Hail and Farewell to ‘Shadowhunters’

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“All the legends are true.”

Shadowhunters got a cinematic ending in their final episode. The two-and-a-half hour-long finale gave closure the story, by ending it as it began.

We learned after the first half of season three had aired that the show was canceled. This allowed the writers to wrap up the current storylines in the rest of the third season.

Shadowhunters follows the journey of Clary Fray (Katherine McNamara) as she tries to find her mother who has been kidnapped by followers of Valentine (Alan Van Sprang). It all begins on her 18th birthday when she discovers that her mother, Jocelyn (Maxim Roy), wanted to protect her from the truth about who she is and the responsibilities that come with it. In the search, Clary learns about downworlders, the shadow world, who she is, and her place in it.

The show is based on the six-novel series The Mortal Instruments, written by Cassandra Clare. The novels were also made into a movie in 2013, named after the first book, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones. In the film, Clary was played by Lily Collins. Unfortunately, it was the only movie made.

When the Shadowhunters fandom found out about the series’ pending cancellation, they got together and fought hard to save the show. They bought out billboards and used banner planes to spread the #SaveShadowhunters hashtag.

The fandom’s efforts did not go unnoticed by the cast as they thanked them for their unwavering support.


The plaque says “A seat for every person, creature, and legend to share love, acceptance and equality. Love, Shadowhunters Family/Freeform.” This bench remains in New York’s Central Park.

Okay angels: it’s time to talk about the emotional finale that was everything except mundane. Even with everything that was happening in the episode, it still wrapped up the storylines.

Lilith (Anna Hopkins) has finally been defeated, Edom was destroyed, as was Clary’s brother Johnathan (Luke Baines). The angel Raziel warned Clary that if she creates any new runes, she will be stripped of her runes and memories. But she still does create one to defeat her brother and to save the shadow world.

Clary got a moment with her mother Jocelyn, even if it was to remind Clary about what Raziel had warned. It was nice that she got to see her mother get closure and a proper goodbye. Clary did not tell anyone about her punishment from Raziel; she wanted to protect everyone, and when she feels Raziel’s warning begin to come to fruition, she leaves Alec (Matthew Daddario) and Magnus’s (Harry Shum Jr.) wedding party. Jace (Dominic Sherwood) finds a letter from her with the explanation and a declaration of love.


Cue the one-year time jump: Izzy (Emeraude Toubia) is now the head of the New York Institute. Magnus is the High Warlock of Alicante, and his husband Alec is the new Inquisitor. Simon (Alberto Rosende) is now an author writing a supernatural book series called Unseen World: The Divine Implements. Maia (Alisha Wainwright) is opening a restaurant that is meant to be welcoming to all in the supernatural world (while being alpha). Our heroine Clary is now a successful painter, just like she always wanted. Jace, who is still lost and heartbroken, sneaks into her latest art show so he can see her, but she can see him and his runes, so she chases after him into the alley…. like how the story began.


My favourite moments of the finale:

–    Simon saying, “Forget pinky swears,” so we finally get the Izzy and Simon kiss;


–    In a vulnerable moment, Clary asking Izzy to be her Parabatai;


–    Maryse (Nicola Correia-Damude) telling her children and Clary about being in a relationship with Luke. They already knew and are okay with it;

–    Luke (Isaiah Mustafa) is no longer a werewolf since taking the serum. He is a shadowhunter again;

–    The wedding we have waited three seasons for: Alec and Magnus are married! The wedding may have been a bit rushed, but to see Alec’s father walk him down the aisle and his mother walk with Magnus was beautiful.


This show means a lot to so many. Thank you to the entire cast, writers, and crew for all their hard work, dedication, and passion in telling this story.

You can watch all three seasons of Shadowhunters on Netflix.

Hail and farewell.

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