Manifest's Biggest Questions Answered & Mysteries Explained (2022)

Manifest’s abrupt cancellation left a number of loose ends, but not all of the show’s mysteries went unsolved. Over the course of its three-season run, the Flight 828 passengers have worked hard at heeding the Callings they receive in each episode. Due to their investigations and attempts to understand the meaning behind these messages, the characters have learned a lot during their journeys.

Ever since the show began, Ben (Josh Dallas), Michaela (Melissa Roxburgh), Saanvi (Parveen Khaur), and all the others have been determined to find out the truth behind the plane’s disappearance, the purpose of the Callings, and how they can survive the Death Date. Later, the Al-Zuras reveal, Zeke (Matt Long), and other related discoveries made them realize that Flight 828 wasn’t an isolated incident. Unexplained vanishings and sudden returns like what occurred with their plane have happened at other points in human history. Following these leads has resulted in some important revelations, thanks in large part to the introduction of Eureka in season 3. Though the government-sanctioned operation hasn’t always been on the same page as the passengers, their scientific resources have proved useful.

Despite Eureka’s assistance, there’s still a great deal that none of the passengers or the scientists understand yet. Had Manifest continued, how Captain Daly (Frank Deal) popped in at the facility surely would have puzzled the science team for some time, as would the Cal debacle, considering that the character went missing and came back five years older in the span of a single episode. Unless Manifest gets a proper ending somehow, issues such as Captain Daly's returnwill most likely never be addressed. However, some lingering questions did get answered during season 3. Here are Manifest’s biggest solved mysteries.

Ben’s Resurrection Theory Explained

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Manifest may have already explained what happened to the passengers (and the plane) when it disappeared. In the season 3 premiere, Ben came up with a theory that everyone who had this experience actually died. After finding Flight 828’s tailfin, Ben came to believe that what it meant was that the plane really did crash during the storm that night and that the plane that got blown up in season 1 was in fact a “resurrected” version.He now thinks that everyone on the plane died in the storm and was brought back to life five years later, possibly by divine means. Adding credence to Ben’s ideas is the fates of the three meth addicts. Jace, Kory, and Peteall seemingly drowned in the season 2 finale but were shown waking up at the end of the season 3 premiere. So whilehis theory hasn’t been outright confirmed, all signs point to him being correct.

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Manifest’s Divine Connections Explained

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Manifest season 3 built on the theory that the show’s central mystery is related to a divine entity, whether it be God or someone else. The idea is that God may have resurrected the passengers and gave them the Callings so that they can help people. The research at Eureka provided some degree of evidence of a supposed divine link to the Flight 828 passengers. Elements of sapphire were found on subjects who had disappeared and returned. Afterward, Dr. Gumpta noted that sapphire has long been thought to be the “signature” of the divine. If that’s true, that would explain why sapphire was found on the tailfin, the Noah’s Ark driftwood, Ben’s glowing hand, and the three meth addicts throughout Manifestseason 3. It would mean that they were all touched by God.

How The Passengers Can Survive The Death Date

The biggest threat facing the characters in Manifest is the dreaded Death Date, which hinges on the concept that a person who returned from a disappearance only gets to live for as long as they were gone. In other words, the passengers are all destined to perish on June 2, 2024, which is exactly five and a half years after their return. Ben, Saanvi, Cal, and Michaela have a long time to wait before their Death Date comes (which likely wouldn’t have arrived until the planned final season), but there were other characters who were gone for much shorter periods of time, such as Zeke and the meth addicts. It was based on them that the passengers were able to learn if it really is possible to avert their fates. Zeke nearly died on his Death Date in the season 2 finale, but by following his Calling and saving Cal, they were, fortunately, able to prevent his demise. Zeke now serves as living proof that getting past the Death Date in one piece is possible.

The conflict with the meth addicts threw a wrench into this in the middle of season 3. Just as they did with Zeke, the main characters tried to help them avoid their Death Date by following their Callings, but a misinterpretation of a vision resulted in Jace trying to kill Michaela and Cal. An old story from ancient history called “The Last Trial” clued Olive into what the Death Date really is: a test made by the Callings (or whoever sends them). If a person fails to make the morally right choice, their story on Manifestends when their Death Date comes. That's why Zeke was able to get past it in season 2. By this logic, it made sense that Kory and Pete could too, but it was not so. Instead, they died along with Jace. The two characters dying for their mistakes is why the passengers now understand that the only way for them to live beyond June 2, 2024, is for all of them to pass their test. If one character makes the wrong decision, it could doom the rest of them. It’s a demanding task to be sure, but at least they finally know what has to be done.

Meaning Of The Peacock Sightings Explained

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At Eureka, Saanvi found 6,000-year-old peacock DNA on a piece of ancient driftwood. After further study, she determined that the driftwood belonged to Noah’s Ark from the Bible. According to her research, the peacock DNA carries the same genetic marker as the passengers and everyone else who’s disappeared, which would indicate that Noah’s Ark and Flight 828 both experienced the same mysterious phenomenon. Though the Noah’s Ark connection was one of the show’s most shocking twists, it didn’t come without proper setup. Both Ben and Cal (Jack Messina) have had Callings that involved peacocks, but none of the characters ever really understood why. After realizing that these birds appeared frequently in their research, Ben and Olive (Luna Blaise) speculated on their importance but didn’t get anywhere.

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It looks like Ben’s peacock vision from Manifest season 1 was actually a hint of sorts pertaining to Noah’s Ark. The peacock that Ben saw may be the very same peacock that traveled aboard the ship 6,000 years ago. Ben could have seen him because everyone who has had this experience (including animals) are connected to each other via the Callings. Until more news is heard, there are plenty of other unanswered questions thatManifesthas to take care of somehow.

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What is the secret in Manifest? ›

Manifest's Divine Connections Explained

Manifest season 3 built on the theory that the show's central mystery is related to a divine entity, whether it be God or someone else. The idea is that God may have resurrected the passengers and gave them the Callings so that they can help people.

Who is behind the callings in Manifest? ›

The Callings Are Divine Messages

Since the beginning of the series, there's been a belief held by a few of the Flight 828 passengers that everything that's happening to them is divine in nature. In other words, it's God or some other divine entity that's sending the Callings.

What is the story behind Manifest? ›

Manifest is an American supernatural drama television series created by Jeff Rake that premiered on September 24, 2018, on NBC. It centers on the passengers and crew of a commercial airliner who suddenly reappear after being presumed dead for five and a half years.

What does 828 mean in Manifest? ›

For those who analyze and believe in “angel numbers,” according to one website, “the number 828 symbolizes establishing balance and harmony in your life. It also symbolizes the manifestation of abundance and wealth in your life.” For some Manifest characters, the Flight 828 experience did bring balance and abundance.

Who is the villain in Manifest? ›

Type of Villain

General Kathryn Fitz,, better known as the Major, is the main antagonist of the first two seasons of the drama television series Manifest.

Why is Ben's hand glowing? ›

“Every time a Calling happens, it is a sign or a signal that is intended to communicate to the passengers to help them do something or realize something,” Rake says. “Ben's glowing hand should be interpreted as exactly that. It's a puzzle piece that is going to lead him to the next step in his mythological journey.

Why is Cal the Holy Grail? ›

Cal might just be the Holy Grail since he is someone who knows what happened on the plane. He is probably the only one from the plane who actually benefitted from the time lapse.

What are the 3 Dark Shadows in Manifest? ›

The shadows were revealed to be three meth dealers. Michaela arrested them despite the Callings telling her to let them go. When the dealers escaped imprisonment, they kidnapped Cal as retribution against Michaela.

Are the callings good or evil in Manifest? ›

After all, there is evidence in the show that indicates that the Callings aren't inherently good. It's important to point out that the Callings essentially killed two people who followed them and did what they were supposed to do.

What actually happens in Manifest? ›

Most notably, the ending of Manifest season three saw Angelina, a passenger from Flight 828, be rescued from the home she'd been locked in by her religious parents. But that experience, combined with falling in with a cult of doomsday preppers meant she herself became brainwashed.

What does the end of Manifest mean? ›

Angelina is so convinced that Eden is actually her guardian angel that she's willing to murder an innocent person over it. Showrunner Jeff Rake sold "Manifest" to NBC with plans for six seasons already mapped out. In an interview with TV Line, Rake said he had always planned for Grace to die at this point in the show.

Why did the plane disappear in Manifest? ›

Ben comes to the conclusion that the plane actually exploded and that the passengers died before they were resurrected for an as of yet unknown reason. The story is later leaked on the news after pictures are leaked from Guantanamo Bay.

Why do they keep hearing voices in Manifest? ›

It's started as hearing voices. These voices urged Michaela Stone to act against her instincts and even lead some passengers back to the plane. Eventually, though, the Flight 828 passengers learned they were connected via these telepathic “callings,” as nicknamed by Ben Stone.

What is the angel in Manifest? ›

It turns out the angel is trying to lead Michaela to the same "him" she already lead Saanvi to earlier: a patient on the ward who has been diagnosed as schizophrenic. His name is Thomas, and he was a stowaway on Flight 828. Thomas is a Jamaican refugee, targeted by his government for being an openly gay activist.

IS 828 in the Bible? ›

828 is a direct reference to a specific bible verse

As first pointed out by Bustle, the number "828" can be read as 8:28, which could indicate Romans 8:28, a bible verse of particular relevance to the plot of the show.

What is Zeke's new ability in Manifest? ›

Instead of seeing traditional visions of the future, he gains the ability to feel exactly what others are feeling. He uses his newfound ability to discover information that moves the plot along and helps him and his friends overcome obstacles along the way.

Why did Zeke come back to life? ›

An earthquake soon strikes the cave, giving Zeke the opportunity to escape. Unknown to Zeke, he actually froze to death and like the 828 passengers, was resurrected with Zeke coming back to life a year later.

What does the peacock mean in Manifest? ›

In the season 3 premiere, Ben theorized (perhaps correctly) that the passengers didn't just vanish – they died and were resurrected five years later. In the Christian religion, the peacock is regarded as a symbol of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Why was Cal older at the end of Manifest? ›

Cal Lost Five Years Of His Life

In other words, Cal didn't actually go anywhere. Instead, he simply aged up five years to match his correct age. If Flight 828 hadn't vanished, Cal would be 17 years old.

Is Michaela the Holy Grail? ›

Michaela likely is the “Holy Grail”. It is her ability that has driven each of the events so far, and it is her picture The Major in the snow is holding.

Does Lourdes get pregnant in Manifest? ›

With Michaela coming back, Jared probably hoped to find some closure but now that Lourdes is pregnant that is not happening.

Are the passengers on Manifest death? ›

But, Manifest made a decision that undermines that goal and much of the story we've watched unfold since the show premiered in 2018: At the end of Season 3, Grace Stone (Athena Karkanis) died, after one of the passengers stabbed her and kidnapped Ben and Grace's toddler.

Who are the three Manifest men? ›

The arc involving Jace (James McMenamin), Kory (DazMann Still), and Pete (Devin Harjez) and their impending Death Date culminated in all three characters dying, plus Tyrique (Warner Miller), who was an unfortunate causality of the conflict.

What happened to the three criminals in Manifest? ›

After disappearing for five years, they returned and hadn't aged at all. Then they learned they all have “death dates”: They'll die the way they should have after being back for the exact amount of time they were gone.

Why did Grace have a calling? ›

And it does so in quite the unusual way: Grace has a Calling (!!) telling her to stop before a nurse can take her blood for the paternity test. That can only mean one thing for one of the Stone family members who wasn't on the plane: Ben's (Josh Dallas) the father.

Does Jared become an Xer? ›

Michaela tells Zeke there's something else going on, Jared said he was saving her life. “His actions have made it pretty clear that he's an Xer.

Does saanvi stop having callings? ›

Saanvi tells him about her successful gene mutation removal and that the callings have stopped for her. She resolves to help him, and hopefully avoid his death date. Before she is able to administer the cure to Zeke, he notices that it has caused her to lose her memory, and act irratically and out of character.

Does Manifest have an ending? ›

So many unanswered questions. NBC canceled Manifest despite its shocking season 3 finale cliffhanger. Luckily, Netflix saved the day, ordering a fourth and final season, thanks to a new crop of fans desperate to find out what happened to Flight 828.

Who does Michaela end up with in Manifest? ›

Michaela Stone eventually married Zeke during 'Manifest' season 2. Jared and Michaela might've had a romantic connection, but Michaela and Zeke had a “supernatural connection.” Although Zeke wasn't a passenger on Flight 828, this Manifest character shared “callings” with Michaela.

Does Captain Daly come back? ›

If Daly was right, he'll be able to come back in 2024, just in time for the end of the series and the characters' Death Date. Dr. Gumpta seeing him in Eureka was a sign that Daly had somehow returned early. A hidden detail in Captain Daly's cameo casts doubt on the idea that he returned at all.

Who does Ben end up with in Manifest? ›

Editor's Note: This article contains spoilers for Manifest. After the death of Grace Stone (Athena Karkanis) at the end of Manifest Season 3, some have quickly taken to Ben Stone (Josh Dallas) ending up with Saanvi Bahl (Parveen Kaur) at the end of the upcoming final season on Netflix.

Why did they skip 5 years Manifest? ›

"The plane was supposed to have been a normal flight. The future people sent the plane back (it took them some time to do that, thus the 5 year gap) and the callings were basically what the passengers would have done or could have done if the flight had gone normally.

What did Cal see on the plane? ›

He got up from his seat and looked out the window to see a bright light, and said, “it's all connected”. What he was looking at in this moment was never revealed, but the implication of this scene is that Cal is the one person on board who witnessed precisely what made Flight 828 disappear for five years.

When did 828 come back? ›

The plane disappeared for five-and-a-half years.

Records show that Montego Bay Flight 828 departed from Jamaica on April 7, 2013, and arrived in New York on Nov. 4, 2018.

Is Eden Angelina's guardian angel? ›

For a quick refresher: During the second half of Manifest Season 3, 828 passenger Angelina (Holly Taylor) realized Eden Stone was her guardian angel, causing the fearful Grace to kick Angelina out of the family's home.

Why did the Weeping Angels snap necks? ›

This, in turn, allowed them to live off the remaining time energy of the victim's life. However, when this potential energy paled in comparison to an alternative power source to feed on, the Angels were known to kill by other means, such as snapping their victims' necks.

Is Angelina evil in Manifest? ›

While Angelina originally started out as a good character, she quickly became evil and ended up killing Grace and kidnapping Eden.

What does the Bible say about Manifest Destiny? ›

'Because the Bible tells me so': Manifest Destiny and American Indians. bow down before. that they were entitled to dominion over Indians and their lands? becomes the law of the land, and cannot be questioned."

How long was flight 828 missing? ›

The flight 828 cast portrays the life after the plane Montego Airflight 828 returns after five years of mysteriously vanishing. The Manifest's plot shows that the aircraft took from Montego Bay, Jamaica, to New York.

What does manifest mean in the Bible? ›

Definitions of manifestation. a clear appearance. “a manifestation of great emotion” examples: Second Coming of Christ. (Christian theology) the reappearance of Jesus as judge for the Last Judgment.

What is the secret behind Law of Attraction? ›

The Secret is the Law of Attraction. Under the Law of Attraction, the complete order of the Universe is determined, including everything that comes into your life and everything that you experience. It does so through the magnetic power of your thoughts. Through the Law of Attraction like attracts like.

How do you manifest deeply? ›

How to Manifest in 6 steps
  1. Identify a situation you care deeply about.
  2. Continue to refine the details.
  3. Be mindful to self-talk and stay attentive.
  4. Build and cultivate self-efficacy.
  5. Set environmental cues and accountability partners.
  6. Track progress and celebrate success.

How do you manifest what you want? ›

Eight ways to manifest anything
  1. Be clear about what you want. ...
  2. Figure out how what you want makes you feel. ...
  3. Create a plan – and stick to it. ...
  4. Practice gratitude and radical kindness. ...
  5. Address limiting beliefs. ...
  6. Trust the process. ...
  7. Raise your vibration. ...
  8. Don't be afraid to receive and acknowledge signs from the universe.
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How do you manifest Rhonda Byrne? ›

“Fastest way is gratitude. Gratitude gets rid of negativity, if you sit down and count your blessings and think about all of the things you're grateful for,” Byrne says. When she struggled with this in her own life, Byrne would practice this every single day, doing it until she felt good.

How can I talk to the universe by Law of Attraction? ›

3 Steps to Use the Law of Attraction
  1. Step 1: Ask the Universe for What You Want. Every day, you send out requests to the universe—as well as to your subconscious mind—in the form of thoughts. ...
  2. Step 2: Believe You'll Get What You Want. ...
  3. Step 3: Receive What You Want.

Is Law of Attraction is true? ›

What the science says. Scientifically speaking, there's no concrete evidence that says the law of attraction actually exists. Proponents say the law of attraction is supported by theories from quantum physics that suggest this “law” has an energetic and vibrational element. “It's the principle that 'like attracts like.

How do you ask the universe for a specific person? ›

When you're ready to ask the universe for a specific person, the first step is… to ask! But actually, it's more like affirming than asking.
...
Ways to ask the universe for a specific person
  1. Say it out loud.
  2. Write it down.
  3. Simply ask in your mind.
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What is the strongest manifestation method? ›

Visualization is perhaps one of the most powerful manifestation techniques, and it's something we probably do without even realizing we're manifesting. Practice visualization of your desires and how you will feel once you accomplish them to open up your mind and keep you motivated to achieve your goals.

How do you know if someone is manifesting you? ›

When someone is actively manifesting you into their life, they will make moves in order to bring their manifestation into physical reality. These actions may include talking to you, texting you, or wanting to meet up in person.

How do I know if my manifestation is working? ›

13 signs your manifesting is working
  1. 1) The universe gives you a test. ...
  2. 2) You're naturally optimistic. ...
  3. 3) A highly intuitive advisor confirms it. ...
  4. 4) You start seeing angel numbers everywhere. ...
  5. 5) You get a really positive feeling about what you're manifesting. ...
  6. 6) You experience synchronicity.
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What time is best for manifestation? ›

While it's true that you are manifesting all day long, the best time of day to manifest is in the morning. You know the saying, “How you start your day is how you live your day.” Well, this is definitely true when it comes to manifesting.

Can you manifest a specific person? ›

The best way to manifest someone is to try manifesting your soulmate or your perfect best friends—not a specific person.

What are the three steps of Law of Attraction? ›

The 3 Laws of Attraction are:
  • Like Attracts Like.
  • Nature Abhors a Vacuum.
  • The Present is Always Perfect.

Is Rhonda Byrne still alive? ›

Rhonda Byrne (/bɜːrn/ BURN; née Izon; born 1951, Melbourne, Australia) is an Australian television writer and producer.
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OccupationWriter, producer
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