The return of Manifest to NBC is finally here, and the third season of the series has a lot to pick up on after the game-changing Season 2 finale. Between the impossible discovery of the Flight 828 tailfin in the middle of the ocean, Zeke's impossible survival of his death date, and the meth heads' impossible disappearance from under the ice, there were a lot of questions that have needed answers over break. One of the biggest questions of all, however, surrounds Saanvi after the death of The Major in the Season 2 finale. How will the scientist handle the new reality that she killed somebody, and what does it mean for the third season and for Vance?
Parveen Kaur spoke with CinemaBlend about all things Manifest Season 3 ahead of the premiere, and it's already clear that Saanvi didn't have the same kind of experiences over the time jump that Ben and Michaela did. While she didn't intend to kill The Major, there's no denying that The Major would still be alive if not for Saanvi's last-ditch effort to get The Major's help at the end of Season 2. When asked how Saanvi has been processing The Major's death over the in-universe months since the end of Season 2, Kaur shared:
Saanvi didn't just kill a civilian or somebody with no ties to the big picture of what happened to the 828 survivors, but a woman with a lot of secrets and probably connections. It's no wonder that Saanvi is feeling some paranoia to go with the stress and guilt of killing The Major. That's not to say that there's no hope for Saanvi in Season 3, as Parveen Kaur noted that she'll start to deal with her mess of feelings, but it's easy to imagine that Season 3 Saanvi won't be the same Saanvi as the first two seasons, at least to start.
Of course, Saanvi killing The Major was really one of the good guys taking out somebody who had nefarious schemes in mind, so Saanvi arguably did a good thing in stopping The Major in big picture, but that's not how Saanvi is going to see the situation. She's no assassin and wouldn't be a killer if everything hadn't gone wrong on that fateful night when the vial of adrenaline smashed on the ground and sealed The Major's fate. Parveen Kaur weighed in on Saanvi's thought process on killing a "bad guy," so to speak, saying:
Unfortunately, what's done is done, and Saanvi didn't exactly turn herself in for murder after killing The Major, even if she was immediately devastated and panicking at what had happened. All of the characters are facing struggles in Season 3, but Saanvi is set up to deal with hers with almost nobody in on the secret of what she did. The good news for her in Season 3 is that Saanvi will have at least one person in her corner who knows her secret: Vance. Parveen Kaur previewed what's in store for Vance and Saanvi:
Vance knowing Saanvi's secret and supporting her doesn't mean that there won't be any turbulence for their characters and their dynamic, but at least Saanvi won't be completely isolated and stewing over what she did in the Season 2 finale. Whether her guilt and the need to keep a huge secret will strain her relationships with the Stones and others on the show remains to be seen; fortunately, Manifest is officially back to deliver some answers, even if fans can be confident that there will also be new questions arising as Season 3 kicks off.
Manifest will air new episodes of Season 3 on Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET on NBC beginning with the premiere on April 1, starting out a strong night of primetime followed by Law & Order: SVU at 9 p.m. and the brand new Law & Order: Organized Crime at 10 p.m. If you need to revisit the first couple seasons of Manifest for a refresher on what happened leading up to Season 3, you can find the first two seasons streaming on Hulu now. For some viewing options in addition to Manifest, be sure to check out our 2021 winter and spring premiere schedule.
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