They’ve escaped from Grace Fields Orphanage, but they’ve no idea what is waiting from them on the outside world. Can a group of children survive in this strange new place, and can they evade the demons?
The world outside the orphanage is unlike anything they could have expected… well, it’s just like one of the stories in a book that they found in the library that had been donated by a William Minerva. In fact, it almost reads like a guide to this strange place. They also have the pen that Norman left them, the one that he got from Sister Krone before her untimely demise. As it happens, it’s not just a pen, but a digital interface to a map. That William Minerva has thought of everything… well, almost!
Before long the group find themselves running for their lives from a giant demon that appears to want to eat them, and not just their brains. The group splits off and manages to evade it. Ray decides to lure it towards a patch of ground called snake vines, which are apparently impossible to escape from. He’s almost done it when the beast’s head separates from its body and flops to the ground. The demons have found him. Luckily, it’s just Ray, so he tries to run.
Meanwhile, Emma and the others continue to move forwards, but then Emma passes out. The wound on her ear had reopened and she was losing blood. Then, out of nowhere a girl appeared and told them to go with her. They’re suspicious, but what choice do they have. Ray, however, is struggling to lose the demons and given the lack of food they’ve had of late runs out of energy and collapses. He refuses to give up and just as the demons close in another person arrives on horseback, grabs Ray, and races away.
Ray wakes in a strange place and soon finds Emma, also asleep. The girl arrives and tells them that dinner is ready and that they should come with her. Emma asks her about Minerva, but she has no idea what Emma is talking about. Then, Ray asks why a couple of demons were helping humans!
What did you think?
It was nice to get back together with the group and the setting has changed considerably. Instead of this old fashioned orphanage set in idyllic grassy fields, we find ourselves in a mysterious forest with enormous trees, strange plants, and curious wildlife. All of this is excellent and I am a big fan of this shift to a fantasy sort of environment. This episode didn’t quite have the same punch as the first episode of season one, but then will anything be able to live up to that?
I would also like to point out that I may have predicted a detail in this episode. If you look back at my review of episode twelve, I included an image of the pen that Norman left them and noted the W.M. engraving. I said that it was William Minerva’s pen and it sure does feel good to be right. Admittedly, it is much more than a pen, but it looks like a pen and it was William Minerva’s so that’s a win in my books.
What have you learnt?
I don’t know how, but part of me had forgotten about the way that The Promised Neverland likes to employ cliffhangers at the end of every episode. It certainly looks like season two is going to continue that tradition. Now, I don’t mind the odd cliffhanger here or there, but every episode can get a bit tiring. Also, this is the second season. Chances are we’ve all seen the first season and will likely watch all of the second season. The cliffhangers feel a bit like a gimmick now, especially when they usually don’t amount to much. The girl demon talked about a meal having been prepared. Are we supposed to believe that they have prepared one of the children? It’s not out of the realms of reality for this series, but I kind of doubt it. Guess we’ll just have to wait and see!
Other reviews in the series
- Season One
- Season Two
- Bonus Posts