'Manifest' finale: Creator Jeff Rake positive about Season 2, says it will explore Cal's powers and more about Danny
MEA WorldWide (MEAWW) reached out to Rake to have a little chat about his show right before the season hits its finale, and he dropped some rather interesting clues, as he does
Jeff Rake is as secretive a man as the mystery hovering in his record-breaking show, 'Manifest'. His show on NBC has not only become a favorite among fans in the relatively short period of time it has been on, but the enthralling story has pulled in a pretty decent viewership for the network.
Starring Josh Dallas as Ben Stone, Melissa Roxburgh as Michaela Stone, Athena Karkanis as Grace, and Jack Messina as Cal, the show has a massive fan following for its gripping mystery about a plane which went missing for almost five and a half years. However, when it does return, the passengers have not aged a day and are now hearing voices in their heads, they refer to as "Callings".
MEA WorldWide (MEAWW) reached out to Rake to have a little chat about his show right before the season hits its finale. Certainly, the creator did not reveal too much, but what from he did reveal, it seemed likely we will have another season of 'Manifest' in order to solve the mystery of the missing plane.
'Manifest' revolves largely around the Stone family whose three members were on the plane. Rake weaved the rest of the show and its incidents surrounding the family as Ben and Michaela try to solve the case of the missing plane, while Ben's son, Cal, almost plays the role of a soothsayer as he leads his father to his required destination.
Rake confessed that telling the story from the point of view of a family was necessary. He explained: "Family is everything to me. I am lucky enough to be in a loving marriage and have four healthy, amazing kids. So, the idea of family being separated or torn apart by some traumatic event that resulted in missing out on years of togetherness was, for me, a sort of nightmarish brainstorm — one that I thought a lot of people would relate to and understand on a guttural level. It started with that core concept. The plane device added a mysterious supernatural element that allowed the show to be working in multiple genres at once." Let's just say his plan worked.
Fans absolutely love the drama wrapped in a shroud of mystery as it leaves space for both indulgence and entertainment. During MEAWW's conversation with fans over Reddit, several claimed it is the gritty drama about an estranged family that pulled them to the show. "I personally like the aspect of drama mixed with mystery. I like the twist and turns and surprises. I know it’s not a new premise but it’s so mysterious and just interesting to think how people would react if this did happen." In order to come up with a family who would be adored by the audience, Rake needed a perfect cast but that was not an easy task.
As Rake explained: "Casting is a long and painstaking process. We looked at dozens and dozens of actors for each and every role. Athena was in Toronto at the time and sent in a tape of herself auditioning. Josh happened to be in LA with me and we were able to sit in a room together. Sometimes, it can take weeks and weeks to find the right person. On the other hand, Melissa was literally the second person to show up on the first day of auditions and nailed it."
Once the castings were settled, Rake established that he "came up with the end when [he] came up with the beginning." Rake had a six-year plan for the series and it looks like 'Manifest' will return quite a number of times.
Rake remained secretive about most of the plot, but he did drop some subtle clues, as he does. When asked if Fiona and Daly had traveled in time, Rake jokingly replied: "Did you really think I’d answer this one??? That answer won’t be coming for a long, long time." He also refused to talk about Cal being the Holy Grail, but did mention, "you are right that his abilities are stronger and different from the others. Again, more on this next season."
As fans root for a Ben and Saanvi patch up, Rake said, "There is chemistry there for sure. But Ben and Grace are solid again. For now, at least." Does that mean Danny will return? And, is he a baddie working for the Major? Rake only claimed we would get to know more about Danny in the next season. "We will, hopefully, get to know him better in Season Two."
With so many questions hanging loose, and Rake indicating a second season, we can say, confidently, Monday will not be the end of 'Manifest' and the mystery will continue for a lot longer. 'Manifest' Episode 16, titled 'Estimated Time of Departure', is set to air February 18 at 10 pm.