There are some shows that come and go. Shadowhunters shouldn’t be one of them
As we all know by now, Shadowhunters was recently canceled by Freeform. The surprising announcement came Monday night when it was revealed that Season 3 would be the show’s last season and that its second half would be followed by a two-hour long series finale airing Spring 2019. The word upset doesn’t even begin to cover how we are feeling and how the fandom has been feeling ever since the news broke. We were all well aware that the ratings for the show haven’t been the best for season three but even so, this show has such a huge active following that we didn’t see this news coming at all, at least not anytime soon. As expected, the outrage from the fans on social media was instant. Fans from all over the world expressed their denial, anger, and sadness over the news as the announcement we were all expecting was a season 4 renewal and not this.
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On Twitter, fans have been campaigning using the hashtags #SaveShadowhunters and #PickUpShadowhunters for the past two days, attempting to get the attention from Netflix, Freeform and Hulu, who own the national and international rights of the show. As we feel the need to take part of this, we decided to enlist below some of the many reasons why Shadowhunters deserves to continue with a fourth season and hopefully with many more after that.
If you are looking for any type of representation, Shadowhunters is your show
The cast of Shadowhunters is composed of people from all races, colors, and backgrounds. It’s rare to find shows like this, especially where the main cast is so diverse. For fans, it is amazing to be able to see themselves on any of the characters they get to see on screen. Not only that but we have LGBTQ+ representation in many characters as well. As we all know, Magnus and Alec’s relationship has been a fan favorite from day one. Magnus and Alec are already very rich characters on their own. Seeing them on the show as an open bisexual warlock and a gay shadowhunter has made a big impact on their fans, inspiring some of them to come out to their friends and family and share their stories with all of us. That’s the thing about this cast and these characters, they inspire us every day.
Sending much LOVE to #Malec and fans who love them. I join the chorus of people who hope someone is smart enough to pickup this @glaad award winning show – an awesome example of great storytelling with diverse characters and actors. #PickUpShadowhunters https://t.co/WY4ZIqZhpn
— Wilson Cruz (@wcruz73) June 6, 2018
— bghunter (@buhunter9) June 5, 2018
Why #SaveShadowhunters you ask? Because it's more than a show. It's a safe haven, a escape, our happy place, and the reason why so many of us learned to embrace who we really are. Shadowhunters is acceptance, tolerance, empowerment and love and those things deserve to be saved.
— Alexis #SaveShadowhunters (@MsAlexisCriss) June 5, 2018
#Shadowhunters is the reason I discovered asexuality.I finally knew how to identify myself& I’m there are other people out there who can say the same. The show has helped other members of the LGBTQ+ community massively too! That’s the power of this show! #PickUpShadowhunters pic.twitter.com/OYVFo82bwO
— Rae🇬🇧 (@SherwoodBane) June 5, 2018
The storyline opportunities are endless
Shadowhunters is based on The Mortal Instruments books but as we have seen since it’s premiere, the show is a mix of original and adapted storylines. Which in the long run only work in the show’s favor. By doing this, the show brings the element of surprise on its viewers, who might be big fans of the books but are constantly surprised by the unexpected twists and cliffhangers the show delivers. If the show was an exact replica of the books things would be a bit boring for them, considering they know everything that happens.
Season 3 of #Shadowhunters was hands down the best yet, the show kept getting better and better every single week. There's so much potential in this world and these characters, someone should give them a second chance. #PickUpShadowhunters @netflix @FreeformTV @hulu @larrytanz
— ShumDario News (@ShumDarioNews) June 7, 2018
Though it is a supernatural show, the topics it tackles are current and relevant
There is a reason why fans relate so much to Shadowhunters. Because they can see themselves in some of the characters and the situations they are going through. This show deals with problems that involve tolerance, acceptance, addictions, racism, abuse, among many others important topics that need to be talked about. But the thing is that Shadowhunters manages them so well, they are clearly an example of what a tv show can do when it is given the proper treatment it deserves. Some of these situations need more time to be told. Imagine all the other topics Shadowhunters can touch on? We don’t want to be left wondering.
Yo, @ TV show production companies here’s why you should pick up Shadowhunters:
-5/8 of cast are POC
-topics such as racism, homophobia and drug addiction are discussed.
-So many healthy relationships, whether platonic or romantic.#PickUpShadowhunters
— S. (@alecwinchesterr) June 6, 2018
The characters may be supernatural but they’re stories are just as real as ours. Especially the LGBTQ+ element. #Malec has helped so many in the community ❤️ #SaveShadowhunters #RenewShadowhunters https://t.co/7chGAsP0sj
— Shadowhunters AU #SaveShadowhunters (@Aussie_Nephilim) June 5, 2018
The fandom is one of the most loyal and active fandoms out there
Shadowhunters fans are dedicated, passionate and loyal. What more could you ask for in a fan? From the moment the show was announced back in 2015 the fans have always been behind the show, showing their support and their willingness to act on something when it is needed. This cancellation is not only breaking their hearts but also telling them that all their effort and enthusiasm is not being considered or is not making a difference at all. Shadowhunters has always been one of the most social shows. With more than 1 million followers on their Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts, Shadowhunters shows us just how big this fanbase is and how big of an impact this show really has. In just two days the fans have tweeted more than 1 million times begging the networks to change their mind. It would be a shame to say goodbye not only to the show but to its fandom as well.
We're aren't fighting only for a show, its cast and crew. We're fighting for what it represents, for the safe place it offered us. Because thanks to it we didn't find just a fandom, but friends to build a real family with. #PickUpShadowhunters #SaveShadowhunters @hulu @netflix
— Rebecca Mollica (@Rebecca_XM) June 6, 2018
It isn’t it’s time to say goodbye
Let’s be honest, there is a reason why the news got the reaction they did: because nobody saw it coming. Media outlets, actors, and fans have expressed how sad and confused they are about the news. If you want to cry and see their reactions, we invite you to take a look at the hashtags in twitter #SaveShadowhunters and #PickUpShadowhunters. Tweets keep coming in as fans have been tweeting non-stop since Monday night. Most shows tend to reach a point where the story has to come to an end, simply because they ran its course and is better to end the story than to see it going nowhere. But with Shadowhunters, we are just in the middle of the third season, and the thing is that there is so much more to tell still. We have a good amount of complex characters that still have a lot to give, after all, the timeline in the show it’s barely weeks long. It just doesn’t feel right to cut the story short at this time.
Shadowfamily- this has come as a complete and utter shock & I am deeply saddened. To make this show for you has been an uncommon privilege. We built this film family together and we couldn’t be more proud of all the talent in front of & behind the camera who brought SH to life.
— Matt Hastings (@mattdirector) June 5, 2018
In the words of Matt Hastings: Shadowhunters is not just a show, it’s a movement.
So there you go. These are just of a few reasons why we believe Shadowhunters is not ready to say goodbye to our tv screens just yet. Seeing how things went for other shows such as Timeless and Brooklyn Nine-Nine gives us hope that something can be done. One thing is for sure, never underestimate the power of the Shadowhunters fandom, they are a force to be reckoned with. To the fans, we encourage you to keep fighting and being as vocal as you are being so far. You are an example of what a lot of shows wish their followings would be, but only a few, like Shadowhunters, get to experience. Keep campaigning and spreading the word to try to reach to as many people as possible. Don’t give hope, you never know when the networks might be looking at. We stand with you and we truly hope that our prayers are answered.