That’s why I said to give up.
- Episodes: 12
- Genre: Sci-Fi, Mystery, Horror, Psychological, Thriller, Shounen
- Airing Date: January 2019 – March 2019
- Studio: CloverWorks
The Promised Neverland Preview (No Spoilers)
Grace Field House is an idealized orphanage where children live happily with their “Mama” until the day they’re adopted. Aside from the rigorous tests all the kids must take, they live carefree with all of their needs provided for. Though some of the children think it’s strange that no one ever visits or writes to their orphanage family after being adopted, no one really questions it with the promise of a new life in the outside world. On the day of Conny’s adoption, Emma and Norman go to the gate to deliver a toy she left behind. The peaceful, happy days at Grace Field will never be the same after what they discover.
Isabella Highlights (Spoilers Beyond This Point)
1. The Scene with the Little Bunny at the Gate.
The last few minutes of episode 1 are our first glimpse at Isabella’s true nature. After Emma and Norman have returned to the house, the scene shifts suddenly and the music goes shrill as Isabella’s maddened expression in the night is shown. With Conny’s Little Bunny dangling at her side, Isabella’s crazy eyes leave no doubt that she is coming for whoever saw what happened at the gate.
2. The Submission of Sister Krone.
Sister Krone’s arrival was seen by the children as a gambit by Isabella to have more eyes on them. While this initially works out, Krone’s own motives to discredit Isabella and take over as Mama of Grace Field end up furthering Isabella’s own agenda and show of power. Despite Krone’s maneuvering, Isabella never loses control of the situation, eventually making an example of Krone by showing the kids that even an adult that attempts to go against her can be disposed of.
3. There’s No Fooling Mama.
Up until episode 8, Isabella plays along with the children in letting them think she doesn’t know who is involved in the escape plan. It’s the first time she drops her pretense and introduces herself to Emma and Norman in their respective roles of caretaker and livestock. While Emma and the group already knew their mama was unhinged, this overt declaration that they have no hope of escape is the true confirmation that their happy family life has been a lie from the start.
4. She’s Not Afraid to Break Some Legs.
No matter how strong or smart the orphans are, Isabella shows them that they are still just children. She easily and cleanly snaps Emma’s leg and instantly slips back into her caring motherly persona as Emma writhes in pain. When Emma tries again to interfere with the shipment of Norman, Isabella plainly tells her: “If you cause another commotion, I’ll kill you.” It’s clear that she could easily end any of them if she so chose to.
5. She Explains the Best Way to Not Suffer from Despair.
Isabella plainly tells Emma to give up. Through all of her shows of power, Isabella feels that she has sufficiently demonstrated that she will break body and spirit without hesitation. The last weapon in her toolkit is Emma herself. She offers Emma the chance to survive, but only by becoming a future Mama who looks over her own orphanage. This is her own twisted way of showing empathy, by telling Emma to sacrifice everyone else to ensure her own survival.
Isabella’s deceit and hidden personality make her more terrifying than a monster you can outright see. Not only does she dash all hope of anyone ever escaping the orphanage, she has no qualms with breaking a child in every sense of the word. How is one supposed to feel when their mother is the villain who is raising them to die with a smile on her face? Can she even be called a mother at this point?
We at Honey’s want to know, is Isabella truly a villain we all can learn to appreciate? Or, is she so far gone that we can’t help but hate her? Let us know in the comments what you think about the monstrous mama of The Promised Neverland!