'Manifest' Season 1 Review: Speculation is rife whether Matt Long's character Zeke will be a friend or an enemy
After Fiona Clarke left us on a dubious note, it is difficult to guess if the new character will be on the angel's side or be an evil one.
NBC's 'Manifest' has been breaking all records for the channel, and given its stupendous ratings it came as no surprise that the show was extended for three more episodes.
In another feather added to its crown, 'Manifest' will soon welcome 'Helix' star Matt Long to play a mysterious new character. Although none of his character's details, including his first appearance on the show, have been revealed, fans are already speculating that Long's character, Zeke, will be an addition to the Michaela-Jared-Lourdes triangle.
The only description available about Zeke is that he is "a mysterious new character whose arrival triggers a new relationship triangle and upends the series’ mythology." Certainly, the first guess is attached to Michaela (played by Melissa Roxburgh) who is ironically acting as a third wheel between Jared (played by J.R.Ramirez) and Lourdes (played by Victoria Cartagena).
Although fans clearly want Michaela and Jared to get back together, looks like director Jeff Rake has some different plans for Michaela. Fans on social media have already declared that the relationship will be a "love-square" and that Michaela might be finally over Jared to move on with Zeke.
As Zeke's upcoming appearance making fans speculate about his true intention- if he is an enemy or a friend - here's what we think his role could be on the show:
1. Michaela's newfound love
Obviously, this is the first and the most evident guess. Michaela was sure that she would accept Jared's proposal the moment the plane lands back. However, with the five years gap seeping in she might have lost her chance to get along with Jared, who is now married to her best friend, Lourdes. Jared has still been helping Michaela through all her tough times but he will probably not be able to do that for long since Lourdes will gradually object to their partnership at work. It only makes sense to think that Zeke will be the new one in this triangle who will pull Michaela out of her past, and take her on a new trajectory.
2. The missing passenger
We already know that there are 11 passengers who went missing when the plane landed after five years. In the last two episodes, we saw that the missing passengers have a significant role to play in the show, as one of the main characters, Cal, is attached to them. Being clairsensitive, Cal can feel their pain with the same intensity when they are being electrocuted by the mysterious group of scientists. In the eighth episode, Cal asks Ben to help him as it seems he can feel the passengers once again. While in the last encounter, it was a Bulgarian man, Marco, this time it could Zeke, who might just be one of the 11 missing passengers.
3. Bounty Hunter
We are all pretty excited about Ben finally forging an alliance with Vance, who is now more interested in Ben's personal discoveries than the investigations done by the NSA. However, fans have pointed out that Vance's accomplice, Deputy Powell (played by Tim Moriarty), does not approve of Vance partnering up with Ben. Probably Zeke will be an informant to Powell, who will inform him about Ben and Vance's steps in tracking down the 11 missing passengers. In that case, Zeke can either be a trusted undercover agent or a fugitive looking for a bail, and Powell makes him an offer in exchange for his freedom.
4. The "Calling"
Every mystery show has a "calling" and this "calling" is usually sent out in an impersonated version of Death. Maybe it would be too fictive to assume that Zeke has anything to do with the "calling", the idea, however, cannot be altogether ruled out. There are chances that Zeke might know something about these calling, and after Fiona Clarke's (played by Francesca Faridany) appearance on the show, it can also be assumed that the two are connected. Probably both Zeke and Fiona know something about the missing passengers, and they might also be involved in the plane's disappearance. While Ben and Saanvi are already interrogating Fiona, Zeke might have to encounter Michaela and Jared.
Zeke and Fiona both might have something interesting to add to the show, as it is gradually approaching its end. To know more about who Zeke is and what his intentions are, tune in to NBC every Monday at 10 pm.