This week's episode of Shadowhunters was a mind-blowing whirlwhind of emotions, which left us with more questions than answers! Following on from Season 2A's penultimate episode — in which Simon was captured by Valentine — this week's show threw us right in at the deep end as Simon tried and failed to appeal to Valentine's humanity. With the wards of The Institute completely breached and most of its Shadowhunters out stopping Downworlder attacks, the sanctity of The Institute was left to be defended by a measly two dozen Shadowhunters.
The odds were completely stacked against them, and with the largest number of fatalities in the show's history, the winter finale of Shadowhunters left fans with a ton of feels, and even more impatience for that June 5th Season 2B debut. Here are top 5 most shocking reveals of the episode — and incidentally, the most important!
1. You Are NOT The Father — Clary & Jace Aren't Siblings!
We'd been riding the "Clary and Jace are siblings" train for far too long, and eager fans of the books had been impatiently waiting for the moment when the truth would be revealed. Luckily for us, our wishes, hopes and prayers were granted in the winter finale, as Valentine finally admitted that Clary and Jace aren't siblings at all!
Much to Jace's shock and confusion, Valentine — whilst holding the truth-inducing Soul Sword — admitted to Jace that he had lied all along. Confessing to a small handful of his lies, Valentine admitted that Jace and Clary aren't siblings, that Jocelyn is not Jace's mother, and that he himself wasn't Jace's father. Of course, this likely leaves poor old Jace with way more questions than it does answers, but at least it leaves him able to lust after Clary completely guilt free. Also, it's offically okay for us all to ship the hell out of Clace again, rejoice! If she ever leaves Simon's side, maybe the poor lad will actually get a chance to tell her. Hooray for non-incestuous relationships!
2. There's Another Morgernstern — He's Demon-Blooded, But It's Not Jace!
In the spirit of the truth setting you free, Jace and Clary allowed Magnus a look at the haunting vision of death and the Soul Sword that the Angel from Episode 7 showed them. Magnus informs them that Angels often communicate in metaphors, and that the particular vision the Angel showed them derived from the Morgernstern family name. Morgernstern — meaning morning star — was a clue according to Magnus, and together with the vision, means that the Soul Sword can be destroyed by a demon-blooded Morgernstern.
Having been told he was injected with Demon Blood in the womb by Valentine, Jace naturally assumed this demon-blooded Morgernstern was him. It very well could have been...if he was a Morgernstern. Except he's not. Valentine's confession put a slight spanner in Jace being the demon-blooded Morgernstern, since he's not actually Valentine's son at all. We currently have no idea who Jace's true parents are, but we do know for sure that he's NOT a demon-blooded Morgernstern, and he can't destroy the Soul Sword.
3. Angel Blood Really Gets Around — The Soul Sword Was Activated, But Not By Clary.
Speaking of folks who aren't demon-blooded Morgernsterns, Jace suffered yet more shocks in the winter finale.It turns out the Wayland boy is a lot more Angel than he initially thought — in fact, he's as much Angel as Clary is. For clarification, Jace, like Clary, has pure angel blood running through his veins. Enough that when he decided to touch the Soul Sword in the hopes of destroying it like in the vision, he actually ended up accidentally activating it.
Shocking stuff, right? In touching the sword as it drew power from the core of The Institute, Jace actually ended up helping Valentine, and fulfulling Valentine's plans all along. You see Valentine, as villainous and murderous as he is, is also extremely intelligent. Enough to know that Jace would think he could save everyone by destroying the Soul Sword. None the wiser to his parentage at this time, Jace would think he's doing the right thing, and sacrificing himself to save everyone else. Of course only Valentine knew how this would play out, and with the Soul Sword finally activated, he used it to his full advantage, killing the small army of Downworlders that had come to aid in the fight. Among the casualties were Beta werewolf and Luke's colleague, Alaric, as well as perhaps a dozen or so Seelie Knights (not including Meliorn!) and a significant amount of Raphael's Vampire clan.
4. Seriously, Angel Blood Is Everywhere — Simon's A Daywalker Now!
Book readers knew this storyline was coming eventually, but one of the nicer shocking reveals of this week's Shadowhunters was Simon's ability to walk in the sun. Shortly after Jace posed as Clary (that bloody shape-shifting rune!), and Simon nearly drained him of his blood, Simon stands among the dead as the sun comes up. As the light shines in brightly through one of the windows in The Institute, Simon initially flinches expecting to burn, until he realizes that the sun isn't affecting him at all.
Naturally, his first instinct is to find his new-found love, Clary, and show her what wonderful and magical things have happened now that he's had some Angel Blood. The pair find each other, thankful they're both alive, and Simon immediately pulls her outside in the bright and glaring sunshine of a new day. The pair hug and celebrate excitedly, as a whole new horizon of opportunities opens up for them both, now that Simon can better blend in to the Mundane world once again.
5. The Soul Sword's Been Kidnapped By This *Mysterious* Dude In A Hood
(Who could he be? Such mystery. Much mystery. Hmm)
This week's winter finale ended with a (not so) mysterious, unknown figure strolling through the woods holding the Soul Sword. In an episode that basically told us what was coming before it came (hello demon-blooded Morgernstern), this mysterious figure is very obviously none other than Sebastian Verlac nee Jonathan Christopher (*JC, cough*) Morgernstern. Yes, you read that correctly. Jonathan (J) Christopher (C) Morgernstern - you'll recall a certain box from the first season with the initials JC carved on them. Clary and Jace mistakenly believed this to stand for Jace — it does not.
Jonathan — who goes by Sebastian for reasons that Season 2b will likely explain — hails from the London Institute for the show, and is the aforementioned Demon-Blooded Morgernstern. So how's he holding the Soul Sword, you ask? Surely he should've destroyed it and died just by touching it, right? Wrong. Earlier in the episode, Clary picks up the Soul Sword and sees another vision of a rune, she draws it upon the Soul Sword, presumably deactivating it, before she drops the truth-inducing weapon, and it disappears. The episode ends with Valentine very calmly allowing himself to be taken in by Jace and Aldertree, as he reveals he has no idea where the sword is. (I don't believe him, at all!) Later, we see the hooded figure (a.k.a. Sebastian) walking away with it. What he plans to do with it, we don't know, and will have to wait for the second half of the season to find out. But we can assume that with it deactivated, he can't do too much damage.
Check out what the cast think of the Soul Sword in the featurette below!
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This episode had a TON of shocking and surprising moments, and with Sebastian's debut offically having arrived, Season 2b is going to be an even bigger whirlwhind! Sadly, we have to wait until June 5th to see what happens next with the gang, but you can binge-watch the entire first season, and this first half of Season 2 on Netflix or the Freeform App! Be sure to tune in on June 5th when Shadowhunters returns!