'Manifest' fans speculate there's more to Danny than meets the eye
Is Danny behind the disappearance of Montego Air Flight 828 or is he just an ordinary man who fell in love with Grace?
NBC's Jeff Rake-directed show, 'Manifest', has been the complete package with its surreal mystery and family drama, and probably none of the subplots would have had an impact had it not been for the characters. Starring Josh Dallas (as Ben Stone), Athena Karkanis (as Grace Stone), Melissa Roxburgh (as Michaela Stone), and Parveen Kaur (as Saanvi Bahl), the show follows the sudden re-appearance of Montego Air Flight 828, which went missing for almost five and a half years.
Although all the passengers returned alive, none of them have aged a day and they are now experiencing certain "callings" which seem to be leading them towards one destination. However, the one character who has caught fans' attention for all the wrong reasons, is Daniel Sunjata's character, Danny.
Danny became a part of the Stone family when Grace was left alone with Olive (played by Luna Blaise) after the sudden disappearance of Ben and Cal (played by Jack Messina). After grieving for a good two years, Grace finally decided to move on with her life along with Danny whom she had met at a peer support group. Danny not only filled up the blank space in Grace's life but soon developed a strong bond with Olive, who was growing up to be a teenager.
Danny didn't leave when Ben and Cal returned and it seemed he continued to be a lurking shadow in the Stone family. He would appear at odd times, such as when Olive was caught shoplifting or taking her out for rock-climbing when Ben wasn't around, and oddly breaking into the house to look for his things - again, when Ben is not around.
Fans noticed Danny's strange approach to things, and they cannot help but wonder if Danny is involved with the disappearance of the plane. A fan on Reddit claimed: "Just when I think they are about to drop a slight hint at Danny being more than what's on the surface....he isn't in an episode... I agree that there is more to Danny than meets the eye."
Another fan supported the statement claiming, "I know there’s a conspiracy that extends far beyond the plane. I do think Danny is part of it. He was way too convenient." If Danny, at all, is part of the whole conspiracy then it would mean that Rake's show has begun medias res, and maybe when it returns after the fall break, the show will once again take us through a number of flashbacks.
We still do not know if the flashbacks will reveal anything about Danny and his involvement in the plane's disappearance but probably he is at par with Fiona Clarke who had been spearheading the entire experiment on mirror neurons in the eighth and the ninth episodes. We will probably get to know about Danny's true intentions when the show returns to NBC January 7.