Shadowhunters is finally back folks, and the Season 2 premiere raises a TON of questions about what’s in store this season! There's a host of new characters yet to hit our screens, and with them comes the promise of all new storylines, some from the books, and some not. But before we get into speculating, let’s recap all the important moments from Season 2 Episode 1.
1. Clary’s Becoming A Pretty Badass Shadowhunter
One of the most noteworthy aspects of the Season 2 premiere is the fight scene between leading ladies Clary (Kat McNamara) and Izzy (Emeraude Toubia). Whilst under lockdown instigated by the new head to The Institute, Victor Aldertree, Izzy teaches Clary a pretty sweet lesson in becoming your enemy in order to know them, as well as showcasing Clary’s newfound Shadowhunting prowess. Going toe to toe with Izzy would be a challenge for anybody, and though she does admittedly get knocked on her ass a few times, Clary manages to more than hold her own with Izzy, ending the session with a determined face as she plots her escape from under Aldertree’s thumb.
Taking a note out of Valentine’s book (like father, like daughter right?), Clary runes up and disguises herself as Aldertree, allowing her to leave The Institute undetected and go in search of Luke (Isaiah Mustafa) and Simon (Alberto Rosende).
2. Jace Isn’t *Entirely* A Fan Of Valentine
We knew the Season 2 premiere would bring us a whole lot of tortured Jace as a direct result of his Season 1 finale decision to follow Valentine. What we didn’t expect, though, was to find out Jace isn't entirely #TeamValentine. Though he followed the show’s big bad through a portal at the end of Season 1, the Season 2 premiere shows a conflicted Jace taking advantage of every chance he gets to kill Valentine. Indeed, not two minutes in to the episode, he does exactly that — only to see Valentine materialise a few seconds later around the corner. This torturous process is a part of Valentine’s training for Jace and an assessment of Jace’s loyalty to him. Valentine eventually deems this loyalty lacking- unsurprisingly, since Jace repeatedly kills the folks disguised as Valentine during the tests.
Valentine himself had been following Jace through the process, disguised as Clary, ostensibly there to “rescue” Jace. When on the boat, Jace contemplates jumping over the edge in order to escape Valentine’s clutches, only to find out that Valentine has the boat protected with wards, that essentially burn your face off and scald your skin should you get too close. Though he begins the episode firmly opposed to Valentine, he ends it by running through yet another portal with him, saving him after Jocelyn's arrow pierces through Valentine instead of Jace.
3. Alec Is Having A Hard Time Battling His Feels
It’s entirely plausible at this stage that Alec is having a harder time with Jace being away than Jace is. Their parabatai bond already suffered a blow during Season 1, and with Jace being gone, Alec is having a hard time maintaining a cool head. He goes so far as to challenge Lydia’s authority (who seems to be back in almost full swing after being left at the altar last season!), and very publicly reject Magnus’s support.
From what we’ve seen of his character in Season 1, that Alec is an extremely level-headed character. He likes order and organization, planning and structure. With Jace gone, Aldertree taking over control of The Institute, his mother Maryse ordering him to forget Jace and the general lack of info on Jace’s whereabouts, Alec finds himself snapping at everyone at every turn this episode. The true mark of his character though, is in admitting his wrongs, so after some downtime he heads to Magnus’s to try his hand at the kind of apologies he thinks himself so terrible at.
Turns out, he’s pretty darn good at them.
4.Jocelyn Has A Secret Agenda – And It Doesn’t Involve Helping Clary.
Season 2 kicked off with Jocelyn (Clary’s mother) evidently learning nothing from Season 1, and continuing the family tradition of secrets and lies. Telling Clary that she knows nothing of this world, Jocelyn makes no actual effort to teach Clary anything about the Shadow World, and upon discovering that her supposed child (Jace) is alive, she leaves to fulfil her own agenda.
She believes it's impossible that he's alive, but nevertheless uses her abilities to track Jace using his gloves— something Clary tried and failed to do. Upon eventually finding him, Jocelyn shoots an arrow at him, trying to kill him. Top parenting skills there, Jocelyn!
Sebastian's Season 2 Debut - How Will This Affect Everything?
**Book Spoilers Ahead, Continue At Your Own Risk**
If you've not read the books and don't wish to see any possible spoilers, tread carefully through this section, as we head on in to spoiler territory. Major spoilers will be clearly marked, minor one's won't be.
One of the aspects of Season 1 that shocked fans who haven't read the series of books, is the reveal of Jace and Clary both being Valentine's children, and by extension, siblings. Considering the romance we'd watched grow between the two, the reveal that both Shadowhunters were actually brother and sister lead to a lot of confused feelings on both Jace's and Clary's part.
Upon finding out that her child lived after all (as Jace), Jocelyn's immediate decision was to find him, and kill him. Here's what we do and don't know about the whole Fairchild / Morgernstern sibling nonsense.
A) Jace And Clary Aren't Who They Think They Are.
Jace and Clary aren't actually siblings. To cut what is a very long story short, Clary and Jace aren't related. At all. The child that Jocelyn thought died - i.e the real Jonathan Morgernstern - isn't actually dead, and definitely isn't Jace. Yes, Clary is Valentine's daughter, but no, Jace is not Valentine's son.
B) So Who Exactly Is Sebastian and Where Does He Fit In?
Sebastian is Valentine's actual son, i.e his biological son. He experimented on him as a child, injecting him with demon blood, in order to make him stronger for Valentine's own cruel plans.
He doesn't actually pop up until the third book, but Executive Producers for the show have confirmed that the character has already been cast, and will be introduced during the latter half of Season 2. His introduction is sure to have a huge effect on Clary, Valentine, Jocelyn and Jace, and with Jade Houssane returning as Meliorn this season and the Seelie Queen set to make an appearance, it's obvious his debut is going to really shake things up.
How he'll be introduced and in which specific episode is still not certain, but Season 2 looks like it's going through a whirlwind of changes (as proven in the above interview with the cast for Justine Magazine), so it's possible his entrance to the show will differ significantly from the books.
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Shadowhunters returns next Monday for Episode 2 entitled 'A Door Into The Dark' - stay tuned for weekly episode recaps and what to expect all Season long. If you miss it, the show is available to watch on the Freeform app, and for those of us not in the states, it goes live on Netflix every Tuesday.