'Manifest': Fans want Michaela and Jared to get back together, but will they?
'Manifest' fans have been rooting for Jared and Michaela to get back together as they believe his relationship with Lourdes is only temporary
Couple dynamics has been one of the main themes of NBC's Jeff Rake-directed show 'Manifest', and although Grace (played by Athena Karkanis) and Ben (played by Josh Dallas) have held the central place when it comes to dealing with relationships, Michaela (played by Melissa Roxburgh) and Jared (played by JR Ramirez) have received an equal amount of importance from fans.
The two Stone siblings, Michaela and Ben, have not had an easy time dealing with their relationship ever since they got off the plane. While for them the gap was only a few hours, for the rest of the people, it was more than five years. Presuming their loved ones to be already dead, the survivors had moved on with their lives which meant leaving behind the ones who were on Montego Air Flight 828.
However, it took them a fair few years to get over the fact that their loved ones are not coming back. While Grace set off to start anew with Danny, Jared went ahead to marry Michaela's best friend Lourdes.
Fans have been rooting for Jared and Michaela to get back together as they believe Lourdes is only a temporary thing. After the seventh episode, and Michaela and Jared's subsequent partnership, a fan on Twitter commented, "Why can't Jared and Michaela just 💏 already". Several other fans have stated that they would want to see the couple get back together. However, before reaching any conclusion about Michaela and Jared getting back together, here are a few things that we should consider:
1. How were they before?
Let's be honest! We know nothing about Michaela and Jared's relationship except for the fact that, when he proposed, she would have probably told a big no had the plane not met hit turbulence. We only know that she was not in a very comfortable position in her relationship with Jared but the former couple still works as a team to solve the cases.
Jared is quite evidently glad to have Michaela back and, in spite of being dictated by Vance to keep an eye on her, Jared gives her space to follow her instincts at the crime scenes. All of this suggests that Michaela and Jared are certainly good friends, but are they as good as a couple?
In an interview with TVLine, Melissa Roxburgh has pointed out that Jared is like a support system for Michaela. "She can tell Ben all the stuff that’s happening to her, but she also needs that outside person. It’s interesting to see what happens after this, too, in terms of how Jared deals with this new information and how he looks at her, and how he cares for her because of it. It does add a new layer to their relationship."
2. Where does Jared's loyalty lie?
Jared has given little reason to be disliked, in spite of him moving away from Michaela. While fans have been bombarding Grace for seeking comfort in Danny, they have been pretty tolerant of Jared being married to Lourdes.
It was never shown if Jared made the first move towards Lourdes, but it was pretty clear that Lourdes herself was attracted towards Jared even when he was in a relationship with Michaela. When Lourdes approached him following the disappearance of the flight, Jared only went ahead with Lourdes once he had the blessings of Michaela's parents.
Also, unlike Grace who gave up on her relationship with Danny the moment Ben came back, Jared remained in his marriage with Lourdes. He certainly was in a dilemma about the relationship but chose not to break out of something so concrete as a marriage only because a ghost from the past had returned. Jared's loyalty clearly lies in his ethics, and that makes it difficult to fathom if he would go back to Michaela.
3. Not the same age anymore!
Michaela has been gone for more than five years, and although she hadn't aged a bit in those five years, Jared is clearly five years elder to her now. He might even be aged enough to consider settling down once and for all, and not look back to getting rejected by Michaela.
This would not have been possible had he waited for her because she was sure that she would reject his proposal for marriage. Perhaps after being married to Lourdes, Jared wanted to re-live his memories with Michaela but only as a friend, and when she returns he chooses to stand by her as her strongest support.
There might also be chances of Lourdes being pregnant, as the two have been married for more than two years now, and Jared is probably looking for a good time to reveal it to Michaela. Being five years younger to him now, probably the idea of settling in and being the mother to his child isn't exactly something that Michaela is looking out for and that can be a good cause for them to not get back together.
The five years gap on that plane has done some considerable damage to the passengers and their families, and the ones who were looking forward to taking a second chance with their lives were worst affected. Cal discovered that his twin sister is five years older than him now, Michaela and Ben's mother was dead, Jared was engaged, and Grace was having an affair.
However, no one can be blamed for these changes because they only did what they had to do at the time — that is to move on. Now that the past has returned, there is a strange pull between what could have happened and what has happened.
This has been the best part about 'Manifest', there is something very wrong going on with the characters but none of them can be blamed for their actions because they are being forced by their circumstance. We do not know if Jared and Michaela will get back together, but if they do it will be a pretty big sacrifice for Lourdes to make. 'Manifest' airs every Monday at 10:00 pm on NBC.