Shadowhunters Season 2, Episode 7 might just be the best episode of the series yet. With Luke's suspected Circle Member sister on the loose, Valentine kidnapping an Angel and Clary's drawing of never-before-seen Runes, the Shadow World is well and truly shaken up. This episode continues to show us the evolution of relationships from the previous episodes, whilst maintaining a focus on the core characters and their individual stories. Believe it or not, in an episode where we were very kindly blessed with a ton of Malec (more so than usual), that turned out not to be the most important thing that happened. Here are 5 super important things we learned in this week's Shadowhunters!
1. Simon & Maia Are Figuring Out Where They Fit In Each Others' Lives
Simon and Maia are two of the most adorable cupcakes on the show, and probably two of the nicest. Both relatively new to the Downworlder universe, Simon and Maia have found themselves building a pretty strong connection with another. Despite the face that they should be mortal enemies (a Vampire and a Werewolf becoming friends? It's almost unheard of!), the two bonded last episode when they both went in search of Luke. This week's episode saw the two sit down for a quiet date — or 'hanging out' as Simon called it — at Hunters Moon. Over eager Simon arrives two hours early, and is a fumbling, fidgeting, talkative wreck until Jace shows up with some frankly terrible dating advice for him.
Jace encourages Simon to 'play hard to get', telling him that playing the bad boy is how you get the girl. He essentially tells Simon to change everything about himself, so when Simon finally gets the chance to sit down with Maia after her shift at the bar ends, he does just that. He smoulders and pouts at her, looking completely disinterested in their date, and even going so far as to check out other women whilst talking to her. Strong-willed Maia is having none of it, and lets him know that until he's ready to be the real Simon again, she's done talking to him. He eventually comes back with a copy of Blade Runner and an apology, and she admits that she overheard his and Jace's conversation and knows he's in love with Clary. Rather than be angry, Maia encourages Simon to tell Clary how he feels, and the two continue their evening in a more friendly manner, with Maia reassuring Simon that they're "cool".
2. Izzy's Playing A Dangerous Game In Search of Yin-Fen
Izzy's addiction to the dangerous and deadly Yin-Fen has been building up ever since the demon attack on The Institute. The show's version of Yin-Fen is made up of Vampire Venom, and is highly addictive from the first use. With Aldertree out visiting The Clave, Izzy ransacks his office looking for more after she realizes her stash is finished. When she finds none, she begins to get desperate, and travelling to the already crowded Hunters Moon (Jace, Luke, Simon, Magnus and Maia all make appearances in the same day), she finds a dealer.
Luckily (or somewhat unluckily, considering what happens moments later), Magnus spots her talking to the dealer, and scares him out of the bar (and apparently the country, as he's allegedly banned). He questions why Isabelle is on the hunt for Yin-Fen, citing the horrible effect he's seen it have on a close friend of his, in a subtle nod to the books (Jem). Izzy lies, unconvincingly at first, but when she eventually manages to get Magnus to believe her, he reveals that a person can feel the same high as Yin-Fen straight from the source — i.e, straight from a Vampire's bite. Though she tries to tentatively broach the subject with Simon, he seems outraged at the thought, and she pretends she's joking before going in search of other Vampires. This is undoubtedly a dangerous move on her part.
3. Malec Are Thinking About Taking Their Relationship To The Next Step
Magnus and Alec have gone from strength to strength since their life-changing kiss and Alec's coming-out in Season 1. Since then, the pair have gone on their first date and tackled their first trip abroad (to Tokyo). With their growing feelings for one another, they seem about ready to tackle one other first too. After gifting Magnus with charm of luck and protection from their trip to Tokyo, Alec and Magnus move to spend a little more quality time with one another, only to find themselves once again cock-blocked by Jace, and then by official Shadowhunter business. (*sigh*)
Soon after that business is taken care of, Alec goes in search of little sister Izzy to ask her about the birds and bees — specifically, how you know when it's the right time. He reveals to her that it will be his first time — ever, not just with a man — to which Izzy replies that if feels comfortable, he should go for it. Alec takes this advice oh-so-literally, and in the next scene we see him arrive at Magnus's place, already disrobing as he asks whether or not Jace is home. When Magnus says no, he goes straight in for a kiss, much to Magnus's surprise. Magnus confesses his fears that if they consummate their burgeoning relationship, it could ruin what they have, but Alec does not share this fear, and reassures Magnus before the two presumably have sex, or get pretty close to doing so.
4. Sister Cleophus's Loyalties Are All Over The Place
Sister Cleophus was only introduced to us last episode, but she's already one of the most important characters on the show. A former Circle member, and a previously (currently?) loyal follower of Valentine, last episode saw Cleophus kill a fellow Iron Sister, before reactivating her Circle rune and leaving the Citadel in search of Valentine. This episode saw her finally find her leader, and though her loyalties were heavily questioned by Valentine, she attempted to prove her loyalty to him by telling him about Clary's Angelic Power, and promising to bring Clary to him.
Slashing her own stomach open and playing the victim to Luke, his pack and Clary, Cleophus managed to convince Clary of her innocence — who tasered Luke in favour of helping Cleophus stop Valentine. Clary and Cleophus eventually realize that a storm is coming, and that Valentine has captured an Angel in the hopes of activating the Soul Sword, and together they set off to stop him. They don't make it more than a few steps before Jace and Luke catch up with them, agreeing to help. When they make it to Valentine, he tries to kill Cleophus, and though she fights back, she doesn't seem to do so with the skill an Iron Sister (the show's version) is supposed to have. Her loyalty is entirely questionable, given that the first person she went to was Valentine, and she only deserted him when he questioned her loyalty after all this time. She does nothing to try to capture Valentine, nor does she agree to join Luke and Clary permanently. For now, her loyalty seems to be to herself.
5. Clary's Angelic Blood Is Finally Beginning To Emerge
Clary's Angelic power is something that Season 2 is finally starting to tackle. The daughter of Valentine seems to have a little extra power in her, as last episode she revealed that she had seen a vision of a Rune that allowed her to shoot sunlight out of her hand. In Season 1 we saw her discover her ability to hide objects within drawings, and pull them off the page at will, and in this episode, we saw that power go a little further. Throughout this episode, Clary found herself hearing strange, almost deafening sounds. With no idea what it was, and with no one else hearing it, it was easy to think that perhaps she was just hearing things. However, when she activates Cleophus's hearing rune, Cleophus reveals that the deafening sound Clary has been hearing is the sound of an Angel screaming.
It is revealed in this episode that Valentine has trapped an Angel on earth — an action which is so rare, it was generally considered to be impossible. Cleophus even reveals that although the Iron Sisters hear the Angels whisper as they forge weapons for Shadowhunters, they've yet to actually see an Angel in the flesh, or communicate with one as clearly as Clary has. When Jace and Clary eventually make it to the rooftop to save the trapped Angel, Clary realizes that the Angel is communicating with her — and has been since her first vision of the sunlight Rune. She once again draws a never-before-seen Rune to free the Angel from Valentine's shackles — much to Jace's surprise.
Shortly after this, the Angel shows them a terrifying vision of death and the Soul Sword — likely a warning. The important thing to note about Clary's angelic power is that to activate the Soul Sword, Valentine needs Angelic energy and a bolt of lightning. With the Angel returning to Heaven, his chances may seem slim, but let us not forget that Cleophus revealed Clary's powers to Valentine when she first met with him. With enough Angelic energy from Clary, Valentine may be able to activate the Soul Sword after all.
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I'm pretty certain that this episode of Shadowhunters has been the best one yet. Though the changes from the book become more evident with each new episode, it's a welcome change that makes for an unpredicable narrative, and some very interesting twists and turns. The focus on the characters this season is also a welcome change from the plot-driven first season. To ensure you never miss a moment of Malec, Clace, Saia and more, be sure to tune in to Shadowhunters Monday's at 8/7c on Freeform, and Tuesday's on Netflix for us international fans!