The latest episode of Shadowhunters Season 2 picked up right where we left off, with an angry Jace portalling back onto the ship with an injured Valentine. If you recall, Episode 1 ended with Jocelyn shooting an arrow at Jace, in an effort to kill him. Gallant and noble as he is, Valentine jumped in front of the arrow, allowing it to pierce him instead of Jace. Once Valentine and Jace land safely back on Valentine's ship, we get the full wrath of an angry Jace realising that Valentine had set him up to kill the Vampire, Maria.
Jace and Valentine shenanigans aside though, quite a bit happened this episode, especially in the way of the "character-driven" Season 2 we were promised. Whilst some relationships continue to breakdown (Clary and Jocelyn), others are beginning to thrive, as the entire gang seem to be really settling into their places in the Shadow World. Here are 4 key things that happened in Episode 2!
1. Dot Is Alive — And More Than A Little Worse For Wear.
If you're not a fan of the books, and not completely knowledgeable about every single Shadowhunters character ever, you may find yourself confused about who Dot is. For those that don't remember, Dot is your friendly neighbourhood Warlock and Clary's older sister figure. She lived downstairs from Clary and her Mum, but was kidnapped by Valentine in Season 1 when he was hunting Warlocks.
The first season ended with her presumed dead, as Magnus could no longer feel her magic. Whilst we all but saw Valentine kill her, it turns out that he really only attacked her, and good old Dot lived all along! Unfortunately, though she's alive, she's not exactly well. Still under Valentine's clutches, she revealed that Valentine had kept her and had been experimenting on her. It was also revealed in this episode that he is hunting and keeping other Downworlders for the same purpose.
2. Simon Can Finally Encanto!
All in favour of throwing a celebration party for the little Vampire that could, say 'aye'!
Simon has only been a Vampire for a little while, but his biggest struggle up until now has been mastering the mind control (Encanto) aspect of Vampirism. It's arguably the most fun part of being a Vamp, but we've seen the enthusiastic and always determined Simon fail under pressure to do it. This episode, the odds were stacked against Simon again, as he was faced with a fire breathing snake and left to his own devices by Magnus. (Who I am 100% sure left him on purpose, so that Simon would conquer and master his abilities under pressure!)
Trapped by the snake, Simon managed to talk himself into the mindset of the badass Vampire we know he can be. Without actually uttering "Encanto" this time, he managed to get the snake to back down, and slither away just in time for Mommy Magnus to turn up, worried about whether or not his beloved snake that he had gifted Camille had "scared" Simon.
3. Clary Is A Confused Little Girl (Alec Is Totally Right!)
Poor little Clary had it pretty rough in Season 1, and Season 2 doesn't seem to be any better for her. Though the secret of her being a Shadowhunter is fully out in the open, and though she now resides at The Institute, it seems she's still trying to find her place in the world — and it might not necessarily be the Shadow World. Episode 2 sees Clary completely excluded from Shadowhunter duty. A meeting held by Lydia gives the Shadowhunters at The Institute their orders for the next step in finding Jace and Valentine, and everyone is invited except Clary. She arrives late, telling Izzy that she was never informed, to which Izzy replies that her not being invited wasn't a mistake.
Minutes later, Clary attempts to reason with Lydia, telling her that they need "all hands on deck" to find Jace. She pleads with Lydia to allow her to go on a mission, only to have Aldertree very quickly shut down any idea of her going anywhere, citing her inexperience and connection to Jace and Valentine as liabilities. In this same episode, Alec also has a go at her, telling her that she "doesn't belong". All of this combined leads Clary to leave The Institute, her weapons and her Stele, in favour of returning to her old life.
She heads back to her old art school, and briefly revisits the mundane life she once had, choosing art supplies as she takes up a canvas in an empty classroom. Unsure on where she fits in to the Shadow World, Clary finds herself wishing for her old life back.
4. Valentine Is Selecting Mundanes Based On Strength
Episode 1 showed us all the Mundanes who died during Valentine's attempts to create his Shadowhunter army. The process isn't an easy one, and not every Mundane can hack it — in fact, a good portion of them can't, which leads us straight into Episode 2. Valentine continues to recruit Mundanes to transform using The Mortal Cup, but this time he's looking elsewhere. Rather than selecting in numbers (i.e get as many as you can), Valentine is looking for the toughest and strongest Mundanes he can find. His hope is that the Mundanes in peak physical condition will survive the transformation, and when they do, they'll be formidable followers to have as a part of his army.
During the episode, Alec and Izzy intercept an underground fight club that they believe Valentine's followers will eventually hit, looking for strong Mundanes. What follows is a pretty funny little fight scene between Izzy and a guy twice her size who offers to show her his "moves" personally, much to Alec's annoyance. Izzy being Izzy, she flirts with him a little, before literally knocking him on his ass. Later on, she impersonates him, as one of Valentine's followers makes a move on the Fight Club as expected. Before Alec or Izzy can get any information from him on Valentine's whereabouts, he slits his own throat, and the Lightwoods find themselves at a dead end.
5. More Raphael and Simon Is Coming Our Way
David Castro, the 20-year-old actor behind Shadowhunters's Vampire leader, Raphael Santiago, recently sat down with IBT to discuss all things Saphael (adorable Simon and Raphael ship name!) in Season 2. As we know, despite his Vampirism, Raphael actually ended up being somewhat of an ally to the gang in Season 1. He pitched in by rescuing Simon (by freeing him) and, of course, helping with his transition from human to fledgling Vamp.
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We didn't see a ton of him in Season 1, but we saw enough to leave us wanting more. Now, with Simon learning to hone his abilities in Season 2, it stands to reason we'll see more of Raphael. When asked about what fans can expect to see from Raphael in Season 2, Castro had this to say:
"For my character this season there are a lot of relationships that are formed but I can’t say too much. He definitely interacts a lot more with the main cast, the regulars on the show, with everybody. There’s a lot more action, it’s going to be a lot of fun, I can’t wait for the fans to watch it, they’re going to fall in love with it, it’s going to blow them away."
We've seen the cast stunt rehearsing for this Season a lot, so there's no doubt that the action has been improved and expanded for Season 2. It'll be interesting to see Raphael interact with main cast more, as Season 1 saw him really only interact with Clary, Simon and Luke, with a very small amount of Izzy on the side. Though there's tons Castro obviously can't reveal, he did hint at Simon mastering his abilities this season, which we've seen a little off already with him conquering Encanto.
"I see him discovering more of his abilities, getting used to his strength and being able to control it. There’s a lot of new stuff in store for him... I can’t say too much."
Castro also admitted to being aware of the books prior to his casting, having also seen the 2013 film, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones with Lily Collins and Jamie Campbell Bower as Clary and Jace respectively.
"I was definitely a fan and I’m happy they made a show of it and it’s weird because now I’m on it but it’s a lot of fun.”
There's quite a few changes from the books in store this Season, and with a host of new characters yet to be introduced, it seems the Shadow World's going to be pretty shaken up by the end of the Season! Be sure to tune in Monday's at 8/7c on Freeform to watch, and Tuesday's on Netflix Internationally, so you never miss a moment!
What did you think of 'Shadowhunters' Season 2, Episode 2?