'Manifest' finale: A Season 2 is needed to understand Zeke and for NBC to hold on to the show's huge viewership
The show has already pulled in quite a huge audience for NBC with its slow-burning storyline and maybe the network will be consider renewing it for a Season 2
NBC's 'Manifest' is heading towards its finale and we still haven't figured out more than half the puzzles the show has brought up. The Jeff Rake-created show has been following in the aftermath of the sudden re-appearance of Montego Air Flight 828 which went missing almost five and a half years ago.
Starring Josh Dallas as Ben Stone, Melissa Roxburgh as Michaela Stone, Athena Karkanis as Grace, Parveen Kaur as Saanvi Bahl, and Matt Long as Zeke, the story follows the passengers, who haven't aged a day, and are hearing strange voices in their heads which they refer to as "Callings". These very "Callings" took center stage in the show, whereas the mystery of the plane being suspended in time for almost five years, took the back seat.
The promo trailer of the finale promises Episode 16, titled 'Estimated Time of Departure', will wrap up the whole mystery but that seems highly unlikely. We have already argued why the show won't be able to wind up the story satisfactorily, and there is a high chance it will return for a Season 2. After all, creator Rake himself mentioned during his interview with Collider, he already had a six-year plan for the show, where he also spoke about what the audience could expect from the show if it extends beyond 16 episodes.
"It’ll be a slow burn. The audience is on a parallel journey with our protagonists, as they attempt to decipher the ultimate answer. At episode 13, there’s a big reveal. And then, we’ll turn over a big card, mythology-wise, at Episode 22, should NBC bless us with our back order in Season 1."
So, even if 'Manifest' tries to end its quest to solve the mystery of the missing plane, it wouldn't quite be the end. The show has pretty good ratings when it comes to viewership, and considering it has pulled in a whole new audience for NBC, chances of its renewal are pretty assured if not guaranteed.
If we have a Season 2 (which is required, really!) chances are we will get to see Zeke's story in a detailed manner. We were introduced to Zeke only in Episode 12 as a non-passenger, but over the last three episodes, the character has taken the spotlight with other major characters.
This character's importance on the show was already established by Ben in Episode 14, when he had claimed Zeke's story might just help them figure out the bigger picture. However, we know very little about Zeke. His past remains shrouded in riddles and secrets; hence, it is necessary to know more about his life in order to understand the "Callings" he is receiving.
Long himself indicated that although the show is reaching its finale, chances are, in the end, the audience will be left with more questions than answers. He told Cinema Blend: "You get a huge answer, but it also comes with multiple huge questions. Also, there are multiple cliffhangers having to do with different characters, and all of us together."
Regarding his character, he mentioned he would love to continue discovering more about Zeke in a second season (if there is one). "I mean, I'd love to continue to tell the guy's story. I love that he's so ingrained in the story already, and with the family and Michaela and the mystery of the show. I'd love to get him back outside again."
Let's just hope that this is not yet the end of 'Manifest', and NBC will find a way to bring back this mystery thriller.