Manifest returns to Netflix streaming charts ahead of final season
After Manifest was canceled by NBC, Netflix stepped in to save the popular mystery series, giving it one more season to address any lingering cliffhangers and plot threads. Netflix handed over Manifest a final order of 20 episodes, allowing the series to wrap up its story and giving fans the conclusion they’ve been asking for. The first batch of Season 4 episodes will hit Netflix later this year, and subscribers around the world are already gearing up by rewatching previous episodes.
Tuesday’s new edition of the Netflix Top 10 streaming rankings shows a big spike in popularity for Manifest. The previous three seasons of Manifest ranked in the top 10 English-language TV seasons on Netflix all week. The series’ first season ranked as the fifth-biggest season in English from August 1-7, with over 36 million hours watched.
Series creator Jeff Rake originally planned Manifest to tell its story over the course of six seasons. The series will only have four, but the last 20 episodes on Netflix will be enough to complete the story and resolve all the cliffhangers.
“The endgame won’t change at all,” Rake said EO Last year. “For those who followed this story in June and July, they will recall that I was hopeful in the first weeks after the cancellation that someone would step in and allow us to do something as small as a movie two hours.”
“It would have been stressful and not ideal, but I would have found my way,” the creator continued. “Given that I had to go through the thinking exercise over the summer on how to get to the original two-episode, six-episode, or nine-episode endgame, I feel like it’s a embarrassment of riches to have 20 episodes to tell the rest of the story so yeah I always talked about three more seasons – and part of that was chronological because my goal was always to get to the finale of the series in real time in keeping with the five and a half years that Passengers had back – and that might have to adapt somewhat depending on how those episodes go. The good news is that I’m absolutely confident that 20 episodes gives me enough time to tell the full story like I always intended to. I’ve talked in the past about having a roadmap to the end of the series, that doesn’t didn’t mean that I had a roadmap for literally every episode. a roadmap with a series of twists and flags in the sand that we would eventually hit in order to tell the central stories of our mythology and relationship drama. It will therefore not be a particularly difficult exercise to superimpose the exact same roadmap over 20 episodes. It’ll be pretty organic.”
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