Manifest took the week off for Halloween, but this week the show returned with a bang. After weeks of Flight 828 mysteries resolved in a single hour, Ben, Michaela, and Saanvi came up against their first significant discovery of who might be hiding what happened to them, and the answers may lie behind a red door. What is the red door on Manifest? Warning: Spoilers for Manifest Season 1 follow.
The original manifest of Flight 828 listed 191 passengers on board. Some, like the Stones and Saanvi, had families to go home to. But others, like Anna, who viewers met this week, arrived back to discover their lives had collapsed. Former spouses rejected them, family members passed away, houses foreclosed on by the banks. In all, five buses worth of homeless passengers were spread out to shelters while they tried to restart their lives.
Four of those buses are accounted for. But the fifth disappeared. It was full of passengers like Lena Rasmussen and Marko Valeriev: Foreign nationals who supposedly were repatriated to their home countries. Prisoners back in jail. People with no next of kin who a shadowy entity could make disappear in a lab behind the red door and no one would notice. Was this is the point of Flight 828 the whole time?