Since Shadowhunters Season 2 hit our screens, we've seen the Shadow World shaken to almost breaking point. With Valentine still on the loose, and two of the three Mortal Instruments in his possession, things aren't looking too good right now. When we factor in Jocelyn's surprise death, Izzy's addiction to Yin Fen and Luke's abandonment of his pack, it seems the entire Shadow World has been turned upside down. However, Episode 6 provided us with some much-needed answers to questions that have been building since the beginning of the season — so without further ado, here are 5 things we learned from this week's Shadowhunters.
1. Maia & Simon Find Common Ground - Downworlder Embarrassing Moments & 'Far Cry 3'
We've heard a ton about how this season will be more character-driven than the first, and with that comes the evolution of old relationships, and the blossoming of new ones. In Simon's case, that blossoming comes courtesy of new Wolf to the show, Maia. Episode 6 marks the first time the young Downworlders ever meet, and though Maia is initially her usual hostile self, the two quickly find some common ground and bond. When Alaric kicks Simon out now that Luke is gone, Maia overhears, and comes snooping around Simon's canoe as he makes to leave.
The two quickly realize that although the pack of wolves have stopped looking for Luke, they both still have an interest in finding him. Together they team up, and on the car ride over, Maia begins to open up to Simon, showing a completely different side to her. The two then bond over their shared embarrassing experiences as new Downworlders — Maia running into Math naked after her first shift, and Simon feeding on a rat in front of his Mom last episode. Maia also briefly shows her 'nerdy' side when she admits she'd rather be playing Far Cry 3. She also admits to playing a ton of video games when she first discovered she was a Wolf to calm her down. Simon, by far the nerdiest character on the show, admits he didn't take her for a gamer, but you can already see the admiration in his eyes for her as the two continue their search for Luke.
2. Malec's First Date Get's Awkward — You Have How Many Exes!?
We've been patiently awaiting a Malec first date since the penultimate episode of Season 1, and finally it's happened. After convincing Alec that he needed to take some time off and relax, Magnus took his paramour to werewolf bar Hunters Moon (where Maia works) for drinks and a little pool. Though we know Magnus can portal Alec anywhere in the world he wishes to go, it's sweet that for their very first outing together, the pair decided to keep it low key at a bar. Though the pair seemed to have a great time, as we saw Alec finally begin to unwind and allow himself to have a little fun, things got a little awkward when the two had the dreaded exes talk.
Alec revealed that Lydia was his only ex, and that he hadn't really had time to date. Magnus was clearly shocked at this information, but was quick to let Alec know that it didn't make him think any differently of him. Flipping the conversation, Alec then asked Magnus how many exes he'd had, letting him know he could round the number up or down if that helped. Magnus went with a healthy seventeen... thousand. You read that right: Magnus admitted to having 17000 exes, which left an "innocent" Alec stunned. Later, when the pair arrived back at Magnus's, Alec snapped himself out of the bad mood he'd been in since finding out the exact number, and let Magnus know that he didn't care. Magnus in turn let Alec know that he didn't care how many people Alec had not been with, and the pair shared a kiss before being interrupted by Jace. (For god's sake Wayland, get out!)
3. Izzy Finds Out What Yin Fen Really Is — And Still Wants It Anyway?
Episode 5 saw Aldertree treat Izzy's lingering wound with Yin Fen, before handing her a portion to use on herself. Those of us who have read the books were already more than aware of the negative effects of Yin Fen, but Izzy, already becoming addicted from the first moment, had no idea. After being cleared to go on the mission to the Citadel by Aldertree, Clary and Isabelle arrived only to discover that they would have to go through a purification test to see whether or not they were tainted with anything demon-like. Clary, being as angelic and pure as she is, passed the test with flying colours — much to Izzy's surprise, who had begun to suspect (like Aldertee) that perhaps Clary had demon blood in her just like Jace did.
Izzy, on the other hand, didn't have such an easy time of it. She entered the waters only to see them bubble and turn black as her Yin Fen infected wound tainted the waters, thereby failing the purification test. The Iron Sisters then informed her she wouldn't be allowed inside, and after Clary went ahead with Sister Cleophus, Izzy was told about the true effects of Yin Fen. She later confronted Aldertree about it, who lied and manipulated his way out of it. He was still playing the good guy, although he smiled when Izzy wasn't not looking, and dangled the Yin Fen in front of her like a toy for a dog. She didn't outright refuse to take anymore, so her addiction to the deadly substance still stands, and so far ,the only other person who know's she's taking it is Aldertree.
4. Valentine Has A Loyal Follower At The Citadel - Is Luke's Estranged Sister A Circle Member?
In a pretty shocking twist this episode, we saw Sister Cleophus — Luke's Sister (mother in the books) - kill her fellow Iron Sister, before illuminating her circle rune and then leaving the Citadel. Initially, nothing about Sister Cleophus seemed suspect: she worked alongside her sisters forging weapons, and aided in the purification process of both Clary and Isabelle before taking Clary inside and giving her with the information she wanted. Clary spoke to her of her worry for Luke, and she generally seemed pretty normal and helpful.
One element of the Iron Sisters that wasn't revealed in this episode, was that they're a very secluded group of people — even more so than the Silent Brothers. The only way they keep up-to-date on information in the Shadow World is via messenger. This episode showed the Iron Sisters reveal news not only of the massacre at the City of Bones and the deaths of the Silent Brothers, but also of Valentine's acquisiton of the Soul Sword. This news could be what pushed Sister Cleophus to desert the Iron Sisters. We know that both Lightwood parents, as well as Jocelyn and Luke, have been Circle Members in the past, until The Uprising shown in Season 1 in flashbacks, when Jocelyn and Luke fought back at Valentine. If Sister Cleophus thought there was a chance that The Circle was re-grouping, this could explain her decision to leave the Citadel and her fellow Iron Sisters in favour of joining Valentine's army.
5. We Finally Know The Soul Sword's Secondary Purpose — And It's Not Good For Our Faves
Back when Sister Cleophus was good and loyal, and not a murderer, she revealed to Clary the secondary purpose of the Soul Sword. Of course, we know that it is one of three Mortal Instruments, two of which have have been already been introduced on the show – The Mortal Cup being the other. It has the ability to draw the truth out of people, and was used at the City of Bones during Jace’s trial to find out how culpable he was in this whole 'Valentine raising an army' debacle.
What Clary (and apparently other Shadowhunters) don’t know is that the Soul Sword has a secondary purpose. Sister Cleophus explains to Clary that should Shadowhunters ever fail in their Holy Mission to protect the mundane world against Demons, and Demons took over the world, the Soul Sword could be activated with angelic energy. This energy would release heavenly light that would destroy all demon-blooded creatures in its path. Much to Clary’s surprise, she realizes this includes Downworlders. To clear that up, that puts Magnus, Luke and Simon in immediate danger, if Valentine activates the sword.
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We're getting closer and closer to the mid-season finale of Shadowhunters, and with that comes the inevitable arrival of Sebastian in the second half of Season 2. There's a couple fan theories going around that master manipulator and liar Victor Aldertree is really Sebastian in disguise. I mean, why else would he be so shady, and give Izzy Yin Fen? What do you think, could Aldertree be Sebastian in disguise? Be sure to tune in to Shadowhunters Monday's at 8/7c on Freeform, and Tuesday's on Netflix for us international fans!