Flight 828 has reached its final destination. In the series finale of the NBC-turned-Netflix supernatural drama Manifest, the passengers of the infamous flight, who inexplicably disappeared for five-and-a-half years during a routine trip from Jamaica to New York on April 7, 2013, faced their final judgment in the eyes of the Divine Consciousness on the day they were prophesied to meet an untimely end: June 2, 2024.
Picking up in the aftermath of the penultimate episode, which saw Cal (Ty Doran) sacrifice himself before the Death Date to combine the sapphire in his dragon tattoo with the sapphire in the piece of Noah’s Ark located inside the volcanic fissure, the finale begins with Michaela (Melissa Roxburgh), Ben (Josh Dallas), Saanvi (Parveen Kaur), and T.J. (Garrett Wareing) all waking up separately and experiencing symptoms of a panic attack. Later that morning, while wandering through the woods, Olive (Luna Blaise), Eden (Brianna and Gianna Riccio) and T.J. find the ill-fated volcano card with an illegible inscription carved on a rock.
Given that Michaela and Ben had visited the site as children, Olive offers to return to the Stone house, where the villainous Angelina (Holly Taylor) was hiding out with her followers, to look at old family albums stowed away in the attic that could give them insight into the original carving. Despite Ben’s objections, Michaela warns that the passengers could all meet a violent end on their Death Date, leading them to say heartfelt goodbyes to Olive, Eden, Jared (J.R. Ramirez), and a very pregnant Drea (Ellen Tamaki).
On their way back to the campsite, Michaela, Ben, Saanvi, and T.J. deduce that the symptoms they experienced—accelerated heartbeat, disorientation, lack of oxygen—are a terrifying preview of how they’re supposed to die. But they weren’t about to go through that final experience alone. Cal’s sacrifice created a beacon of light that led all of the other passengers of Flight 828 to gather at Storm King Mountain, where Saanvi deposited the fragment of Noah’s Ark. There, the passengers—aside from Angelina and her seven followers, who suffered a temporary setback, thanks to some engine tampering from Adrian (Jared Grimes) and Eagan (Ali Lopez-Sohaili)—spend the rest of the day together, proving how the members of the Lifeboat have, for better or for worse, become a family through this largely traumatic experience. With their fates hanging in the balance, Ben attempts to deliver a hopeful speech about Cal’s sacrifice, but he is interrupted when the ground opens up to reveal the missing plane, which disappeared from Eureka in the season 3 finale, rising up from the volcanic fissure. (Around the world, subterranean volcanoes are also on the verge of erupting with little notice, potentially leading to an extinction-level event.) Michaela and Ben—the captains of the Lifeboat—realize that, in order to face their judgment and survive, the passengers must return to where it all started.
Back at the Stone house, Olive, Drea and Jared attempt to crack their final clue by going through old bird-watching pictures, which were organized by species by Olive’s grandmother. Before long, Olive focuses her attention on the silver drake—drake is another word for dragon, and the spiritual leader Al-Zuras has described the plane as the “silver dragon” in his journals—and finds an inscription that reads, “Forgiveness lightens the heart PIXLAZ.” Olive explains that in Egyptian mythology, some believe that “hearts are being weighed against a feather,” rather than simply on a scale where good deeds are weighed against bad ones. AZ clearly stands for Al-Zuras, but Olive soon concludes that “P” stands for “page,” “IX” represents the World card on page 9, and “L” is the Roman numeral for 50. On that page, Olive finds the photo of her father carrying her out of a fire in the second season—only to realize that the drawing is actually of Ben carrying Angelina. In other words, the only way Ben can survive is if he forgives Angelina for killing his wife, Grace (Athena Karkanis), and abducting their daughter, Eden. (At the same time, Drea goes into labor with Jared by her side!)
Meanwhile, believing that she is an angel sent by God, Angelina arrives outside the plane and demands that all of the passengers except for her and her “chosen” seven disembark the vessel immediately because she believes the “ark” has been sent to save them—and only them—from the impending apocalypse. Angelina even threatens to use her sapphire power to force everyone else off the plane. But much to her horror, the mystical blue light in her arm quickly burns out, rendering her powerless. Michaela and Ben use this as an opportunity to board the remaining passengers, including Angelina’s (former) followers, but Ben returns to Angelina when the ground beneath their feet begins to tremble. At first, Ben threatens to shoot Angelina, who confesses that everyone in her life has betrayed her and that she never intended to kill Grace in the first place. But once he realizes that “it’s not the power that matters [but] how you use it,” Ben backs down and decides to carry a badly injured Angelina into the plane, thereby fulfilling the prophecy that his daughter had just discovered.
After Michaela and Amuta work together in the cockpit to get the plane off the ground, Michaela joins the other passengers in the aircraft cabin, where some begin developing fiery cracks all over their face and body before combusting into a pile of ash. Saanvi attempts to reassure the surviving passengers that only those who deserve it will meet this horrifying fate, but she soon finds herself developing the same symptoms. When he realizes that Adrian is about to die, Eagan—one of the show’s more egocentric characters—pleads with the divinity to take him instead. Eagan thinks he deserves to die, but Adrian tells him that any man who would sacrifice himself is not selfish, and both of them heal. At the same time, Ben tells Saanvi that he is not ready to lose her and that she needs to remember all of the people she has saved, and she survives as well. Angelina, however, does not meet the same fate and satisfyingly turns into a pile of ash in the aisle.
But Flight 828 wasn’t exactly out of the woods. After Angelina’s literal implosion, a terrifying shadowy figure—a kind of grim reaper that bears resemblance to what happened with the Meth Heads—rises from the ashes, threatening all of the remaining passengers. Urging everyone to get behind them, Michaela and Ben take it upon themselves to spell out the other passengers’ good deeds. “We’re just a group of 191 regular people, but you chose us. And ever since, we have been hated, tested on, and imprisoned!” Michaela yells. In the end, all of those pleas are enough for the dark spirits to disappear and for the volcanic activity to grind to a halt, because they have done everything they can to prove they are worthy of living and that they have learned from these Callings.
Suddenly, Amuta calls Michaela back to the cockpit about the “long, delirious, burning blue” glow. Instead of letting the light chase them like last time, Michaela instructs the co-pilot to fly straight into the glow, at which point the plane no longer feels like it is moving. Leading the charge, Michaela and Ben walk off the plane hand-in-hand into the blinding white light, and they find themselves back in Queens, N.Y., on April 7, 2013, where they see their late mother and Grace alive and well.
Cal and Olive, who were forced to grow up quicker than anyone else implicated in this mysterious flight, are revealed to be younger with no recollection of what has happened in the last 11 years, much like everyone else who wasn’t on the flight. Meanwhile, the passengers, including those who have died in the last four seasons, have little reminders from when they were gone, but they soon realize that Cal’s sacrifice was actually a gift, giving them the ultimate second chance to live life on their own terms.
And that’s exactly what they do. At baggage claim, Saanvi reunites with her one true love, Alex, who expresses her regret for not being on the flight from Jamaica in the first place; Ben tells Grace that Saanvi will cure Cal’s leukemia and that they are destined to have another child; T.J. runs into young Olive, who doesn’t remember what happened between them, but he meets Violet; and Michaela tells Jared that she can’t marry him. “I will always, always love you,” Michaela tells her ex-fiancé, who has a meet-cute with Drea later that evening. “This trip made me realize a lot, and it made me realize that we want different things, and I don’t wanna change, and I do not want you to change. I think there’s someone better out there for you. Someone who wants everything that you want. And as long as I’m here, Jared, I’m gonna cloud everything.”
As NSA director Vance (Daryl Edwards) arrives at the airport to investigate how 11 people could have disappeared from Flight 828, Michaela, remembering that her husband, Zeke (Matt Long), once told her that he was driving a cab at JFK on the night the fateful flight was supposed to land, jumps into a taxi with him and tells him to take the scenic route so that she can fill him in on some kind of “never-ending story” about how they belong together.
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Saanvi has done enough to redeem herself. All in all, 11 people die. A smoky figure appears, presumably the Grim Reaper, but the passengers fight back, telling it about all the good they have done. It disappears in a literal puff of smoke.What happens in the final episode of season 4 of Manifest? ›
Our girl Saanvia starts to burn up but she tells Ben that she's ready to die, believing she's done some terrible things and she deserves it. Ben tells her that killing the Major was an accident and reminds her of all the lives she's saved, and Saanvia is ultimately spared.Who dies at the end of Manifest Season 4? ›
Angelina, in particular, had her death confirmed in the final minutes. As Michaela mentioned in her narration, some passengers didn't get to return, evidenced by the scene where Angelina's father was seen expressing outrage over his daughter's absence from Flight 828's return.Who dies in the finale of Manifest? ›
Finally, Michaela remembers that her husband, Zeke (Matt Long), who sacrificed himself to save Cal in the time-jump timeline, is waiting outside.Do they survive the death date in Manifest? ›
All of the passengers who died along the way are resurrected, aside from Angelina and the others who weren't able to beat the Death Date, while Cal is restored to his childhood without any memories of the five and a half years that had passed.What is the final ending of Manifest? ›
The series finale of Manifest ends with Michaela rushing to the cab line outside the airport, looking inside every cab until she finds Zeke, knowing he was at the airport the night Flight 828 landed. Michaela stops an old man from getting in Zeke's cab by telling him that her husband is driving.Who is the villain in Manifest Season 4? ›
Yes, you guessed it, that villain is Angelina Meyer. So how did Manifest create the show's ultimate villain in Angelina (Holly Taylor)?Who does Jared end up with in Manifest? ›
Before Flight 828 departs and goes missing, Jared is ready to spend the rest of his life with Michaela but it's clear she's unsure of whether to accept his proposal. When 828 goes missing, Jared eventually moves on and marries Michaela's best friend, Lourdes, much to Michaela's surprise.Who does Michaela end up with in Manifest? ›
“It was interesting when the plot twist came for me, that she winds up with Zeke,” she says. “I think it makes complete sense that she does. From day one, there's been so many Jared-Michaela fans that I think everyone thought it was going that way. And then when it didn't, it was a beautiful, beautiful change.”Who does Saanvi end up with in Manifest Season 4? ›
When the Flight 828 passengers who passed their final judgment return to April 7, 2013, Ben ends up back in the arms of Grace. For her part, Saanvi's thrilled to see Alex waiting for her at the airport, and the couple finally has their chance together.
In the end of the series finale of Manifest, Michaela ends up with Zeke.Who does Jared end up with in Manifest Season 4 Part 2? ›
While their relationship was always complicated, in season 4, part 2, Michaela and Jared do get back together.Do Ben and Saanvi get together? ›
While Ben and Saanvi kiss and have a one-night stand in the second part of season 4, they don't become a couple. The two always had a close friendship, and they do take their relationship to a more sexual level during the show's final episodes. But ultimately, they decide not to pursue each other romantically.Did Saanvi lose her callings? ›
Saanvi tells him about her successful gene mutation removal and that the callings have stopped for her.What happens to Olive in Manifest? ›
After Flight 828
At some point after the flight went missing, Olive began dating Cal's friend, Kevin. Not much is known about their relationship, although Grace tells Ben when they return that Kevin had been really good for Olive. They seem to be happy together until Kevin's last appearance in Point of No Return.
With this death date looming over his head, Zeke follows the Calling to a frozen lake and saves Cal. In doing so, it appears that that has prevented him from dying.What is date of death called? ›
A death anniversary (or deathday) is the anniversary of the death of a person.What does death date mean? ›
Definition: The date on which the person died.What actually happened to the plane in Manifest? ›
It crashed in the future, and the people in that future realized it had caused a ripple effect in the timeline, probably a negative one. "The plane was supposed to have been a normal flight.Who ends up being the major in Manifest? ›
General Kathryn Fitz, better known as the Major, is the central antagonist of the drama television series Manifest, serving as the main antagonist of season one, the central antagonist of season two, and a posthumous antagonist in season 3.
The Manifest series finale offers closure for not only the characters but the fans. The ending is also a full-circle moment that takes us back to the very first episode and not only closes a door but opens another one that has endless possibilities.Is Eden Angelina's guardian angel? ›
She feels some kindred spirit, deep connection with baby Eden. She's called Eden her guardian angel; she thinks she saves her. It's a very important connection.Who is the major's daughter in Manifest? ›
Lauren Norvelle as Sarah Fitz (season 3), The Major's daughter who begins dating Jared after seeking out the NYPD to investigate her mother's disappearance. Warner Miller as Tarik (season 3), Grace's stepbrother who lives somewhere in Upstate New York. He is later stabbed by Jace and dies of his wounds in Grace's arms.Who is the 828 killer? ›
That honor goes to Angelina's father Kenneth Meyer, who we discover is the real 828 killer. In episode 8, Kenneth shows up at the Stone house with the intention of killing Eden aka “the demon child” as he refers to her.Who does Ben marry in Manifest? ›
Ben, for one, was married and devoted to his wife, Grace (Athena Karkanis). They even have a child over the course of the series who becomes important later on in Eden.Does Jared date the major's daughter? ›
Sarah Fitz is daughter of The Major and ex-girlfriend of Jared Vasquez.Does Michaela become a cop again Manifest? ›
Olive is now five and a half years older than her twin, Cal, who is still ten and a half. When Michaela returns to work as a cop at the 129th Precinct of the NYPD, she learns that her now ex-fiance, Jared, had married her best friend Lourdes instead, to which Michaela is heartbroken.What happens to Angelina in Manifest season 4? ›
So, what happens to Angelina? For much of the season, Angelina and her followers are on the run. Eventually, they settle into the Stone family home. Not content to just play house, Angelina and Eagan (Ali Lopéz-Sohaili) tie the knot in Episode 8, “Lift/Drag,” which was directed by Roxburgh.Does Michaela find out Jared is the leak? ›
Michaela realizes that Jared's been undercover; why didn't he tell her? Jared needed her to believe that he was in so deep that they'd believe; it took a lot to gain their trust. Michaela brings up the blown police raid, and Jared says she was right; he tipped them off.Why did Ben and Saanvi kiss? ›
Manifest Season 4, Part 2, gets Benvi stans all hot and bothered again in Episode 12 when Saanvi and Ben once again kiss to avoid getting caught in a restricted area. This time, they share a full-on steamy as hell make-out session that's interrupted by Vance.
At some point in her life Alex married a man named Scott, but despite this she later began a relationship with Saanvi Bahl.Who is the mole in Manifest? ›
Elsewhere, Ben tells Saanvi that she has a mole, and she discovers that the mole is her therapist and that her therapist is The Major, a shadowy figure with uncertain motives (the writers have not yet figured out what those motives are). So, Saanvi plants some fake evidence to keep The Major busy for a few weeks.What happens to Zeke in Manifest season 4? ›
In Season 4, Part 1 of Manifest, the series broke viewers' hearts by killing off one of its greatest characters, Zeke Landon.Are Michaela and Ben twins in Manifest? ›
No, Michaela and Ben on the show Manifest are not twins. They are siblings and have an identical twin brother, Cal. Michaela and Ben have an especially close bond, as Ben parents had died when they were children and Michaela became a surrogate mother figure for him, which bonded them even closer.Who will return in Manifest season 4? ›
What we know about 'Manifest' Season 4, Part 2. The final episodes of “Manifest” will bring back cast members Melissa Roxburgh, Josh Dallas, J.R. Ramirez, Luna Blaise, Parveen Kaur, Matt Long, Holly Taylor, Daryl Edwards and Ty Doran.Who is Jared Vasquez love interest? ›
Jared's Unsettling Love Life
After Michaela supposedly died aboard the flight, Jared bonded with Michaela's other best friend Lourdes (Victoria Cartagena). Eventually, during the five years, the two were married and planned to spend their lives together.
If there's a Manifest character that's a true neutral evil, it's Adrian (Jared Grimes). Since day one, he's been a constant antagonist to the mission of Ben, Michaela, Saanvi, and those working to save the Lifeboat. He's done everything in his power to avoid being of help and doing anything that serves him.Is Jared an Xers Manifest? ›
This can't be all just one big coincidence. Michaela Stone : No, it's a smokescreen, and you're falling for it. Jared Vasquez is an Xer. Officer Dibacco : Michaela.Who finds Ben in Manifest? ›
Cal rushes in to talk Angelina down, while Michaela, Jared, and Zeke rescue Ben. After freeing Ben, Michaela gets the other passengers out of the home while Ben finally reunites with Eden.Whose baby is Grace carrying in Manifest? ›
On a far lighter note, the plot twist offered a fun, unexpected and frankly sweet way for the Stones to realize that Grace's baby is indeed Ben's. “That's exactly right. It allowed us to reveal the paternity in a way that was uniquely Manifest,” Rake smiles.
As mentioned above, Ben finds Eden in Manifest season 4, episode 5, “Squawk”.What killed the major on Manifest? ›
She was unintentionally killed by Saanvi Baahl in "Icing Conditions". In "Final Boarding", she is restored to life in the new timeline as a side effect of Flight 828 being returned to 2013 after the passengers beat the Death Date.What happens to Sanvi on Manifest? ›
Saanvi, initially accepting her fate, is convinced by Ben to forgive herself, and she survives the judgment.Who was Saanvi texting? ›
Regier isn't who she says she is. Unrequited Love | “Where are you?” Saanvi texted Alex (Sydney Morton), as flight 828 was about to take off. We learn that Alex is a woman! Saanvi is part of the LGBTQ+ community and we're loving it!Do olive and Levi get together? ›
Is Levi one of them? In Manifest season 3, the Stones had a new ally by the name of Levi on their side to help with research. Levi, who is played by Will Peltz, was Ben's new research assistant at the college. He and Olive grow close as they work together on Al-Zuras research and eventually start dating.Does Olive Stone get callings? ›
Luna Blaise as Olive Stone
She has dated T.J. and Levi, and grew close to Angelina before she betrayed her family. Though Olive doesn't get Callings, she's become one of the experts on the mysteries of 828, not just because of her family, but through actively researching every new lead.
The final stretch of "Manifest" episodes finally hit Netflix on June 3, unsurprisingly culminating in a series of deaths just prior to its conclusion. NBC famously canceled "Manifest" in 2021, only for Netflix to pick it up for a fourth and final season.Who ends up together in Manifest? ›
Happy Endings For Some
Ben and Grace get to share their lives again, Olive and Cal can grow up together, and Michaela meets Zeke at the airport to begin their relationship anew. Saanvi is reunited with her partner Alex, and it seems like our main cast will live happily ever after.
While Ben and Saanvi kiss and have a one-night stand in the second part of season 4, they don't become a couple. The two always had a close friendship, and they do take their relationship to a more sexual level during the show's final episodes. But ultimately, they decide not to pursue each other romantically.Do Ben and Saanvi kiss? ›
Back in November 2022, Manifest Season 4, Part 1 surprised viewers with a blessed Benvi kiss. Sure, the two 828 passengers smacked lips as an impromptu cover-up for another one of their risky plans, but the passion they exuded felt real.
Ben and Saanvi, these were two people cut from the same cloth, and they were great friends — and they also had trauma bonding happening.” In the second part of Season 4, they sleep together, but quickly acknowledge they aren't meant to be.