Shadowhunters Season 2 Episode 4 has undeniably been the best episode of the season yet. With a demon infiltrating The Institute, Jace locked up (with Hodge!) in the City of Bones, and Camille still on the loose, Episode 4 is the explosive rollercoaster ride we've all been waiting for. It kicks off with Clary entering the City of Bones to pay her locked-up Shadowhunter boyfriend / brother a visit, convincing him to hang on in there as he awaits trial. Whilst Clary and Jace are busy trying to ignore their incestuous feelings for one another, Magnus Bane, is busy setting up a date with Shadowhunter boyfriend, Alec. Malec and Clace aside, a lot more happened in this episode than you may have noticed.
Here are 4 things you may have missed in the whirlwhind that was Episode 4!
1. Camille and Magnus Have A Very Long And Complicated History
From pretty much everything that Magnus has ever said, we know that he has lived a full and eventful life in the 300 odd years he's been on this earth. What we don't know, however, is the true depth of his relationship with Vampire, Camille Belcourt. Episode 4 gave us a much-needed glimpse into their complicated history, when both Raphael and Simon come to Magnus for help. Finding himself in an uncomfortable position as the two Vampires ask him to summon Camille using the dirt from her grave, Magnus recounts his history with her to a very surprised Simon. He tells Simon about a particularly low point in his life, during the 1870's, when he was living in London and tried to jump of a bridge. Camille — the only person who cared for or about him at the time — was the only one to come searching for him. When she found him, she saved him, and in Magnus's own words, he would not be here today, if not for her.
He goes on to tell Simon that Camille isn't "pure evil", and that she does have redeeming qualities. Despite this, Camille is wanted by the Clave for her murdering of mundanes, including children. Getting rid of Simon and Raphael on a fool's errand, Magnus summons Camille himself, before giving her up to the Clave.
2. Raphael & Magnus Are Pretty Close - Magnus Treats His Downworlders As His Children
So far we'd yet to see Raphael and Magnus interact, but Episode 4 shows us the close bond the two Downworlders have when Raphael shows up on Magnus's doorstop after Aldertree tortured him. Magnus is immediately sympathetic, cradling an injured Raphael before taking him to a chair and using his magic to heal him. Later in the episode, when Camille insults Raphael, we see Magnus vehemently fight his corner, before declaring that his Downworlders are like his children, since as a Warlock, he can't actually have any.
Though we haven't yet had the opportunity to meet any more of Magnus's "children", we can add the newly turned Vampire Simon to his list, as Magnus officially pledged to take him under his wing in the previous episode. He even broke up a fight between Simon and Raphael in this episode, and encouraged them to work together.
3. Izzy's Insecurities Are Rooted In Her Parents' Favoritism Of Alec
In this episode, The Institute is infiltrated by one of Valentine's demons — one that has the ability to possess anyone it pleases, feeding off their anger, sadness and vulnerability. When the demon possesses Izzy, we get a glimpse at how inferior she feels compared to big brother Alec. As Clary and Alec go in search of Izzy to find the demon, they find her heading straight towards them, and upon seeing them both, she throws Clary out of the way, and moves straight to attack Alec.
She knocks him to the ground and, under the control of the demon, she tells him that she's done living in his shadow. She's also done with him being the favourite, and moves to kill him — trying to rip a hole through his chest as the demon has done many others this episode — but is thankfully stopped in time by Clary.
4. Jace Isn't 100% Loyal To The Clave - And He's Pretty Much Alone In The World
In this episode, Jace spent a lot of time locked up and talking to Hodge (which is never a good thing). At his trial, he revealed himself to be a wholly confused little lad when answering Aldertree's questions and holding the Soul Sword. (A Mortal Instrument!) He confesses to loving Clary in a romantic way, and NOT in the kind of way you'd expect siblings to care for one another. He also doesn't seem to know whether or not he loves his dad, and answered both yes and no to agreeing with Valentine's plans to eliminate all Downworlders.
When pushed to the edge by Aldertree, he admits (eventually) that he cannot pledge his loyalty solely to The Clave. In doing so, he is admitting that at least part of him agrees and wants to continue working with Valentine, in raising an army and eliminating Downworlders. This lack of complete loyalty to The Clave earns him a lifetime sentence of imprisonment, as recommended by Aldertree. That is of course until Valentine shows up at the City of Bones and busts him out. Jace sides with Aldertree, choosing to save him from Valentine's men instead of following him (and taking the Soul Sword which Valentine now has in addition to The Mortal Cup). When he returns to The Institute to see Clary being comforted by Simon, and Izzy comforted by Alec, he finds himself largely ignored in a world in which he used to be the centers. For all intents and purposes, it seems that Jace Wayland is very much alone.
Sneak Peek At Malec's First Date!
Entertainment Weekly have given us our first real look at Malec's upcoming date, and it's...not what we were expecting. Magnus — the Warlock, nay, High Warlock — who can portal Alec literally anywhere in the world, has ended up at a bar, playing pool for his first date with Alec. Though it's not the outlandish date I'm sure we all had in mind for the pair, the quiet and intimate setting seems perfect for Malec to really get to know one another properly. It also seems like something that Alec had to have picked for sure.
Malec — who are a fan-favorite and the show's only LGBT couple so far — have a pretty heavy load on the shoulders. Michael Reisz, executive producer on the show, has admitted to taking extra special care when writing Malec, not only to make them as authentic as possible, but to do their book counterparts justice, and develop them individually as well together.
One of the things that was really, really important to me was to tell a true, authentic representation of both straight and gay characters, and not just stereotypes. Every character, whether you’re straight, gay, bi, trans—every character is a multifaceted human being with many different levels of what they care about, what they’re willing to risk, what they’re not willing to risk. I think a lot of times there’s potential for all of those levels to get washed over and that’s something that we fought very hard to protect.
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Shadowhunters Season 2 is so far miles ahead of Season 1 so be sure to never miss an episode and tune in Monday's on Freeform at 8/7c, and Tuesday's on Netflix for us international fans!