They’ve made it out of the forest and say goodbye to Sonju and Mujika, before heading to the location provided by William Minerva’s instructions, but what will they find there? Could this be the salvation they seek?
The Promised Neverland (Episode 15) – Daisanwa
It’s an emotional farewell as the children head out into the wasteland alone. Sonju and Mujika will not be accompanying them any further, but wish them the best. Providing they stay in the wasteland, they won’t see any demons. Once the children have gone, Sonju asks Mujika if she has grown attached to them, which she clearly has. Sonju, however, revealed that he hoped that they survive to create a new free human community.
The reason, however, was not what anyone would have expected. It would appear that their religion doesn’t forbid them from eating humans, rather, it’s only farmed humans that they are not allowed to eat. If these humans were free, which the next generation of humans would be, then it’s fair game on human brain season!
Meanwhile, the children make it to the coordinates provided by William Minerva’s pen, but there’s nothing there. It’s a barren wasteland as far as the eye can see. Ray activated the pen and punched in a new code. Then, a hidden door opened up out of the ground. Ray opened the door and climbed inside, followed by the others.
They find numerous rooms and everything they could possibly need to survive for a long time. There’s even a note from William Minerva saying as much. It all seems too good to be true and some of the children even feel like it’s been too easy. However, they have a nice meal, a bath, and settle in. They even found a hidden room behind a piano and a passageway beyond that.
Emma and Ray discover another room without a doorknob. There is a hole that matches the shape of the pen. They insert the pen and the door opens to reveal a payphone, which instantly starts ringing. Emma picks up the receiver and is surprised to hear someone who claims to be William Minerva. While this was going on, some of the other children found some disturbing signs in one of the bedrooms.
What did you think?
The second the children found that hidden bunker, my spider senses were tingling. It’s a hidden bunker in the middle of an area of land where no demons go… There are supplies, a garden, power, etc. It’s too perfect. My initial thought is that this is another stage of the farm. Those that are clever enough and able to escape are shepherded here where they develop further. Maybe for another use, maybe a different style of delicacy. There was no way this was going to be a comfortable situation.
So, the way I see it, there are at least two factions of demons. Those that farm humans and those that hunt humans. The fact that Sonju and Mujika were in the woods makes me think that their role is to ferry the escapees to the wasteland in the hopes of cultivating wild humans. Kind of like reintroducing a species to the wild. It makes sense that Sonju would then head back and kill the farmer demons. Now, I don’t even trust William Minerva. He’s quite clearly a demon too.
What have you learned?
I think these kids are in for a rough time. At the moment, it feels a little like Inception now that we might have a farm within a farm. It’s not confirmed, but I don’t believe for a second that this bunker is anything other than a tool to produce more humans. The real question is who is responsible and what are they planning. The payphones at the end of the episode raised so many questions.
We were told that the year was 2046 and that over a thousand years ago, the world splintered. If that’s the case, why is there a payphone that takes 50 cents and has a magstripe reader? Something doesn’t add up and that makes it even more clear that Sonju was lying to them the entire time. The real question then is what happened to the world. At this point, we can’t believe anything we’ve seen so far.
Other posts in the series
- Season One
- Season Two
- Bonus Posts
- Series Review