The first poster for Manifest season 3 promises answers to its central mystery, all while ominously hyping up the tailfin from the end of last season. NBC’s supernatural series first premiered in 2018 and boasted a compelling premise: A passenger airplane experiences some extreme turbulence on the way from Jamaica to New York, and when it lands, those onboard learn they have been deemed missing for five years. Hailed by many as television’s new Lost, Manifest began to unravel the mystery behind Montenegro Air Flight 828, particularly as those returned passengers began to hear strange voices (dubbed “Callings”) and see visions.
Manifest season 2 came to an end in April 2020 and, due to the coronavirus pandemic, the wait for season 3 has stretched on a bit longer than expected. For fans, this is particularly frustrating because of where the finale left off. After seemingly clearing up one issue regarding the 828 passenger’s “death dates” when Zeke (Matt Long) survived past his time, Manifest dropped a major bomb: The tailfin from Flight 828 has been recovered from the bottom of the ocean, as though the plane truly did crash five years ago.
It’s another thorny mystery for Manifest, and one that promises to bring forth some answers in season 3. In a poster released exclusively to Screen Rant, the tailfin takes center stage against a watery backdrop. That image, coupled with the striking tagline “The truth will surface,” confirms that stubborn tailfin is very, very important. Manifest showrunner Jeff Rake had this to say about season 3:
From literally the opening shot of Season Three, we’ll see the Tailfin lure our heroes even deeper into the mystery of Flight 828. From the outside, there is Ben, who will stop at nothing to decipher this all-important clue. From the inside, there is Vance, who, as head of the NSA’s investigation, isn’t about to let a lone wolf like Ben outsmart the government. And then there is Saanvi, whose all-in scientific approach will put her smack in the middle of this battle.
Additionally, the official synopsis for Manifest season 3 promises “the answer to the show’s biggest mystery – what happened to the passengers of Flight 828?” Somehow, the tailfin is connected to the passengers’ strange new existence, and season 3 might finally piece that together. A common criticism that was often lobbed at Lost was that it had too many questions and not enough answers. Manifest looks like it’s going to sidestep that by finally bringing some resolution to the central mystery that kicked the series off.
The appearance of the tailfin throws a lot into question, particularly when it comes to the passengers’ survival. There are already some who don’t believe the Flight 828 passengers are who they say they are, and the implication that the plane itself really did go down casts serious doubt on their story. This is going to make things very complicated for those like Ben (Josh Dallas) and Michaela (Melissa Roxburgh). Hopefully, they (and by extension, the audience) will get some major answers soon. Manifest season 3 might have come about slower than expected, but it sounds like once it begins, it’s going to be a wild ride. Viewers will have to tune in to see how it all unfolds.
Manifest season 3 premieres on Thursday, April 1 at 8pm on NBC.