Manifest season 4: How will having four seasons instead of six impact the endgame?

MANIFEST -- "MAYDAY PART: 1" Episode 312 -- Pictured: Josh Dallas as Ben Stone -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC/Warner Brothers)
MANIFEST -- "MAYDAY PART: 1" Episode 312 -- Pictured: Josh Dallas as Ben Stone -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC/Warner Brothers) /

By now, all Manifesters know that Netflix saved the series for a fourth and final season. Following an impressive showing when the first two seasons started streaming on Netflix and the powerful #SaveManifest campaign, Manifest season 4 was all but inevitable.

Since the new 20-episode has been confirmed as the final run for Manifest, some fans might be concerned that creator Jeff Rake’s complete six-season vision isn’t coming to fruition. (And that’s not the only thing that could have fans worried with the move to Netflix.)

Rake has said in the past that he had plotted out the series to span six seasons for a slow burn to unveil the full mystery of Flight 828. But now that Manifest season 4 will officially cap off the series, how does that affect Rake’s plans for the endgame?

While talking to Entertainment Weekly about Netflix saving the series, Rake shed some light on what fans can expect from season 4 and how the reduced number of seasons will impact the game plan for the grande finale of the Flight 828 saga.

Will the Manifest season 4 endgame change?

As luck would have it, Rake is confident that 20 episodes will be enough to wrap up what’s left of the story. Knowing our fearless leader and the Manifest writing team, we have no doubt that they can get to the finish line without losing any of what will make the ending so special.

Rake told EW the endgame won’t change, even if the means of getting there have:

"“I have always talked about three more seasons — and part of that was chronological, because it’s always been my goal get to the series finale in real time in accordance with the five and a half years that the passengers had back — and that might have to adjust somewhat depending on how these episodes roll out.”"

Obviously, tracking the series in real time in accordance with the passengers’ death date makes total sense. But there are definitely creative ways to get around the reduced amount of time we have to spend with the Stones and company on screen.

Rake has assured fans that he’s sticking to his overall roadmap for the series and will hit all of the necessary beats to wrap up both the mythology and the relationships at the core of Manifest. He may not have three more seasons to do it, but 20 episodes will be plenty to land this plane.

Stay tuned for more Manifest season 4 news and updates from Netflix Life!

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