Blue Bloods alum Yasha Jackson is set to recur on the NBC drama next season as Suzanne, a dean at Astoria University who also happens to be Ben’s ex-girlfriend, according to TV Line. Her re-emergence in Ben’s life comes after he finally reconciled with his wife, Grace (Athena Karkanis), who is pregnant with either Ben or her ex Danny’s (Daniel Sunjata) baby. Complicated, right?
“After we had taken pains to finally get Ben and Grace to a place of understanding and to have summed up their marriage in a way that feels good and real and hopefully long-lasting, this new wrench comes into the equation and that’s going to challenge the stability of their marriage all over again,” showrunner Jeff Rake previously told TV Guide.
With baby mama drama on the way, Ben might need a shoulder to lean on and Suzanne sounds like the perfect person for the job.
The Manifest family will also expand next year to include Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists‘ Garrett Wareing as TJ, a college freshman who also boarded the ill-fated Flight 828. Like the others passengers, the five-year disappearance has left him feeling out of whack, so expect him to turn to Ben and Mikaela (Melissa Roxburgh) for some much-needed guidance.
Manifest returns for Season 2 next winter on NBC.