'Manifest' Season 2 Episode 7: Adrian's church triggers a zealot leading to the unfortunate death of [spoiler]
Ben's, Michaela's and Saanvi's calling came to fruition unexpectedly early in this week's episode and it, unfortunately, ended in a rather heartbreaking way
This article contains spoilers for 'Manifest' Season 2 Episode 7, 'Emergency Exit'!
The end of last week's episode featured a calling that Ben Stone (Josh Dallas), his sister Michaela Stone (Melissa Roxburgh), Saanvi Bahl (Parveen Kaur) and Adrian (Jared Grimes) all saw and asked them to "save the passengers."
The calling came to fruition unexpectedly early in this week's episode and it, unfortunately, ended in a rather heartbreaking way.
The calling culminated in a club where multiple passengers found themselves. Olive Stone (Luna Blaise) and TJ Morrison (Garrett Wareing) go when Olive's friend scores them an invite, Michaela goes to talk to Isaiah (Olli Haaskivi) as the latter tells her he wants to talk about the attack on the Church of Believers and Ben goes to have a drink with Adrian to "keep his enemies closer."
However, other passengers find their way to the club as well -- something Ben and Michaela understand too late. Ben also realizes that it was not Adrian who invited him to the club -- someone had stolen Adrian's phone. The champagne flowing freely through the club also happens to be spiked but someone also locks everyone in while trying to set fire to the place.
Grace Stone (Athena Karkanis), Cal Stone (Jack Messina) and Zeke Landon (Matt Long) all get a calling about the said club and when they find the location -- thanks to some quick-thinking from Cal -- Jared Vasquez (JR Ramirez) joins them to figure out what's going on.
It turns out that Ben was right about Adrian making the 828 passengers out to be miraculous, only the danger came from within the Church of Believers. Isaiah, one of the believers, wanted to "ascend" and become a miracle as he thought the passengers were -- or rather, as Adrian made them out to be.
Many of them are able to get out, save a few passengers. Unfortunately, one of the casualties included TJ who sacrificed himself so that Ben can rush Olive out of the burning building. Ben tries to go back for TJ, but the building explodes.
It's a heartbreaking moment for the viewers -- more so due to Olive's reaction. We may have only just met TJ but he was making a good show of becoming a part of the inner circle of 828 passengers. His scenes with Olive also helped us get to know Ben's daughter.
However, even in death, TJ's more useful to Ben than almost anybody else. Earlier in the episode, TJ told Olive that he located Yusuf Al Zuras's journal -- if you recall, TJ and Olive found out that Al-Zuras underwent the same thing as the passengers and created the tarot deck that features the peacock symbol.
Olive tells her father that TJ had it sent to him. As the episode ends, Ben looks through the ancient journal and comes across an illustration of a man carrying a girl surrounded by flames -- of him carrying Olive out of the burning building, to be precise. He looks on in shock as the book starts glowing.
If one good thing could come of this horrible tragedy, it is that Olive will once again be more trustful of her father knowing that it was Adrian's preaching that caused Isaiah to do what he did.
However, the event could also cause Adrian to open his own eyes and begin to realize the consequences of what he has done. Perhaps now, he will unite with Ben -- which is more necessary now that there are those who wish real harm to the 828 passengers.
For now, let us mourn TJ. He may have been part of the Flight 828 family for just half a season, but he was an integral part of the show for the little time that he was present.
'Manifest' airs on NBC on Monday nights at 10/9c.