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After so many episodes of buildup, Isabella finally makes her move, and it’s a sight to behold. I really liked how much effort this episode went through to portray her as a worthy villain. While these events should certainly make the kids reevaluate their plans, I’m curious to see where the story goes from here. I just hope that it’s not a soft reset on the story to artificially extend it.
At the end of the day, Krone has her tragic backstory reveal, and I still didn’t end up paying much attention to it. It certainly is interesting that she leaves something behind to help the kids, though. I also liked the eerie way the scene is framed. As Krone is being attacked by the monster, the kids are simultaneously enjoying a meal. And right as she dies, the kids finish their food and say “thanks for the meal”. It’s an incredibly grim way to show the scene that works well.
The way things fall apart in this episode is pretty insane. Given how instrumental Ray has seemed in the planning the escape, it’s jarring (in a good way) to see him tossed aside so easily by Isabella.
It’s a small scene, but I like the implication. Isabella basically states that she’s finally revealing her true nature to the kids, so she introduces herself to them as part of the gesture. But she’s effectively doing this for the audience, as she’s finally starting to show her hand.
I know it’s asking too much, but I would have loved to see one of the kids respond to this line about how happy Conny’s life was. I would probably point out that Conny probably felt a lifetime of fear in the moments up to her death.
Also, I like that Isabella breaks Emma’s leg in particular. Out of the top three kids, she’s supposed to be the most athletic, so it’s important that she’s the one who fails.
I’m curious what the cliffhanger at the end was supposed to mean. At face value, it just shifts the focus on Norman’s limited time as well, but does it change the ticking clock? Wasn’t Ray supposed to be shipped first?