
Pole vault?

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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6 thoughts on “The Promised Neverland Promises Yet More Pain

    1. 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.

  1. 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!


    1. 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.

      1. 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…

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