'Manifest': Will Grace and Ben Stone make it together? Here's what we think
They have both been through a lot and considering their present situation, it won't be easy for either to take a decision
Grace (Athena Karkanis) and Ben Stone (Josh Dallas) have been the center of attraction when it comes to couple-conspiracy theories in NBC's record-breaking show, 'Manifest'. Directed by Jeff Rake, the show follows the aftermath of the missing Montego Air Flight 828 which left Jamaica in 2013 and reached America in 2018.
A lot had changed in those five years, including couple dynamics, the age difference between twins, and medical advances. However, not all changes have been good and probably Grace and Ben have been the biggest victims in this regard.
Fans on social media, be it Instagram, Twitter or Reddit, have been accusing Grace of cheating on Ben. That can always be argued, considering the enormous changes that have taken place in both their lives. Fans have stated that Grace will ultimately go back to Danny because she clearly cannot cope with Ben's ongoing fits of impulse.
However, will the decision actually be that easy for Grace who has been molding her life according to the situation just to survive one more day? Before we reach any conclusion, here are some facts that we should look into:
1. Five years - that's a lot!
Both Ben and Grace had been having some difficulties in their relationship even before the plane disappeared. However, it wasn't because they did not want to be with each other anymore, rather circumstances had turned against them.
Their son, Cal Stone (Jack Messina), has been suffering from leukemia and the couple have been up and down to the hospital, always looking out for him. As Grace describes to Ben's mother in the episode, 'Connecting Flights', she did not want the gap existing in their relationship, but it seemed like they were being pulled apart with everything that life was throwing at them.
The two barely had any time to interaction with each other since they were both worried and busy taking care of Cal. Certainly, they missed each other's company and that is why the trip to Jamaica was helpful. However, the couple are once again torn apart - this time for five long years - when the plane suddenly disappeared.
2. Age differences can mean a difference in perspective
Ben has not changed in the five years because to him those five years never happened. All he experienced was a brief turmoil on the plane and its eventual landing on government grounds. However, for Grace, a lot happened in those five years.
Suffering from depression, it took her three years to cope with the fact that Ben was gone and another two years to get her life back with a little help from Danny. Finally, she had to go through all of that once again because her husband had now returned. Grace is also now five years older than Ben. She has seen life, been isolated, and figured her way out for the sake of her daughter.
She gave up her job and started a new business to pay the mortgage, and soon found herself trying to make ends meet, all by herself. While Ben's struggle has only just begun, Grace has reached a point where she can no longer deal with problems - especially, mythical ones. Ben wants his life to be as fast flowing as it was before but Grace wants to settle down, once and for all.
3. A different set of faith
The show has chiefly revolved around the Biblical belief of Angels, Demons and the Holy Spirit. As a result, the characters experience some kind of divine calling that they cannot really point their fingers at. They see angels, hear voices, and see visions they never saw before the plane disappeared.
None of this can be explained to anyone who has not experienced it, and Ben hides all of these from Grace until she demands to know the reason behind his impulsive activities. He chooses just about the worst time to explain things to Grace, but doesn't really do it in a very convincing way.
Unable to understand Ben's newfound faith, Grace finds herself alone once again in spite of having her husband beside her. She has to deal with Cal's illness all by herself and seems to be in a complete mess when it comes to taking medical decisions. Her belief in the divine is not doubtful, but she is also not ready to accept the paranormal things that her husband was talking about.
4. Falling in love with someone new
When Grace was told that her husband was dead, it took her three years to get out of bed and pull herself together. She began taking therapy sessions where she came across Danny who was like a breath of fresh air in her worn-out life. She brought Danny in because she knew she would need someone to help her as her daughter, Olive, entered her troublesome teenage years.
Danny added a new perspective on their lives. It wasn't any better than what Ben had done, it was just something very new, and Grace - given the situation she was in - clearly needed something new to take her mind off the tragedy that had struck her.
Ben, on the other hand, found a companion in Saanvi who was also on the plane with him. The two have been investigating the flight's sudden disappearance together, and they already seem to have developed a bond. In the sixth episode, Ben actually buys a cactus for Saanvi to celebrate them locating the missing passengers and he does not mind leaving his wife alone when she needs him the most.
Considering these facts, it seems like Ben and Grace might not make it together. Probably Grace and Olive will leave with Danny as Ben finds a new kind of relationship with Saanvi. However, we root for the fact that Ben and Grace will never have any hard feelings towards each other, will continue to remain friends, and support each other through everything. Let's see what happens to the couple when 'Manifest' returns on Monday at 10 p.m. on NBC.