Warning: Spoilers for the mid-season finale of Shadowhunters to follow. Proceed at your own risk!
The Shadowhunters mid-season finale aired an entire week ago, and yet fans everywhere are still reeling from the fallout. From Malec's first "I love you", to Jace finally finding out that Clary isn't his sister, the Winter Finale of Shadowhunters was full of surprises. Last week I looked at the Winter Finale's Top 5 Most Shocking Reveals, and this week I'm taking a look at all the questions we have to ponder over before that June 5th Season 2B debut. Stay tuned for a ton of questions, and a hell of a lot of speculation!
1. Who's The Hooded Figure With The Soul Sword?
Last week's #Shadowhunters ended with an ominous look at a hooded figure walking away with the Soul Sword. Speculation among book fans pretty much confirms that is the show's first look at Sebastian Verlac. Of course, at the time of shooting, Sebastian wasn't cast, so the show's very own Dom Sherwood donned the hood for this closing scene of Season 2A.
For those among you who haven't read the books, Sebastian is Valentine's actual son, and the baby whom we saw Jocelyn be horrified by earlier in this season. Sebastian is pure evil — probably worse than Valentine — and is one of the baddest Big Bads you can imagine. He's also Clary's biological brother (which she doesn't know yet), so it'll be interesting to see how the show officially introduces his character. The show has taken a pretty relaxed approach to adapting the source material, and reports about Sebastian's casting detail how the show will put their own spin on his character. Suffice it to say, he'll be a huge shake-up for Shadowhunters Season 2B, and we can expect a ton of drama.
2. Where Do Alec & Magnus Go From Here?
Shadowhunters has been extremely generous to Malec fans this season, blessing us with countless Malec moments that have truly warmed our hearts. We've watched the pair go through numerous firsts together, and Season 2A ended with the most important first of all. In a heart-wrenching moment that gave us fans all the feels, Alec confessed his love for Magnus, and Magnus admitted he felt the same way.
Now that the pair have admitted their feelings for one another, we have to ask where they go from here. We know the pair are canon and endgame in the books, but the show has been pretty open in using the books only as a foundation, which they can change & build upon that as they see fit. We don't know where Malec will end up, but there's still a hell of a lot of trouble coming in Season 2B, so let's hope the couple survive it all.
3. Will Meliorn Be Punished For The Deaths Of The Seelie Knights?
When we were first introduced to Meliorn in Season 1, he helped Clary by sending her to one of the Seelie Queen's alternate dimensions. When he made his magnificent return in Season 2, we saw that he'd been punished for his actions, having lost his quirky little jalapeno tattoo on his left cheek, which was now covered in scars. This season he was a major advocate for the act of killing Clary, but ended up siding with Luke's pack and Raphael's Clan in an all-out brawl against Valentine.
Unfortunately, neither group of Downworlder's stood a chance; Valentine killed half of Luke's pack and Raphael's Clan, as well as a good chunk of Meliorn's knights. As the only survivor of the Seelie Knights that fought against Valentine (and only because he was stabbed outside first and never actually made it into The Institute) it wouldn't come as a surprise if the Seelie Queen blamed Meliorn for the deaths. He's already been punished for helping the gang once, and now he's responsible for the deaths of a significant amount of Seelie Knights, so it'll be interesting to see how that's handled (if it's handled at all) in Season 2B.
4. What Happens To Luke's Authority As Alpha, Now That Half His Pack Is Dead?
Let's be honest, since Luke became the Alpha of the pack in Season 1, he's done a pretty terrible job at controlling his mutts. They almost never listen to his orders, rarely heed his advice, and constantly go off on their own with no regard for his authority. Having said that, his beta, Alaric, managed to convince a good few of them to aid in the fight against Valentine in the Winter Finale.
Unfortunately half of the pack perished in the battle against Valentine, including Alaric, which leaves Luke in a difficult position. Born a Shadowhunter, Luke's perspective and allegiance seem to always be with them over his fellow Downworlders. He's constantly picked them over his own, and in ordering Alaric to convince them to fight, he is technically responsible for their deaths. With only half the pack left, Luke probably has a lot of making up to do with his Wolves, so let's hope he starts putting his pack and responsibilities as Alpha first in Season 2B.
5. Raphael Tells Izzy He's Asexual — Where Do The Pair Go From Here?
Shadowhunters has done a pretty good job with its so far only LGBTQ relationship in the form of Malec. Now, they're set to tackle a whole new facet of sexuality with Izzy and Raphael's burgeoning relationship. Izzy — a character who's more than comfortable in her sexuality and provocative aesthetic — is almost the opposite of Vampire Raphael Santiago. In the books, though it is not explicitly addressed, author Cassandra Clare has famously stated that she sees Raphael as asexual.
Though he admitted he has very strong feelings for Isabelle in the penultimate episode of Season 2A, he also rejected her sexual advances and admitted he's not at all interested in sex, and never has been. Their relationship was already a little awkward given the complicated nature of its beginning (i.e., his addiction to her blood and her addiction to the yin-fen in his). Though Isabelle says she wants nothing to do with him in the Winter Finale, we know this isn't the end for the pair, so it'll be interesting to see how the show tackles their relationship going forward — especially when we remove the element of their addictions to one another.
Fan of Shadowhunters? Check out these posts!
- Matthew Daddario Discusses What's In Store For Alec, Magnus And Izzy In 'Shadowhunters' Season 2
- Meliorn's Magnificent Return & Simon's Capture: 6 Things We Learned in 'Shadowhunters' Season 2, Episode 9
- 'Shadowhunters' Season 2: Clary And Simon "Had So Much Fun" Shooting That Steamy Climon Scene
Though the finale left us with tons of questions and even more loose ends, I think it's safe to say that Shadowhunters has definitely improved since its first season. Not only has the acting improved, the writing is better than over, and though we've suffered through some painful shockers (RIP Jocelyn), I'm more than looking forward to Season 2B and all that lays ahead. Shadowhunters returns on June 5th, but if you're already suffering withdrawals feel free to binge-watch on the Freeform App or on Netflix.