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‘Shadowhunters’ Review: Divide and Be Conquered

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It can’t be that easy.

While the latest hour of Shadowhunters gave us a satisfying and much deserved demise, we’re not new to TV. Villains—especially ones grounded in the framework of the mythology—do not die at the hands of the good guys before the season finale.

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“Hail and Farewell” picked up where last week’s powerful hour ended: with Jonathan on the run after his cover was blown thanks to Clary’s quick thinking. Unhappy with his son’s mistakes, Valentine created a new plan while the Clave attempted to ask the Downworlders for assistance.

Needless to say, things did not go well.

The Seelie Queen herself graced the Institute with her presence when Alec called an emergency council meeting. With Magnus by her side (it hurts, guys), she rejected Alec’s offer for unity. And the rest of the Downworlders stood behind her. Well, Magnus did. Luke and Raphael were far more apprehensive about the whole thing.

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But in the end, they sided with her, too. Mainly because the Seelie Court might be the only realm where they can withstand whatever attack Valentine unleashes. Fair enough. The council meeting also provided an opportunity for Izzy and Raphael to reunite, and for him to apologize for being an ass.

(He may have used classier terms, but let’s be real. That’s what happened. And whether it’s appropriate or not, I still can’t help shipping these two. The pull of their chemistry is strong. I worry Raphael will end up on the wrong end of a stake, though. Everything about this potential pairing screams tragedy).

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While Maia and Simon remained adorable, and he remembered his ignored other life as a college student, Clary popped by for a quick chat. Guys, I’m Team Clace forever, but I missed Simon and Clary interacting so much. Their friendship is aces. I love the little tidbits about their childhood and the easy humor between them.

However, the favor Clary requested? Not so easy. She needed Simon to attempt to sway the Seelie Queen. He reluctantly agreed to try and discovered somewhere along the way she’d aged up to adult form. I adore Sarah Hyland, but was this really necessary? There’s something so creepy about a young girl manipulating the adults around her.

Anyway, Simon rejected her wishes. The queen was not amused, but Simon didn’t care. He suggested she get used to people defying her. I approve of Simon’s sass. Unfortunately, the queen retaliated by kidnapping Maia. And then she made a deal with Valentine that’s definitely going to screw over everyone else.

Speaking of misplaced trust, should we believe that Valentine is really planning to go back for Jonathan? He left his son to fight off the Clave on his own. On the one hand, Valentine seems really into Jonathan’s viciousness. On the other, he’s all about the Mortal Instruments. It wouldn’t be the first time he left his son behind.

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Circling back to where we started: the core four Shadowhunters took on Jonathan and the Forsaken. I’ve missed these guys doing their thing. We’ve had mini fight scenes throughout, but it’s been a long time since they went into battle together. And they arrived there thanks to Jace and Clary’s rather intimate tracking spell.

Hot, Hot, HOT.

Next we had Jace vs. Jonathan in the ultimate JC Death Match. They seemed pretty well matched thanks to their various angelic and demonic enhancements. Jonathan did get the upper hand and prepared to deliver the death blow until Izzy arrived to rescue Jace. BAMF. I am here for her getting her revenge against the guy who messed with her head and tried to kill her baby brother.

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Of course in the end it was Jace who delivered the alleged final blow. Again, fitting, especially with his comment about Valentine teaching him the same move. Hail and farewell, Jonathan…

(…at least until his demon blood somehow heals him, right?)

In the meantime: Jace and Clary are finally making out again. I am here for it, but I also have a bone to pick with you, show. What’s with the quick cutaway? We didn’t wait this long for the moment to be over in the blink of an eye.

So…next week is the season finale. Is anyone else expecting the kind of cliffhanger that will make us want to break our TVs once it’s revealed how long we’ll have to wait for new episodes?

(Also, they better fix Malec).

About the author

Mandy Treccia

Mandy Treccia has served as TVSource Magazine’s Executive Editor since 2016, formerly as Editorial Director from 2012-2016. She is an avid TV watcher and card carrying fan girl prone to sudden bursts of emotion, ranging from extreme excitement to blind rage during her favorite shows and has on more than once occasion considered having a paper bag on hand to get her through some tough TV moments. Her taste in TV tends to rival that of a thirteen-year-old girl, but she’s okay with that. Follow her on Twitter at @SourceMandy.