Spoiler Alert! If you’re not up to date on the TV series, the subject of this article (and you plan to catch up before the launch date of the final season), beware, there are spoilers all over the window! You will have been warned…
While the first 10 episodes of season 4 Jumbo-Jet of Manifest take off on November 4 on Netflix, Jeff Rake announces a final narrative arc with a “more urgent” tone. New images from the upcoming season have also been shared (see end of article).
The surviving passengers of Flight 828 won’t have much time to come up with a plan to save their lives when the fourth and final season of the mystery series hits Netflix. Speaking to Entertainment Weekly about the upcoming 20 episodes, which will air in two parts, creator and showrunner Rake confirmed that season 4 of the supernatural thriller picks up two years after the events of the season 3 finale (on NBC). The dreaded death date of Ben (Josh Dallas), Michaela (Melissa Roxburgh), Cal (Ty Doran), Saanvi (Parveen Kaur) and the rest of Flight 828 is now two years away.
“It makes things a little more urgent, it makes people a little crazier,” laughs the head writer. “Even the most rational among us would start to lose our heads as we get closer to a potential apocalypse.”
But Zeke Landon (Matt Long) was able to dodge fate and the Grim Reaper, so there’s plenty of hope for our heroes. While Ben may be the passengers’ only chance of salvation, he’s not really in the mood to do anything after the devastating murder of Grace (Athena Karkanis) by religious fanatic Angelina ( Holly Taylor). Not only did she kill Ben’s wife, but she also ran off with Eden, the Stones’ newborn daughter. Losing a wife and child on the same day tends to send a person into the depths of despair. The first part plunges headfirst into a new family torn apart by unimaginable grief.
“Ben questions everything, not just the calls, but God, the universe and his own goodness over evil,” says Dallas, who had to grow a “grief beard” for the occasion. “The loss of Grace has left a huge void in him and a deep anger. The problem with anger is that it begs to stay. It can rob you of your light and leave you with nothing to offer. It makes you hurt those who love you, and Ben overdoes it a little bit. Part of him wants that grief to linger, because he thinks that if he gets rid of it and heals his grief, he’ll lose out. kind of Grace forever.”
“The aftermath of this tragedy and the impact it has had on each member of this family, their journey struggling between the desire for revenge and trying to come to terms with forgiveness and healing is really central” , continues Rake. “There is an entirely different side to this block of episodes that is steeped in science and mythology.”
JR Ramirez (Jared Vasquez), Luna Blaise (Olive Stone) and Daryl Edwards (NSA Chief Robert Vance) round out the main cast of Manifest. Jack Rapke, Jackie Levine and Len Goldstein are executive producers alongside Rake. Netflix has set November 4 for the launch of the first half of the final season of the series, while the second part has not yet been announced.