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Manifest is set for its big return to NBC on Thursday, and fans learned more about the third season during a virtual Wondercon panel held on Saturday. The first five minutes of the season were also released. The clip features Ben Stone (Josh Dallas) in Cuba as he searches for a ship that’s connected to the disappearance of Flight 828.
Athena Karkanis, J.R. Ramirez, Luna Blaise, Jack Messina, Parveen Kaur, and Matt Long also star in the drama which dives into the mystery of the survivors of Flight 828 who have returned after being missing for five years,
Per Syfy Wire, Jeff Rake, the showrunner of the NBC series, said the following about what season three of Manifest is about:
“I would say that Season 2 is about understanding and embarking on a path towards redemption. Season 3 is about understanding that redemption is much more interconnected than any of us realize. That idea of interconnectedness continues to play a big part in our storytelling in literal real ways and in metaphorical, thematic ways. What the viewers will come to discover in Season 3 is that idea of interconnectedness and that the path to redemption might not just be about personal choices that we make as individuals, but about the choices we all make as a community. [It] comes to impact all of our heroes in a very real, profound, and important way.”
Viewers will also see more of the Callings (a strong impulse toward a course of action) during season three, and they will involve at least two of the survivors of Flight 828 each time one happens.
Check out the clip and video of the panel from Wondercon below.
What do you think? Are you a fan of Manifest? Do you plan to watch the third season premiere of the sci-fi TV series on NBC later this week?
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Manifest spoilers follow.
Described as a cross between Lost and The Leftovers, NBC's Manifest continued to draw in die-hard fans each week during its second outing.
Its 13-episode season two run averaged 7.7 million viewers when live viewings and catch-up streams were combined, so it's no surprise that it has been renewed for season three.
What can we expect from the next instalment?
Here's everything you need to know.
Manifest NBC season 3 release date: When will it air?
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Manifest season three will premiere on Thursday, April 1 on NBC in the US.
As for those of us in the UK, season two arrived after the finale had wrapped up in the States, so we'd expect it to land on Sky One in July at the earliest. But the wait could be longer than that.
Manifest NBC season 3 cast: Who's coming back?
After initially looking like he had met his Death Date, Zeke Landon (Matt Long) was resurrected at the end of season two, which means anything is possible in the world of Manifest.
As for the Major (Elizabeth Marvel), she was killed by Saanvi Bahl (Parveen Kaur), so that's the end of that.
"Saanvi probably had the most challenging season two of any character," Rake told Entertainment Weekly. "The psychological betrayal of thinking that you're getting emotional help and then to discover that ultimate betrayal that it was the Major pretending to be a therapist – it's impossible to fathom, especially at your most vulnerable.
"We understand the desperation that that led Saanvi to show up in the park that night at the end of the season finale with poison and not necessarily with the intention to kill the major, but she knew she it was a worst case scenario and the worst case scenario has come to pass."
Other key players include:
- Melissa Roxburgh as Michaela Stone
- Josh Dallas as Ben Stone
- Athena Karkanis as Grace Stone
- JR Ramirez as Jared Vasquez
- Luna Blaise as Olive Stone
- Jack Messina as Cal Stone
The Americans star Holly Taylor has been cast as Angelina, a passenger on Flight 828 who hasn't yet popped up on Ben's radar.
She will play an "integral part in the lives of the Stone family this season", according to Deadline.
In a video that creator Jeff Rake posted on Twitter to celebrate 828 Day, he also revealed that a long-lost character will "make a shocking reappearance", and someone from Grace's side of the family is going to rock up and cause issues.
Manifest NBC season 3 plot: What will happen?
In the video that Rake shared, he revealed a number of other key season three plot points.
There will be a time jump of roughly three months following the finale, with Ben and Saanvi focused on finding out more about that aeroplane tailfin which was unearthed – one of the biggest season-two bombshells was the reveal that part of the plane for Flight 828 had been lying at the bottom of the ocean the entire time.
The title of the season three premiere has been titled...'Tailfin'.
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"That tail fin will open up a whole new labyrinth of the mythology of Flight 828 and what happened to these passengers, so it will push us on a whole new journey into that world," Dallas told The Sydney Morning Herald.
Rake has also spoken about Jared's "complicated" new romantic relationship, Michaela and Zeke moving in with "an unexpected third party", and the morally murky nature of some of the passengers from the plane.
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Saanvi, too, will still be grappling with the drastic action that she took in season two, with Rake describing the next chapter as "incredibly challenging" for her.
"We have her going forward with the real-world turmoil of having committed a terrible, terrible crime and that raises all sorts of real-world questions," he told EW. "Will Vance help her try to cover this up? Will he be able to help her cover this up even if he wants to? Will any of the cops that we know and love be involved in that? Could Saanvi get away with murder?
"Then there's the mythological side of the equation. If you believe that the callings are representative of good, then Saanvi, mythologically, goes into season three with a huge check against her. She has to be asking herself: 'Even if I follow every last calling that comes to me from now on, will I ever be able to overcome the terrible crime that I just committed?'"
And just in case you're still confused about what happened in season two, Rake has recapped all of the major events for you in a handy explainer video, as well as discussing how that all links to the upcoming season.
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Watch it below.
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Manifest (TV series)
2018 American supernatural drama
"Flight 828" redirects here. For other uses, see 828 (disambiguation).
Manifest is an American supernaturaldrama television series created by Jeff Rake that premiered on September 24, 2018, on NBC. It centers on the passengers and crew of a commercial airliner who suddenly reappear after being presumed dead for more than five years. It stars Melissa Roxburgh, Josh Dallas, Athena Karkanis, J. R. Ramirez, Luna Blaise, Jack Messina, Parveen Kaur, Matt Long, and Holly Taylor.
In October 2018, NBC ordered further episodes for the first season, and subsequently renewed the show for a second season that aired in 2020, and again for a third in 2021. In June 2021, the series was canceled by NBC after three seasons. The series was added to Netflix in June 2021 and immediately topped the viewing charts, persuading Netflix to renew Manifest for a fourth and final season consisting of 20 episodes.
While traveling from Jamaica to New York City, Montego Air Flight 828 experiences a brief period of severe turbulence. When they land at Stewart International Airport in Newburgh, New York, the plane's 191 passengers and crew learn from NSA deputy director Robert Vance that over five and a half years have passed while they were in the air, during which time they were presumed dead. As they rejoin society, the passengers begin to face the fact that their lives—and loved ones—are not the same as they were, while they also begin to experience guiding voices and visions representing events yet to occur, referred to as 'callings.'
Cast and characters
- Melissa Roxburgh as Michaela Stone, a detective who works at the NYPD's 129th Precinct, and Ben's sister. She was a passenger on Flight 828. She later marries Zeke. Ariana Jalia portrays a younger Michaela.
- Josh Dallas as Ben Stone, a college associate professor in mathematics and Michaela's brother. He was a passenger on Flight 828.
- Athena Karkanis as Grace Stone (seasons 1–3), Ben's wife and Michaela's sister-in-law who runs a catering business.
- J. R. Ramirez as Jared Vasquez, a detective at the NYPD's 129th Precinct and Michaela's ex-fiancé; he married Michaela's best friend, but got divorced after her return. Jared was later promoted to police lieutenant.
- Luna Blaise as Olive Stone, Ben and Grace's daughter, Michaela's niece, Cal's twin sister, and Eden's older sister. Jenna Kurmemaj portrays a young Olive.
- Jack Messina (seasons 1–3) and Ty Doran (season 4; guest season 3) as Cal Stone, Ben and Grace's son, Michaela's nephew, Eden's older brother, and Olive's twin brother, now five and a half years younger than she is. Cal was a passenger on Flight 828. Ty Doran portrays a teenage Cal.
- Parveen Kaur as Saanvi Bahl, a doctor and medical researcher at Mercy Hospital and passenger on Flight 828. She is later recruited to work for the NSA's Project Eureka task force that is investigating 828.
- Matt Long as Zeke Landon (season 2–present; recurring season 1), a hiker who got trapped in a cave during a blizzard and was presumed dead for a year. He returned to life in a situation similar to what happened to Flight 828 passengers. He later marries Michaela and becomes the first person to beat his death date after saving Cal's life. Colin Critchley portrays a younger Zeke.
- Holly Taylor as Angelina Meyer (season 3–present), a Flight 828 passenger who was held captive by her religious parents in Costa Rica after her return. She is later rescued by Michaela and Zeke and taken in by the Stones to live with them.
- Daryl Edwards as Robert Vance (season 4; recurring seasons 1–3), the director of the NSA who leads the investigation of the re-emergence of Montego Air Flight 828. Despite apparently being killed in season 1 during the raid on a Singularity Project's base, he is revealed to still be alive in season 2. With only a few people aware he is alive, Vance begins working covertly to uncover the mysteries of Flight 828 and his government's sinister objectives. After his survival is revealed to the government in season 3, Vance resumes his old position and heads up a new taskforce known as Project Eureka, examining the rebuilt wreckage of the plane for clues.
- Frank Deal as Bill Daly (seasons 1, 3), the pilot of Flight 828. After vanishing in season 1, he abruptly reappears for a moment in Flight 828's cockpit after the tail fin is returned to the ocean.
- Alfredo Narciso as Captain Riojas (season 1), the police captain of the NYPD's 129th Precinct, where Michaela and Jared work.
- Mugga as Bethany Collins, a flight attendant on Flight 828 and Georgia's wife.
- Julienne Hanzelka Kim as Kelly Taylor (seasons 1, 3), a passenger on Flight 828. After the twenty people who had watched as the Flight 828 aircraft exploded were warned not to discuss what they knew with anyone, Kelly went on national media to express what she believed. While she was watching herself on television later, she was murdered by being shot in the head by an unknown person.
- Malachy Cleary as Steve Stone (season 1–2), Michaela and Ben's father and Cal, Olive and Eden's grandfather.
- Geraldine Leer as Karen Stone (season 1–2), Michaela and Ben's mother and Cal, Olive and Eden's grandmother. She died while Flight 828 was missing. Her favorite bible verse is Romans 8:28, which includes "all things work together for good." The verse is often repeated by the Stones when they discuss the callings.
- Omar Torres II as Tony Diaz, a police officer in the NYPD's 129th Precinct.
- Victoria Cartagena as Lourdes (season 1), Michaela's former best friend who married Jared after Michaela's disappearance. After learning of Michaela and Jared's brief affair, she divorces Jared.
- Tim Moriarty as Tim Powell (seasons 1, 3), the deputy director of the NSA.
- Olli Haaskivi as Isaiah (season 1–2), a passionate but fragile member of the Church of the Returned. He starts a fire at a nightclub to show others that the Flight 828 passengers are miracles where he dies in the act.
- Adriane Lenox as Beverly, Evie's mother. After the accident which killed her daughter, she blames Michaela for what happened. Beverly later develops dementia and forgets that Evie is dead, and Glen stops giving her the news and lets her believe Evie is just not home. After the death of her husband, she allows Michaela and Zeke to live with her per Greg's video will as Michaela was reluctant to have her in assisted living.
- Daniel Sunjata as Danny (season 1–2), Grace's boyfriend whom she met after Ben's disappearance.
- Francesca Faridany as Fiona Clarke (season 1), a scientist on Flight 828 who is involved with Unified Dynamic Systems and the Singularity project.
- Nikolai Tsankov as Marko Valeriev (season 1), a Bulgarian passenger of Flight 828 who is among the foreign nationals in the custody of Unified Dynamic Systems (UDS) and the Singularity project.
- Shirley Rumierk as Autumn Cox (season 1), a Flight 828 passenger who has outstanding arrest warrants due to being a victim of identity theft. She was used by Laurence's superiors to find out what Ben knows about the Singularity project.
- Jared Grimes as Adrian Shannon, a passenger on Flight 828. He is an entrepreneur who forms the Church of the Returned.
- Elizabeth Marvel as Kathryn Fitz / The Major (season 1–2), a woman leading a government entity that is looking to weaponize the "callings" that the 828 passengers frequently experience. In "False Horizon," she is identified as US Army Major General Kathryn Fitz, a specialist in psychological warfare with thirty years experience in covert operations. She is later accidentally poisoned by Saanvi. Before dying, Kathryn stated that she planned to infect people with the same blood that is in the Flight 828 passengers, in hopes of replicating the mutation. In season 3, Vance is revealed to have covered up her murder and made it look like it was done by an enemy spy in order to protect Saanvi. It is also stated that the government shut down her project upon the Major's death.
- Brandon Schraml as Director Jansen, a representative of The Major. He is tasked with oversight of Autumn Cox.
- Maryann Plunkett as Priscilla Landon (season 1–2), Zeke's mother.
- Ed Herbstman as Troy Davis, a lab tech working with Saanvi to solve the mystery of the 828 passenger mutations. He is drugged and disappears for a while, before resurfacing as a member of the NSA's "Project Eureka" 828 task force, apparently working against his will.
- Andrene Ward-Hammond as Captain Kate Bowers (season 2–present), the police captain of the NYPD's 129th Precinct who succeeds Riojas.
- Brendan Burke as Emmett (season 2–present), Vance's mercenary.
- Ellen Tamaki as Drea Mikami (season 2–present), Michaela's new partner at the NYPD.
- Garrett Wareing as TJ Morrison (season 2), a college student and Flight 828 passenger who becomes close with Olive and helps Ben try to solve the mystery of the plane's disappearance and return. He departs for Egypt at the end of the second season to continue his work there, but keeps in touch with the Stones and sends them clues that he finds.
- Leah Gibson as Tamara (season 2), a bartender who works at a tavern that is frequented by the Xers.
- Carl Lundstedt as Billy (season 2), Tamara's brother and an Xer.
- Maury Ginsberg as Simon White (season 2), an elite faculty member of the college that hires Ben who is revealed to be secretly leading the Xers.
- James McMenamin as Jace Baylor (season 2–3), a drug dealer who later kidnapped Cal as part of his revenge on Michaela for busting his drug operation. Along with his brother Pete and Kory Jephers they are often referred to as the "meth heads." After disappearing under the ice, he re-emerged 84 days later in a situation similar to what happened to Flight 828 passengers. Jace seeks revenge upon Michaela once again, murdering Grace's stepbrother Tarik. Jace's resurrection proves to be part of an ancient test known as the Last Trial which he fails when he refuses to give up vengeance on Michaela, leading to his second demise as he spews out lake water. However, his failure also dooms Pete and Kory who had passed their own parts of the test as they are grabbed by a shadowy figure. Their bodies end up in Project Eureka's custody.
- Devin Harjes as Pete Baylor (season 2–3), the brother of Jace who assists in his drug operation. After disappearing under the ice, he re-emerged 84 days later in a situation similar to what happened to Flight 828 passengers. He forms a romantic relationship with Angelina, but dies once again when his death date arrives after Jace fails the Last Trial when a shadowy figure grabs him which leaves Angelina devastated. Their bodies end up in Project Eureka's custody.
- DazMann Still as Kory Jephers (season 2–3), a bus driver allied with Jace. After disappearing under the ice, he re-emerged 84 days later in a situation similar to what happened to Flight 828 passengers. He dies once again when his death date arrives after Jace fails the Last Trial when a shadowy figure grabs him.
- Lauren Norvelle as Sarah Fitz (season 3), The Major's daughter who begins dating Jared after seeking out the NYPD to investigate her mother's disappearance.
- Warner Miller as Tarik (season 3), Grace's stepbrother who lives somewhere in Upstate New York. He was later stabbed by Jace and dies of his wounds in Grace's arms.
- Will Peltz as Levi (season 3), an archaeologist at the college where Ben works who helps Olive decrypt an ancient parchment connected to the death date.
- Mahira Kakkar as Aria Gupta (season 3), a lead scientist of the NSA's "Project Eureka" 828 task force.
- Ali Lopez-Sohaili as Eagan Tehrani (season 3), an 828 passenger with a photographic memory who aligns with several 828 passengers in opposition to Ben's leadership.
Season 1 (2018–19)
Season 2 (2020)
Season 3 (2021)
On August 23, 2017, NBC gave the production a put pilot commitment. The pilot was written by Jeff Rake, who was also set to serve as executive producer alongside Robert Zemeckis and Jack Rapke. Jackie Levine was expected to serve as a co-executive producer. Production companies involved with the pilot were slated to consist of Compari Entertainment and Warner Bros. Television. In January 2018, NBC gave the production a pilot order and that David Frankel would direct and executive produce the pilot. In May 2018, NBC gave the production a series order of thirteen episodes with a premiere in third quarter of 2018 and a Monday timeslot at 10 p.m. On June 19, 2018, the series premiere was set for September 24, 2018. On October 18, 2018, NBC ordered an additional three episodes of the series, bringing the total up to sixteen episodes.
On April 15, 2019, NBC renewed the series for a second season, which premiered on January 6, 2020. On June 15, 2020, NBC renewed the series for a third season which premiered on April 1, 2021.
In February 2018, Josh Dallas, Melissa Roxburgh, and J. R. Ramirez joined the pilot's main cast.Athena Karkanis, Parveen Kaur, and Luna Blaise were cast in main roles the following month. In August 2019, Yasha Jackson, Garrett Wareing, Andrene Ward-Hammond, and Ellen Tamaki were cast in recurring roles for the second season. In October 2019, Leah Gibson and Carl Lundstedt had been cast in recurring capacities. On September 22, 2020, Holly Taylor was cast a new series regular for the third season. On October 22, 2020, Will Peltz was cast in a recurring role for the third season.
Cancellation and revival
On June 14, 2021, NBC canceled the series after three seasons. Due to the cliffhanger ending to season 3 and the fact that creator Jeff Rake originally sold Manifest to NBC with a six-season plan mapped out, Rake and others were hopeful that the series would get picked up by another platform. One possibility was Netflix, where the first two seasons of Manifest debuted in the #3 spot and quickly rose to the most watched show on the streaming service. Rake tweeted on June 15: "I am devastated by NBC's decision to cancel us. That we've been shut down in the middle is a gut punch to say the least. Hoping to find a new home. You fans deserve an ending to your story." On June 21, 2021, Warner announced that negotiations with Netflix had broken down and that they would no longer be seeking a new home for the series. The following week, Rake followed-up on the status quo regarding the series' proper conclusion, stating that: "We're trying to find a way to conclude the series. Could take a week, a month, a year. But we're not giving up. You deserve an end to the story."
On June 30, 2021, Entertainment Weekly reported that Rake was now looking for a platform that would bankroll a two-hour Manifest film that would cut to the chase and tie up all the loose ends from the third season finale. Said Rake, "There is a huge appetite for people wanting to know what's that end of the story, what happened to the passengers, what ultimately happened to that airplane."
The following month, however, it was reported that talks had resumed between Warner Bros. Television and NBC regarding the series' renewal for a potential fourth season, with Netflix also taking part in the renewal discussions. On August 28, 2021, Netflix renewed Manifest for a fourth and final season, consisting of 20 episodes, split across multiple parts. Dallas and Roxburgh were set to return, with additional original cast members in negotiations to return as well. On September 9, 2021, it reported that Kaur, Blaise, Taylor return as series regulars alongside Dallas, Roxburgh, and Ramirez while Karkanis and Messina exited and Ty Doran was promoted to series regular taking over Messina's role as the older Cal. A day later, it was announced that Daryl Edwards has been promoted to series regular.
On July 21, 2018, the series held a panel at San Diego Comic-Con in San Diego, California. Those in attendance included executive producer Jeff Rake and actors Melissa Roxburgh and Josh Dallas. On August 28, 2018, the first nine minutes of the first episode were released among various digital outlets. The series also took part in the 12th Annual PaleyFest Fall Television Previews on September 10, 2018, which featured a preview screening of the series.
The series was met with a mixed response from critics upon its premiere. On the review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes, the first season holds an approval rating of 56% with an average rating of 6.2/10, based on 39 reviews. The website's critical consensus reads, "Manifest's attempts to balance supernatural mystery and melodrama largely work thanks to its well-chosen cast — though it could use a few more distinguishing characteristics."Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned the series a score of 55 out of 100 based on 15 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews."
In a more positive assessment, USA Today's Kelly Lawler explained how she felt that the series' simplicity and variety of drama subgenres might help it outlast similarly themed but ultimately unsuccessful past shows. She further praised the series for maintaining the standard of quality it set with its premiere episode saying, "Heavily serialized shows, such as Lost, Breaking Bad, or Game of Thrones often start with a great concept and first episode. But many lesser shows collapse when the story expands. Manifest navigated through its first major roadblock by easily moving from the setup to meatier stories." In another favorable evaluation, Variety's Daniel D'Addario commented that the pilot didn't "pretend to have answers; it only poses questions. But its inquisitiveness and willingness to be bold and fairly uncynical given all the things it's trying to be is more than welcome." In a mixed critique, Los Angeles Times's Lorraine Ali remarked that the series had a compelling premise and that the many mysteries it introduced "point toward a potentially addictive series if Manifest allows its gripping supernatural narrative to rise above its characters' less interesting personal dramas." In a negative review, The Washington Post's Hank Stuever compared the series negatively to other network science fiction series saying, "Manifest, alas, beelines thoughtlessly toward its hokiest idea, when some of the returning passengers discover they've acquired psychic powers. Just like that, a viewer who might have been interested in the human element is instead served a cold plate of mystery meat — not the new Lost, but a feeble throwback to forgettable failures such as The Event." In a similarly dismissive appraisal, The New York Times' Margaret Lyons commented that "Manifest has a frustrating lack of propulsion, a central dullness whose force field is so strong it bends all the interesting parts toward itself."
The premiere episode was both the top-rated new show for the broadcast season and the top-rated show airing that week.
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It’s No Joke: NBC Announces ‘Manifest’ Season 3 Premiere Date!
Manifesters, the time has come! After nearly a year, NBC has announced that season 3 of Manifest will be landing on Thursday, April 1, and it’s not a joke! The announcement also marks two changes for the missing plane drama: the series will be moving from Mondays to Thursdays and airing at 8 p.m. ET rather than 10 p.m. ET.
Season 2 of Manifest, while answering some questions, still left fans with even more questions. For starters, a tailfin from Flight 828 was found in the ocean by a fishing boat, which brings up even more questions about what really happened to that flight. Kory, Jace and Pete all went into the icy lake but when search and rescue went through, they found no trace of them. And now that Zeke has survived his Death Date, could this mean that the rest of the passengers will be able to survive theirs?
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In December, Mahira Kakkar and Ali Lopez-Sohaili were announced to recur in the upcoming season as researcher Dr. Aria Gupta and Flight 828 passenger Eagan Tehrani, respectively.
Catch the season 3 premiere of Manifest on Thursday, April 1 at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT on NBC. The first two seasons are streaming in full on Hulu, while episodes 9-13 of season 2 are streaming on Peacock.
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What Does Manifest's Season 3 Premiere Time Jump Mean For Ben And Michaela?
Nearly a full year has passed since the Season 2 finale of Manifestended on a wild cliffhanger that promised big things for Season 3, and the Season 3 premiere is finally almost here. While it wouldn't be Manifest if it answered all of the leftover Season 2 questions about Flight 828, the Callings, and death dates in the first few minutes of the third season, the return will reveal what happens next. That said, Manifest showrunner Jeff Rake has already revealed that Season 3 isn't picking up right where Season 2 left off, and is instead going with a time jump. So, what does that time jump mean for Ben and Michaela?
Time jumps for TV shows between seasons are hardly unique to Manifest, and the Manifest jump forward isn't huge in the grand scheme of things. The Season 3 premiere picks up three months after the intense Season 2 finale that ended with the reveal of the Flight 828 tail fin in the water, with Zeke having survived his death date and Saanvi accidentally killing Major. According to showrunner Jeff Rake to TV Insider, however, Ben and Michaela aren't going to be 100% wallowing despite all the stress. Rake shared where Season 3 picks up for the Stone siblings:
Manifest may reveal to the Stone siblings that there are more complications than just following in Zeke's footsteps in following the Callings to avoid his death date, but not right off the bat! That's not to say that they'll be enjoying what they think are happily-ever-afters, of course, but some optimism is a change from some of their darker times over the first two seasons. The optimism after three months indicates that the time jump hasn't been too much of a trial for them, in my book. Good news for those three months, but the characters might be in for a rude awakening if and when things get bad.
In fact, showrunner Jeff Rake told SYFY WIRE that viewers aren't going to have to wait too long to start getting some answers, so Ben and Michaela will seemingly hit the ground running after the time jump. Rake previewed:
Even if Manifest isn't going to drop all the details about the tail fin to start Season 3 (or perhaps anytime too soon, considering Jeff Rake's plan for six seasons), the promise of some front-loaded revelations indicates that Manifest is going to yield some answers sooner rather than later for characters after the three-month time jump in-universe. And hey, "fundamental understandings" certainly beat nearly a full year of waiting to see a new episode after the Season 2 finale!
The Season 3 premiere of Manifest comes to NBC on Thursday, April 1 at 8 p.m. ET (ahead of the big Law & Order: SVU and Organized Crimecrossover event), which is almost exactly a year after the Season 2 finale on April 6, 2020. Manifest was one of relatively few major network TV shows that managed to finish production in the 2019-2020 TV season without having to throw a premature finale together, so the story should be able to continue without any holes, even if it does involve a whole lot of mysteries.
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Manifest Season 3 premiere date, cast, trailer, synopsis, and more
Here’s all we know about the Manifest Season 3 premiere date, cast, and more
Manifest Season 3 was originally planned for the fall. Due to high COVID numbers and filming delays in New York, the show was pushed to 2021.
Now it’s time to look at when Manifest Season 3 will premiere. After all, we all have major questions after the Season 2 finale, and we need more of the time-traveling drama that seems to have solved the problem of the Death Date.
It’s not on the cards for January 2021, but it is coming at some point this year. What do we know about it so far?
Manifest Season 3 premiere date
There isn’t a premiere date just yet. The latest news was that it would arrive sometime early 2021, but what that means exactly is unknown.
It’s hard to call what’s going to happen with TV in the next few months. L.A.-based productions are halting due to surging numbers again, and while Manifest films in New York, there’s no saying what will happen there.
I want to see the cast and crew safe, but as fans of the show, we want more, right?
The show will air on Peacock, presumably the following day after new episodes. Most NBC shows still go to Hulu too, so expect it to head there, too.
Update: Manifest is moving to Thursdays and will premiere on Apr. 1, 2021. No this is not an April Fool’s joke!
Manifest Season 3 cast
The main cast from Season 2 will be involved in the third season. There’s no way the core cast will change.
That means more Josh Dallas, Melissa Roxburgh, Parveen Kaur, Luna Blaise, Athena Karkanis, and more will return.
The great news is images from TVLine show that Zeke, played by Matt Long, has definitely survived his Death Date. His selfless actions to save Cal when he was dying helped to override everything. Following the callings is the way to stop the Death Date.
With Zeke alive, it means he and Michaela will need to figure out life together. They married just before Zeke’s Death Date arrived. For better or for worse comes up now in the “for better” sense.
There are also new recurring characters joining the series. Holly Taylor will play Flight 828 passenger Angelina. So far, Ben has overlooked her, but she’s about to be important to the Stone family.
Will Peltz will join the cast in the recurring role of Levi, a teaching assistant at the same university Ben works at. At the same time, Grace’s estranged stepbrother will turn up when the Stones need help and have nobody else to turn to. Tarik will be played by Warner Miller.
Finally, Mahira Kakkar and Ali Lopez-Sohaili will join as Dr. Aria Gupta and Eagan Tehrani respectively. Dr. Gupta is a researcher studying everything about Flight 828, and we know Ben and Saanvi will be researching more into that. Will the three cross paths? Eagan is a fellow passenger with a photographic memory who will turn out to be an asset to Ben.
Manifest Season 3 trailer
There isn’t a trailer for Manifest Season 3 yet. However, there is a teaser of things to come. It doesn’t give us a lot to work with, but we’ll be sure to share the trailer as soon as one is available.
Manifest Season 3 synopsis
There isn’t much to go on about the season, but it looks like there is more focus on the mystery of Flight 828. The second season was focused more on stopping the Death Date, so it only makes sense that Manifest Season 3 focuses back on the plane since there’s still time for Ben and co.
Ben and Saanvi will look into that, but will Saanvi tell everyone what she has done. The last we saw, she killed Major (albeit accidentally), and she’s going to spiral from that. With Vance back, there’s a chance he’ll be able to help her cover this up, but there’s still that guilt deep down.
There will be a long-lost character who returns during the season. This could be the pilot who flew into the lightning during the first season. We had no idea where he would end up, but there was always the chance that he would turn back up.
What are you excited to see on Manifest Season 3? What questions do you have? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
Manifest Season 3 will premiere sometime in early 2021.
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What To Expect From Manifest In 2019
NBC's Manifest season 1 is now on hiatus after airing its midseason finale. So when will Manifest season 1 return in 2019 for its midseason premiere?
Update: Here's What To Expect From Manifest Season 2.
NBC's Manifest season 1 midseason finale has now aired, leaving fans to wonder when the show will return with its midseason premiere in 2019. The Manifest midseason premiere, "Dead Reckoning," sees Ben (Josh Dallas) Michaela (Melissa Roxburgh), and Vance (Daryl Edwards) continue their search for the missing passengers from Flight 828 who were abducted by the government.
Manifest tells the story of a group of passengers whose plane returned from its flight five years after it originally took off. Unaffected by the passing of time, the passengers struggle to return to their lives as the people they cared about have changed and moved on. The series focuses on Ben and Michaela as they adjust to their new normal and try to get to the bottom of what really happened to Flight 828.
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Along the way, they hear strange voices and experience visions that none of them have been able to understand. Meanwhile, the government is secretly involved in hiding and experimenting on some of the passengers - and one of them has an unusual psychic connection with Ben's son, Cal. All of this has been at the center of Manifest season 1, and will continue well into 2019.
NBC's Manifest Returns in 2019
Manifest season 1 midseason premiere airs on January 7, which falls in line with broadcast networks' usual midseason schedules. That way, audiences will be back from the holiday break and can start watching the back-half of Manifest season 1 uninterrupted.
Manifest Season 1 Has Seven Episodes Left
NBC has aired nine episodes of Manifest season 1 so far, and seven more episodes are set to air in the beginning of 2019. NBC originally ordered a 13-episode season of Manifest, but after just four episodes, NBC announced in October that it was extending Manifest season 1 by three episodes, giving it a full 16-episode season to start with.
Will Manifest Be Renewed For Season 2?
NBC may not confirm whether or not Manifest will be renewed for a second season until May when the networks host their upfront presentations for the 2019-2020 fall TV season. However, Manifest's impressive ratings so far give fans hope for a Manifest season 2. With delayed viewing, Manifest is average 15 million viewers per episode and has a 1.8 average rating in the coveted 18-49 demographic. These are strong numbers for the freshman series, and a good sign that the mystery of Flight 828 will continue for at least one more season.
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Nicholas Raymond is a staff movies & TV features writer for Screen Rant. He has a degree in journalism from the University of Montevallo, and is the author of the psychological thriller and time travel novel, "A Man Against the World." Nicholas' love for telling stories is inspired by his love for film noir, westerns, superhero movies, classic films, and ancient history. His favorite actors are Tyrone Power and Eleanor Parker. He can be reached by email at [email protected] and on Twitter at @cnraymond91.