'Manifest's' Shocking Finale: Star Melissa Roxburgh Spills On The Big Secrets Ahead

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15 February 2019

NBC, Monday, Feb. 18, 10:00 PM ET

By Taylor Neumann

NBC’s hit show Manifest has kept viewers on the edge of their seats all season with mysteries galore. This week, the show comes to a close, and audiences are wondering how on earth the show will end its first season. At presstime, the show had not received a pickup for Season 2, but star Melissa Roxburgh (who plays police officer Michaela Stone) gave us a sneak peek at what to expect in Monday’s finale as well as hints toward a possible second season.

What did you enjoy most of Michaela’s evolution from the beginning of the season to the end?

Melissa Roxburgh: We met Michaela at her worst. She got off a plane and realized it was five and a half years later. Her fiancé married her best friend. Her mom died. We saw her sad through a lot of episodes, but what I really like is that she’s started to regrow herself. She’s not a weak character who just became the victim of all of this. She buckles up and puts her boxing gloves on.

Did you know about the twists and turns of the script in advance, or were you surprised when you received the scripts every week?

Going throughout the season, we had no idea. But I’m really glad they did it that way because it allowed us to be the audience as well as we went through it. But that being said, I am maybe the nosiest human being in the world and I bug them all the time. So there were a couple of details that I got out of them when they weren’t expecting it.

What can you tell us about the finale?

We discover a massive part of the mystery about the airplane itself. The mystery that you thought you knew just gets 10 times bigger and deeper, in a very shocking way. We get to find out a clue of the mystery that is not necessarily good. It’s a shock to all of the passengers who find out, and it’s a bit of a scary piece of information.

And that being said, the Michaela and Jared situation gets more complicated. They’re obviously still in love, so there’s some complications with that.

The way that Season 1 ends is a way that if we don’t get into Season 2, the audience will be very, very mad. It leaves us on a pretty cool cliffhanger. Not everyone is safe.

What are the plans if you receive a Season 2 pickup?

In the way that Season 1 ends, I think Season 2 will be a lot about what they do with this information, because it affects them in a massive, massive way. I think some of the characters go dark. A lot of the characters will be turned on their heads.
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