It's been a little over two agonizing months since the winter finale of Shadowhunters Season 2 aired, leaving us with a ton of questions and even more cliffhangers. Picking up not long after the events of that finale, the summer premiere was just as eventful, as we were finally introduced to the show's sweet-looking new villain Sebastian, as well as finally getting to see Jace's angel blood in action. Keep reading to see the top 5 things we learned in this weeks #Shadowhunters!
1. Clary Finds Out Jace Isn't Her Brother
It was revealed back in Season 1 that Valentine was Clary's father. Shortly after that big reveal, Valentine admitted to also being Jace's father, and thus a conflicted Jace felt his place was beside Valentine in his quest to raise a Shadowhunter army. It was only during the Winter Finale, that Valentine finally revealed that he wasn't Jace's biological dad, and that Clary and Jace weren't siblings in any way.
With any residual feelings the two had for one another essentially squashed when they discovered they were siblings, this shocking reveal put a further strain on their already tense relationship. Clary, now happily dating her former BFF Simon, finds herself in an awkward position of having to reevaluate her feelings for Jace — now as a friend, not a brother, and perhaps as more. Though Jace had planned to delay telling her so as not to cause a rift in her currently happy life with Simon, the information was forced out of him when the two teamed up to interrogate Valentine.
Let's hope Clary and Jace can get back on track and not let Valentine's lies cause too much of a rift between them.
2. Izzy Still Hasn't Kicked That Yin-Fen Addiction
Though the Isabelle Lightwood we know from the books is a feisty, strong, fearless young Shadowhunter, her series counterpart has taken a slightly different turn. The show insists on dragging out this Yin-Fen addiction storyline of hers, and thus Izzy still hasn't managed to kick the dangerous habit that started in the first half of Season 2. When The Institute was infiltrated by a demon, and Izzy possessed, she was badly injured by Clary in their fight to regain control of the Shadowhunter safe house. In a bid to heal her wounds, Izzy took Yin-Fen — which is essentially vampire venom — from Aldertree, the then-head of the Institute, and found herself instantly hooked.
In the first half of Season 2 we saw her hit rock bottom as she infiltrated a Vampire den, asking any bloodsucker with working fangs to bite her, before eventually finding Raphael. Using him as Yin-Fen on tap any time she needed a hit, Izzy was at her lowest. After Valentine used the Soul Sword to slaughter a ton of Downworlders, Izzy turned Raphael away, vowing to kick her addiction. Unfortunately, we're back at square one with Izzy in the summer premiere, as she once again visits the same Vampire den in her quest for more Yin-Fen.
She later tells Alec that she needs to kick this addiction herself, after going home with mysterious newcomer Sebastian and taking "medicine" from him (girl, stop taking drugs from pretty lone men, damn). Whether or not she'll kick her habit or stay on this downward spiral remains to be seen. Here's hoping the writers bring back the strong and powerful Izzy we know and love.
3. Ladies And Gents, Meet Sebastian Verlac — He's Sweet, But A Little Odd
We knew as early as last January that Sebastian Verlac would be making his debut on the show, and his arrival had been highly anticipated since then. With a few changes to his backstory — namely, his hailing from the London Institute — Sebastian finally made his debut. Sweet-looking, badass fighter Sebastian hopped into Shadowhunters when he saved full-time damsel-in-distress Izzy from Greater Demon Azazel (who FYI, comes from the worst sector of hell. So there's that).
Fighting off the Greater Demon, Sebastian then presumably invites ol' Izzy round to his, and forgetting stranger danger and all common sense, she follows him. There, odd but sweet little Sebastian offers her some "medicine" to get over her Yin-Fen addiction, telling her the reason he left the London Institute was to also kick his own addiction to the drug. The pair bond throughout the evening as he cooks for her, but when she makes a phone call to Alec, we see him burning his hand over the stove.
You read that right. Izzy tells Alec she's safe and sound while the creepy, yet somehow adorable man whose company she's keeping is burning his hand over the stove and apparently feeling no pain. He stands eerily still as he does this before returning his attention back to Izzy, asking if she'd like milk or honey with her tea, as if nothing had happened.
Creepy doesn't even begin to cover it with this guy. But we're damn sure glad you're finally here, Sebastian.
4. Luke's Losing His Pack — And Being Investigated By His Weird New Partner
If we're being honest here, Luke isn't exactly the best Alpha. Not in TV werewolf history, nor in Shadowhunters werewolf history. He's constantly putting Clary and the other Shadowhunters above the safety of his pack, and if we're continuing to be honest, he's only Alpha because he killed one to save Clary in Season 1. Following on from the events of Season 2A, in which Valentine slaughtered a significant amount of Downworlders at the Institute, Luke's pack isn't feeling too supportive of him and his decisions.
Rumors continue to swirl that one of his own, Russell, is looking to hunt and turn mundanes in order to swell the numbers in their pack — essentially replacing those, like Alaric, who were murdered by Valentine. He goes so far as to officially challenge Luke, wanting to fight it out for the role of Alpha, but Luke being a goody two-shoes, gives him the chance to rethink that challenge in light of all those they've lost.
At this point, Luke needs to properly assert himself as Alpha, as aside from killing the previous Alpha, he's done nothing to prove to his pack that he deserves that position. With Russell and a few others running off to Philly to start their own pack, it's clear Luke is losing numbers. Add to that his new partner, who seems unusually interested in Luke's personal life, to the point of snapping pics of him and Maia talking, and our Alpha's about to have some really big problems.
5. Jace's Angel Blood Is Finally Proving Good For Something
Little Miss Clary Fray isn't the only Shadowhunter running around with angel blood coursing through her veins. Jace recently found out — after accidentally activating the Soul Sword in — that he too was injected with angel blood by Valentine, not demon blood as they had thought. Clary's gifts have manifested themselves in a number of ways, allowing her to pass the purity test with flying colors at the Citadel with the Iron Sisters, draw ancient runes no one has ever seen or heard of before, and communicate with actual angels.
Up to this point, Jace didn't exhibit any special abilities, but the summer premiere sought to change all that. We know that during the Winter Finale Simon drank some of Jace's blood (while Jace was disguised as Clary), and that blood has allowed him to become a Daylighter — a Vampire that can walk in the sun. In addition to creating Daylighters out of Vampires, Jace's blood allowed him to activate a rune on his arm without his stele, as Clary, Alec, and Magnus found themselves deafened and in pain at the hands of Azazel.
With the rune on his arm seemingly activating itself, Jace was able to stand up and move to attack the Greater Demon. No other Shadowhunter has been shown to have this ability, so finally Jace's angel blood is coming in handy. Let's hope this isn't the last we see of his abilities.
Next week's episode further raises the stakes, as Valentine claims he's Magnus trapped inside Valentine's body. Azazel did touch both Magnus and Valentine, and appeared to do something to the pair, as Magnus later declined Alec's offer to stay over (because he's really Valentine?). They'll have to take a risk on this one and hope that Valentine's words rings true, before the Inquisitor finds out what they've done.
To make sure you never miss a moment, be sure to tune into Shadowhunters Monday at 8/7c on Freeform, and Tuesday on Netflix for the international fans. What did you think of the Summer Premiere? Sound off in the comments below.