NBC devastated fans when the network canceled Manifest. In retaliation, viewers struck up the Save Manifest campaign hoping another network or streaming service would renew the series. A while later, Netflix came through and picked up Manifest for one final season. While fans were thrilled, it was also narratively necessary.
Manifest worked as a mystery drama following the Stone family when Flight 828 returned after missing for over five years. Ever since 828’s return, the Passengers have experienced Callings that have become more dangerous over the seasons and occasionally give hints as to what truly happened to them.
Season 3 finally started getting the ball rolling, hinting more at the terrifying possibility that the Passengers had died and were resurrected. Science even became a contributing factor beyond the Callings, allowing existing aspects such as the Death Date and Lifeboat to become even more pushed to the forefront.
In “Mayday Part 2,” the series pushed the limits, killing Grace and aging up Cal so that he physically reached the age he was meant to be. Such decisions were huge for the show, and with the cancellation, it looked like fans may never learn the answers to the show’s biggest questions.
Luckily, Manifest was renewed, giving the creator and writers the chance to reveal the answers everyone has waited excitedly for. It also gives the show’s main characters a higher chance of gaining a definitive conclusion, rather than having them exist in the wind and uncertainty of what was to happen next.
The final episodes of season 3 had been building to something far bigger than what the series had done thus far, including the miraculous return of Flight 828 pilot, Captain Bill Daly.
With its renewal from Netflix, Manifest has one last shot to deliver an answer-heavy final season and create a last group of episodes that will allow characters and audiences alike to feel satisfied when the final credits roll.