Freeform's Shadowhunters Season 2 is off to a spectacular start. Although we're only 3 episodes in, the show has been doing a ton in the way of character development and foreshadowing. If you missed Episode 2, feel free to check out the recap for it before we delve into Episode 3 and all that it revealed.
So, Episode 2 ended with Clary and Jace escaping Valentine's clutches with a little help from the not-so-dead Warlock, Dot. In what is becoming true Shadowhunters fashion, Episode 3 picked up right where we left off, with a wounded Jace washed up on a beach, and an exhausted Clary striding into The Institute. Here's where things get interesting, folks.
1. Jace Is Finally Out Of Valentine's Clutches — And He's Fallen Head-first Into Aldertree's
Jace spends most of this episode on the run from something or other. He's lost his stele, is badly injured and unable to heal himself. Conscious of the fact that Valentine and his followers might be looking for him, Jace attempts to keep a low profile, stumbling into Hunters Moon (a Werewolf bar) with the intention of calling Izzy.
Whilst there, he manages to land himself in quite a bit of trouble with the Werewolves, when he a) refuses to help them and b) realises they think he's responsible for the capture (and subsequent killing) of one of their own, Gretel. (She's the white-haired wolf who'd been bullying Simon, FYI).
With a little help from Izzy, her whip, and her badass shadowhunting skills, Jace makes it over to Magnus's apartment. Luckily, Jace's return means Alec is saved from the consequences of Parabatai tracking (who subsequently spent the entire episode in a flashback of how him and Jace met and a flashback to their Parabatai ceremony!). Right after this, Aldertree and his men appear, ready to take Jace in by order of The Clave, to the City of Bones. He's managed to stay hidden from Aldertree this entire time (thanks in part to Valentine), but after saving Alec, he willingly follows Aldertree, surrendering himself to the mercy of Aldertree and The Clave.
2. Raphael And Simon Are Fast Becoming Acquainted
We've heard in interviews with David Castro (Raphael) that Simon and Raphael have a lot more scenes together this season, and Episode 3 certainly validated those comments. Raphael Santiago — the New York Vampire Clan Leader — proved himself to be a force to be reckoned with when he introduced himself to Simon's mom, pretending to be his band manager. Simon has been so far using humor to cover up his fears (Raphael's threats aren't to be taken lightly!), but that wont last forever. He finds quite a few voicemails on his phone from his mom, before returning home to find a vodka bottle in her room. Fearing that she may be drinking again — something she hasn't done since Simon was a child — he rushes to find her, only to see that Raphael got to her first.
Though she's safe and unharmed, the ease with which Raphael charmed the socks of Mama Lewis seemed to knock some sense into Simon. Raphael and Simon didn't end on a positive note, and with Raphael declaring himself and the other New York Vampires Simon's family, he's proving that he can be just as cunning a villain as he is formidable an ally when needed.
3. Magnus Is Pretty Much Fed Up With Everyone's Sh*t
We've seen a thousand facets to Magnus's personality since Shadowhunters began, and he never ceases to surprise us. The incredibly charismatic and powerful Warlock returned from a short trip to India (where his newfound bromance / mentorship with Simon was brewing), to find a dying Alec at The Institute. When Clary returns, and Jocelyn rushes to Alec's bedside, expecting to find and tell Izzy, she instead finds Magnus. Fed up with her self-centred crap, Magnus lays into her, letting her know the full extent of what her actions have done to Alec, whilst oh-so-fabulously slamming the door in her face with his magic.
Later on in the episode, Magnus finds himself confined to Alec's room with strict orders from Aldertree to leave if he can't get Alec's condition to improve. Raj (one of Aldertree's men tasked with guarding the room to make sure they don't leave or do anything against his rules) gets a little too big for his britches when he challenges Magnus. Worried for Alec's safety, and frustrated that he can do no more to help him, Magnus takes his anger out on Raj, giving him a real taste of Warlock magic and all that it can do. This later turns out to be beneficial to Izzy and Magnus, as they disguise him as Alec, whilst Magnus portals the real Alec out of The Institute and into his apartment.
4. Izzy's Baring The Brunt Of The Emotional Labour
Izzy's famed for her confidence, her fighting skills, her fashion sense and lack of cooking ability, but what's become evident this season is how a strong she is. Whilst the gang are running around letting their emotions get the better of them, Izzy has been single-handedly holding it together. She's given Clary a lesson in tactics, whilst supporting her emotionally in Episode 2; she's run missions with Alec, whilst he mopes about how he can't live without Jace. She's gone toe-to-toe with Aldertree multiple times, and has been picking up the slack for the entire team since this season began.
In Episode 3, we see her once again give up any right to her own emotions, as she supports Clary's decisions to run off and help find Simon's mother. (Do we really care about Mama Lewis more than Alec?) Last episode saw Izzy be the emotional support Clary needed when she felt like she had nothing and no-one, but where's Izzy's emotional support? Clary deserted her newfound Shadowhunter bestie in favour of Vamp BFF Simon; Jace deserted them all for Valentine; and with Meliorn not yet popping up this Season, where does Izzy go for her emotional support? It's all very one-sided, but one thing is clear: Izzy is an incredibly strong and selfless character, who's consistently baring everyone's burdens, including her own.
5. She’s Feisty, She’s A Wolf, And She’s Not A Fan Of Jace — Meet Maia!
Victor Aldertree was the first major new character to be introduced this season, and close on his heels, making her debut in Episode 3, is Maia. A young wolf, bartender and member of Luke's pack, Maia makes quite an impression when she and the pack hunt down Jace for his capture of their fellow pack member, Gretel. Though Alpha Luke calls her and the pack off, they seem to be a wholly disobedient bunch as they continue to chase and torment Jace throughout the episode. That is until they finally catch up with him, and even with Luke standing right there, one of the wolves attacks. Maia, after listening to Jace's pleas, does not.
During her takeover of the Shadowhunters social media pages, Alisha Wainwright (who plays Maia) sat down for a Q&A, where she talked about a host of things, including what we can expect from her character this season. When asked about the books, Alisha decribed them as having a "very different world" to the one on the show. She described Season 2 as being "more mature", and a little more "adult" compared to Season 1, and when asked how many episodes Maia would appear in over the season, said "more than half".
We know that Maia and Simon are going to strike up a friendship, as a result of both of them being relatively new to the Downworld. As she struggles to find her way around the Shadow World, Maia will become a beacon of help and hope for fledgling Vampire Simon. When asked about Maia's relationship with Simon, among other things, Alisha had this to say,:
"[Maia's] still trying to figure out where her loyalties lie. [She] has her core set of beliefs and principles...[she'll be] building new relationships with people which may challenge her beliefs."
One of the interesting tidbits from her Q&A, is that whilst she hasn't got to shoot a lot with the entire cast (mainly Emeraude (Izzy) and Matt (Alec)), she has shot scenes with Harry (Magnus) and a significant amount with Alberto (Simon). Magnus and Simon's budding bromance is the likely reason we might see Maia and Magnus on screen together, as beyond Simon, the characters have very little, if any connection. Interestingly enough, when asked what kind of character she would like to be on the show, if not a wolf, Alisha opted for Warlock.
The actress, also admitted to shooting quite a few scenes with David Castro (Raphael), who will also have quite a few scenes with Simon this season. Whatever's going on, it's clear that Simon is the connecting link between Maia, Raphael and Magnus, and with this season apparently set to take a departure from the books, there's no telling what's going to happen.
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If you would like to check out the rest of Alisha's interview, you can check out the video on the official Shadowhunters Facebook page. You can also recap her entire takeover, by browsing through the hashtag "AlishaTakeover" on Facebook, or Twitter. Shadowhunters airs Mondays at 8/7c on Freeform, and Tuesday's on Netflix internationally. Be sure to fangirl with me on Twitter, and on Tumblr!