The final episodes of Manifest arrived on Netflix answering (almost) all the questions left open, but an alternate ending would have been filmed.
The ending of Manifestarrived June 2 on Netflixcloses the circle by somehow reuniting with the pilot episode that in 2018 started the story of flight 828. While finally ensuring many answers to the mysteries that kept viewers glued to TV for four seasons, it left open a glimpse into a potential continuation. There is one detail, in particular, that suggests the will to continue the story and apparently a scene was also filmed – later excluded from the final editing – which would have made this intention clear. It was confirmed Josh Dallasthe interpreter of Ben Stone, speaking with TVInsider. Inevitable spoilers will follow on the latest episode of Manifest so, if you haven’t seen it yet, we advise you not to continue reading.
How does Manifest end? (SPOILERS)
In the finale of Manifest the passengers of Flight 828 are returned to the glow, and thus to the plane, thanks to Cal’s sacrifice. Once back, they landed in New York on April 7, 2013, just as they would have if their flight hadn’t disappeared. But first, on the plane, they experienced the universal judgement and 11 of them – those who did not pass the test of divine judgment, including Angelina – disappeared into ashes. Detective Vance (Daryl Edwards), at that point, he finds himself having to solve a new inexplicable mystery: what happened to those 11 passengers?
The deleted scene in the finale of Manifest
It is evident that from the ending of Manifest could have resulted in a new investigation. Ben and Michaela could have teamed up with Vance to solve the mystery of the missing passengers. “I love that dynamic so much and I love Daryl Edwards more than my life,” Josh Dallas told TVInsider revealing the existence of a sort of teaser scene which was filmed but not included in the final cut. The actor specified that the scene in question did not feature him as the protagonist but he “opened the story a little – or a lot – to new journeys”. “I don’t know what they did with it, not if it ever will. But if there was a sequel to Manifest and creator Jeff Rake wanted to write words for me to say, I’d be there 100%, anytime, anywhere. with Daryl,” Dallas added.
As for what happens in that scene, Ben’s interpreter was rather vague: “It may or may not take place on the plane and it may or may not include some characters that are very important to Flight 828. There was definitely a character who was connected to every one of those passengers on the plane… and that maybe he disappeared at some point in a past season“. Who could it be? Let’s hope the showrunner reveals something more soon.