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manifest season 4 – Cast, Plot, Release Date, and Everything Else We Know

It’s official: Manifest is coming back for a fourth season on Netflix. The announcement was made on 8.28 a.m. on 8/28/2021—a nod to the pivotal Flight 828 in the series, a plane that returns with its passengers five years after taking off from Jamaica. Almost all of the cast, including leads Josh Dallas and Melissa Roxburgh, will return for the show’s final chapter (or two). The August 2021 renewal of Manifest marked a stunning about-face by Netflix, which initially declined to renew the series, as did the show’s creator NBC—but both were forced to reconsider after the addition of Manifest to Netflix shattered U.S. streaming records.

“There is something very meta about the show’s death and rebirth, given that that’s the story of the series itself,” creator Jeff Rake said in an interview with Entertainment Weekly. He’s referring to the show’s titular “manifest” of characters, all of whom were presumed dead for years before their plane touched down in New York City. The show follows a brother and sister duo—Dallas and Roxburgh—as they seek to pick up the pieces and find out exactly what happened to them.

Season 4 Plot: Expectations

The season 3 finale of Manifest had several cliffhangers that will have a significant impact on the storyline in the final season.

First was Jared (J.R. Ramirez) knowing about Saanvi (Parveen Kaur) and her involvement in the death of The Major (Elizabeth Marvel), Sarah’s (Lauren Norvelle) mother. We also saw Angelina (Holly Taylor) run off with Grace (Athena Karkanis) after killing Eden. At the same time, both Randall (Christopher Piccione) and Eagan (Ali Lopez-Sohaili) were arrested and taken away. Meanwhile, Cal (Jack Messina) disappeared into thin air after touching Flight 828’s tail.

manifest season 4 - Cast, Plot, Release Date, and Everything Else We Know
manifest season 4 – Cast, Plot, Release Date, and Everything Else We Know

There was also the sudden reappearance and disappearance of Captain Daly (Frank Deal). When asked about Captain Daly, show creator Jeff Rake told TV Insider, “Whether it’s purgatory, whether it’s the netherworld, these are terms and concepts that Ben and others will struggle to understand.” He continues, “Let’s put it this way: Captain Daly has been exactly where the passengers as a group were for those five and a half years.

Captain Daly has been exactly where Cal was from the end of Episode 312 when he disappears to when he returns right there at the very end of the season finale. What that place is, I’m going let Cal speak to that when we come back in season four.”

Expected Release

Thanks to its stellar performance on Netflix and the fans’ online petitions to save the show, Netflix announced back in August 2021 that the fourth and final season of Manifest will stream on their platform. The fourth season will consist of 20 episodes but will not be dropped on the streaming service all at once. Instead, it will be split into two or more parts. As far as the release date goes, Jeff Rake is aiming for November 2022, but nothing is official yet.

The Road to Manifest Season 4 on Netflix

Before we look to the future, let’s look at the road to Manifest season 4.

Manifest’s story began in 2018 when Flight 828 took off in the pilot episode on NBC. The series gripped viewers being the 9th top-rated show on NBC. NBC ordered a second and a third season however viewership had dropped substantially.

Season 1 reportedly had 12.61 million viewers on average which dropped by over half by the time season 3 began airing.

In the summer of 2021, the writing was on the wall for Manifest and this is where the timeline with Netflix begins.

NBC canceled the show shortly after Manifest’s season 3 finale aired on June 10th, 2021. In a likely last effort ditch to give the show some more exposure, Warner Brothers Television (who is the main owner of the show) licensed seasons 1-2 to Netflix on June 10th, 2021 as we first reported.

When did Manifest filming start?

Rake took to Twitter on November 18 to announce that the filming had officially began, also posting a picture from the set which is located in New York City.

The 20 episodes of the fourth season will be released in parts after a cliff-hanger left fans gripped and awaiting the new season.

“The endgame won’t change at all,” Rake told EW.

“I am absolutely confident that 20 episodes gives me enough time to tell the entirety of the story as I always intended to.”

When will Manifest season 4 be released?

The fourth season of the popular series is not expected to be released before the spring of 2022. The safest guess would be to expect Manifest season 4 to premiere between May and June

Manifest season 4 cast and plot

Josh Dallas, J.R. Ramirez, Melissa Roxburgh, Parveen Kaur, Luna Blaise, and Holly Taylor will all return for the fourth season of the series, while Ty Doran and Daryl Edwards will both become season regulars. However, Matt Long will not play a big part in this season due to scheduling conflicts.

Rake is expected to provide us with a thrilling ending to Manifest where he will explain to fans everything about the plane’s disappearance and what happened in the flight.

“There is a huge appetite for people wanting to know what’s that end of the story, what happened to the passengers, what ultimately happened to that airplane,” Rake told EW.

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