Freeform's Shadowhunters is getting better and better with each passing episode. With all new sets, props and even Executive Producers, it's clear where the show has improved since Season 1. This week's episode saw an epic battle between two Warlocks, the breakdown of a marriage, and a hell of a lot of mind games at the expense of the core characters! Without further ado, here are 5 things we learned in Shadowhunters Season 2, Episode 8.
1. Climon Are Officially Dating!
Fledgling Vampire Simon has been wrestling with his feelings for Clary since Season 1 Episode 1, and finally (after what feels like an eternity!), he's admitted his feelings to her. Arranging to meet her by the river at 11pm (Vampire daytime!), Simon babbles and stutters through an awkwardly adorably confession of his love for her. Though we've seen Clary show Simon affection in the past, we've never really seen her allude to any feelings for him above those of friendship. As Simon confesses his love to her, her facial expression remains fairly neutral, until she interrupts him, silencing him with a kiss.
Though the pair admittedly make a sweet couple, I can't help but feel that Clary is clinging on to the only thing that feels normal and safe to her right now. She hasn't really addressed her burgeoning feelings for Jace — nor have the two really addressed their brother-sister relationship. That said, with her villainous father Valentine still on the lose with two of the three mortal instruments, it's understandable if Clary feels a little overwhelmed right now. Add in her declining relationship with Izzy — who has refused to listen to Clary's problems twice now, after saying she'd be there for her — and suddenly Climon make perfect sense.
2. Malec Took Their Relationship To The Next Level
Last week's episode of Shadowhunters ended with the entire fandom and casual viewers wondering whether or not Malec had indeed taken their relaitonship to the next level. Whilst Magnus confessed his fears to Alec that getting physical could hinder their relationship, Alec made it clear that he didn't think it would be a problem. The two then kissed before disappearing off-screen, never to be seen again — until this week's episode.
In a conversation with Jace, Magnus confirms that he and Alec did take their relationship to the next level, and as the two interact this episode, it's clearer than ever how strong their relationship is. Alec goes to the trouble of wanting Magnus to repair his strained relationship with Maryse, and has Magnus agree to throw the celebration party for Max's Rune ceremony. He makes it clear to Maryse that Magnus is here to stay, and even has a little talk with his younger brother, Max, about it.
3. Maryse's Marriage Is Breaking Down — But She's More Concerned With The News Hurting Izzy
In a slightly more personal moment this episode, we got to see the usually hard-assed Maryse Lightwood break down in front of her two oldest sons: Jace and Alec. Once the gang recover from the effects of Iris's magic (the spell that caused them all to argue and guilt trip one another), Jace and Maryse have a heart to heart. She admits that she doesn't regret taking him in at all, and apologizes to him for the things she's been saying to Max behind his back. When Alec arrives moments later to confront her about her alleged arguments with Robert, Maryse breaks down and admits that Max doesn't know what he's talking about.
She tells Jace and Alec that she didn't want to burden them, and when she finally breaks down emotionally, Alec realises the truth and immediately pulls her into a hug, while Jace mutters "bastard" under his breath. Alec pleads with her to stay at The Institute and not go back to Idris, but being Maryse Lightwood — the ever-focused and vigilant Shadowhunter — she tells him that her duty back is back in Idris, and that regardless she must do her job. She also admits that she'd rather Jace and Alec told Izzy nothing, as she worships Robert, and she'd rather deal their problems alone, than have it ruin Izzy's relationship with her Dad. She may not seem the nicest of characters, but I think we can all agree she's a freakin' rock, as she leaves The Institute and returns to her duty.
4. Clary Can Activate The Soul Sword
This season we've seen Clary settle into her life as a Shadowhunter whilst still reeling from the aftermath of Season 1. In addition to the revelations of the first season, Clary's found out that she has a direct link to Angels, hence why she was able to so easily communicate with one last episode. I speculated last week that Clary's angelic blood might be the key Valentine needs to activate the Soul Sword, and this episode confirms it.
After Magnus sends Iris to the Clave after one hell of a fight, he reveals the reason behind the Angel's ability to communicate with Clary. The pure angel blood that runs through her veins gives her a direct link to them, and makes her a component in Valentine's plans to activate the Soul Sword and eradicate all Downworlders. The only plot hole in all of this, is that Valentine had to have known that from the very beginning — so why wait until now to come after Clary? His instructions to his followers have always been never to hurt her, but with Dot (a Warlock) working for him, and tons of loyal followers, you'd think he'd have been able to capture Clary by now, right?
5. Magnus Is A Beast In A Fight
We've seen Magnus — The High Warlock of Brooklyn, lest you forget — use his magic tons of times during Shadowhunters, but we rarely see him use it in a fight. Whilst we got a glimpse of his offensive magic back in Season 1 when Valentine's followers caught up to him (you'll recall this is where he first met Alec), he didn't seem all that powerful. However, this week's episode serves as a full reminder of just how powerful and skilled Magnus really is. When Iris infiltrates his home, posing as one of his cats (seriously, ugh!), Magnus forces her to shift back into human form, before basically handing her ass to her in a fight unlike any we've seen on the show before.
The two Warlocks actually get pretty violent with one another, throwing their magic at each other in massive balls of energy. Though Iris is pretty quick, and definitely skilled, she's almost no match for Magnus, as he manages to block every single one of her hits, even rebounding one of hers back to her. You can check out Magnus's badass Warlock skills in this clip from the episode above. Here's hoping we get to see more of his offensive magic this season!
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With Clary's abilities now out in the open, she no longer has anything to hide from the gang. Jace gives her a warning this episode as he believes Valentine is coming for her, and swears to stay by her side 24/7. Considering her burgeoning relationship with Simon, we can probably expect a little tension from the guys next episode. The most recent promo for episode 9, reveals that Alec has found out about Izzy's Yin Fen addiction and by the looks of it, he's not too happy with Magnus or Raphael.
Make sure you tune in to Shadowhunters Monday's at 8/7c on Freeform, and Tuesday's on Netflix for us international fans!