The death date thing came up last season, but this article will touch on some stuff that has happened during Manifest Season 2 so far, if you aren’t caught up!
Manifest’s first season ended on a bit of a somber note, with Michaela getting shot and Ben essentially calculating that the passengers who were on Flight 828 would die on June 2, 2024. It’s been the mystery thread that is constantly being brought up on the NBC drama at the start of Season 2, and this week creator Jeff Rake explained why Manifest introduced the death dates for the Flight 828 crew.
Speaking at TCA to CinemaBlend’s own Nick Venable and other reporters, Jeff Rake talked about how the arc of the show was planned in advance and that the death dates are part of that “road map,” noting:
I actually feel a little sorry for the characters on Manifest. They were missing for over five years and a lot of their families moved on without them, which would take a mental toll. Then, there are like people after them. They are dealing with abuse from people publicly graffitiing their houses and more! They freaking hear callings they then have to deal with and now they know when their alleged death dates are coming! It's gotten to the point where Ben is already thinking about the time he has left as his family tries to move forward with a new baby on the way...
In short, it’s a lot. However to move the drama forward and create a compelling narrative, Jeff Rake also said at TCA the reveals are nowhere near over yet. Coming up in Season 2, we’ll learn more about the Flight 828 passengers at midseason and another major reveal will come at the end of the TV cycle this season as well.
Welp. It should be pointed out there have already been reveals this season, with Saanvi telling secrets to the Major, who is posing as a therapist, and Ben getting kidnapped by a masked man who turns out to be Vance. However, that’s par for the course for Manifest, whereas finding out you’ll die in advance is more of a huge reveal, and it's one that Jeff Rake previously said would be explored and answered by the end of Season 2.
Right now Manifest is not renewed for Season 3; however, it’s worth pointing out its midseason premiere enticed plenty of viewers and notable ratings. I’m very hopeful we’ll ultimately get the six season arc that Jeff Rake and co. are counting on, and keeping people at the edges of their seats is usually a sound strategy.
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