Production of the third season of Shadowhunters started only a couple of weeks ago, and even though there has been surprisingly little BTS material, there are a few details that slipped through.
Here is what we know so far:
Alec Lightwood and Matthew Daddario may be very different, but there is one thing they have in common: going M.I.A. whenever the show is on hiatus. Just like with Matt, information about what Alec might be up to is scarce.
One thing we do know, however, is that Alec will have more scenes with our second favorite warlock. Ariana Williams, who plays Madzie, has been posting pictures from set recently and thanks to the chattiest showrunner ever, also known as Todd Slavkin, we know that Alec and Madzie will finally have more scenes together. We’ve missed the two of them on screen together and we are excited to see how their relationship has changed since they met back in 2×05. (source)
Apart from that, we might find out what the Head of the Institute is like when he’s drunk. Thanks to another one of Todd’s tweets, we know that at some point during the new season, Alec might go a little overboard with the drinks – and that gin and vodka might not be a good combination for him. That is, if we interpreted Todd’s (not so) cryptic hashtags correctly. (source)
Alec might also catch up with an old friend. And possibly make a new one. Since Sophia Walker is returning as Catarina Loss, it is likely that Alec and her will finally meet at some point. As for the old friend, there’s no news about Eileen Li resuming her role as Aline Penhallow yet, but we would certainly love to see it happen. And hey, Todd liked a tweet about it, so maybe the odds are not so bad. (source x source both tweets were liked by Todd Slavkin)
While we do not know when all of these things are going to happen in season 3, the writers already revealed that episode 3×02 will be a pretty big one for Alec. Stay tuned as we find out more about that. (source x source)
For our dear High Warlock, there’s luckily more information – especially concerning how he is going to look like in season 3. Both in season 1 and season 2, Magnus has had a specific look – the many different colors and patterns (and half-unbuttoned shirts) of season 1 are holding a dear place in our hearts, just as his more toned down and classy, yet sophisticated style of season 2.
In season 3, his wardrobe seems to go into a similar direction, at least judging from the material we have seen so far. A recent photo (which had the entire SDN family dying, to be honest) shows Magnus in black skinny jeans, a dark shirt, shiny black boots and a dark green, patterned bomber jacket. Apart from that, he got a new haircut. His neatly styled undercut had to make room for a mohawk – and if there is one character on TV who can pull that off, it is certainly Magnus Bane. We also might get to see some colorful highlights again, as we have seen photos from Harry’s camera test where he sports white highlights. (source x source x source)
Magnus himself is not the only one who got a bit of a makeover for the new episodes. It seems like the High Warlock felt like expanding his apartment, as it has been confirmed that he will have a brand new study in season 3. We can’t wait to see it. (source)
We’re also thrilled to know that Catarina will be back in season 3, we were left hanging with only one scene with Magnus back in 2×19 and we are very eager to see what’s next for the two warlocks. Todd mentioned Catarina’s appearance in season 3 on twitter and stated that we will definitely see her blue skin in the future. (source)
In terms of what’s in store for Malec, we know even less than for Alec. However, the showrunners and crew members have liked a couple of tweets recently that would surely make great scenes for season 3:
One of the first novelties of season 3 could be a scene many fans have been requesting for quite a while now: Malec training together. Both Alec and Magnus are highly skilled fighters. Where Alec is one of the best shadowhunters of his age and has 20+ years of combat training, Magnus is a powerful warlock who has lived through dozens of wars and always landed on his feet. We are sure that seeing these two face off against each other in a training session would be nothing short of epic. (source Matt Hastings liked)
It seems like we won’t be complaining about a lack of Malec scenes in general. In an interview with TV Line, the showrunners announced that season 3 will focus even more on exploring their relationship, showing both domestic moments and challenges they face as a couple. In addition to that, Todd Slavkin teased on twitter that there will be “plenty of Malec moments” to make us gasp. Unfortunately, he left out one important detail: whether that gasping will be in a positive or negative way. (source)
Magnus and Alec are also going to have a scene with Luke. In our interview with Isaiah Mustafa, he told us that he recently filmed a scene with Matt and Harry. At the time the interview happened they were shooting 3×02, so we will get to see the parabatri working together pretty early on in the new season. (source)
Lastly, there was a mention of, for the book lovers infamous, sandalwood shampoo. In a reply to a tweet asking for teasers about Malec in season 3, Todd revealed that apparently, sandalwood shampoo will play a part in the season 3 Malec arc. He didn’t say much more about it, but considering what Magnus said about his preferred remedy for an overuse of magic in the season 2 finale, we are quite curious what that was about. (source)
That is all we know so far, but we will keep this article updated, so make sure to stop by every once in awhile so you don’t miss the latest S3 Malec news.