Feb 4, 2019
If there is one thing we have all learned from watching thirteen episodes of Manifest, is never assume you know what is going to happen next. It’s almost impossible because the writers don’t give us all the data we need. They only give us some clues. Therefore, take everything that follows as pure speculation. I doubt it even falls under the spoiler category.
Where the characters have been
Throughout season 1, while Manifest characters have been connecting with one another on a personal level, they have been doing this on a template that suggests their reentry has been a return to some kind of “hell”. If we look closely at that template, we will find a pattern (i.e. red markers) that point to this, as well as, some deeper issue or unfinished business from the past.1
Where the characters are headed
This pattern seems to be leading the characters into a deeper rabbit hole, and now with 828-hate groups hounding them, it doesn’t look good for them. But there appears to be a way out. It appears in episode 14 (“Upgrade”) and episode 15 (“Hard Landing”) things are going to be shaken up.2
- in episode 13 “Cleared for Approach“, Daly and Fiona return from the future?
- in episode 14 “Upgrade“, we see a Daly 2.0 and Fiona 2.0?
- in episode 15 “Hard Landing” their return creates a temporal earthquake that Saanvi speaks of which sends aftershocks in all directions, transporting our main characters back to the starting point?
Where “Go Back!” might lead
If this occurs, then our main characters might just be in a position to change their “hellish” conditions, and provide a path toward healing. Episode 13 already seems to be giving us some clues.
- What was initially understood as a call to return to the cave (113.5),
- became a step forward in admitting “the exact nature of one’s wrongs” (113.11), and
- ended up being a call to go back home (113.21).
Why go back? To erase the red ugly marks
Michaela and Zeke are not the only characters that may be involved. Throughout season 1, red markers have been spotted in every episode, but nothing as big or as obvious as the red X on the Stone’s front door. Near the end of the episode, Ben tries to wash the red mark off his house, and he uses a blue bucket of soapy water to do it.
In recent episodes we have been seeing the emergence of other blue markers, too. Here are a few examples:
- In episode 11, Daly gives Ben a blue binder with a whole bunch of information on Flight 828 (111.5). Although generally considered to be worthless, it does support the theory that there has been a government cover up. Expect to learn more about it in season two.3
- In episode 12, we began to see a lot of blue objects for the first time where there had been red one’s instead. There has never been a blue poster on the wall at the 129th precinct and if you click here you will see that one is prominently on display right behind Michaela’s head while she is learning that Autumn has a child. This may indicate that the relationship between Michaela and Jared will be changing. It may also suggest that Autumn and her child may continue to play a significant role in season two.
- Then in episode 13 we see her in a blue hat, and even Cal has a different jacket. Whereas in earlier episodes his sleeves were a maroon/red, they are now a dark blue. Zeke and Michaela have blue bowls in the cabin while eating. At the stone house, they have red bowls and plates. And when Michaela encourages Zeke to show himself to friends and co-workers, he says, “And what? I just call them out of the blue and say…” (113.5). Expect to see more of Zeke next season.
Other possibilities of what might be coming
Remember that blue small plastic alien that Ronnie Cox gave Ben as a welcoming gift on his first day at work at the accounting firm? What if instead of Daly and Fiona returning, there is some kind of extraterrestrial or supernatural coming? What about an angel (a.k.a. “gray woman” or “Angel of Waters”) emanating blue light?
Indeed, the possibilities are endless. The good news though is that some of the clues and things we have seen will have a connection with whatever happens or whoever is coming. I am certain that after the next three episodes, we’ll have to “go back” ourselves and sort everything out.
- c.f. Subtle hints of Michaela and Ben’s “living hell” in Manifest, Manifest Writers: “What the hell is going on?”, and What is Michaela hiding? What is weighing her down?
- c.f. Manifest: An explanation of why the plane exploded and what Season 2 might look like, What the Allman Brothers’ “Midnight Rider” reveals about Captain Daly)
- Note: As of February 3, 2018 NBC has yet to announce a second season for Manifest.