‘Shadowhunters’ season three wish-list

Well, we made it. We survived the emotional roller coaster that was season two and now we have to buckle in for a long hiatus till early January filled with theorizing, most of which will end up wrong, and dreaming. The finale definitely set up some things to come for Luke, Simon, Jace, Magnus and Alec and Jonathan. Plus with Alisha Wainwright officially becoming a series regular, we’re sure to have more Maia coming our way.

We’ve all got dream scenes, moments and character introductions we desire, so here are some of the things I hope we all get to see come to life this year.

Keep up the damn good work with Malec: Emotionally Magnus and Alec have always been respectfully and properly developed, intimacy is where the show hit a snag, but that was beyond remedied in the latter half of the season. The final left them in a good place, acknowledging the struggles they’re still bound to face and talking it out. In season three all I can hope is this all continues. They’re embarking on a new, defining chapter of their relationship placing them in the most stable and honest place they’ve been to date. Essentially my season three dream is that they simply keep up the beauty and respect this couple deserves with superb emotional development, intimacy and domesticity all around.

Luke/Maryse rise up baby!: This is pretty simple, there is absolutely a connection and chemistry there that needs to be explored. Luke deserves some love, Maryse deserves some love so let them find it together. Plus the Lightwood kids deserve a cool new dad who respects them.

Catarina and Madzie: It’s already been confirmed they’ll be back and I can’t wait for that. A dream scenario for their return has to be a dinner gathering of some sort with Magnus and Alec.

Maryse and Magnus interaction: I know I never thought I’d be asking for this, but here we are. Her development has been lovely to watch, and she clearly has grown a respect for the man her son is in love with. I want to see them interact next season in a way they never have before, as people who still have their bad blood, but also are essentially family now.

Simon solo storylines: Simon is a fantastic character and the last five episodes of the season showed he can carry his own without the chains of a love triangle. The cliffhanger definitely left a nice window for a solo Simon arc that’s bound to get interesting.

Independent Izzy storylines: It looks like they mostly have, but it’s time to drop the Raphael/Izzy arc for good. Had it not started in such a messy manner it could have been something great, but alas. Izzy was fantastic in 2B so keeping up the trend of her being on her own for a while is the best choice for her.

Politics me to death please: Things are better, but obviously nowhere near perfect between the Shadowhunters and Downworlders. The politics this season were so intriguing to watch play out and I hope to see that continue.

Flashbacks: I’m talking Maia pre-Luke flashbacks and Magnus, Ragnor (BRING HIM BACK) and Catarina old adventures flashbacks. Maybe even some hints to Magnus’ parentage could come around with all this Edom talk. Also if they ever can find some excuse to bring in a flashback to that Malec Tokyo date you’ll never hear a complaint from me.

Alliance Rune: Please god let me have this. Let me have battle couple Malec and Luke/Maryse with an Alliance Rune. Also imagine with me for a moment, Izzy and Maia alliance rune.

ONSCREEN PARABATRI DAMMIT: Much in the way that this all Harry Shum Jr, Matthew Daddario and Isaiah Mustafa dream of I too spend my days hoping for that beautiful onscreen parabatri. We got a small taste of it this season in the cabinet meetings and in getting to see Luke interact with Alec and Magnus individually, so the next only natural step is putting them all together for scenes.

Jonathan: Don’t stop framing him to be the villainous, irredeemable bastard he is, Will Tudor is so good at it and I hope they won’t waste it.

Overall I hope the show just continues the fantastic storytelling, balance and pacing that the second half of season two especially established.

Tune in this January on Freeform for what’s bound to be an epic third season!

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‘Shadowhunters’ 2×20 review: death, love and everything in between

Here we are, we made it, we survived all 20 emotionally gripping and satisfying episodes of season two. A lot happened tonight, and a lot was set up for next season. So let’s talk ‘Beside Still Water.’

It was all hands on deck (minus Raphael yet again weirdly missing) as the battle to end Valentine came to a close. In the Seelie court, Maia was held captive by a vengeful and betraying queen. I’ve said it all season long, and I’ll say all next season as well when she becomes a series regular, Alisha Wainwright has been an incredible addition to this cast. She was tough in her talk with the queen, but also soft and caring in her moments with Simon and Luke.

Luke also has finally been getting his dues of late, and with Ollie wandering into the shadow world that’s bound to continue next season, he was strong and resilient in his distrust of the queen and in his search for his beta wolf. Isaiah Mustafa absolutely nails it when he’s given the material to work with and this episode yet again proved that.

While the wolfpack and Simon took on the queen Izzy, Alec and Magnus faced down demons in the streets of New York. I’m always a sucker for the return of archer Alec and watching him and his sister fight side by side is always amazing. But of course Malec managed to take center stage for me as they tend to. Separately, Alec was halfway towards giving up and knowing it was because of mistake he made, while Magnus was being the leader and high warlock he has to be. When they’re together it’s always incredible and they’ve gotten to show a different side of them recently, a side that Matthew Daddario and Harry Shum Jr have done absolute justice to. Bitter, somewhat salty, boyfriends who can barely deem to make eye contact is tough to watch but also realistic to the situation. Magnus is trying to do right by his people, so avoiding Alec is what he feels he has to do. It also speaks volumes that Alec went to first warn Magnus about the Seelie Queen betraying them, he’s clearly determined to never lie to Magnus again no matter what the status of their relationship may be.

Then there’s the beach scene. Anyone who’s ever heard me talk about this show knows the thing I want most from it is battle couple. And tonight we got the first true taste of it and it was glorious. Magnus asserting his power and ability as high warlock while archer Alec worried for him was perfect. All that raw power and emotional worry mixed with a kick ass dragon was a highlight of the episode. They can both feign indifference as much as they like but in the moments where either was in danger that indifference cracked. You could tell from the second they stepped on that beach that well, as Magnus said ‘you can’t get rid of me that easily.’ These two were gonna be okay.

And okay they were. Placing their final scene in the alleyway behind the bar where they had their first date was oddly symbolic. That night in Hunter’s Moon back in 2×06 was the start of their relationship in an official capacity and this conversation was the start of new chapter in their relationship. The moment was perfect, laced with a little timidness, but mostly just pure undeniable love. The way they both admitted they can’t do this without each other; can’t live without each other. It’s beautiful and loving and it’s one of the million reasons I love them so much. Sometimes they’re messy, but they always find a way back to each other. They’re going to fight together, side by side for as long as there is a fight and beyond. There are many hurdles and conversations they are both bound to face in the future and those things are these beautiful and tough moments we have to look forward to in the next season and beyond.

I’d also like to give huge credit to the writers for not once in dialogue referring to the separation Magnus and Alec had as a ‘break-up.’ Something about that just felt right, because that’s truly not what it was. It was a difficult separation caused by an even more difficult situation.

Finally there was Idris. First let me say the forest areas they found in Toronto to film all these Idris scenes are gorgeous. Then let me say Dominic Sherwood and Kat McNamara were genuinely heartbreaking in these scenes. I expected to not feel the emotional impact of Jace’s “death” all that much simply because I knew it wouldn’t last more than ten minutes. That was surprisingly not the case, both of them managed to sell the moment well enough that for a second I actually thought he might not be coming back. Alan Van Sprang was also fantastic in these scenes. It is a damn shame to see him go from a performance perspective. He’s brought a lot to the table and he’s played the villain he was tasked with bringing to life so very well every week. Valentine couldn’t last forever, but I’m glad we got Van Sprang to play him while he did.

Clary just brutally stabbing Valentine much in the way that she straight up stabbed Jonathan a few episodes back just shows how damn done that girl is with her blood related family and I’m proud of her for that.

Big shout out to the show using the talented voice of Anthony Stewart Head as Raziel; he’s got a voice that commands respect and the presence of an angel, it was such a good casting choice.

Overall the entire episode just looked good. I’ll be honest I’ve never been overwhelmingly impressed with Matt Hastings directing before tonight. It was never bad, just nothing epically stood out. Tonight though there were moments where everything just looked right. Malec’s alleyway scene lit up by neon lights, the battle scenes, Valentine’s final menacing moments and that soft dark glow that the Seelie Court maintains were all pleasant to the eye. It was also fantastic that it seemed the show had held out a nice portion of the VFX budge till the finale which was absolutely worth it.

Other bits to love: Tipsy ‘I want to hug everyone’ Luke is a damn delight, kinda obsessed with the fact that moments after his parabatai “died” Alec was quick to ensure Magnus’ safety (he’d lost a brother and he sure as hell wasn’t losing the man he loves as well), Izzy is a sneaky keeper of Malec, and do Valentine’s sons come back from the dead because of all the spaghetti he fed them?

All in all this was a nice cap off to a season that got shaky in the middle but came back in 2b with 10 incredibly strong episodes. So that’s all for reviews this year, though I’ll be back later in the week with a little season three wishlist to look out for. See you all in January!

NEXT SEASON: Lilith has arrived, Jace and Jonathan may very well be tethered together and god what did Simon do?

‘Shadowhunters’ 2×19 review: a royal betrayal

After last week, which was possibly the best episode of the series to date, “Shadowhunters” welcomed the true beginning of a war, but the sides are turning out different than anyone expected. Let’s talk ‘Hail and Farewell.’

The episode could be described with one word: tension.

The intense meeting between the Downworld leaders and Shadowhunters was a fantastic scene to watch. In any other circumstances the Downworlders would be making the right call. This isn’t personal, if it was Magnus, Luke and Raphael would be finding another way, it’s about the Clave who’ve proven no loyalty to anyone but themselves. However this time around it’s the wrong call because as suspected the Seelie queen has been playing everyone the entire time.

The most poignant tension in the room came between Magnus and Alec. Both are clearly heartbroken and attempting to hold together any resolve they have just barely. Alec’s looking at the Seelie queen when he talks but his words are most definitely meant for a certain other man in the room.

After an intense meeting we were FINALLY introduced to Catarina Loss and got to see the world’s cutest warlock, Madzie, again. Catarina is an absolute delight, she’s simultaneously comforting and cool as hell. It’s fantastic to see Magnus get such a comfortable friendship like this onscreen; I look forward to there being so much more of her next season.

Meanwhile, Jonathan continues to lose his damn mind. Will Tudor manages to get creepier and creepier every week. And no I don’t for a second think he’s actually dead, that reveal is likely to be the cliffhanger this season. He was at his finest this week however in his literal drag and fight with Jace. Overall the action in this episode was fantastic, though I could have used a little bit more for Alec and Izzy.

Simon continues to be a nearly constant ray of hope in all the heaviness. He’s not buying what the Seelie queen is selling and bless the boy for it. Speaking of the Seelie queen she took on a new form tonight all grown up and portrayed by Sarah Hyland. Hyland is a fantastic comedian so it was interesting to see her tackle something a little more serious, she wasn’t bad but there’s just something much more threating about Lola Flanery’s portrayal.

In the end though she definitely nailed that betrayal however; it’s not unexpected that the queen has had ulterior power play moves this entire time, but seeing Meliorn on her side stung a bit (*insert Tyra Banks ‘I was rooting for you’ gif*).

And here’s my controversial opinion: Jace and Clary just really don’t do much for me. I’ve come to accept that their romance will generally be a weak point. But we’ve reached a place with the series where the episodes are so strong that if there’s going to be a weak point I’m fine with it being the overdone white straight tragic romance.

Other bits: those photo booth pictures of Magnus and Alec were the cutest and I want 100 more of them, I’ve said it before and I’ll say again if everyone just listened to Luke Garroway before things exploded they’d all have a lot less troubles, Simon talking to the river lmao, it was nice to see Clary remembering that Luke is basically her dad, and Luke telling Alec over the phone to give Maryse his best?? Let my Luke/Maryse romance rise!

Also any guesses on who that Alicante mole is? My money’s on world’s worst grandmother Imogen Herondale.

NEXT WEEK: it’s season finale time and dammit we’re getting battle couple Malec (will my dreams of a battlefield come true?!)

‘Shadowhunters’ 2×18 review: a beautiful roller coaster of emotion (and don’t worry Malec fans)

In this week’s episode ‘Awake, Arise or Be Forever Fallen’ quite literally everyone was at the top of their game. It’s no secret my favorite things about this show are Magnus, Alec, Luke and Maia, so tonight’s episode may have just become my favorite of the series. I usually close with Malec, but I’m bursting with emotion about them so let’s start there.

Through a series of flashbacks and in the current day we got a look at the epic love that is that between Magnus Bane and Alec Lightwood in a way we never quite have. Even the little things, like Magnus carrying the omamori that Alec gave him everywhere he goes, went straight to your heart.

I’ve never actively seen a show not only make the effort, but actually fix a mistake they made in the past. The end of 2×07 was widely, and rightly, criticized and the writers took the opportunity of Magnus’ reflection to listen to their LGBTQ+ fans and fix those mistakes. Seeing tenderness between two men and having it be seen and shown with the care it deserves is so important. Tonight Magnus and Alec finally got that. The soft playfulness, desire and genuine love and affection that came pouring through the two in the 2×07 flashbacks was all so beautiful.

Matthew Daddario and Harry Shum Jr. have always had the best romantic onscreen chemistry on the show and tonight that chemistry was taken to new gorgeous heights. From the way they laughed and smiled to the unending and endearing softness in their voices when they talked about fears and Alec looked into Magnus’ warlock mark and saw only beauty, every second you could feel the emotion flowing deep and vast.

The season one flashback was unexpected, but it was so very welcomed. It showed the great progress that these two have made. They’ve gone from guarded borderline hostility out of the fear of what they could be to being so in love it physically aches to be apart.

In the present day they’re still reeling from the aftermath of their fight last week, but for a moment that’s pushed aside when Max is injured. The fact that Alec knows he has no right to be asking for help right now and is so desperately sorry for keeping a secret from Magnus is another example of his growth since the start of the show.

Their final scene together this week was heart wrenching. There’s no way to ever get over the strain in Magnus’ voice or Alec’s tears. These are two people so wildly and endlessly in love with each other and this isn’t an easy moment for them. Daddario and Shum Jr. manage to break your heart while also making you know with full certainty that these two will be okay. This love runs too deep and they will always find their way back to each other. This is not a breakup. This is not what a breakup looks like. This is however two people being forced to make some choices that they can’t necessarily make together. Magnus has to think of his people, turning against the Clave doesn’t equal turning against Alec but for the moment he needs to take that step back and make the choice without Alec. These two are getting a nuanced, political, raw and realistic for their situation heartache. This isn’t some excessive miscommunication or sneaky behind their back action (*cough, cough* the books), it’s a real terrifying aspect of their relationship that will always exist. Magnus said it himself this is what he’s afraid of. The fact of the matter is they’ll find a way through this; they’ll be fighting side by side before the season ends. These two are forever.

While Shum Jr. and Daddario were stealing every second, Alisha Wainwright and Isaiah Mustafa were also working on owning your soul. Wainwright has been such an incredible addition to this cast and this week we saw Maia the future leader, while also shedding a few tears to hear her talk about how she came to be a werewolf. Luke has been widely underserviced this season, but this episode showed the Luke we need to see every single week; the level headed leader and badass alpha that thinks first but also takes action when he needs to. Mustafa is just so damn good in this role and that absolutely needs to be utilized more. The Seelie court scene yet again displayed perfectly the way he thinks and leads as well as his friendship with Magnus. Shum Jr. killed it in this scene as well, showing his professionalism and hesitance.

Meanwhile while Max fought for his life the Lightwood family all brought raw emotion to the screen. Daddario wasn’t just killing us slowly with Malec, but also with Alec the protective big brother, Emeraude Toubia almost sent me into tears while talking to an unconscious Max and I don’t think I’ve ever been so relieved for Maryse and Robert to walk into a room than when they did.

Lastly Will Tudor finally got to drop all facades and truly become Jonathan, no longer Sebastian. He was genuinely terrifying with his creepy smiles and effective brutality. The fact that he’ll no longer be putting on a show to convince them all he’s someone else is something I’m looking forward to.

Other bits to appreciate: Jace is a Lightwood dammit just look at those moments when they were waiting to find out about Max, Bat Valasquez welcome to the show I fully plan to love you, Isabelle is such a beautifully loving and supportive sister with all of her brothers, bless Clary for knowing that her homicidal brother is irredeemable, Ollie girl I definitely understand why at San Diego they said Luke’s story isn’t resolved there’s no way it could be with what we have left and is anyone else questioning why a certain Downworld leader has been totally out of the loop these past few episodes? Where you at Raphael?

Next Week: we all know everything’s going to keep going to hell and Sarah Hyland guest stars as an equally as deceiving older edition of the Seelie queen!

‘Shadowhunters’ 2×17 review: mirror, mirror

As the season winds down, ‘A Dark Reflection’ definitely got dark.

Let’s begin with a Lightwood sibling who’s finally back on her game. Izzy had a nice episode this week. Her relationship with Max is so protective and sweet, but Max is too smart for his own good. Isabelle’s scenes with Simon were also nice giving us that first taste of the future that the pair could have. Her highlight of the episode was however the conversation with Maia. These two should absolutely have more scenes together.

Luke has finally gotten some screen time of late and it’s always delightful. From that little dad chuckle™ towards Simon to the scenes between he and Magnus, Luke once again was a highlight of the episode. He’s a calm in the storm, a level head and his involvement might just keep everything from falling apart totally. Hopefully, he can talk Magnus’ storm down a bit more with those docile level headed dad leader ways of his that Isaiah Mustafa plays so perfectly next week.

Speaking of Garroway’s, seeing Cleophas again was nice. Lisa Berry is an incredible actress and her willingness to drag Sebastian and fight back against Valentine was fantastic to watch. Garroway’s really know how to kick ass that’s for sure.

Sebastian and Valentine are terribly villainous together, but kudos to Elliot for trying, though it is nice to know that Jocelyn is still screwing over her terrible ex-husband from beyond the grave. Also a shout out to Alec for continuing to not truly trust Sebastian you may have made some bad calls this week, but this is definitely not one of them.

Which brings us to Alec’s very bad choice this week, a lie that will cause some brief heartbreak for everyone’s favorite pair.

The most serious angst for Magnus and Alec has hit, but it’s not the kind of unnecessary angst we’re so used to seeing in tv couples (cheating, unnecessary deceiving, biphobia, pressuring someone to come out, *cough, cough the books*). This is the kind of argument that was bound to hit them one day. Alec sits in a very unenviable spot between his duty to the greater good and his duty to the love of his life. Magnus sits in a very similar position. Their relationship will always be heavily political, there will always be factors that will leave them in tough spots and sometimes they won’t make the right choice. This relationship is so deep, but also still so new. Should Alec have told Magnus about the sword immediately? Maybe, but you can understand from his side why he didn’t, how he’s still learning to balance his professional life and personal life in a way that no one gets hurt. Magnus is rightfully angry. And that fire and rage was played incredibly well as usual by Harry Shum Jr. The whole confrontation between the pair was different from what we’ve seen from them before and a stark contrast to the soft date night that began the episode for them. As usual though no matter what the chemistry demands, Shum Jr. and Matthew Daddario knocked it out of the park.

This fight’s not over, rightly so, but these two are strong and next week it’s bound to take them to even deeper and more meaningful parts of their relationship than they’ve been at before.

Other bits for review: Sebastian you incestuous weirdo get off your sister, Alec if you’re sweating so much that you can’t eat lobster off a fork from your boyfriend maybe it’s a sign you shouldn’t be lying, kind of had to LOL when Jace was openly insulting Johnathan right in front of him, the mirror is an actual compact mirror which I expected it to be larger, and Maia, girl, where do you buy all your clothes?

Next Week: Pretty sure *spoiler* isn’t actually dying, Malec are gonna break our hearts but simultaneously rise us up with a couple long overdue flashbacks and the Garrobane BROTP continues to sail on a mission to the Seelie court where putting any trust in the queen is likely to be a very bad idea.

‘Shadowhunters’ 2×16 review: family complications

In this week’s Paul Wesley guest directed episode ‘A Day of Atonement’ family took the forefront and things got more complicated than before.

Alberto Rosende and Alisha Wainwright were easily the highlight of the episode giving us our only dose of Downworlder for the week. Together they are an absolute delight. Their chemistry is fantastic and their ability to riff off one another is incredible to watch. Simon has a lovely family; it was nice to see him truly get a story that was about him, his religion and his family and not centered on Clary. Maia getting a lot more depth was also a nice touch, she has such an interesting back story that hopefully they delve into more.

The Lewis family weren’t the only ones facing down drama; the Lightwood’s had their fair share as well. There are three things that Matthew Daddario plays best as Alec, sass, brotherly protection and being in love with Magnus. And he played all of those incredibly well, even though Magnus wasn’t in the episode; he defended his relationship, confided in Izzy and had no time for his father’s excuses.

While Alec and Robert’s relationship is seriously on the rocks, at least they can say it’s better than Valentine and Johnathan/Sebastian. Will Tudor, like the character or not, is playing him to a creepy and menacing level that’s impressive to watch. He feels more like a villain than he ever did in the books and far more than Valentine did all of season one. That being said, now both hitting their full evil potential Alan Van Sprang and Tudor are likely to reign over terrifyingly for the final haul of the season.

Meanwhile Jace and Clary went on another unsanctioned wild mission that’s likely to have some consequences. While it wasn’t necessarily bad to watch it was the weak point of the episode, it could be that their story is the most close to the books it leaves less to be surprised about. However Izzy coming to their rescue was nice to see. She and Alec have truly gotten back to their bond that existed in season one and it’s such an amazing part of the series.

Other little bits to love include Simon’s delightful grandma, the angel must have some great moisturizer and didn’t this episode just feel so very “The Vampire Diaries” in its tone?

Next Week: when will they let Malec rest and everything is exploding for everyone.

‘Shadowhunters’ 2×15 review: one relationship ends while another grows even stronger

This week saw Sebastian show his true form, a father/son bond that’s highly underrated, the end of one relationship and the even deeper strengthening of another. So let’s get into ‘A Problem of Memory.’

Simon had a rough night that turned into an even rougher day when he found himself accused of murder. Alberto Rosende continues to be such a standout in this series; playing heartbreak equally as well as he plays nerdy innocence. Rosende also shines at his brightest when he’s not tangled up in the love triangle drama and on his own more which he did exactly that this week. Along with him was Luke, who’s so frequently underused which luckily wasn’t the case for once. Isaiah Mustafa never ceases to play Luke with an air of endless kindness and outstanding leadership and his relationship with Simon is always such a delight to watch.

Meanwhile Sebastian got somehow impossibly creepier. Will Tudor plays this character to such a level of disturbing, quiet villainy that you’re always frightened by whatever he’s doing. His easy deception of Aline just shows how terrifyingly dedicated to his rouse he is. Now united once again with his father, it’s no doubt that he’ll find a way to get even more disturbing, a task Tudor surely can handle.

And then there’s Magnus. Beautiful, broken Magnus finally hit a point where he couldn’t continue to hold it all in after what happened back in 2×12 with the body swap and damn was it heartbreakingly beautiful.

Opening with Alec waking up to an empty bed was a soft way to start a hard conversation. Not only do we get to see Magnus and Alec being cute and soft and teasing in the morning together, but also there’s how far they’ve come. A season ago Alec Lightwood had resigned himself to a lifetime of waking up in an empty bed and now he’s grown so accustomed to waking up beside the love of his life every morning the concept of waking up alone four mornings in a row is unfathomable and leaves him worried. His worry continues to show through the episode, he doesn’t want to drag Magnus into anything involving Valentine, he doesn’t want to push him to talk but he also is so palpably worried about the man he loves. Unlike the last couple of episodes, where he let Magnus deflect his worry he stood more resolute in getting Magnus to open up. He knows Magnus, he says it himself, and he knows he’s hurting. Alec is so wildly in love with Magnus and he can’t stand watching him be in pain.

While Matthew Daddario played Alec’s concern and unstoppable love perfectly Harry Shum Jr. played Magnus’ vulnerability and heartbreak in a way that left you in tears.

His airy start, yet again deflecting Alec’s concerns, then transforming into clear agony was yet another display of how damn well Shum Jr. emotes with just the look in his eyes. The simple moment of looking in the mirror absolutely desolate to the next second looking at Alec with a completely cheery smile shows how quick he can flip the switch to put on the façade. Then later in the episode when he lets the façade drop completely you’re left with your heart on the floor. Magnus opening up to Alec, tears falling, a tremble in his voice might be Shum Jr.’s best performance in the series to date. Magnus has likely never told anyone the story he tells Alec, at best Catarina and Ragnor likely knew. But here he is opening up to someone he loves, someone he can trust completely that doesn’t judge only loves and trusts right back. Shum Jr. puts Magnus’ vulnerability on display, his heart in his hands almost literally handing it to Alec. And where in the past that vulnerability was likely thrown back in his face instead it’s embraced and accepted.

Daddario and Shum Jr. are electric in their scenes together whether they’re light or incredibly heavy like they were this week. The absolute trust on Magnus’ end and the absolute conviction in his reassuring words on Alec’s were beautiful. They continue to seamlessly play the soulmate, love of each other’s lives status the pair have to absolute perfection.

Other bits to love: Luke literally becoming a ‘sips tea’ meme, Ollie (who hopefully stays out of trouble), Raphael’s loyalty to Simon as someone under his protection even though Simon doesn’t always appreciate it, Alec reaching out immediately in bed for Magnus (they damn well better wake up together next time we see that), actual ray of sunshine Aline Penhallow, add ‘When things get crazy don’t push me away’ to the iconic parallels of true love inventors Malec along with ‘I love a challenge’ and Jace getting at least a tiny bit of revenge towards Valentine.

Next Week: ‘The Vampire Diaries’ alum Paul Wesley directs, Simon has an uncomfortable family holiday gathering and Valentine’s on the loose so it’s off to Idris we go!