'Manifest': Matt Long to play mysterious new passenger Zeke who is set to rock the boat
Matt Long's character Zeke's arrival triggers a new relationship triangle and upends the series’ mythology
'Manifest' is welcoming 'Mad Men' star Matt Long and we could easily hope for a new romantic triangle to take a course in the present plot.
The show is already dealing with a subplot involving a romantic triangle between Ben Stone (played by Josh Dallas), Grace Stone (played by Athena Karkanis), and Danny (played by Daniel Sunjata). However, there is a vague sense of marital affair between Michaela (played by Melissa Roxburgh), Jared (played by JR Ramirez), and Lourdes (played by Victoria Cartagena), and probably Long's character will act as a catalyst to the affair.
According to the official description, Long is set to play the role of Zeke, "a mysterious new character whose arrival triggers a new relationship triangle and upends the series’ mythology." Speculations are rife that probably Zeke will a new love-interest for Michaela whose relationship with Jared came to an end when Montego Air Flight 828 disappeared for almost five years. However, it is also being assumed that Zeke will probably be one of the passengers on the plane who also receives the same calling as the others, or probably his calling will be a different one.
The sci-fi mythological thriller angle is not entirely new for Long as he has already acted in the SyFy horror fiction drama, 'Helix', which followed "a team of scientists who are thrust into a potentially life-or-death situation when they arrive in the Arctic to secretly investigate what could be an outbreak of a strange disease in a secluded international research facility." Long's character Dr. Kyle Sommer was a member of a rapid response team, who is later on exposed as a spy working for an unknown organization. It can be assumed that in 'Manifest', too, Long's character Zeke will be an added mystery to the already suspenseful drama.
However, it wouldn't be odd if this mysterious stranger turns out to be a new start for Michaela who is already struggling to wrap her head around the fact that Jared is now married to Lourdes. Earlier director, Jeff Rake, had reportedly told Inside Line that there are little chances of Michaela and Jared getting back together. He asserted that Lourdes "is no pushover. Just because she’s reestablishing a friendship with Michaela doesn’t mean she’ll give up her man. Lourdes will hint at some game-changing news in an upcoming episode that sidelines any steps Michaela might have taken to win Jared back.” We can expect here that Lourdes is probably expecting her and Jared's child.
Long appeared in Season 4 of AMC’s 'Mad Men' as the graphic artist Joey Baird, and later played Dr. James Peterson on ABC’s 'Private Practice'. He also starred in two short-lived dramas, one being Syfy’s 'Helix', and the other ABC’s 'Lucky 7'. His other TV credits include Timeless, The Newsroom, and Jack & Bobby.