The Promised Neverland 2nd Season Episode 6

The Promised Neverland 2nd Season Episode 6

Lambda 7214

Before this week’s episode, the only human farm we had a name for was Grace Field. With The Promised Neverland 2nd Season episode 6, we now have the name of another: Lambda 7214.

The significance of this name isn’t known. Does the 7214 represent its farm number? If so, freeing children from over 7,000 farms is going to be a difficult task. Does Lambda refer to its farm number? Lambda is the 11th letter of the Greek alphabet and also represents the number 30 in Greek numerals.

Lambda 7214 is also the third type of farm that we know of, despite only being the second named (from what I remember). Grace Field is one of the standard farms that specialize in high-quality products. Lambda 7214 is an experimental facility. And we already know that there are breeding/training facilities as well.

Norman's Lambda 7214 tatoo from the anime series The Promised Neverland 2nd Season
Norman’s Lambda 7214 tattoo

Lambda 7214 is a bit different from the regular farms in some additional ways, though. First, they brand their subjects with an additional tattoo. Why exactly they would do this is unclear. Are they labeling them as being not for consumption? Or is it so they can be properly identified in the event they escape?

Neither option really makes much sense. Simply by being at Lambda 7214 would probably designate a human as not for consumption. And I don’t think they really expect escapees.

The second difference is that Lambda 7214 apparently houses adults who aren’t working for the farms. We don’t actually know how old Norman’s comrades are, but they’re clearly older than the main children. This implies that the human experiments are valuable long after their “peak ripeness.”

Demon Slayers

Despite what Norman’s plan may or may not be, his comrades are interested in one thing: Getting revenge on the demons by slaughtering them all. They believe in this goal so much that at least one of them has even resorted to eating the demons they kill.

Norman and Ray also don’t have an issue with the eradication of all demons. But, Emma does. It’s no surprise that after meeting Mujika and Sonju, Emma has begun to feel that humans and demons could potentially coexist at some point in the future. All that needs to happen is for the demons to stop eating humans.

Unfortunately for Emma, it’s not as simple as she probably thinks. Right now, she’s probably thinking that the human-eating demons can take up the diet Mujika and Sonju have and everything will be fine. After all, Mujika and Sonju don’t regress, so they must be doing something right.

Emma and Ray talking about killing the demons from the anime series The Promised Neverland 2nd Season
Emma and Ray talking about killing the demons

The first problem with Emma’s idealistic plan is what Ray points out: Mujika and Sonju may be inherently different from the other demons. It’s possible that no matter what the other demons do, they can’t become like Mujika and Sonju. I don’t believe this is the case, though.

So, that brings us to the second problem: It’s very likely that the vast majority of demons don’t want to give up eating humans. Humans are considered a delicacy to them. And something we know which Emma doesn’t is that even though Sonju doesn’t eat humans now, he dreams of a future in which he can.

It’s not going to be as simple as telling the demons to choose an alternative diet. I think the plan to force the demons to regress via Norman’s drug will at least need to be threatened if not used. The only way I could see the demons choosing not to eat humans is if the alternative is being forcibly regressed by a drug.

The Boss’ Plan

When Norman was reintroduced to the series, I didn’t really think much of it. He’s back and is part of a rebel group of humans. So what? Well, this episode made me realize that there’s probably a lot going on behind the scenes that we, and Emma and Ray, don’t know about yet.

Even towards the beginning of this episode, I started to get a bad feeling about Norman’s return. Once he mentioned that he was transported to an experimental facility and had devised a drug that would magically solve the demon problem, I was suspicious.

How did Norman escape from that facility? How did he learn about demon regression? And how did he come up with this drug? All we’re told is that a now-deceased follower of Minerva helped him. To me, it kind of seems like Norman has been brainwashed by the demons and is secretly working for them.

Norman reacting to Mujina being alive from the anime series The Promised Neverland 2nd Season
Norman reacting to Mujina being alive

Obviously, his comrades don’t fit into this. They really seem to have a deep-rooted hatred of the demons. So I don’t think they’ve been compromised. But I do suspect that Norman is simply using them to accomplish whatever his true goal is. On the other hand, Norman could actually secretly be helping the humans while pretending to secretly help the demons.

Isn’t that what Ray did back in the first season?

We also can’t just ignore the final scene of the episode in which not only is it revealed that Norman knows about Mujika’s existence, but he also refers to her as the “heretical girl.” That should be raising some major red flags.

If Norman simply knew of her, that would be one thing. But he seems to view her as a major enemy, which is odd considering what we know of her. So who told him Mujika was the enemy? And why is he using a word like “heretical” to describe her? That really makes it seem like he’s been turned.

Conclusion

What do you think of The Promised Neverland 2nd Season episode 6? Do you think there’s any significance to the name of the Lambda 7214 experimental farm? Do you think Emma will get her wish of not eradicating the demons? And do you think Norman has swapped his allegiance? Let me know in the comments.

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