Everything turns out pretty well for Melissa Roxburgh’s Michaela Stone in the “Manifest” finale. In the episode’s final act, Michaela finds herself transported along with the rest of the show’s final survivors back in time to the day that they all went missing on Flight 828. However, instead of going missing for five years, the flight lands safely and everyone onboard is given a second chance. In the wake of that discovery, Michaela tracks down her previously dead husband, Zeke (Matt Long), hops in his cab, and begins what viewers are led to believe will be a very happy, hopefully long life with him.
Michaela isn’t the only character in “Manifest” who gets to reunite with a lost loved one, either. Her brother, Ben (Matt Dallas), also gets to be with his once-dead wife, Grace (Athena Karkanis), again. With that in mind, it’s not hard to see why Dallas sees the ending of “Manifest” as an ultimately optimistic one. “With Ben, and with a lot of the other characters, I don’t see it as an ending, but a new beginning,” the actor told TV Line.
In an interview with Netflix about the “Manifest” finale, Dallas similarly remarked, “I think it’s the right ending for these characters. And I cried a lot.” Meanwhile, in the same Netflix interview, Roxburgh said, “It’s a big episode. I don’t think fans will be disappointed at all, but for us as actors, it was severely emotional.”
As personally affected by it as she was, though, Roxburgh says she still thinks the “Manifest” finale brings the show’s story to a satisfying conclusion. “It just felt right, like a proper goodbye,” the star observed.