‘Manifest’ Show Boss’ Behind the Scenes Photos Drop Hints About Season 3

Production for NBC’s Manifest Season 3 is underway, with a 2021 premiere date planned. For two seasons, the sci-fi drama captivated fans with mythology, mysteries, and interconnected narratives. And fans are thirsty for more. With that in mind, showrunner Jeff Rake tweeted a few photos from the set of the Manifest Season 3 premiere. And eagle-eyed viewers just might spot a few clues about what to expect.

'Manifest' cast Melissa Roxburgh, Josh Dallas, Luna Blaise, Matt Long, and showrunner Jeff Rake
‘Manifest’ cast Melissa Roxburgh, Josh Dallas, Luna Blaise, Matt Long, and showrunner Jeff Rake | Chris Haston/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

Jeff Rake’s sneak peek of ‘Manifest’ episode 301, production day 1

Rake, masked with COVID-19 precautions in mind, tweeted a partial selfie in a nondescript location. In the background, several presumed minors, who are also masked, stand chatting. The snapshot appears to have been taken in an outdoor setting on a sunny day. The caption reads, “Ep 301, Day 1. Sunshine. Kids. Somewhere….”

There are not enough clues to tell exactly what the cast and crew captured the first day of shooting. However, in an earlier Twitter video, Rake teased, “We’ll finally get to know someone from Grace’s side of the family. And let the fireworks begin.” Might the individuals in the background be actors portraying Cal and Olive’s cousins?

Jeff Rake’s sneak peek of episode 301, production day 2

On the second day of production, Rake tweeted another selfie standing in front of mechanical equipment. In the caption, he wrote, “Ep 301, Day 2. Heavy machinery required.”

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While it is difficult to tell what is happening behind Rake, we can speculate that it has something to do with the Montego Airways tailfin that was fished out of the ocean in the season 2 finale.

In an interview with The Sydney Morning Herald, Josh Dallas revealed, “That tail fin will — if that’s indeed what it’s called [Laughs] will open up a whole new labyrinth of the mythology of Flight 828 and what happened to these passengers.”

Jeff Rake’s sneak peek of episode 301, production day 3

The third day of production for the Manifest Season 3 premiere brought yet another selfie. This time, Rake stood inside the fictional Stone family’s home. In the picture, crew members appear to be milling around the production set.

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“Ep 301, Day 3. Home sweet home,” wrote Rake in the caption. Might this post be a hint that the Stones will be spending more time at home?

In Rake’s prior Twitter video, he explained how the tailfin development would rock the characters’ lives. “The discovery will reignite global scrutiny and global fear of Flight 828 and its passengers,” warned Rake. With that in mind, it would not be surprising if the Stone family stays hunkered down in the house during season 3.

Jeff Rake’s sneak peek of episode 301, production day 4

Rake stood in front of the fictional Stone family’s wall of photos and snapped a selfie on the fourth day of production. He shared it with the caption, “Ep 301, Day 4. Photographs and Memories.”

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With any luck, that tweet foreshadows a season with more backstory woven into the narrative. In any case, fans will have plenty of time to ponder, speculate, and theorize before Manifest Season 3 premieres on NBC in 2021. Until then, the series is available to stream on Hulu.

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