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Shadowhunters is fast approaching it's winter finale, but before we get to the inevitable debut of the villainous Sebastian, there's quite a bit to worry about from this week's episode too. From Izzy's Yin-Fen addiction and relationship with Raphael, right down to Madzie's unwavering loyalty to Valentine, here's everything important we learned from Shadowhunters Season 2, Episode 9!

1. Meliorn's Back — And He's More Than Ready For War

(He also wants Clary dead, so there's that...)

Meliorn makes a glorious return! [Credit: Freeform / Netflix]
Meliorn makes a glorious return! [Credit: Freeform / Netflix]

Meliorn — the smooth-talking Seelie Knight we met back in Season 1 — has finally made his magnificent return to Shadowhunters. As a fan favorite character, Meliorn's re-entrance into the show was always set to impress, but we didn't expect to see him dressed head to toe in his finest armour, sporting a slightly altered look. (RIP Meliorn's leaf tattoo!)

Whilst he didn't appear for long, we did learn that Meliorn had been punished for helping Clary back in Season 1 (you'll recall the world inverted episode!), and had come back with decidedly different plans this time around. His inability to lie led Meliorn to reveal that he wasn't particularly happy or pleased to see any of the three Downworlder Committee members. (That's Luke - repping the Wolves, Magnus - The Warlocks, and Raphael - The Vampires.)

Whilst Luke made a passionate speech about the Downworld coming together against Valentine to stop him using Clary, Meliorn had some other ideas. Sure, the gang could have walked on eggshells around Clary, trying to protect her from Valentine, as this would stop him activating the Soul Sword and killing all Downworlders. However, Meliorn also suggested that they could just kill her. On sight. Immediately... Thereby putting a massive spanner in Valentine's plans, essentially saving the Downworld and all demon-blooded creatures in the process.

It may seem like a harsh move, but in reality, it's a pretty safe bet for the Downworld to ensure their safety. Unlike the rest of the committee, Meliorn isn't allowing his personal feelings to cloud his judgement while he works on behalf of the Seelie Queen.

2. Valentine's Downworlders Are Attacking Mundanes — Out In The Open!

Jace recognises one of Valentine's Downworlders [Credit: Freeform, Netflix]
Jace recognises one of Valentine's Downworlders [Credit: Freeform, Netflix]

In a surprising twist to this week's episode, Valentine released some of the Downworlder's he'd been keeping hostage, allowing them free reign to attack Mundanes. As Jace and Simon find themselves on the hunt for Clary and Madzie, they encounter two of Valentine's experiments attacking a Mundie. A quick phonecall to Alec back at The Institute revealed that this isn't the first of these attacks. There have been reports of this happening all over Manhattan, to the extent that every single Shadowhunter back at The Institute has been dispatched by Aldertree to stop each assault.

Alec looks at footage of the Downworlder attacks [Credit: Freeform, Netflix]
Alec looks at footage of the Downworlder attacks [Credit: Freeform, Netflix]

It's not yet clear why they're attacking, or why Valentine wants them too, and Jace never has the chance to reveal his theory, so I'll guess we'll have to wait until next week's episode to find out. Valentine, being the crazed villainous madmen that he's become infamous for, could be creating a whole new breed of Downworlder for all we know. His experiments on Dot have lessened her abilities as a Warlock, but heightened those of the Downworlder's that Jace and Simon found, to the point where a Seraph Blade had almost no effect on them. We know he experimented on Jace with demon blood as a baby, but what exactly is he experimenting on Downworlders with?

3. Simon's Honing His Abilities — And Now Valentine Has Him

Poor Simon's been captured by Valentine! [Credit: Freeform, Netflix]
Poor Simon's been captured by Valentine! [Credit: Freeform, Netflix]

Little Jewish Vampire Simon goes from strength to strength on this show. As a fledgling Vampire, he's beginning to hone his abilities and after a little pep talk from Jace, Simon kicks himself into action. We've seen him finally learn how to Encanto when he fought of Camille's guard snake, and as Clary's life hung in the balance this episode, we've seen Simon really step up as a friend, and Vampire. When he eventually finds Clary, Simon goes full hero mode and attacks Valentine, yelling at Clary to run.

Simon hones his abilities as a Vampire [Credit; Freeform, Netflix]
Simon hones his abilities as a Vampire [Credit; Freeform, Netflix]

Though I'm sure we all would've loved to see Simon win a fight against Valentine, or at least manage to subdue him for a bit, Simon's plan's go awry when Valentine quickly retaliates. He spins round, sucker punching Simon in the face and then holds him captive as Madzie opens up a portal. Before either Clary or Jace can react, he escapes with Simon and a loyal Madzie in tow, much to Clary's distress.

On the whole, Simon tends to always look on the bright side. Although he's stuck in Valentine's clutches right now, I think Simon is smart enough to figure out an escape plan. That, or he'll annoy Valentine to death with his nervous babbling, and they all live happily ever after.

4. Alec Is Sick Of Taking People's Sh*t - He's In Charge Now

Alec let's Aldertree know who's really boss [Credit: Freeform, Netflix]
Alec let's Aldertree know who's really boss [Credit: Freeform, Netflix]

Alec's had a pretty tumultuous season so far, what with murdering Clary's mom whilst possessed by a demon, and taking his relationship with Magnus to the next level. This episode saw Alec finally find out about Izzy's Yin-Fen addiction, and surprise, surprise, he didn't take the news too well. Alec immediately storms over to Raphael's place and makes quite the entrance, taking out his security out of shot in the process. Alec then whirls in on Raphael, landing a punch on the Vampire that sends him almost halfway across the room.

Alec leaves Aldertree with a condescending smile and pat on the back. [Credit: Freeform, Netflix]
Alec leaves Aldertree with a condescending smile and pat on the back. [Credit: Freeform, Netflix]

Alec's violent outburst on Raphael is eventually cut short after Magnus intervenes, using his magic against the Shadowhunter to stop him going too far. When Alec returns to The Institute, and begins to give orders to find and rescue Clary, he finds himself interrupted by Aldertree, who tries and fails to put Alec in his place. The problem? Even when Lydia was sent by The Clave, Alec still had authority.

Knowing that it was Aldertree who supplied Izzy with Yin-Fen, Alec deals him a beautiful set-down, letting him know that you don't mess with people's family. With no choice but to back down, Aldertree let's go of the situation, leaving Alec to take his rightful place as leader of The Institute once again.

5. Luke's Abandoning His Duties As Alpha In Favour Of Helping Clary

Luke locks Maia up for no logical reason at all [Credit: Freeform, Netflix]
Luke locks Maia up for no logical reason at all [Credit: Freeform, Netflix]

This is probably the most important point on this list, since it's not entirely exclusive to this week's episode. Since Luke became The Alpha back in Season 1, when he finally revealed himself as a Werewolf to Clary, we've seen Luke consistently turn his back on his unruly pack of Wolves. Not only does he fail to exert or hold any measure of control over them, Luke constantly chooses Clary over them. His control as Alpha is so fragile that Maia managed to get up close and personal, almost killing both Clary and Jace.

Maia pleads with Luke [Credit: Freeform, Netflix]
Maia pleads with Luke [Credit: Freeform, Netflix]

This episode saw Luke decide that the best way to punish Maia was to lock her up in the basement of Jade Wolf. The most horrifying aspect of his decision is how terrified Maia looks at the idea of being locked up. Though the two don't mention or allude to any past traumas in this scene, Maia looks petrified the entire time and begs Luke not to lock her up, citing claustrophobia as a reason.

Not to doubt her excuse, but the look in her eyes was significantly more fearful than someone who is simply scared of small places, and as Luke leaves, Maia begins to scream and try to fight her way out. It's pretty heartbreaking to see a wholly good character like Maia be treated as the problem, especially when there are far bigger and more serious threats to Clary than Maia. As a member of his pack, Luke's job is to protect Maia, and apart from the time that he saved her when she first discovered that she was a wolf, he doesn't seem to have done that at all.

6. Aldertree's Being Weird - Leave Izzy Alone

(Either you want to date Isabelle, or kill her. You can't do both mate)

Aldertree being a weirdy Mcweirdo...again {Credit: Freeform, Netflix]
Aldertree being a weirdy Mcweirdo...again {Credit: Freeform, Netflix]

I think we can all agree that Aldertree's been one hell of a douche, pretty much since he arrived at The Institute. Though he's most definitely a cute douche, he's still a douche, and as the season continues, his motives become more and more unclear.

This week saw him return from his trip to The Clave, and call Izzy in for a meeting. Though the meeting should've been an ordinary one - well, as ordinary as it gets for Aldertree , the man who tortures Vampires, exiles Shadowhunters, and prescribes deadly drugs in his free time - it wasn't. In one of the biggest WTF moments of the season (you know, aside from Jocelyn's death!), Aldertree asked Isabelle what she was doing tomorrow night, in the hopes of taking her out to dinner.

I'm with Alec, what the hell Aldertree? [Credit: Freeform]
I'm with Alec, what the hell Aldertree? [Credit: Freeform]

Naturally Izzy refused, because although he's a cute douche, he did still force her to become addicted to a deadly substance and exiled her brother Jace too, so....probably not boyfriend material, right? To his credit, Aldertree took the rejection well, but with each passing episode I can't help but put more faith into the theory that Aldertree is really Sebastian in disguise. I mean it'd be a brilliant twist, and would also explain his motive to break up and ruin the gang. Otherwise he's just a really weird dude, who likes causing drama and doing bad things for no clear cut reason.

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Things are getting pretty serious on Shadowhunters and the promo for next week's episode shows Clary getting a little too close to the Soul Sword! If she activates it for Valentine, it's game over for our faves, so be sure to tune in to Shadowhunters Mondays at 8/7c on Freeform, and Tuesdays on Netflix for us international fans!

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