Quick Summary of The Promised Neverland Season 2 Episode 7
In The Promised Neverland Season 2 Episode 7, “Episode 7,” Norman explained why he called Mujika the “evil-blooded girl,” proving once again that perspective is everything. After the explanation, Emma felt even more determined to save her friends — human and demon both. Norman’s wounds were just too deep, though, and he prepared to leave to execute his mission. Grabbing his hand, Emma begged him to give her a week to find Mujika and Sonju so they could come up with a better idea. Will Norman go for the idea? If he does, will Cislo, Barbara, and Vincent let him deviate from their plan? Do they even have enough time?
The Promised Neverland Season 2 Episode 7: My Turn to Host!
Review of The Promised Neverland Season 2 Episode 7
Before we get started, how’re things with you, Irina?
Pretty good. I started Jujutsu Kaisen recently and I am really digging it. I’ve also been on a streak of good manga. It’s wonderful how enjoyable entertainment can just perk up your entire mood.
I will say the last few episodes of Neverland have been a bit of a disappointment. Basically since the time jump it seems the series has lost it footing a bit. Maybe it’s a pacing issue. I feel like things aren’t set up well enough. It’s not horrible by any means I just know for a fact that it can be better.
And again, this episode lacked subtlety. The dialogue was a bit forced and blunt. But it did set up a few very interesting things and that can give a good payoff in the long-run.
The episode had three major pieces this week. First, Emma and Norman’s ideologies collided as Norman described why all demons had to die, and Emma described why no demons had to die. Talk about irreconcilable differences! Then, after Emma and Ray had left, Norman calmly told his new followers what had happened. One of their reactions took me by surprise. Finally, Emma tells the kids back at the temple that she and Ray are heading out to find their two demon friends. She almost has them convinced when one lone voice speaks out against her — for an endearing reason.
Opening Thoughts on The Promised Neverland Season 2 Episode 7
Irina, Any opening thoughts on the episode? Anything you’d like to add?
One of the issues here, for instance, is that we have not established what Norman has been up to in the intervening time. I can imagine that it was bad. At this point in the episode we know nothing about his physical state but he did mention last week that he was in a testing facility and that is never good. It’s horrific in fact. But I’m just inferring here. And what’s more, I’m inferring from a single line in an episode. We didn’t see it.
I’m not saying we need to see it but we also haven’t taken the time to catch up with Norman. We haven’t had quiet scenes of him desperately trying to deal with PTSD or flashbacks of everyone he’s lost since Grace Fields, we are just thrown back with this character and now he seems a little weird and scary. It’s difficult to properly sympathize with him under those circumstances even if he is Norman.
And that makes the narrative lopsided and heavy handed. It needs a touch more nuance here.
It really suffers in that regard when compared to the first season.
Emma and Norman Talk
There was an awful lot of talking in this scene. Some interesting ideas, too! Capture from the Funimation stream.
The opening scene encapsulated what I dislike and like about this season. What I disliked was what the episode didn’t dramatize. Norman described a lot of what had happened in the past, especially about Mujika’s past. It sounds like it might have been epic! Epicly tragic, anyway. But we had to settle for a brief summary. Norman also described Minerva’s end, and how humans, not demons, had killed him. I’m really curious about how that played out! We were wondering back in episode 4 where the human soldiers had come from. There’s so much interesting stuff that I would have liked to have seen!
On the other hand, the closer The Promised Neverland stays to its characters, the better I like it. That first scene put Norman and Emma’s feelings on full display, and both made convincing arguments for their perspectives. Norman pointed out that Minerva’s map was out of date, and the only gate back to the human world was at Grace Field.
By the way, Irina, did you notice Ray’s expression at that revelation? Was he just feeling ironic — they’d escaped only to find they’d been sitting on a gate all along — or had Isabella told him something?
Actually I think that his expression might have something to do with an issue that wasn’t discussed. They burned the place down. Not completely or anything but partially. There’s no reason to believe they did not destroy or at least obscure the entrance in the process.
That makes sense.
Power Corrupts, Even for Demons
Emma’s arguments were appealing. But she didn’t answer Norman’s points. Capture from the Funimation stream.
The demon king and nobility made it impossible to use Mujika’s blood as a solution. So, the kids can’t escape to human world, and the demons will remain hungry. That makes a compelling case for Norman’s plan!
Emma was as emotional as Norman was coldly logical. She argued that if there was a slight chance they could defeat the kind and nobility, then make another run at using Mujika’s blood, there was a chance they could coexist. She honestly believed in her argument. Emma made Norman look like he doubted himself, if only for a moment. In the end, he agreed to let her and Ray head off to find Mujika and Sonju.
What kind of impression did that scene leave on you, Irina?
Did we know this? I mean, I didn’t think we were told exactly in this way but somehow it didn’t feel like a surprise.
It’s not a bad set up and leaves the kids an out without going for the full fledge genocide but it felt flat somehow. Again, I just got the feeling that this was old information retold with dramatic music.
Good questions. Norman said the gate to the human world they were heading for had been closed, per Smee. But is that true? It’s just hearsay at this point.
Norman Updates His New Crew
The next section dealt with Norman telling his new crew what had happened with Emma and Ray. To put it simply, they were not happy. Barbara in particular reacted by punching through a glass jar with a demon specimen in it. Irina, I remember in our last review that you said that Barbara was “a bit too unsubtle.” I have to say, I really felt that in this scene. I get she’s dealing with the lingering effects, physical and psychological, of what the demons did to her. Still, it felt unnecessarily blunt.
How did Barbara take the news? Well… Capture from the Funimation stream.
At the same time, Cislo’s reaction was as emotionally compelling as Barbara’s was obvious. You could tell the poor guy was wrestling with his emotions. Finally, turning a terrified expression to Norman, Cislo said, “Their naive nonsense makes me want to hurl, but I get that they’re good kids. They’re your siblings, after all. But, however, you’re still on our side, right, boss?”
That question hit hard. Cislo, Barbara, and Vincent have obviously been through hell. Their bodies are falling apart. Their psychological wounds will never heal, even if they lived to be a hundred. All they had was each other — and their leader, Norman. The thought that they might lose him hit them hard.
Irina, what’d you think of that scene?
Norman’s Crew are Strangers to Us
I did like that scene and I like where it cut. I wish we had not gotten the continuation of it. However, it suffers from the same issue as the first scene. Aside from Norman, all these people are strangers to me and the little I have seen of them felt like caricatures. So their earnest feelings didn’t hit me hard at all.
Maybe you are just better at drawing out characterization, but it seemed like cheap false tension to me that was a lot more about cutting the scene before Norman could answer than about any other characters’ feelings.
And to be clear, I did like that they cut the scene there. I think it could have been done better. Maybe with Norman debating it all by himself. Talking out loud even to show his mental strain and then cutting before he reached a conclusion. That would have been more powerful for me and would have reacquainted me with the character of Norman.
When Emma and Ray returned to the temple, Emma wasted no time in laying out her plan to try to save all demons and humans. The kids, predictably, reacted with utter shock. They’d been onboard with Norman’s “Kill All Demons!” party slogan. Emma asked if they thought her plan was reckless. “Obviously!” came the answer.
Emma, if you have to ask… Capture from the Funimation stream.
Emma Invokes the Power of Friendship
But Emma did the Emma thing — she gave a speech that laid her feelings out for everyone to see. She leaned heavily on the idea that her plan meant they didn’t have to kill their friends Mujika and Sonju. They wouldn’t have to kill old demon folks like Vylk, the old demon dude who sometimes visited the temple. Plus, no demon babies or children in the city had to die! There were smiles all around.
Then Gilda spoke. She couldn’t wrap her mind around that idea that Emma had just proposed they save the very demons who were, at that moment, trying to track them down and turn them into steaks. Or maybe cutlets. Or both. I don’t know what demon equivalent would be.
That was a tense moment.
Until Ray said that of course, Emma was crazy. Then Don spoke up and said they wouldn’t want her any other way. The best part of the scene was when Gilda broke down and said what was really bothering her about Emma’s plan.
“Why do this to yourself?” she asked in a wretched voice.
Just like Norman’s band, these kinds love and rely on Emma. They have seen her — and the rest of them, too — in too much danger. Gilda argued against the plan because she felt scared for Emma.
It should be illegal to make Gilda cry. At least a misdemeanor. Capture from the Funimation stream.
Emma and Ray wanted to take Don and Gilda with them. Their gesture of trust overwhelmed Gilda. It was also a statement of trust in the rest of the kids that they could take care of themselves for five days.
What’d you think of this scene, Irina?
Gilda was the saving grace of this episode. These are kids and kids are often cruel because they don’t properly conceptualize cruelty. The demons have been murdering their friends and threatening their lives. Of course they want them all gone. It would have made more sense for most of the kids to be openly disappointed that Emma wanted to continue actively putting their lives in dangers for intangible reasons.
I would have been quite disappointed if no one had spoken up so I’m really glad Gilda did, even if she was shut down quickly enough.
Finger on the Trigger
Underlying both arguments is an idea I just can’t shake. If I were presented with the choice of backing Norman or Emma, who would I choose? I would like to think I’d be all moral and say “Save them all!” The thing is, I’m not sure that’s the right call. In human wars, I can rationalize not killing my enemy because, in the end, we are all humans, and we fought for ideology or food or something else we could work together to solve.
I have to admit to a certain sympathy for Norman’s position. Capture from the Funimation stream.
But if demons invaded the Earth and wanted to turn my family into delicacies, would I choose to put my family at elevated risk to save them?
I’m afraid that I’d decide so fast to pull the trigger that Emma would be quite disappointed.
Irina, think I need counseling?
I think I answered that above. Seems fairly consistent with human nature.
Which is itself a cause for serious reflection!
Closing Thoughts about The Promised Neverland Season 2 Episode 7
The show did a good job in this episode of clearly stating the alternatives. Maybe there’s another, and I’m not sure. I respect a show that gives me such an interesting thought experiment, even if it makes me wonder if I’m really who I am!
Any closing thoughts, Irina?
I liked the stuff that happened in the episode but I found the writing super lazy. But unlike some fans, I don’t think that’s been true for the entire season, rather I think they are handling Norman and his group rather poorly. I’m curious to see if that can even itself out.
They have time; it’s certainly possible. I’m going to choose to hope they can pull it off!
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