'Manifest' Season 2: Release date, plot, cast, news and everything you need to know about NBC's hit supernatural show

Fans who are eagerly waiting for answers to the airplane mystery will have to wait till season 2 returns midseason. Here's everything you need to know about the hit show


                            'Manifest' Season 2: Release date, plot, cast, news and everything you need to know about NBC's hit supernatural show
A still from 'Manifest' Season 1. (NBC)

Good news! 'Manifest' has been renewed for season two and is all set to hit the screen in early 2020. The NBC hit show which prompted comparisons with 'Lost,' as well as the brand new show 'The Society,' has amassed a wide fanbase. 

After the cliffhanger at the end of season one, showrunner Jeff Rake explained the “death date” and its significance in season two: “The death date forces everybody to ask the question, 'What would you do with your life if you really knew you had five years to live? What choices would you make about your relationships?' Those powerful, emotional questions really affect the relationship side of the story.”

He also hinted at how TJ (Garrett Wareing) would become a more important part of Olive’s (Luna Blaise’s) life in the coming season. “Olive caught a glimpse of TJ back in the airport five and a half years ago. She never forgot about him. But she was a little girl and he was an 18-year-old dude and now they're age-appropriate.”

A still from season 1 (Credit: Peter Kramer/NBC/Warner Brothers)

Release date

Season two of 'Manifest' is all set to be back on NBC starting from January 6, 2020. It will air on Mondays at 10 pm ET.

Plot

The supernatural drama starts when the Stone family returns from a trip to Jamaica and are compelled to take separate flights back home. Brother-sister duo Michaela and Ben take a later flight along with Ben's son Cal, which is met with turbulence and when they finally land in New York, the scenario is strange. They learn that five-and-a-half years have inexplicably passed during their time in the air, and their loved ones, assuming they would never return, have tried to adapt to a new life without them. 

The finale concluded with a stressed-out Saanvi arriving for her first appointment with a shrink, who turned out to be 'The Major'. Jared showed up at Mick’s place to confront Zeke about his gun purchase and Zeke whipped out the gun he bought and explained why. Jared reached for the pistol and Michaela dashed up the stairs to "stop him" only to enter the door just as a shot was fired. The biggest question that remains is: Who shot whom?

Cast

Melissa Roxburgh

Melissa Roxburgh speaks onstage at the"Manifest" screening during SCAD aTVfest at SCADshow on February 9, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Getty Images)

Melissa Roxburgh stars as Michaela Stone on NBC's 'Manifest'. Michaela is a rookie police officer grappling with the tragic actions of her past and the prospect of a future with her fiancé, Jared. When she returns home on the mysterious Flight 828, she finds that life has a strange new purpose. The actress is known for her roles in 'Diary of a Wimpy Kid' series, 'Star Trek Beyond' and 'The Marine 4: Moving Target'. 


Josh Dallas

Josh Dallas speaks onstage at the WBTV Panel Block: Manifest panel during New York Comic Con at Jacob Javits Center on October 6, 2018 in New York City. (Getty Images)

Josh Dallas plays the role of Ben Stone, who is an intelligence analyst and family man struggling against the things he can't control - whether it's his son's rare pediatric cancer or the mysterious events surrounding the return of Flight 828. The actor is known for his role as Prince Charming/David Nolan in ABC's "Once Upon a Time'.

(L-R) J.R. Ramirez, Athena Karkanis, Parveen Kaur, Melissa Roxburgh and Josh Dallas the "Manifest" screening during SCAD aTVfest at SCADshow on February 9, 2019, in Atlanta, Georgia. (Getty Images)

Other actors in the series include Athena Karkanis as Grace Stone, J. R. Ramirez as Jared Vasquez, Luna Blaise as Olive Stone, Jack Messina as Cal Stone and Parveen Kaur as Saanvi Bahl. There are many new additions to the cast in season two, including, Yasha Jackson as Suzanne Martin, Garrett Wareing as TJ Morrison, Andrene Ward-Hammond as Captain Kate Bowers, Ellen Tamaki as Drea Mikami, Leah Gibson as Tamara and Carl Lundstedt as Billy. 

 

Creator

Jeff Rake

Showrunner Jeff Rake attends the "Manifest" press junket during SCAD aTVfest 2019 at Four Seasons Hotel on February 9, 2019, in Atlanta, Georgia. (Getty Images)

Jeff Rake is the showrunner, creator and writer of the NBC series. He was an attorney before becoming a writer. Born in Los Angeles, he is a producer and writer, known for 'The Mysteries of Laura,' 'The Tomorrow People,' and 'The $treet.'

Trailers

The teaser for season two was released on August 28 and was captioned: "When Michaela, Ben and Cal find themselves back on Flight 828, they discover that everything has changed."



 

Another exclusive look at the upcoming second season of NBC’s 'Manifest' was released directly from New York Comic-Con in October. The breakout hit drama will return with more heart-pounding mystery and answers to some of last season’s biggest questions!



 

Another 1.30-minute trailer was released on December 9 and it puts the spotlight on all the mysteries set to be unraveled this season.

 



 

Where to watch

You can stream the first season of the NBC series on Netflix. The new season is all set to release on January 6, 2020 and you can catch new episodes every Monday at 10 pm EST on NBC.

Michaela and Jared in 'Manifest' season 1 (NBC)

Season 1 recap 

As Griffin headed for his morning show appearance, Ben and Michaela arrived to beg him not to reveal their powers, but Griffin only cared about cashing in on his ability. Just when Zeke was about to fire the shot from the newly-purchased pistol, Griffin began expunging seawater and slumped to the ground and died. His death was reported as "drowning on dry land".

Skimming through the coroner's report that Saanvi got out from an old classmate, Ben noticed that Griffin lived for exactly the same amount of time he was "gone" — 82 hours and eight minutes when he was submerged underwater. Ben's calculations revealed that Flight 828's passengers have their own expiration date as June 2, 2024, and ominously Cal's drawing had his Dad and Auntie Mick's headstones… all dated June 2, 2024. Grace, meanwhile, is pregnant and it's been only six weeks that Ben has been back, so he isn't the father.

The finale concluded with a stressed-out Saanvi arriving for her first appointment with a shrink, who turned out to be "The Major". Jared showed up at Mick’s place to confront Zeke about his gun purchase and Zeke whipped out the gun he bought and explained why. Jared reached for the pistol and Michaela dashed up the stairs to "stop him" only to enter the door just as a shot was fired. 

There are many speculations as to how it was James Griffin, the guy who misused his power, jumped time by submerging himself in water, and earned himself a free pass for multiple homicides. Out of jail and suited up, Griffin was all geared to go live hit on TV, where he planned to reveal his "superpower," which would put Flight 828's passengers under scrutiny and jeopardy. 

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