The Promised Neverland Episode 10 Review
Wow, The Promised Neverland is determine to wring every inch of drama out of the current scenario and in less deft hands I would find this kind of irritating as the episode ends with so many question marks. However as this anime continues to present beautiful visual and sound direction to support a compelling story with characters I’ve come to love, instead of feeling frustrated I’m mostly just on the edge of my seat waiting for more, exactly as they intended.
Going straight into spoiler territory if you haven’t seen the episode.
Norman’s last night at the orphanage is heart breaking. His teary farewells with Emma and Ray as they staunchly deny what is about to happen and then his goodbye to the other kids is perfectly delivered. Emma’s last ditch attempt to cause a scene and to keep Norman from leaving is perfect as is Isabella’s cold and crushing death threat to keep her from going any further.
The quiet walk to the gate, the third we’ve seen as Norman follows Connie’s and Sister Krone’s footsteps, is just long enough to have impact but not feel drawn out and Norman and Isabella’s casual conversation is revealing, though of what I’m not entirely sure of just yet. However, we then get the moment that has left me desperate to know more and that is the brief moment we see of Norman beyond the gate and entering a lit room. Is Norman dead or not? We have no way of knowing and with the tone of the show it could go either way plunging us into a tragic reveal later or a triumphant return and both would fit the current narrative beautifully.
As for Emma and Ray, despondent would be a tepid descriptor of their personalities as the days, weeks and then months roll on and finally Ray’s last day approaches. Though, if you think The Promised Neverland is done yet, think again as Emma seems determined to see something through which just makes me wonder what scheme they’ve hatched in the background that we don’t yet know about.
With so few options available I’m scratching my head to figure out what they have planned, but ultimately I’m going to have to sit back and wait and to be honest the anticipation is horrendous. I desperately want to know.
Clearly I’m a little caught up in this story and so clearly it has met its goals. I’m loving The Promised Neverland and I’m waiting with bated breath for the next episode.
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- 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.
9 thoughts on “Where To Without The Promise of Tomorrow?”
still can’t put my money on whether or not Norman is dead or not he might be saved for some upper class demons since his brain is highly developed so may be he is currently transported somewhere long where is he might be able to escape
I know, they left it so open and both versions (Norman dead or Norman put somewhere for the time being) would fit with what we’ve seen so far. The anticipation is kind of killing me but I’m loving it as it leaves so much room for speculation and guessing where it might go.
I think the scene with Norman and Isabella walking together was just another hint that Isabella isn’t happy at the orphanage. She was probably one of those children who grew up on the farm and had decided to become a mom because that was her only option. There’s hints of her actually being caring, and I think she favors Emma and at the very least doesn’t want her- and possibly Norman and Ray- to die.
Like Lynn said, she might actually be apart of the resistance and wants to end the cycle but can’t on her own. Or, maybe she just has a soft for the three kids over the years. Either way, I think there might be something else going on with Isabella, even if it’s just selfish reasonings to get herself out of the orphanage alive.
Yeah, it definitely seemed like she wasn’t entirely happy with her choices though seemed to be sticking to them. It will be interesting to see if any of our speculation goes anywhere in the next episode.
Now I’m going full on ultimate conspiracy theory and what if Isabella is actually part of the resistance and has been trying to draw out this mysterious leader that no one can name to get revenge for everything she’s been through.
From the hints in the show, I believe that she like every other girl selected to become a Mom is forced to bear a child which is probably put into one of the orphanages.
We know that she can pretend to be nice, so it stands to reason that she could be pretending to be evil. Maybe that’s why she keeps all the old toys from the children, as a reminder of the sacrifices she’s had to make to get to this point. It’s all tin foil hat stuff but it also kind of makes sense…
That would be a really cool twist so I think I’ll join you in donning a tinfoil hat. It would be a really excellent way for the series to progress and would mean that if she ended up helping them they wouldn’t be totally on their own once they got outside of the orphanage, which has always been a concern (you know, even if they get out, what then).
Still, there’s so many possibilities and this story has done a great job so far.
Didn’t they already decide that was a bad idea?