The Promised Neverland 2nd Season Episode 7

The Promised Neverland 2nd Season Episode 7

The Mujika and Sonju Dilemma

In The Promised Neverland 2nd Season episode 7, it was revealed that while Norman has never met Mujika or Sonju, he’s been told about them. Specifically, he was told about Mujika. However, as far as Norman knew, Mujika and all of her followers were eaten by the demon king and nobles 700 years ago.

Mujika and her followers were killed and eaten because their blood allowed for demons to survive with human-levels of intelligence without needing to eat humans. This was bad for the king and nobles because part of their power came from their control over the human farms, and therefore the sentient demon population.

But, does this mean that Mujika survived after all? I doubt it. I don’t think the Mujika we know is the same one from 700 years ago. The Mujika we know seems to be relatively young as far as demons go. I think Sonju is probably a follower of the original Mujika. And this new Mujika is potentially her descendent, or simply named after her because she shares the same blood mutation.

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

Regardless of whether the current Mujika is the same as the original Mujika or not, she’s still a potential problem for Norman’s plan. If Mujika or Sonju were to share their blood with other demons, it would mean Norman’s drug wouldn’t work.

Also, Norman brought up a great point about how demons viewing humans as food would likely overrule the fact that they wouldn’t have to eat humans to survive any longer. We already know this is true because of what Sonju said about dreaming of a day when he can hunt free-range humans.

Demon Experimentation

Not only were Norman and his allies experimented on by the demons at Lambda, but they too have been experimenting on demons since escaping. We see that below their base of operations, they have hundreds of demon body parts in jars. And they even have a large demon chained up and impaled all over its body.

I’m sure that Norman was the one who first suggested experimenting on demons. His allies are certainly smart (maybe the girl to a lesser extent since she seems to be the muscle of the group), but I don’t feel like they would have come up with a plan like that. I think they would have gone out hunting demons, not experimented on them to develop a way to commit demon genocide.

Although, it’s pretty easy to see why they would go along with his plan. They were all experimented on at Lambda, so now they’re getting their revenge by doing the same to demons.

Norman looking at a dead demon from the anime series The Promised Neverland 2nd Season
Norman looking at a dead demon

This episode also revealed some of the effects that the Lambda escapees still suffer from. They get migraines that require copious amounts of pills to get rid of. And as we saw with Norman, they occasionally cough up blood as well. It’s unclear if those two things are actually related, but I’ll assume so since one of the others mentioned that they were running out of time.

So, this brings up the question: Will Norman survive to the end of the series? Personally, I don’t think he will. But it’s also possible that Emma and Ray could get him to the human world for treatment just in time.

Oh, and I guess I should comment on the new information regarding the human world. There are apparently gates that allow travel between the two worlds. That sounds a lot like some sort of time-space gate if you ask me. I think it would be odd for there to be just regular gates connecting them in multiple locations.

My Doubts Regarding Norman

For a lot of people, the events of this episode probably made you think that Norman can be trusted to an extent. Obviously, he’s lying to Emma and Ray about not killing Mujika. But, he made a pretty convincing argument for not being on the side of the demons, as I claimed he might be last week.

However, I’m still not convinced that Norman really is on the side of the humans. I know, that might seem shocking considering the fact that he’s planning a demon genocide. But allow me to explain my reasoning.

We still don’t really have a good explanation as to why Norman would refer to Mujika as an evil girl. I get that she has the potential to thwart his plan, but it’s not as if she’s really a threat in any way. But do you know who Mujika is a threat to? The demon king and nobles who don’t want more demons to have their power.

Norman being greeted by someone after getting shipped off from the anime series The Promised Neverland 2nd Season
Norman being greeted by someone after getting shipped off

What about Norman’s plan to commit demon genocide, though? Surely that makes him on the side of humans, right? Well, not exactly. Remember how Ray pointed out that the demon king and nobles would have wanted Mujika and her followers dead so that they could more easily control the population?

Well, if the demon king and nobles could also threaten civilians with forced regression via a drug, that would also make them more powerful. I think it’s entirely possible that Norman is pursuing these drug trials specifically for the demon king and nobles to use.

While we don’t know who Norman met at the very end of the episode, my guess is that it was either the king or a noble. They probably needed someone to figure out a new way for them to hold power — and who better to do that than a top-scorer like Norman? I bet they offered to let him and his “family” go free if he helped, which is why he wants Emma and Ray to stay out of it.

Conclusion

What do you think of The Promised Neverland 2nd Season episode 7? Do you think the Mujika we know is the same one from 700 years ago? Do you think Norman was the one who came up with the demon experimentation plan? And do you think Norman is a “traitor” or not? Let me know in the comments.

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3 Replies to “The Promised Neverland 2nd Season Episode 7”

  1. I think Mujika being called Evil-Blooded is propaganda that the Demon nobles put out 700 years ago. Basically they hunted and killed any demon that had ingested her blood and told all the other demons that her blood was “evil” to explain their actions. Mujika was actually a saviour for her kind but that fact was was distorted by propaganda into her being a devil.

    I think Norman was just using the term “Evil-Blooded” because that is what he heard or read her being called by other demons. Of course from Norman’s point of view her blood is evil because it interferes with his demon genocide plans.

    1. I agree that the “evil-blooded” term definitely came from the demon nobles. But the fact that Norman picked it up too leads me to believe he’s with them in some capacity. I don’t think he would necessarily refer to her that was just because he heard demons calling her that and she may mess with his plan. As far as he knows, she has no reason to do so.

      1. I mean you could be right but I personally don’t read it that way. I don’t know how good your Japanese is, I know a few words but that’s about it.

        Still I wonder how much is lost in translation when watching things with subtitles if you aren’t fluent in the language. I think things like sarcasm or exaggeration can get lost in translation.

        Personally when Norman calls Mujika evil-blooded I am imagining him saying it with quotation marks. He’s not saying she’s evil-blooded he’s quoting what she has been called.

        The truth is even in English when people aren’t being literal they are often misinterpreted and have to elaborate that they were being sarcastic, hyperbolic or using someone else’s words in the form of a quote.

        I suppose the next few weeks will reveal Norman’s true colours one way or another.

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