After lengthy talks with Warner Bros TV, Netflix, and the show's producers, Manifest will fly back onto our screens for a bumper-sized fourth and final season. The revival is a testament to the fans that led a social media campaign to save the series after its cliffhanger finale. Initially, Netflix had passed on picking Manifest up, but the increased viewership of seasons 1 & 2 on the streaming platform led to a complete change of heart.
According to Deadline, stars Josh Dallas, J.R. Ramirez, and Melissa Roxburgh have already signed new deals with the rest of the main cast currently in talks to return. The casts' contracts expired in June, which means they were all free to take on new projects; as many of them did just that, there will need to be some creative scheduling to get a full cast reunion. On the plus side, the final season will be the biggest yet with a massive 20 episodes. Netflix will release the episodes in two parts, with the first 10 expected to arrive early next year.
Speaking about the unexpected revival, Netflix's Head of Global TV, Bela Bajaria, had this to say about giving Manifest a proper ending.
“Since its premiere on Netflix in June, Manifest has proven very popular with our members. Jeff Rake and his team have crafted a beguiling mystery that has viewers around the world on the edge of their seats and believing again in second chances, and we’re thrilled that they will bring fans some closure with this final super-sized season.”
In a heartfelt statement from series creator Jeff Rake, he thanked the fans for not giving up on the show.
“What started years ago as a flight of fancy deep in my imagination has evolved into the jet engine journey of a lifetime. Never in my wildest dreams could I have envisioned the worldwide outpouring of love and support for this story, its characters, and the team who work so hard to bring it all to life. That we will be able to reward the fans with the ending they deserve moves me to no end. On behalf of the cast, the crew, the writers, directors, and producers, thank you to Netflix, to Warner Bros., and of course to the fans. You did this.”