'Manifest' Season 2 Episode 5: Jared grows closer to the X'ers but fans hope he is just going undercover

Billy leads Jared to Professor Simon — Ben's new colleague who also happens to be behind the X'ers attack on the 828 passengers


                            'Manifest' Season 2 Episode 5: Jared grows closer to the X'ers but fans hope he is just going undercover
Tamara, Billy and Jared (NBC)

Contains spoilers for Season 2 Episode 5 'Coordinated Flight'

Jared Vasquez and Michaela Stone's relationship was doomed the moment Michaela got on Flight 828 from Jamaica to New York. He proposed to her before she left for the family vacation, and on the flight back Michaela had decided to say yes.

But when the plane landed, turns out it was already five-and-a-half years in the future and Jared had moved on with Michaela's best friend, Lourdes. In Season 1 of the show, it was clear that Jared and Michaela still want to be together, and for Lourdes' sake, she hides her feelings for him.

At one point, Jared and Michaela even get together. However, things don't work out as guilt weighs Michaela down. The introduction of Zeke does not help either as Jared's green monster comes out ugly, leading to Michaela getting shot in the season finale.

In Season 2, Zeke is found guilty of shooting Michaela based on Jared's testimony, but Michaela tries her best to save him — even going to the extent where she tells in court that Jared lied about Zeke.

Jared and Michaela (NBC)

This understandably leads to Jared getting quite frosty with her. In last week's episode, he meets Tamara and it's quite clear that Jared is rebounding hard. We also learned in this week's episode that Jared leaked information about Michaela's raid into the X'ers potential hideout so he could help Tamara's brother, Billy.

Jared's actions do not go unrewarded and Billy leads him to meet Professor Simon — Ben's new colleague who also happens to be behind the X'ers attack on the 828 passengers. Of course, the question here is whether Jared is doing this out of anger towards Michaela or because he may be playing another game.

Fans are left disappointed with Jared with one fan tweeting: "Jared just broke my heart. I've been rooting for him." Another fan wrote, "Jared needs to be doing this for Michaela and #Manifest needs to get Jichaela back together."

Another viewer tweeted, "oh my god. I’ve figured it all out. this is all SO convenient. Also, would Jared actually want to sabotage mick? Maybe, but seriously doubt it. What if he’s playing the long game, interjecting himself into the x’ers only to turn around and sell them out? dots = connected #manifest."

A fan wrote, "I refuse to believe Jared has turned to the dark side. I think he’s playing them to get intel and take them down! #Manifest." 

Fans hope Jared does figure out things if he's not going undercover. One fan wrote, "I'm afraid Jared is gonna hurt someone he actually cares about, possibly irreversibly, before he manages to figure it out right."

'Manifest' airs on NBC on Monday nights.

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