Last week's episode of Shadowhunters ended on a cliffhanger as the most inexperienced Lightwood, Max, confronted Sebastian alone in Alec's office. Luckily, Episode 18 wasted no time in showing the aftermath of this decision, as young Max bravely fought the demon-blooded Shadowhunter before being found injured.
With Jonathan essentially on the loose, and everyone at The Institute on the lookout for him, you'd think that'd make life at least a little bit hard for him. Of course, villains always find a way to skirt around circumstance and do their evil bidding, and Jonathan ended up having a fairly easy go of things this week. (Well, at least until the last few minutes of the episode, that is.) Demon-blooded children of Valentine aside, Malec seemed to be having more problems this week, as Magnus found himself reflecting on his relationship with Alec in a series of increasingly beautiful and adorable flashbacks. To find out exactly what's going on with #Malec, and just how far Jonathan succeeded in his plans, keep reading!
1. Max Is Injured, But Not Dead - So Whose Death Will Close The Season?
Many of the #TV promos for this week's episode showcased Max's downfall and his injuries. This lead many of us to assume that Max would die in this episode — not least because we know for sure that one main character will die at the end of the season.
Interestingly, though we've only got two episodes left of #Shadowhunters, it's not yet obvious who will be dying or how. As the youngest and most inexperienced, Max is the obvious choice, especially if the show were to follow the book. Of course, the show has taken the liberty of making a number of changes in its loose adaptation of Cassandra Clare's novels, which meant that this week we saw Max survive, which defers so far from the books. The Silent Brother performed a rare and risky ritual on young Max this week, and with him awake and talking a few scenes later, it became obvious that Max would survive the episode.
This makes it completely unclear who will die by the end of the season, since most of us thought it would be Max. Of course there's still room for the little Shadowhunter to bite the dust, so until then we'll just keep guessing. One popular fan theory which draws from the books could reveal who'll die before the end of the season.
In the fourth book in The Mortal Instruments series, City of Glass, Jace dies at the hands of Valentine, as he is used in a sacrificial ritual to summon the angel Raziel. Once the angel has been summoned and sees what heinous crimes Valentine committed, he kills Valentine and grants Clary one wish. Naturally she uses this wish to bring Jace back to life.
The show has made a significant amount of changes already, though it mostly follows the basic plotline outlined in the books. Whether or not they'll be adapting this plot point for the Season 2 finale is currently unclear at the minute, but we'll find out soon enough.
2. Jonathan Gets The Family Reunion He Always Wanted — But It Doesn't Quite Go To Plan
Since his kidnapping and subsequent teaming up with Valentine, Jonathan (Sebastian) has been harping on about nothing but family for what feels like a decade. His "love" (read: obsession?) for Clary led him to wonder whether or not the strong and stubborn redhead would accept and forgive him if she knew what he was.
He's managed to keep himself well disguised up until recently, bonding with each Shadowhunter individually using the guise of Sebastian. We've seen him help Clary regain her angel-blooded abilities, as well as helping Izzy overcome her Yin-Fen addiction. He's even had a hand in training Max, and helping out Alec which led to his promotion to head of The Institute's security team. Of course, all of that was merely to gain their trust, but as the show nears the end of the season and tensions begin to really rise, Jonathan has found his cover slipping.
This week's episode saw Clary use the electricity from Izzy's whip to test the blood of Shadowhunters at The Institute wishing to leave. Anyone with demon blood would react negatively to the power extracted from the whip, as it would burn through their flesh and leave a telltale sign. Jonathan eventually realises that his identity is going to be inevitably revealed should he wish to leave The Institute.
Jonathan initially hides his hand from Clary, but when she sees that his hand is burned through from her test, she immediately goes on the offense. She attacks him with her Seraph blade, taking what everyone initially thought was the mortal mirror from him, before blasting open the dividing door with another rune. Jonathan manages to escape as Clary attempts to deactivate the Mortal Mirror, realizing after she accidentally destroys it, that Lake Lyn is actual the mirror. The one they were all fighting over was merely a dupe — a distraction put in place possibly by Jocelyn to keep people from finding the real one.
3. Luke Regains Control Of The New York Pack
It's no secret that Luke has a loose hold on his pack, but with a Downworlder uprising looming and the Shadow World in peril, Luke appears to finally be taking charge. We saw back in Episode 11 of #Shadowhunters that Luke was losing his pack as disgruntled wolf, Russell, decided to leave and ended up taking quite a few folks with him. Russell had plans to begin anew with his own pack, but when they made decision to hunt and turn a Mundane, naturally, Luke had to step in as an Alpha and show Russell who's boss.
Russell then challenged Luke to a battle — a fight to the death for position of Alpha of both packs. Luke easily defeated Russell, choosing not to kill him and showing him mercy. He then gave Russell the option to come back to his pack, and Russell's allies all bowed in service to Luke, joining the pack of the ranking Alpha.
4. Malec Are In A Bad Place
Since the show began, fans have been eagerly waiting for intimate scenes and more significant character development for #Malec, the biggest ship on the show. Though we've seen the evolution of their relationship over many episodes, we've been essentially denied access to any intimate moments the couple have shared. We've been shown Jace's many, many conquests over various episodes, most times unnecessarily, but when it comes to the only openly LGBT relationship on the show, its so far been lazy in its representation. Luckily, Episode 18 of Shadowhunters granted our every wish and more as we were finally shown some significant, intimate moments from their relationship.
The first flashback showcased Alec's reaction to falling asleep at Magnus's shortly after lending Magnus his "Virgin Shadowhunter energy" to help save Luke back in Season 1. Alec — then closeted, and somewhat ashamed of his sexuality — implored Magnus not to reveal the situation to anyone, though he did end the conversation by telling Magnus that he trusts him. The moment shared between the two was sweet, and necessary for their evolution as both a couple and as individuals.
The second flashback was probably the most important of all, as it showcased the one moment we'd all hoped to see from Malec: their first time. The pair essentially fall into Magnus's room, kissing and giggling like school kids, and slowly killing the entire fandom with how adorable they are. When they eventually make it on to Magnus's bed, toppling over one another (gracefully of course, because, duh, Shadowhunter) Magnus finds himself unable to control his Warlock abilities, and pulls away from Alec. He hides his Cat Eyes — a.k.a his Warlock mark — from Alec, in shame. As if the first flashback hadn't killed us enough, Magnus then apologizes for not being to control the showing of his Warlock mark, which Alec responds to with a heart-rending "you're beautiful."
Aaaand this is where we all died.
Shortly after being rejuvenated (Malec is a self-sustaining ship, we're merely along for the ride!), we're then thrown back into present day, where Magnus must make an important deciscion. We know that the Downworlder Council became official this season, as representatives for each Downworld group met at the Seelie Court with the Queen on a regular basis. She plans an uprising of sorts, where Downworlders will take charge of their own fate, and no longer rely on the Clave's protection - which is lacking, to say the least.
Magnus tells Alec that the only thing stopping him from making a clear decision on whether or not to side the Warlocks, Seelies and other Downworlders, is Alec. Unfortunately, after much reflection, Magnus chooses his people first, essentially putting things with Alec on hold indefinitely.
Next week's episode of Shadowhunters marks the penultimate episode of Season 2. There's a whole lot more to get through in the Shadow World in the mere 2 hours we have left of the season, so expect an action-packed episode next week. To make sure you never miss a moment, be sure to tune into Shadowhunters Mondays at 8/7c and Tuesdays on Netflix for us international fans!
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