Are you ready to deepen the mystery of Flight 828 in Manifest Season 2? The NBC series just announced two new arrivals to join the party when the show returns in 2020. Yes, 2020. It's not back on TV for the fall season. One of the newbies is a Blue Bloods vet, and the other was recently on the Pretty Little Liars spinoff.
When Manifest returns, it will welcome Yasha Jackson in the recurring role of Suzanne Martin. She's a dean at Astoria University and Ben Stone's (Josh Dallas) ex-girlfriend. They happen to reconnect after running into each other on campus. I hope sparks don't fly, since Ben already has Saanvi (Parveen Kaur) kinda waiting in the wings, if things do fall apart with Ben's now pregnant wife Grace (Athena Karkanis).
Yasha Jackson just finished up an arc on Blue Bloods as Maya Thomas, and you might also know her from Showtime’s Ray Donovan.
The other new recurring star for Manifest Season 2 is Garrett Wareing as TJ Morrison. Turns out, TJ was also one of the passengers on Flight 828. He's a college freshman who went to Jamaica for vacation and came back 5.5 years later, just like Ben and Michaela Stone (Melissa Roxburgh) and company. According to Deadline, TJ is alone in the world and Ben takes him under his wing. (Side note: No disrespect to this TJ, but Ben already has enough people in his life to take care of right now, he needs to park that savior complex for a minute.)
You may recall seeing Garrett Wareing as Zach Fordson on Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists.
It was a relief to fans when NBC renewed Manifest for Season 2, since the Season 1 finale had multiple dramatic cliffhangers -- including Grace's pregnancy with (apparently) Danny's baby, the Zeke and Jared gun fight amid their overall fight over Michaela, and most especially the "Estimated Time of Departure" for the Flight 828 passengers. Are they really set to die on June 2, 2024? That's one of the many questions I have ahead of Manifest Season 2.
I just hope enough people watch Manifest Season 2 so the mystery can continue until all is revealed, instead of having the story cut short with an abrupt cancellation. But also, on the flip side, don't drag out the mystery too long or fans will get fed up and stop watching before it all makes sense!
Since NBC is now casting new roles, it would also be nice to see Ginnifer Goodwin show up in Manifest Season 2. She could maybe have a cameo, just something to feed the Once Upon a Time fans who followed Josh Dallas onto NBC and know Ginny would love to be part of this show too.
Manifest Season 1 had 16 episodes, airing from September 2018 to February 2019. Season 2 does not have a premiere date yet, but it will arrive midseason in 2020 on NBC. Keep up with everything that is premiering this fall with our 2019 guide.