'Manifest': Fans are angry that Grace did not support Ben in episode 6, but she has some valid reasons
She might leave Ben for Danny but she will surely have her reasons to do so, considering nothing is the same anymore.
Grace (Athena Karkanis) has been feeling guilty about her adulterous relationship with Danny, ever since she was informed that her husband Ben (Josh Dallas) isn't actually dead and has returned completely safe and sound. She did break her two-year-old relationship with Danny when she heard about Ben's return, but it was certainly difficult for her to wrap her head around the fact that her husband was never dead. This already left her wondering if she had actually cheated on her husband unknowingly.
In the Jeff Rake-directed show, 'Manifest', Grace has not been a fan-favorite ever since it was revealed that she had an affair with another man. However, fans' hatred towards her increased ten-fold when she refused to believe in Ben's story about seeing visions and hearing things. When Ben was being impulsive and running in and out of the hospital to speak with the NSA about the 11 missing passengers, Grace wanted to stay put with her son, Cal (Jack Messina), who was suffering from immense pain due to his clairsensitivity. She did not approve of Ben leaving the hospital, and once again found herself alone at the time of crisis- just the same way she did five years back.
Speaking with CinemaBlend about her character's breakdown in the sixth episode, Athena Karkanis explained that a lot of Grace's frustration was due to the fact that she was now an outsider in Ben's life. Ben already has a lot going on. Ever since getting off the plane, he has been trying to look for hints and clues to find out what exactly happened on the plane. However, he never stopped to actually sit and speak with Grace about it, and he chooses possibly the worst time to confront her. Unable to understand anything, Grace asserts the fact that all she cares about was if her family was safe.
In this regard, Karkanis mentioned, "Luckily Ben and Michaela have each other, but it is kind of a lonely thing, and it must also be frustrating for the other partner to watch their person struggling and suffering, and not be able to predict exactly what they need to just make it better." Drawing a parallel line between pregnancy and Grace's situation, Karkanis suggested that just how every mother is alone in her pregnancy, Grace, too, is alone in the struggle for survival. She had some support a few years back from Danny but with Ben coming back she ripped off her life entirely to re-start her relationship with Ben.
That certainly has its own consequences. Ben and Grace are practically five years apart now, and that is enough to create gaps in their connection. For Grace, she has not interacted with her husband for over five years, not heard his voice, not been in any kind of physical contact with him. Yet, when he arrives she does what every "faithful" wife would do, she takes him back. She also feels miserable when she is unable to help Ben through his struggle. "You know, imagine your partner is dealing with sickness or an accident, or a loss in their family. I think it's hard because you can't understand exactly what they're going through, but you are trying to be as close to them through it as you can. And yet there's no way that you can fully predict their needs, and their everything, because they're experiencing something totally different than you, even if you're watching them experience it, or you're alongside them while they're experiencing it."
It is unclear if Grace will ultimately leave Ben for Danny, but even if she does she cannot be blamed for it. Even five months are enough to change a person, five years can cause anything to any relationship. Fans are enraged because Grace is not ready to understand Ben but it is quite practical that Ben's words will sound bizarre since he never opened up about them. 'Manifest' returns on Monday at 10 p.m. on NBC.