“Manifest” may be the most mind-blowing show that has recently appeared on television. And, if this fan hypothesis is correct, it would be yet another twist in a series that has already provided several. The trouble is that, due to behind-the-scenes issues, fans may never know if the notion is right.
“Manifest” is an NBC drama-thriller about a group of aircraft passengers who have mysteriously reappeared after a 5.5-year disappearance. Ben (Josh Dallas) and Michaela (Melissa Roxburgh) are the two major characters, a brother and sister who have very different perspectives on what occurred to Flight 828. Michaela, a cop, believes there is a spiritual reason, whereas Ben, a college professor, seeks a rational one. Fans are just as perplexed as Ben and Michaela. Fans have come up with theories ranging from parallel Earths to time travel to the end of the world to explain what’s going on with “Manifest.”
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Fans were further aggrieved when NBC announced the cancellation of “Manifest” on June 14, 2021, after the third season finale (via Deadline). The show was canceled halfway through creator Jeff Rake’s six-season plan.
However, we now have some more positive news. Netflix is allegedly considering renewing “Manifest” for its final three seasons, according to Deadline. If this occurs, fans will be able to see if the wacky hypothesis about The Major is correct.
If this notion is correct, The Major is someone you’ve met before.
Major General Katherine Fitz (Elizabeth Marvel) appears near the end of the first season of the show. She’s a nasty figure in charge of a strange government-funded experiment on Flight 828 passengers. She also seems to know about the Callings, which are premonitions that the passengers have, although she doesn’t say where she learned about them. The Major later acknowledged that the project’s goal was to turn the passengers’ distorted DNA into a superweapon before passing away.
However, some fans believe The Major is more than meets the eye. According to a popular Reddit hypothesis, The Major is Michaela’s elder self arriving from the future. The most persuasive piece of evidence, aside from their shared interest in the Callings, is that both Michaela and the Major wear necklaces that look to be similar. (You can see a side-by-side comparison here.)
What Michaela and/or The Major have planned is less certain. It’s also feasible that The Major is a future version of a whole new character, perhaps even a time-traveling one – one fan speculated that it could be Michaela’s daughter. This notion will remain a theory until Netflix or another network greenlights “Manifest” season 4 and beyond.