Clary makes a sacrifice for the people she loves, fully aware that there might be no turning back
This episode of Shadowhunters starts off with a bang. It kicks off right where we were left on last week with the Owl trying to run away from the others when they discovered his secret. Clary (Katherine McNamara) follows him and they have a fight that ends up with Jace (Dominic Sherwood) throwing Clary off the rooftop. Thankfully, she calls Simon (Alberto Rosende) and he comes quickly to help her. Back at the Institute, Alec (Matthew Daddario) and Izzy (Emeraude Toubia) learn that Jace is the Owl. Clary finally tells them the complete truth about what happened in Idris. Still upset and shaken from the fight, she apologizes to Alec for not telling him the truth sooner. Expecting him to be angry at her, Clary is surprised when he hugs her and says that he would have done the same thing if he had been in the position she was in. After Magnus (Harry Shum Jr) tells them he figured out that the master behind the Owl is Lilith (Anna Hopkins), the group agrees that the mission now is to find a way to fix Jace and bring him back.
At Simon and Kyle’s (Chai Hansen) apartment, Maia (Alisha Wainwright) pays a visit and recognizes Kyle immediately. It turns out that Kyle is also Jordan, Maia’s ex-boyfriend and the one who turned her into a werewolf. After seeing him and learning that he is Simon’s new roommate, she leaves looking very upset. Throughout the episode, we see flashbacks of Jordan and Maia, from when they met each other, when they were in love, when they had a fight, and when Jordan hurt her and left her without giving her an explanation. Later in the episode, she comes back and confronts him about his past actions.
Luke (Isaiah Mustafa) and Simon team up in this episode and find where Lilith is hiding. While Luke looks for Ollie (Alexandra Ordolis), Simon runs into two of Lilith’s disciples and, after advising them not to come near him, they still attempt to hurt him. The mark on Simon’s forehead not only kicks them back but also, surprising all of us, turns them into salt.
Clary, Alec, and Izzy go to Idris in search of the Malachai Configuration, which Izzy thinks might help them save Jace. But things don’t go as planned and when they find out that Jace is actually in Idris too, they go and find him. Before going to the Cemetery of the Disgraced, the Owl visits Imogen (Mimi Kuzyk), demanding that she take him to the cemetery. When he sees that she wants to reach for a weapon, he kills her.
Clary opens a portal that takes Alec, Izzy, and Jace back to New York, but she stays in Idris to act as a distraction and prevent all of them from getting taken to the guards. At the end of the episode, Clary is taken as a prisoner, leaving us wondering what is going to happen next.
Let’s not waste any more time and start our discussion! These are our roundtable guests this week:
María (@ShadowhuntersJA) – Shadowhunters Spain Administrator
Sonia (@Shadowhunters.Blood.isnt.Love) – Tireless reader, Fantasy lover, Founder of Shadowhunters “Blood isn’t Love.”
ShadowhuntersLA (@ShadowhuntersLA) – Update/fan account of shadowhunters Latin America.
Megan (@TMIronSisters) – prolific reader, aspiring writer, amateur photographer, lover of theatre and a fan of Shadowhunters.
Ashleigh (@edwardanddamon) – Multifandom account for books, tv, and movies, starting up a blog where I’ll chat about books soon!
1. In this episode, we learned that Kyle (or Jordan) is also Maia’s ex-boyfriend and the one that turned her. What are your thoughts on how he handled the situation back then?
Megan (@TMIronSisters): He was obviously confused. And scared. And I understand why he thought he couldn’t face up to what he’d done to Maia but to abandon her… to let her go through the same fear and pain and confusion that he had too. He could’ve told Maia about what was happening to him. He had that option. But until Luke came along, Maia had no one. Her relationship with her parents seems pretty non-existent and her brother had just died. Jordan was probably the one person she thought she could rely on and he left her as well. I completely understand her anger and why she feels she can’t forgive him.
María (@shadowhuntersja): I think Jordan’s situation at that time was complicated because he didn’t hurt any person, he hurt the person he loved. It is true that he was a bit coward to leave her alone and not even return to talk to her about what happened and what could happen, and perhaps it would have been better to tell her the truth, but ultimately he was a new werewolf too, he didn’t know how to control his impulses. It is true that if he had stayed, he and Maia could have found a way to figure out things together. Or even if he had appeared before to try to help and apologize, maybe Maia wouldn’t be so angry with him. I want to see how the story of these two develops.
Sonia (@Shadowhunters.Blood.isnt.Love): I am sure that Jordan didn’t want to hurt Maya, it is clear that he didn’t have any control over his transformation… and all the emotions he felt, jealousy and anger, they were amplified. He should not have abandoned her, but I think he was afraid and found an easy way out.
ShadowhuntersLA (@ShadowhuntersLA): As book’s fans we already know that Jordan was Maia’s ex-boyfriend and the one that turned her, but it was a pleasure to see some flashbacks about their relationship. We think that Jordan was freaked out when he discovered what he did to Maia and the only thing that came to his mind was to run away. We saw on the flashback that he really loved Maia and maybe he is still in love with her, but unfortunately, he didn’t handle the situation right. Instead of him been jealous, he should’ve trusted her and told her the truth. When he attacked her he should have stayed with her and let her know how much he loved her.
Ashleigh (@edwardanddamon): I understand that Kyle (Jordan) was completely scared and freaked out by what was happening to him, but he should have trusted Maia with his secret. The way he treated her and how he left her was wrong. You can totally see why Maia gets so upset about the past.
2. Alec hugged Clary after she told them what really happened in Idris. Was this the way you expected him to react?
Megan: Oh my god while she was confessing I was literally holding my breath, hoping against hope. As much as I enjoy watching Alec and Clary clash, constantly sassing one another, I needed to see them accepting that they both love Jace and they’d do anything to save him. It made me tear up in all honesty.
María: I would be lying if I said that reaction was what I was expecting. I was expecting an Alec that leaves the room angry or to go and throw her in the face that she didn’t tell him the truth about what happened at Lake Lyn right away. So I was surprised and I really liked Alec’s reaction and how he comforts Clary in that hug because it shows great character development.
Sonia: I was hoping that Alec would react like that and I’m really glad that things went this way. I think this shows how Alec grew up as a character, he not only matured during the seasons but he also realized that sometimes doing the right thing and defending the people he loves involves breaking some rules, and Alec is ready to fight for his family.
ShadowhuntersLA: We knew that Alec will be mad but at the same time comprehensive because what Clary did was to save Jace’s life, but we never expected him to react the way he did and that was a very nice surprise. Clary really needed to tell the truth to Alec and the others and feel all their support. The hug that he gives to Clary means a lot to her because that’s the way he shows how supportive he can be.
Ashleigh: Yes, I actually thought to myself, he’s going to hug her! When he did, I totally cried. Matt did a wonderful job acting there… playing Alec with the serious face. Alec hugging Clary was just such a beautiful moment.
3. When some of Lilith’s disciples attempted to attack Simon, the mark on his forehead turned them into salt. Why do you think this happened?
Megan: I can’t say why it turned them into salt. That seems strange. Maybe it has something to do with their impurity now that Lilith has possessed them? Maybe it’s whatever’s left of the demonic energy inside them? Obviously, Simon’s mark is very powerful and it’s the first time we’ve seen it used against a mundane. Well… what used to be a mundane. I don’t think a normal mundane would’ve just disintegrated though, so I guess it’s something to do with Lilith.
María: Well we really should analyze what happened with the effect of the mark on the disciples of Lilith, because we have seen how in werewolves and vampires it simply gave them the blow and left them bruised, but in this case, they have vanished. Perhaps it can be that the energy of the mark produces some reaction in the demonic energy coming from Lilith what causes those that contain it to completely disintegrate. Whatever it was, Lilith didn’t seem very happy about it. We’ll see what consequences this can bring to Simon.
Sonia: I think Simon is a weapon against Lilith. The Mark of Cain predicts that anyone who attempts to hurt anyone with the Mark on them will be punished sevenfold, so I think that since Lilith’s power is immense the mark’s reaction is proportionate to this. Lilith will be furious and I don’t want to miss the next episodes. Things will get more and more interesting.
ShadowhuntersLA: Not to give spoilers about the Mark yet, we’re gonna answer this based on the sole information the show has given us; our assumption is that Simon’s mark is somehow connected to God and his divine power. Both Lilith and the Mark are a curse, an example of punishment to have challenged the divine power and therefore those powers carry disastrous consequences. Until now we have seen that the Mark can hurt really bad, but this time it literally eliminated the evil essence of Lilith, and since her disciples are possessed by her, they have her demonic energy and the Mark ‘felt’ that and defended Simon annihilating them by erasing a part of the great evil that Lilith is.
Ashleigh: The mark that was given to Simon by the Seelie Queen is a special mark. We’ve seen that anytime he’s been attacked, it’s worked almost like a shield. I think that Lilith’s disciples turned to salt because Simon’s mark is a force against evil.
4. Clary sacrificed herself for Jace, Alec, and Isabelle when she stayed in Idris and portaled them back to New York. Was this the right move?
Megan: It seemed very unlikely they were going to be able to hide this whole debacle from the Clave forever. They were going to find out eventually and at least this way they’ll find out the truth and not make up some version of the truth which might incriminate Clary, Alec, and Izzy as well as Jace. Clave members might’ve stumbled upon Imogen’s body, saw Clary in the graveyard and jumped to the wrong conclusion. Clary made the wish to the angel in the first place and she’s been wanting to tell someone for ages now so… I guess now’s her chance. And she’s already said she doesn’t regret her decision to bring Jace back and that she’ll be willing to get locked in the guard. With Alec and Izzy back in New York with Magnus and Jace in captivity, they stand a good chance of curing him.
María: I think it was a good decision because that way she can save them time while they try to save Jace, and in a way, I think that with that sacrifice it helps them avoid telling the Clave what happened. It also shows that she’s willing to do anything for the people that she loves. What we have to see now is what consequences this will have for Clary, how the Clave will treat her, what they will do with her… we’ll see if it isn’t a high price to pay.
Sonia: Yes and no, I wondered why she didn’t run away. But since there is always a reason for all this I imagine it’s time to deal with the Clave regarding recent events. Clary doesn’t deserve this and I think she feels guilty. I‘m grateful to Clary for saving the others, especially knowing that if Jace ran into the Clave’s hands, the situation would fall.
ShadowhuntersLA: Of course because doing that was the only way Alec and Isabelle can save Jace. Clary is always trying to do the right thing for the others’ safety and never thinks about her own consequences. She will do whatever she can to save Jace despite the fact that doing it might bring her another problem. The only thing she cares about right now is to bring Jace back.
Ashleigh: I think Clary did what anyone would do for the people they love. I think she did what she had to because the Clave won’t be so forgiving towards Jace. If she hadn’t sacrificed herself, they might have killed Jace because of him being the Owl. I’m nervous about what’s going to happen to Clary now, and how she’s going to prove her innocence.
5. Magnus is blaming himself for giving the potion to Lilith that made Jace fall out of love and be completely under Lilith’s power. Do you think he should feel this way?
Megan: Absolutely not. They could all play the blame game as they have in the past. Izzy blamed herself for allowing Sebastian into the Institute. Alec blamed himself for killing Jocelyn. They were all circumstances out of their control. Magnus wasn’t to know who or what Lilith was or what she was planning to do. I think he feels especially guilty, however, because Jace is connected to so many people he loves.
María: I don’t think Magnus should feel guilty about what happened to Jace. As Alec said, Lilith would have gotten the potion with his help or without it anyway. Lilith would have managed to get to him at the end, if it hadn’t been him it would have been another warlock, or something even worse, he could have eliminated Clary because she was the only obstacle for Jace to be hers completely.
Sonia: No, but it’s difficult not to feel guilty with hindsight … Of course, the situation of this woman friend of Ragnor coming out of nowhere was very suspicious, but Lilith was skilled and Magnus was in good faith. I think now Magnus really needs to find a way to free Jace.
ShadowhuntersLA: No because he was trying to help. Magnus always has been very supportive of other people’s problems and he was thinking that making that potion will help the soldier. We think that he will continue feeling that way until he can create another potion to bring Jace back. Jace is not only a friend, he is also his lover’s parabatai. So if Jace can’t be safe, Alec will be worried and so will be Magnus.
Ashleigh: I don’t think Magnus should blame himself for giving Lilith the potion. He didn’t know who she was and what she was capable of when he gave it to her. He obviously wouldn’t have helped her if he had known. I’m hoping he’ll take Alec’s advice and forgives himself.
6. The Owl killed Imogen. If he ever comes back, how do you think Jace is going to react to her death?
Megan: That was really brutal by the way Shadowhunters. The stabbing was one thing but then the dismembering?! Yikes. This is not Season 1 anymore. Anyway, Jace is going to take the news really hard when he’s back. Imogen was the last living member of his family, his only connection to his real dad. And he’s going to feel guilty as hell even though it wasn’t his fault. Though Jace carries his pain and he doesn’t let people see it, it still eats him up inside. It’ll crush him.
María: I think he’ll be devastated, because as Lilith said Jace is still in there, so he’ll be aware of everything he has been doing while he’s the Owl. And if he didn’t have enough with thinking about what he has done to the mundanes, now we must add that he has killed in cold blood the only family member he had left, one that he didn’t have enough time to enjoy or learn more about his past. So I think Jace will suffer a lot because of everything the Owl is doing, but without a doubt, this is what will hurt him the most.
Sonia: It will be a blow to him. Imogen was the unexpected bond with his birth family. In a sense, she gave Jace an identity and a story about his family. Although Imogen and Jace have not had much time together, I appreciate that in the series they have had some space to get to know each other.
ShadowhuntersLA: First of all, we were in shock when the Owl killed Imogen. Despite the fact that her character dies in the books we didn’t see that coming in this episode. Besides the Owl tossing Clary off the roof, killing Jace’s grandma, his only blood relative is another thing that can really destroy Jace. He is going to suffer a lot. Even though the Owl killed Imogen, he is going to feel so responsible for her death and it isn’t going to be easy to convince him that it was not him who did it. Imogen was his grandmother and his only blood family and now she is gone. He will feel so alone and guilty.
Ashleigh: I think Jace is going to be absolutely crushed when he comes back. He’s going to blame himself even though it was the Owl who killed Imogen. It’s not going to be an easy thing for him to get over.
7. Maia stood up to Jordan and finally said things she had been keeping to herself for years. Do you think she had some closure and will be able to move on?
Megan: I think closure will come gradually. Jordan needed to hear what Maia had to say and Maia was right not to forgive him. She understands the loss of control and the fear that comes with the change but that doesn’t excuse his abandonment. Maia has every right to remain angry. I think finally facing Jordan was the first step towards Maia moving on from her past and hopefully moving on with her future.
María: I think we could say that she has taken an important step to close that page of her past. Now the question is what kind of relationship she’ll have with Jordan because we have seen how he has said nothing of becoming friends but has Maia really gotten over what he felt for him? Because maybe seeing the Jordan who works with the Praetor, who tries to help those who are new to the underworld, maybe she will see the Jordan she loved and those feelings she had might re-emerge. What will happen? We’ll see that in the next episode.
Sonia: I think this is a starting point for both of them. Maia really needed it, I think that seeing Jordan again after all these years has sparked so many emotions, but she needed this confrontation. I don’t know how things will evolve in the series, but they have a common point of interest, Simon. We’ll see what happens.
ShadowhuntersLA: We think that Maia had some closure but there are so many things there that we don’t think she will be able to move on so quickly. She had some issues about what happened with Jordan on the past but now he is on her present and we see many changes coming to her life, so we think that their story is only on the second part on their books and not on the final page.
Ashleigh: I think it was good that Maia was able to confront Jordan about the past and get some things off of her chest. But it looks like they had quite a history together, from the flashbacks shown, and I don’t know that Maia can “just get over it and move on” completely. It will be interesting to see the dynamics between Jordan, Maia, and Simon now.
Final Verdict: A clue to defeat Lilith might have been discovered in this week’s episode
This episode of Shadowhunters is truly a rollercoaster of emotions. With each episode we’ve seen this season, the bar keeps rising even higher as the story, visual effects and performances keep going to a place the show hasn’t gone to before.
Now that everyone knows the truth, and the Clave is so close to knowing what’s going on, things are going to get more intense. The death of Imogen is also going to send the Clave into full alarm mode and we’re scared that Clary might be seen as the one behind it. As we saw at the end of the episode, saving Jace is not going to be easy. With the Owl having control over Jace’s mind and body, he also has access to his secrets and his weapons. His words and actions can hurt the people Jace loves the most and at the end of the day, that’s what Jace is truly afraid of doing.
After the events from this episode, we have a feeling that Simon will have a big role in the plan of destroying Lilith. Having someone on the team that can harm the enemy without getting hurt is already a big advantage, but seeing how the Mark of Cain can hurt Lilith’s disciples, and maybe even Lilith herself, in a more lethal way is very interesting. We don’t know exactly why this happened yet, but we can see Simon as a key weapon in this mission.
This is a huge episode for Maia too. She finally got to say her piece to Jordan after all she went through in the past. Though we agree that Jordan’s past actions were not right and he could have done so much better, we are glad that at least he recognizes it and apologized, even if it’s too late for him to earn Maia’s forgiveness. It is still going to be hard for Maia to see Jordan frequently, seeing as he still lives with her boyfriend after all. But she knows that Jordan can be good for Simon and might be the only one who can offer him some guidance at this moment. So we’re glad she makes him stay and fulfill his duty as his Praetor.
We are wondering what will happen with Clary and if she’ll be able to get out from the Clave’s hands unharmed and free. As much as Clary saw this coming, we’re not sure she is fully prepared to face the consequences of her actions. And as we saw what happened with Maryse, the Clave is not someone to mess with. We’ll have to hope for the best, after all, Clary she did kill Valentine and that has to show in some way where her loyalty stands.
We are finally seeing what we have been wanting to see for a while, a team that supports each other and works together to reach a common goal. Hopefully, things only keep going up from here and we will see them saving Jace and Ollie together. We are less than two weeks away from the big mid-season finale event and though we might not know what is happening next, we do know that we can’t wait for next Tuesday. Make sure you stop by next week as we’ll be discussing a new episode of Shadowhunters in a new Roundtable!