In this week’s episode of Shadowhunters, the many fans wanting Malec to happen, finally got their wish! Oh the feels! So many emotional moments! I needed tissues! How about you?
The Malec kiss wasn’t the only memorable moment this week. As always, there was a lot going on with multiple storylines. There was the difficulty of Jace and Clary’s relationship, the sadness of Ragnar’s death, the realisation of Hodge’s betrayal, and Maryse’s (actually understandable) anger at the Clave representatives witnessing Alec leave Lydia for a Downworlder. Mostly, though, this episode was about strengthening bonds between people.
To begin with, Jace is clearly quite distressed about things: he’s questioning his own suitability & abilities as a Shadowhunter, as well as his feelings for Clary. It seems like he’s very isolated: he can’t be as close with Clary, his bond with his Parabatai is weakened, and his friendship with Alec is seriously damaged.
Alec’s overexplaining the need to meet with Magnus was adorable! I wonder if Clary really believed him at all? From their conversation at Magnus’, it seems that part of Alec’s hesitation in getting into a relationship isn’t just about duty and family honour, it’s that Alec doesn’t trust Magnus to really return his feelings. He thinks Magnus doesn’t understand the seriousness of the situation. Shadowhunter society politics is pretty serious, considering Izzy’s trial!
Once again: hooray for Simon and Izzy’s insight: Alec’s “bachelor party” reunion with Jace was exactly what both of them needed! They finally talked through their situation, and healed their relationship. In doing so, they also healed each other. This also gives us certainty for their future cooperation. Yay!
Clary and Simon still being BFFs was almost a non-event: we know they’re always going to be OK! Their matching outfits were great, too! Izzy and Simon still being friends is also no surprise at all.
Finding Ragnor Fell was another step toward saving Jocelyn. Magnus babysitting Clary and Jace as they bickered on the way was a great scene. Ragnor dying shortly after they met him was tragic! At least now they know the next step: they need to talk to Camille about the White Book. This might be giving Camille leverage for something else through a trade…that’s not a good thing. Will Raphael be prepared to risk his leadership by letting Camille out of her prison at the Hotel du Mort?
Ragnor appearing to Magnus (in Magnus’ subconscious? I really hope it’s not another Valentine trick!) after death was great for Magnus, and helped him realise that he shouldn’t give up on Alec yet. It also shows us (but not Alec, yet) that Magnus is serious about Alec, he’s not just flirting for the fun of it.
The wedding is a truly beautiful setting. Clary’s earlier conversation with Lydia reveals that Lydia is going into this with a full understanding of the situation. When Magnus arrives at the wedding, Alec has already talked through some of his feelings with Jace, and, standing at the altar with Lydia, looks like he’s not sure of his decision. All it took was Magnus’ arrival and Lydia’s reassurance. Lydia’s gracious understanding and strength of character when she saw Alec’s reaction to Magnus’ arrival was just as touching as Malec’s togetherness. So too, Jace’s acknowledgement of her afterwards. Lydia is wonderful after all, we just couldn’t tell before.
There is lots of coverage elsewhere of Alec and Magnus’ kiss, so I’m tempted to not even mention it. However, I must: it was a turning point for Alec and Lydia’s characters, and probably for Magnus too.
Alec’s rudeness to Simon was surprising. Was he joking around? He and Magnus both looked puzzled by Simon’s retelling of the movie ‘The Graduate’. Maybe having your life compared to a movie is kind of insulting.
The Malec kiss was also significant in terms of political ramifications for the Lightwoods, and Lydia. Maryse needs to accept that Magnus is what’s best for Alec (at least, we all hope he is!), but politically: she’s right to be angry about Alec’s sudden change of plans. The Lightwood family was already out of favour with the Clave, and instead of Alec’s wedding improving the situation, it was an event which created further disgrace! Cancelling it sooner would have been a better outcome! Also: the Mortal Cup was taken while everyone was busy in the aftermath of the non-wedding/Malec revelation.
I wonder when they will discover that Lydia has been injured and the Mortal Cup has been given to Valentine? Hodge’s deal with Valentine really shouldn’t be surprising, given that Hodge was originally a circle member, and has spent 20 years a captive inside the Institute. Twenty years without going outside probably would make someone desperate and susceptible to dangerous influences. The holographic video conference from Hodge’s ring was pretty awesome, no matter how nefarious the reason for it!
What will happen now? There’s only one episode left this season!
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