Every villain is the hero of their own story. A hero will do what must be done, regardless of how it makes them look, even if to some they will appear to be the villain!
What’s this post about?
So, I’ve watched the first ten episodes of The Promised Neverland and subsequently spent a lot of time thinking about it. It’s probably not been helped by the fact that I am writing episode reviews and spend a lot of time reading other’s reviews. As a result, I have come up with some fairly radical theories and I thought I would get them down before the finale.
As you may have gathered from the title, my theory revolves around Isabella, the Mom at Grace Field Orphanage in The Promised Neverland. I think I’ve gone on record several times saying that she has been an outstanding villain, but what if I was wrong?
So, who is Isabella?
Not a lot has really been revealed about Isabella. Sister Krone claimed that she was thirty-years-old. If that’s true, then Isabella will have spent twelves years inside an orphanage, where she will have had to score perfectly every day just to survive that long. There is some buzz that the girl on top of the wall in Grandma’s flashback was Isabella as a child.
Given how relaxed Grandma was about knowing that several of the children knew of the truth, it would appear that it’s a fairly common occurrence with the high performing children. Therefore, it’s likely that Isabella knew about what awaited her from a young age and was why she tried to escape.
After this, she was selected to enter the program to become a Mom. Obviously, she accepted and completed the program with flying colours to become one of the youngest ever Moms. So far, we don’t know how long that program is, but from Sister Krone’s
In the last episode, Isabella casually mentioned that after getting onto the Mom program you have a child. The children at the orphanage seem to range from one to twelve, so I think about two years of the program will be having a child and raising it. After that, who knows, but my assumption is that it goes to one of the orphanages.
That’s all pretty dark so far, but it doesn’t end there. Isabella then managed to become a Mom and run her own orphanage. Here’s where it gets really dark. There are more girls selected for the Mothers program
So, not only does Isabella have a device attached to her heart that can be activated at any time, killing her instantly, but she has to raise the children and lead them off to their doom. If she doesn’t do it, her life will be over and someone else will step in. Even after surviving the orphanage and the Moms program, she is still fighting for her life.
The best way to survive is to raise the best children. She needs to produce an environment that is loving and wholesome, where the children are free to run, play, and learn. On top of that, she needs to bury the pain and loss that she must have suffered, hiding it away from the children.
I think this is why she has the room with mementoes from all the children she has taken to the gatehouse. Isabella made each one of those stuffed toys by hand and gave them to the children. She watched them grow and develop, and then they were gone, leaving her alone with another abandoned toy.
So, assuming that it was Isabella on top of the wall, she has tried to escape before. She knows what she’s up against and is likely aware of the hierarchy of the ‘demons’. If she wanted to hurt them, there is one way to get to do that, one way to bring the top target into play. The one that the ‘demons’ refer to as ‘him’ gets only the most intelligent children. Isabella knows this and has managed to raise three at once.
In order to manufacture the opening, she has had to make many sacrifices, some that she will never be able to atone for, but if she can succeed, many more will be saved. We’ve already seen hints of
I may be way off the mark, but we don’t know that Norman died, only that Isabella told Emma that he had. Why show us Conny in episode one and then not Norman in episode ten? There’s no reason not to unless he isn’t dead. So, if that’s the case, what was behind the door? Isabella clearly knew what it was, which makes me think that she is in on whatever it is.
We know that Isabella can act. She’s been pretending to be good, so she could just as likely be pretending to be evil. As for breaking Emma’s leg and threatening to kill her, Isabella has been working on this plan for six years and these children are
This is all complete speculation based off of the first ten episodes. There is as much chance that I am completely wrong as there is that I’m right, which is one of the things I love about this series. They’ve done such a good job or warping our reality and destroying our trust and faith in what we see that anything becomes a possibility.
If you have any theories on how things might pan out, let’s have them. I already have my tinfoil hat on, so I’m open to pretty much anything. Just don’t spoil it for me, if you’ve read the books and already know the answer. As you can imagine, I’m looking forward to episode eleven. Thanks for reading.
Other posts in the series
- Season One
- Season Two
- Bonus Posts