Shortly before resuming production in August 2016, showrunner Ed Decter decided to leave the franchise because of “creative differences”. Darren Swimmer and Todd Slavkin were later on named as replacements. Shadowhunters has been renewed for a third season that is scheduled to air in January 2018 and started production in August 2017.
As the writers’ room is under constant change to ensure variety and diversity in storytelling, the director’s chair is occupied by the amazing Matt Hastings (The Originals, Eureka), alongside other recurring and guest directors, such as Amanda Row (Hemlock Grove), Joshua Butler (The Vampire Diaries), Bille Woodruff (Honey 1-4, Empire), Paul Wesley (The Vampire Diaries) and many more.
While the viewers get to dive deeper into this supernatural universe with each episode, the showrunners and writers manage to skillfully touch on subjects that are real, contemporary and more relevant than ever – e.g. homophobia, racism and supremacist ideologies.
The bold approach and inclusion of currently stirring issues in our society, the widespread popularity within the fandom and the media, as well as the immensely talented, hard working cast and crew are only some of the reasons why Shadowhunters has been nominated for multiple awards.
In 2016, Matthew Daddario was named Choice Breakout TV star and accepted both his and – on behalf of the cast and crew of Shadowhunters – the Choice TV Breakout Show award.
The amazing and beautiful representation of the same sex relationship between Alec (Matthew Daddario) and Magnus (Harry Shum Jr.) earned the show the GLAAD nomination and win for Best Outstanding Drama Series in 2017.
PLOT SEASON 1
PLOT SEASON 1
On the night of her eighteenth birthday, art student Clary Fray learns that she is a Shadowhunter. The Nephilim, humans born with angelic blood, dedicate their lives to protect the mundane world from demons. That same evening Jocelyn, Clary’s mother, is abducted by a rogue group of Shadowhunters called the Circle, whose leader turns out to be no other than her presumed dead husband, Valentine Morgenstern.
With her mother missing, Clary turns to a family friend, Luke Garroway, only to seemingly be betrayed by him. Struck by yet another attack in the Fairchild home, a hurt and unconscious Clary is saved by the handsome Jace Wayland and taken to the city’s Institute, home and base of the resident Shadowhunters. After a recovery, sped up by an applied rune – the power source of the Nephilim – she teams up with Jace and his adoptive siblings, Isabelle and Alec Lightwood, to find and save her mother while discovering powers she never knew she possessed.
Trying to uncover Clary’s lost memories to expedite the search, the group joins forces with the High Warlock of Brooklyn, Magnus Bane. Clary and her loyal best friend, Simon Lewis, now find themselves living among warlocks, vampires, werewolves and seelies in a world within the human world hidden from prying eyes by glamours and spells.
Beginning a journey of self-discovery, Clary learns more about her past and what the future may hold for her, her family and both her old and newfound friends. As the season progresses and the relentless search for the Mortal Cup – one of the Mortal Instruments – and Jocelyn continues, relationships and unlikely friendships form while lifelong bonds are tested and strained.
PLOT SEASON 2
PLOT SEASON 2
In the wake of losing Jace and the Cup to Valentine, Clary and the team find themselves desperate to return the lost warrior home and prevent their enemy to create an army of new Shadowhunters using the Cup’s angelic powers. With her mother now back by her side, Clary finally gets the chance to learn more about her family’s past – her own memories destroyed alongside the demon that was keeping them safe.
Under the strict hand of their newly assigned Head of the Institute, the desperate search for Jace leads Alec to risk his own life in attempt to bring his Parabatai and brother home. The group, reunited with Jace, faces grief over the loss of one of their own, as the war against Valentine – now in possession of a second Mortal Instrument, the Soul Sword – reaches its peak when they learn the weapon, if activated, could destroy the entire Downworld.
Following a gruesome attack, Clary’s father gains control of the Institute and under false pretenses manages to force Jace’s hand which results in the immediate death of dozens of Downworlders. In the aftermath of Valentine’s assault and his capture, relief takes over as the depth of feelings are revealed, relationships strengthened and declarations made. Shadowhunters and Downworlders alike try to recover from the attack, all the while – unbeknownst to them – a new threat arose while Valentine’s regime was brought to an end.
Traitors in their midst and a summoning gone wrong leads to Morgenstern once again escaping captivity. While he comes together with the new opponent, the Institute rallies its resources to reveal the identity of their betrayer, racing against time to stop the pair from reaching their goal: collecting all Mortal Instruments to raise the angel Raziel and demand the elimination of all demon-blooded creatures.
As their enemies work together, the recent events caused a significant rift between Shadowhunters and Downworlders. With the dispute also affecting their relationships and friendships, the team has to try and mend their strained bonds as they fight off the ultimate threat.
Alec is the eldest child of the Lightwood family, brother of Isabelle and Max and son of Maryse and Robert Lightwood. His parabatai is Jace Herondale – whom his parents took in when they were young – since their teenage years. As a big brother, Alec is really close to his siblings and consider his duty to protect them at all costs.
Alexander was raised in an environment where duty to one’s family supersedes any type of personal desires. He grew up yearning to prove himself and wanting to make his parents proud while bringing honor to their family name. His one focus was to follow the rules and follow orders, secretly wishing that one day, he will be able to rule the Institute as its Head. Training being an important part in a Shadowhunter’s education, Alec is experienced in both armed and unarmed combat. Throughout his childhood, he found a deep interest in archery and grew to be highly skilled and quickly became an expert.
As Shadowhunters are known not to have the luxury of following their heart, Alec has never had a relationship. During his adolescence, he realizes his feelings for his parabatai which led him to hide his sexuality from his family for years. Being in a milieu where no one has ever openly displayed their homosexuality, Alec feels trapped and does not mention his sexual orientation.
Years later, Alec meets Magnus Bane, the High Warlock of Brooklyn, and their connection is beyond doubt. They slowly get to know each other, Alexander still being distant and careful not to display his feelings nor share his sexuality. As a bisexual man, Magnus shows Alec that it is okay to follow one’s heart and that he should not be scared of unveiling his true self.
Magnus had a heavy childhood – his mother realizing that his cat eyes were a sign of him being part demon and taking her own life because of it. He is the one who found her lifeless body in her bed before his step-father did, the latter calling him an ‘abomination’. Magnus then burned him to death with his magic.
Magnus’ past is very onerous as he struggled with difficult relationships, one being with Camille Belcourt that started in the 1850s. He attempted suicide twenty years later but was stopped by Camille herself. This led to Magnus being grateful and caring deeply for Camille, becoming so attached to her and not realizing that she was emotionally manipulative and had disbelieving views of love. After a while, Camille broke his heart. Magnus didn’t have any partner since then, too heartbroken to throw himself into another relationship.
A century or so later, Magnus became the High Warlock of Brooklyn and created a name for himself. Being known in the Shadow World as well as the Downworld, Jocelyn Fairchild went to him so he could erase the memories of any supernatural events from his daughter, Clary Fray. A couple of years later, meeting Clary led him to meeting other Shadowhunters – Alec Lightwood included.
Alexander and Magnus started working together and their relationship started to grow – their connection being indubitable since they first met. Magnus helped Alec figure out his sexuality, the both of them falling for each other in the process – a scary step for him as he closed himself off feeling anything for anyone for centuries.
The pair connected instantly, Alec smitten from the beginning. They started seeing each other, no one from their worlds knowing about it. Magnus opened up to Alec, the latter fighting his feeling for Magnus, telling himself that he could not follow his heart but that he had to stay true to his family name.
Alec ended up accepting his feelings and caring deeply for Magnus, the two of them working as a team. After Valentine stole the Soul Sword, the Downworlders were on high alert as the sword could exterminate them. The Shadowhunters managed to lock Valentine up, the Clave said that had retrieved the Soul Sword – which was a lie and meant the Downworlders were still at risk. Magnus learned about the Soul Sword missing in an undesired way, leading to him and Alec having a fight and taking a break in their relationship.
Magnus and Alec realized they couldn’t live without one another since their fights, their love too strong for this to keep them apart.
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