'Manifest' Season 2 Ending Explained: What Happened at the End and What It Means for the Next Season

Manifest Season 2, Episode 13 has now aired, bringing the NBC show to a close for now with a number of mysterious occurrences that set up another season.

In the season finale, titled "Icing Conditions," viewers saw Zeke (played by Matt Long) dying, only for him to come back to life moments later. The same cannot be said for The Major (Elizabeth Marvel), who died at the hands of Saanvi (Parveen Kaur). If the resurrection of Zeke was not enough for fans to think about before the next season airs, the NBC show also ended with the reveal of the tail of Flight 828, found in the water.

What happened at the end of Manifest Season 2?

Coming into Manifest Season 2, Cal (Jack Messina) had been kidnapped by meth dealers Jace (James McMenamin), Pete (Devin Harjes) and Kory (DazMann Still). They offered to return him to the Stones in order to get their drugs back from Mick (Melissa Roxburgh) and Jared (J. R. Ramirez).

The first trade didn't go ahead, but the group was eventually able to track down the kid thanks to a calling had by Zeke. After Pete showed his softer side and let Cal sneak out, everyone chased onto a frozen lake to get him. A rogue bolt of lightning cracked the ice, plunging Cal and the meth dealers into the water. Zeke saved Cal, but finally died of the frostbite he has been suffering with over this series of episodes. However, no sooner had he died than he came back to life.

According to Manifest showrunner Jeff Rake, speaking to TVLine, this resurrection will have major implications for Season 3—but for the other characters rather than Zeke.

Rake said: "Ben [Josh Dallas] deduces, sitting there in the garage with Michaela at the end of the finale, that Zeke followed the callings and survived the Death Date. Ben's going to go into Season 3 with that takeaway because it's really great news, it's optimistic news, and it's news that he urgently wants to share with every last passenger."

He went on to tease: "By the time we get to the middle of Season 3, for reasons that have to do with these meth guys, Ben is going to learn, to his chagrin, that [getting the word out] is complicated. It's more complicated than he thought."

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The 'Manifest' Season 2 ending offered viewers another mystery about the nature of Flight 828 NBC

While Team Stone were on the ice, another struggle was happening elsewhere in the Manifest Season 2 finale. Saanvi thought up a desperate plan to find a cure for Zeke's frostbite from The Major. Saanvi made her suffer anaphylaxis and says she will only give her the adrenaline needed to save her life if she tells her how to cure Zeke. As the two fight for that vial, it shatters.

After confirming to TVLine that The Major's death will be more permanent than Zeke's, Rake said to Entertainment Weekly: "We understand the desperation that that led Saanvi to show up in the park that night at the end of the season finale with poison and not necessarily with the intention to kill the major, but she knew it was a worst case scenario and the worst case scenario has come to pass.

"That has teed up an incredibly challenging season three for Saanvi. I think of it as two-tiered: We have her going forward with the real-world turmoil of having committed a terrible, terrible crime and that raises all sorts of real-world questions.

"That's half the equation that's going to play out throughout season three in a very suspenseful, compelling way. Then there's the mythological side of the equation. It seems like we've learned at the end of season 2: Follow the callings, survive the death day."

Just as Manifest fans had come to terms with those twists and turns, the Season 2 ending had another two surprises up its sleeve. First, it was discovered that the meth dealers' bodies were not in the lake, setting up their return in Season 3.

Then, Ben had a calling where he saw Flight 828 explode in the air and fall into the sea. No sooner had he done that than the tail of the plane was found by a fishing boast off the coast of Cuba—the same plane that had exploded in Season 1.

Though the showrunner would not reveal any hints about how this plane could be in two places at once, he did tease to TVLine: "Once the entire world finds out about this tail fin, that's going to re-trigger the global scrutiny and paranoia about Flight 828 and its passengers."

Manifest Season 2 is streaming now on the NBC website and app.