When NBC renewed Manifest for a third season, Manifesters jumped for joy. Celebrations only intensified when it was revealed the season would return as part of NBC’s fall 2020 lineup in September (or late October given COVID delays).
The trailer released by Manifest hones in on the question we’ve all been asking ourselves for way too long: what happened to the passengers aboard Flight 828?
Pieces of the second season are spliced together to amp up fans, but there’s a huge focus on the specific and major cliffhanger of the fishermen finding the tailfin of the plane in the water. My guess is that tailfin finding is going to propel the series into new and unexpected directions.
Here’s what we know to be certain – Flight 828 landed five years after it took off from Jamaica. Upon landing, it exploded in front of all the passengers. Therefore, it’s very unlikely that there would be a tailfin floating around in the water.
There’s a chance that the tailfin could belong to a decoy plane used by the government since we know they’re involved. Maybe they wanted people to think that the plane sunk and took the real thing to inspect? But the government wouldn’t be reckless enough to dump the real thing in the ocean, would they?
Users pointed out that when the plane exploded, it didn’t actually show the tailfin getting destroyed, so it could be the real thing.
However, another interesting point is that the tailfin being pulled out of the water and the one from the exploding plane look different. It could be another side of the fin, it could be a filming continuity error, or it might not be the same tailfin at all.
There’s a chance it’s from a different plane. Personally, it looks like it would be from an older model aircraft, so maybe it’s from a plane that crashed prior?
Or maybe it’s a plane that the survivors will board to try to defy the death date?
The fishermen are fully aware that Flight 828 returned, so we know that this timeline exists alongside the passengers and in the same dimension.
There’s also the possibility that this is the “silver dragon” from the storm episode, which pointed to the possibility of this mystery happening once before in a “lightning always strikes the same place twice.” Maybe that Calling was showing them that this is where the plane went down — an “X” marks the spot kind of moment.
Series creator Jeff Rake had this to say about the tail fin, if it offers you any insight: “We saw that plane land in New York. We saw that plane blow up on the tarmac at the end of the pilot. So how can a plane have landed and been exploded and then also be found at the bottom of the ocean? Once the entire world finds out about this tail fin, that’s going to re-trigger the global scrutiny and paranoia about Flight 828 and its passengers.”
Could it be that the passengers aren’t even real? Rake has considered it: “Does this mean that the passengers are not the passengers? And if they’re not the passengers, who are they? That’s going to be a season-long, science-based, science meets mythology investigation. For those who have been feeling that the episodes have become a little science-light or investigation-light, they have a lot of good material coming down the pike.”
We’ll have to wait a few more months to get to the bottom of this mystery.
Until then — share your best theories in the comments below!
Manifest Season Finale – [SPOILER] Dies (3×12 and 3×13)
Can someone please explain what just happened?
This is the only show where so much can happen and yet, we get absolutely no clear answers.
I knew I shouldn’t have believed them when they said we would find out what happened to Flight 828, but still, I watched week after week hoping for something . . . anything.
Instead, I was left with more questions.
NBC needs to renew the show now because the finale lefts us on several massive cliffhangers. And I don’t want to see the fandom’s reaction if those questions go unanswered!
Though I’m struggling to wrap my head around what happened, there’s no doubt about it — time-travel is definitely involved!
There’s also a possibility that alternate dimensions also exist.
Those final moments of the two-hour finale kept me on the edge of my seat.
After Ben and Saanvi cruised into the middle of an electrical storm and dumped the tail fin, it disappeared without a trace.
However, it didn’t bring Cal back as they assumed it would.
Instead, they got a Calling, though this time, a very realistic one, which included Saanvi. Her Callings are back, and I’m thrilled that she’s part of the action again.
Cal was also there, but he was simply passing by and wouldn’t say more than that.
Honestly, why is it so hard for these people to just say what they mean? We don’t have to speak in riddles. It would be so much easier if Cal would just come out and say what was about to happen.
Maybe then Grace would still be alive.
As things stand, Grace was left bleeding out on the ground after Angelina stabbed her. Can you believe she actually stabbed her?
Talk about biting the hand that feeds you.
When Grace saw Angelina, she went into momma bear mode and died protecting Eden.
Angelina is still on the kick that Eden is her guardian angel, and she took it even further by baptizing her. It was all so weird.
The fact that Eden saw fire when she looked an Angelina leads me to my initial theory that Angelina is the devil or a symbol of evil.
Manifest Review – Everyone Turns on the Passengers (3×11)
All eyes are on the passengers of Flight 828 on Manifest Season 3 Episode 11.
As the series propels towards a season finale, the stakes are being raised for the passengers, who are informed that they are being targeted by various governments all around the world.
But it’s unclear what has triggered, or re-triggered, this sudden interest in the 828ers.
There was a time when every little thing they did was publicized and dissected, but that hasn’t really been the case as of late.
It’s possible that the resurgence of the tail fin and Ben’s arrest may have thrust them back into the spotlight, but even then, why is it a global initiative to take them down?
I can’t help but think that somehow The Major is behind this.
If you think about it, everything started when/because Saanvi killed her. That one action triggered the reappearance of the tail fin, which led to the experiments at Eureka, and thus, the natural disasters as a result of those experiments.
We know it’s all connected, so I’m taking this as a sign that The Major is somehow involved in the government’s newfound interest in the passengers.
Since Vance, the head of the NSA, wasn’t even able to get Ben out of prison, there has to be a higher player in power.
Considering the show’s use of biblical references, it almost feels similar to when everyone betrayed and turned their backs on Jesus. It’s a classic case of “fear what you don’t understand.”
It’s so serious that the government in Singapore even executed a passenger.
All of their crimes are being exaggerated in order to keep them locked up, which is making it much harder for them to follow the Callings and protect their lifeboat.
Ben made the mistake of adopting the “at all costs” mindset, which cost him his freedom.
After the clearly biased judge explained that she wasn’t going to go easy on him because he was a passenger, he pleads not guilty and his bail was set at half a million making his release almost impossible.
Grace managed to pay it off, but even after being put on house arrested, Ben still wanted to beak out and do everything in his power to save the lifeboat.
Ben never learns.
Is it possible that by being so reckless and careless, he’s the one actually sinking it?
While it’s understandable that he’s feeling the pressure of doomsday and wants to do anything he can to save himself and his loved ones, he needs to be realistic in what he’s able to accomplish.
It’s not going to help anyone if he’s behind bars again.
Maybe Ben needs to learn that it isn’t him against the world. He can and should count on the other passengers including Mick and Cal because they’re all in this together.
Ben continues to think of Cal as a child, but that’s ignorant considering Cal has been at the center of it all for years. He was forced to grow up and deal with the Callings, so why is he being brushed off now?
Manifest Review – Volcanoes and Earthquakes (3×10)
The volcanos and earthquakes were both physical and emotional on Manifest Season 3 Episode 10 as everyone stood on shaky ground.
As Vance said, we’re getting closer to figuring out what happened to 828, but the answers won’t be coming from a lab.
And it doesn’t seem like we should be trusting the science either.
The mystery is so much bigger than science, which is what Saanvi figured out when she realized that both events — the tremor and the earthquake — all happened as they were running their experiments.
When Vance ignored her pleas to stop the testing, she took matters into her own hands.
Saanvi went against the science and the need for answers to follow a gut feeling.
The girl doesn’t even get Callings and yet, she still somehow knew what to do.
But why did the piece of Noah’s Ark close the fissure? Is it just honing in on the fact that it’s all connected?
I can’t imagine the NSA or the Vatican are going to be too happy with her, but at least she’s doing what needs to be done instead of becoming some corporate machine.
This is the start of her path to redemption.
Unfortunately, this also means we won’t be getting any answers about how the piece of the Ark was able to disappear and reappear.
It was also interesting that the epicenter of the fissure was smack dab in the middle of three miracles — Zeke’s cave, the methhead’s lake, and Griffith’s river.
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