All the Malec Feels: With Magnus (Harry Shum Jr) finally breaking down and telling Alec (Matthew Daddario) about this horrible memory he’s been dealing with, what’s next for the couple? “Getting to write these emotive, beautiful, sensitive moments where we’re getting character work and we’re understanding characters histories is really the juice for us,” Swimmer said. “Amazing stuff lies ahead with Malec. This is just, kind of, the beginning in terms of the depth that we’re trying to explore. And that’s not to say that there’s not joy ahead. That there’s not smiles and there’s not lots of beautiful, upbeat moments, but in order to get there, we explore the depth, and it’s pretty cool.”
But is the memory of his mother all in the past now? “Magnus’ past is much deeper than just this little tidbit, and it will be a continual [reveal]. He hasn’t come out and had a [moment] where he’s just told Alec everything, [but] it’s happening,” Slavkin said. “He’s parceling it out, and there’s definitely more stuff and things that he wants to keep hidden from Alec. But this particular story is closed-ended, in terms of the mother committing suicide and then his stepfather coming in and burning the stepfather. There’s not more to that particular story.”
Shadowhunters and Stitchers fans have another reason to be excited this summer! Cast members from both shows have revealed via social media that they will be attending San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC). Based on standard scheduling for other shows attending the convention, we think it’s safe to assume that each series will hold a panel in addition to an autograph session with fans.
This year, San Diego Comic-Con runs from July 19-23, which means that the Stitchers panel will take place in between Episodes 6 and 7 and the Shadowhunters panel will take place between episodes 16 and 17. Comic-Con is also the weekend after the D23 Expo, where some cast members from both shows will also be available for autographs.
Stitchers fans found out from Damon Dayoub during a Facebook live chat last week that the cast would be in attendance, and though some fans had already speculated that Shadowhunters would join them at the convention, it was confirmed by Kat McNamara during a live Instagram chat on July 3 that she would be going to SDCC as well.
So which day will Freeform be hosting panels and autographs? Looking at what’s been released so far about scheduling across the convention center, our money’s on Thursday (but we’ll have to wait for the official conformation to be sure). Even though this is the first time either show will make an appearance at SDCC, both shows have attended New York Comic Con, which takes place in early October.
So far we don’t know if Harry will be going to SDCC!
In the summer season of Shadowhunters, the rift between the Shadowhunters and Downworlders grows larger and the team and their Downworlder friends and lovers are put in the middle of the dangerous divide. Torn between the Clave’s rules and what they feel is right, Clary, Jace, Alec, and Isabelle struggle to help forge a new beginning. Relationships will be tested, a new Shadowhunter named Sebastian has joined the fray, and the Seelie Queen will step out of the shadows. Moderated by IGN.com’s Matt Fowler, panelists include executive producers Todd Slavkin, Darren Swimmer, and Matt Hastings, with series stars Katherine McNamara, Dominic Sherwood, Alberto Rosende, Emeraude Toubia, Matthew Daddario, Isaiah Mustafa, and Harry Shum Jr.. Freeform will show an exclusive clip from an upcoming episode and give new information on season 3.Thursday, July 20 • 1:00pm – 1:50pm
Episode 2015 – “A Problem of Memory” – July 10 (8:00 – 9:01 p.m. EDT)
Simon looks for a distraction with an evening out with some of his new vampire friends. What started out as a night to let loose quickly turns much darker when Simon wakes up the next morning with no memory of the night before and a dead body he now has to answer for. Meanwhile, Alec orders Valentine to be transferred to Idris to help repair relations with the Downworlders.
Episode 2016 – “Day of Atonement” – July 17 (8:00 – 9:01 p.m. EDT)
With everything that Simon has gone through this past year, a family dinner for Yom Kippur – the Jewish Day of Atonement – poses as a real challenge. How can he come clean about being a vampire and especially about what just happened to his family? And if he is stressed out, what if he can’t control his vampire urges? Looking to take care of this himself, Maia insists on helping him out whether he likes it or not. Meanwhile, Clary and Jace go on an unsanctioned mission and test out their newfound rune powers.
Episode 2017 – “A Dark Reflection” – July 24 (8:00 – 9:01 p.m. EDT)
With two of the three Mortal Instruments missing, everyone is on the hunt for the last one – The Mortal Mirror. Jace and Clary are on the hunt to recover it first before it could fall into enemy hands. But along the way, Clary realizes that her brother Jonathan may be closer than she thought. Meanwhile, Isabelle has a hard time accepting the fact that her little brother Max is growing up, and Maia struggles to bring her guard down with Simon.
Episode 2018 – “Awake, Arise, or Be Forever Fallen” – July 31 (8:00 – 9:01 p.m. EDT)
After a devastating attack at The Institute, everyone is on high alert as the Shadowhunters close in on their hunt for Jonathan. Meanwhile, Simon and Maia help a new downworlder as the Seelie Queen demands an answer from Magnus and Luke.
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Simon goes down a dark path while Alec and team prepares to transport Valentine.
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Alec has big plans to mend fences with the Downworlders, while Jace and Clary are summoned by the Seelie Queen.
Of course, the real drama of this week’s episode came from Magnus and Valentine’s adventures in body swapping. Though their souls were eventually returned to the correct meat bags, the experience left its mark — so to speak — on Magnus, who relived horrific childhood memories while being tortured with the agony rune.
“He has a rally troubled history, so building upon that is really important,” Harry Shum Jr. tells TVLine of Magnus’ background, which will continue to be explored this season. “It’s not something he wanted to revisit. And it will definitely affect his storyline with Alec, hopefully bringing them closer together and giving them a deeper understanding of one another. Alec is going to become much more sympathetic to life as a Downworlder.”
And if you picked up on a little tension between Alec and Magnus in their final scene together, don’t worry, you’re not totally insane.
“When you revisit a difficult childhood memory or a traumatizing experience, you sometimes end up redirecting your feelings about it,” Shum Jr. explains. “You can’t always say ‘This is what I went through’ and move on. The frustration lies in when other people don’t understand why you’re acting a certain way.”
As for Sebastian — who helped Clary tap into her true power this week, before being turned down for a date with her — don’t expect to see Magnus warming up to him any time soon.
“Magnus doesn’t trust any Shadowhunter,” Shum Jr. reminds us, save for his brooding boyfriend. “So I would say a big fat no right now. That might change over tim. We’ll see.”
[Spoiler Alert: Do not read ahead unless you have watched “You Are Not Your Own,” the June 12 episode of Shadowhunters. Major plot points are discussed in the interview below.]
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