Flight 828 has reached its remaining vacation spot. Within the sequence finale of the NBC-turned-Netflix supernatural drama Manifest, the passengers of the notorious flight, who inexplicably disappeared for five-and-a-half years throughout a routine journey from Jamaica to New York on April 7, 2013, confronted their remaining judgment within the eyes of the Divine Consciousness on the day they had been prophesied to satisfy an premature finish: June 2, 2024.
Selecting up within the aftermath of the penultimate episode, which noticed Cal (Ty Doran) sacrifice himself earlier than the Loss of life Date to mix the sapphire in his dragon tattoo with the sapphire within the piece of Noah’s Ark positioned contained in the volcanic fissure, the finale begins with Michaela (Melissa Roxburgh), Ben (Josh Dallas), Saanvi (Parveen Kaur), and T.J. (Garrett Wareing) all waking up individually and experiencing signs of a panic assault. Later that morning, whereas wandering by the woods, Olive (Luna Blaise), Eden (Brianna and Gianna Riccio) and T.J. discover the ill-fated volcano card with an illegible inscription carved on a rock.
On condition that Michaela and Ben had visited the positioning as kids, Olive affords to return to the Stone home, the place the villainous Angelina (Holly Taylor) was hiding out along with her followers, to have a look at previous household albums stowed away within the attic that would give them perception into the unique carving. Regardless of Ben’s objections, Michaela warns that the passengers might all meet a violent finish on their Loss of life Date, main them to say heartfelt goodbyes to Olive, Eden, Jared (J.R. Ramirez), and a really pregnant Drea (Ellen Tamaki).
On their approach again to the campsite, Michaela, Ben, Saanvi, and T.J. deduce that the signs they skilled—accelerated heartbeat, disorientation, lack of oxygen—are a terrifying preview of how they’re alleged to die. However they weren’t about to undergo that remaining expertise alone. Cal’s sacrifice created a beacon of sunshine that led the entire different passengers of Flight 828 to collect at Storm King Mountain, the place Saanvi deposited the fragment of Noah’s Ark. There, the passengers—apart from Angelina and her seven followers, who suffered a brief setback, due to some engine tampering from Adrian (Jared Grimes) and Eagan (Ali Lopez-Sohaili)—spend the remainder of the day collectively, proving how the members of the Lifeboat have, for higher or for worse, change into a household by this largely traumatic expertise. With their fates hanging within the stability, Ben makes an attempt to ship a hopeful speech about Cal’s sacrifice, however he’s interrupted when the bottom opens as much as reveal the lacking aircraft, which disappeared from Eureka within the season 3 finale, rising up from the volcanic fissure. (All over the world, subterranean volcanoes are additionally on the verge of erupting with little discover, probably resulting in an extinction-level occasion.) Michaela and Ben—the captains of the Lifeboat—notice that, as a way to face their judgment and survive, the passengers should return to the place it began.
Again on the Stone home, Olive, Drea and Jared try to crack their remaining clue by going by previous bird-watching footage, which had been organized by species by Olive’s grandmother. Earlier than lengthy, Olive focuses her consideration on the silver drake—drake is one other phrase for dragon, and the non secular chief Al-Zuras has described the aircraft because the “silver dragon” in his journals—and finds an inscription that reads, “Forgiveness lightens the center PIXLAZ.” Olive explains that in Egyptian mythology, some imagine that “hearts are being weighed in opposition to a feather,” moderately than merely on a scale the place good deeds are weighed in opposition to dangerous ones. AZ clearly stands for Al-Zuras, however Olive quickly concludes that “P” stands for “web page,” “IX” represents the World card on web page 9, and “L” is the Roman numeral for 50. On that web page, Olive finds the photograph of her father carrying her out of a hearth within the second season—solely to understand that the drawing is definitely of Ben carrying Angelina. In different phrases, the one approach Ben can survive is that if he forgives Angelina for killing his spouse, Grace (Athena Karkanis), and abducting their daughter, Eden. (On the similar time, Drea goes into labor with Jared by her facet!)
In the meantime, believing that she is an angel despatched by God, Angelina arrives exterior the aircraft and calls for that the entire passengers apart from her and her “chosen” seven disembark the vessel instantly as a result of she believes the “ark” has been despatched to save lots of them—and solely them—from the upcoming apocalypse. Angelina even threatens to make use of her sapphire energy to pressure everybody else off the aircraft. However a lot to her horror, the paranormal blue mild in her arm shortly burns out, rendering her powerless. Michaela and Ben use this as a chance to board the remaining passengers, together with Angelina’s (former) followers, however Ben returns to Angelina when the bottom beneath their toes begins to tremble. At first, Ben threatens to shoot Angelina, who confesses that everybody in her life has betrayed her and that she by no means supposed to kill Grace within the first place. However as soon as he realizes that “it’s not the facility that issues [but] how you utilize it,” Ben backs down and decides to hold a badly injured Angelina into the aircraft, thereby fulfilling the prophecy that his daughter had simply found.
After Michaela and Amuta work collectively within the cockpit to get the aircraft off the bottom, Michaela joins the opposite passengers within the plane cabin, the place some start growing fiery cracks throughout their face and physique earlier than combusting right into a pile of ash. Saanvi makes an attempt to reassure the surviving passengers that solely those that deserve it is going to meet this horrifying destiny, however she quickly finds herself growing the identical signs. When he realizes that Adrian is about to die, Eagan—one of many present’s extra selfish characters—pleads with the divinity to take him as an alternative. Eagan thinks he deserves to die, however Adrian tells him that any man who would sacrifice himself shouldn’t be egocentric, and each of them heal. On the similar time, Ben tells Saanvi that he’s not able to lose her and that she wants to recollect the entire individuals she has saved, and he or she survives as nicely. Angelina, nevertheless, doesn’t meet the identical destiny and satisfyingly turns right into a pile of ash within the aisle.
However Flight 828 wasn’t precisely out of the woods. After Angelina’s literal implosion, a terrifying shadowy determine—a form of grim reaper that bears resemblance to what occurred with the Meth Heads—rises from the ashes, threatening the entire remaining passengers. Urging everybody to get behind them, Michaela and Ben take it upon themselves to spell out the opposite passengers’ good deeds. “We’re only a group of 191 common individuals, however you selected us. And ever since, we’ve been hated, examined on, and imprisoned!” Michaela yells. Ultimately, all of these pleas are sufficient for the darkish spirits to vanish and for the volcanic exercise to grind to a halt, as a result of they’ve executed every little thing they will to show they’re worthy of dwelling and that they’ve discovered from these Callings.
All of the sudden, Amuta calls Michaela again to the cockpit concerning the “lengthy, delirious, burning blue” glow. As a substitute of letting the sunshine chase them like final time, Michaela instructs the co-pilot to fly straight into the glow, at which level the aircraft not looks like it’s transferring. Main the cost, Michaela and Ben stroll off the aircraft hand-in-hand into the blinding white mild, they usually discover themselves again in Queens, N.Y., on April 7, 2013, the place they see their late mom and Grace alive and nicely.
Cal and Olive, who had been pressured to develop up faster than anybody else implicated on this mysterious flight, are revealed to be youthful with no recollection of what has occurred within the final 11 years, very similar to everybody else who wasn’t on the flight. In the meantime, the passengers, together with those that have died within the final 4 seasons, have little reminders from once they had been gone, however they quickly notice that Cal’s sacrifice was really a present, giving them the final word second probability to reside life on their very own phrases.
And that’s precisely what they do. At baggage declare, Saanvi reunites along with her one real love, Alex, who expresses her remorse for not being on the flight from Jamaica within the first place; Ben tells Grace that Saanvi will treatment Cal’s leukemia and that they’re destined to have one other youngster; T.J. runs into younger Olive, who doesn’t keep in mind what occurred between them, however he meets Violet; and Michaela tells Jared that she will’t marry him. “I’ll all the time, all the time love you,” Michaela tells her ex-fiancé, who has a meet-cute with Drea later that night. “This journey made me notice so much, and it made me notice that we would like various things, and I don’t wanna change, and I are not looking for you to alter. I feel there’s somebody higher on the market for you. Somebody who desires every little thing that you really want. And so long as I’m right here, Jared, I’m gonna cloud every little thing.”
As NSA director Vance (Daryl Edwards) arrives on the airport to research how 11 individuals might have disappeared from Flight 828, Michaela, remembering that her husband, Zeke (Matt Lengthy), as soon as instructed her that he was driving a cab at JFK on the night time the fateful flight was alleged to land, jumps right into a taxi with him and tells him to take the scenic route in order that she will fill him in on some form of “endless story” about how they belong collectively.
Max Gao is a contract leisure and sports activities journalist primarily based in Toronto. He has written for The New York Instances, Los Angeles Instances, NBC Information, Sports activities Illustrated, The Each day Beast, Harper’s Bazaar, ELLE, Males’s Well being, Teen Vogue and W Journal. Observe him on Twitter: @MaxJGao.