'Manifest': Grace's fate has made her the most hated character on the show
Grace is the collateral damage occurred by the plane's fateful incident, and it will take a while for her to get things straight
Athena Karkanis' character in NBC's Jeff Rake-created show, 'Manifest', has been an object of repugnance for ardent followers of the show. Starring alongside Josh Dallas (as Ben Stone), Melissa Roxburgh (as Michaela Stone), Parveen Kaur (as Saanvi Bahl), and J.R. Ramirez (as Jared), Karkanis' character has been portrayed as probably the most helpless yet the most disdainful in the show, which follows the aftermath of the sudden re-appearance of Montego Air Flight 828 after almost five and a half years.
Grace is judged when she, instead of thanking Ben for all the risks he had taken to protect the family, throws him out of the house and refuses to let Cal (played by Jack Messina) go with him. Fans on social media have been infuriated by her actions, as one fan on Reddit claimed: "She's a horrible person but her character is written that way. She's going to toss Ben aside and move Danny back in. She was just looking for any opportunity and it came up. I can't wait until she figures out that Danny is one of the bad guys in on the conspiracy of the flight."
With all the hatred going around for Grace, let's take a moment and contemplate on what exactly made her the confused person she is. To put it simply, it's Fate. Grace's Fate was sealed when the plane went missing five and a half years ago, following which she went through a severe phase of depression for two years.
However, when she finally managed to deal with it, she found a helping hand in Danny (played by Daniel Sunjata), who soon became a part of the family. Both Grace and her daughter, Olive, soon grow fond of Danny as he was the man who understands both of them in their time of crisis.
However, things went completely haywire when the plane re-appeared, and along with it brought along all the people who were presumed dead for five and a half years. It can be said, that probably had the plane not gone missing, or more precisely had Ben not decided to board the plane along with Cal, and his sister, Michaela, Grace wouldn't have gone to seek comfort in another man.
The fault lay in her stars, and Grace simply seemed to walk into her own demise as she refused to let go of Danny even when Ben was back. Grace erred by not confronting herself with complete honesty. She tried playing the good wife for as long as possible, but no one can undo the changes that have already altered your life in half a decade.
Grace had grown used to not being around Ben, and with him coming back, she faced a moral dilemma in choosing between her present life and her idealistic past where she was the faithful wife everyone wanted her to be. It is difficult to return to the past and begin again, and probably it would have been a good idea had Grace confronted herself before giving her word to Ben that she would not return to Danny.
Grace is the collateral damage occurred by the plane's fateful incident, and it will take a while for her to get things straight. However, rest assured we will see a tense encounter between Danny, Grace, and Ben, when the show returns with episode 10, January 7, 2019. Watch the promo trailer of the episode below.