Shadowhunters S2E20, Review – Beside Still Water

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We’ve made it to the last episode of the season! The story has progressed so quickly; it doesn’t feel as if it will be wrapped up so with one episode to go.

Valentine and Jonathan are no longer the worst foes to worry about, as the Seelie Queen begins to show her true colors. The details of her agreement with Valentine are unclear, but she’s currently sitting pretty in her realm with Maia as her captive. It doesn’t seem his threat bothers her one bit. Luckily for Maia, Luke and Simon figure out her location relatively quick and confront the Queen immediately. The Queen is unbothered by their presence; her plan is going too well for her to care. The Queen holds steadfast in her decision to keep Maia until Simon talks with her. It’s clear Simon worked a deal out with the Seelie Queen to grant them freedom, but is evasive from any further questions, chalking it up to his persuasive speech.

It’s the Shadowhunters who are in more danger this time around than any Downworlder. With Jonathan bleeding out, he manages to open a portal to hell and release demons around the city. It’s the last we see of him before he returns to the underworld and is greeted by a figure that calls him her son. It can’t be Jocelyn! Even in death, I do not think she’d be so tickled to see him.

While Clary and Jace pair off to stop Valentine with his plan, Alec and Isabelle work on protecting the city from the demons escaping through the open portal. Isabelle manages to get Alec to speak with Magnus and persuade him to help close the breech. Magnus is still cold and short with Alec, but agrees to help after relenting under the gravity of demons entering their world so freely.

Finally, the two are talking again, even if it’s for work. Alec doesn’t do the best job protecting Magnus from the attacking demon as he works to close the portal. Magnus can handle both jobs, but it exhausts him. He falls into Alec’s arms, and it’s like the door begins to open again. Downworlders and Shadowhunters can coexist; Magnus doesn’t have to close himself off to Alec because of a perceived duty. It seems the pair isn’t doomed to be apart for good.

With the city protected, it’s up to Clary and Jace to stop Valentine from completing his mission. Easier said than done; we soon find out he’s had spies in Idris which is how he knows Lake Lyn is the Mortal-Mirror. Not a surprise; his influence reaches far, and they should have assumed he would have spies. Those spies hinder Clary and Jace’s work for only a bit before they manage to break free.

By the time the pair reaches Valentine, it isn’t entirely too late. There is hope left until Valentine decides to kill Jace. He does it easily; it’s scary how he’s held back this entire time when dealing with him. Jace’s passing is felt immediately by Alec through their Parbatai bond, leaving him breathless and heartbroken. Clary doesn’t fare much better as she holds him until his dying breath. She has lost nearly everyone dear to her in the past year; the poor girl can’t get a break.

While she mourns, Valentine approaches Lake Lyn to summon Raziel to grant his wish. All he needs is a drop of his blood to make it come true. Lost to his victory, he doesn’t realize how much he has underestimated Clary and her ability to ruin his plan. Clary’s had enough–, spurred by her heartbreak she attacks Valentine, taking him down and stabbing him far more than necessary. Actually, considering he’s the reason her life has fallen apart, she could have stabbed him a few more times.

With Valentine out of the picture, Clary can now wish for Jace’s resurrection. It’s not just for her, but for so many who love and are connected to him as well. While we know bringing someone back to life has its drawbacks, we’re not entirely sure if Jace will be affected as he was brought back by Raziel.

Finally, Valentine has been killed! There is a celebration party where the most important couple can make amends. Magnus and Alec are together again!, Their brief breakup has ended, and they’re that much stronger for it. I wish Magnus would have at least denounced the Seelie Queen as he was aware of her deal with Valentine, but for now, this will do.

As far as happy endings go, this may be the closest we get. I enjoyed the second half of this season so much better than the first. The pacing was far more engaging, and Valentine wasn’t completely running the show with the Seelie Queen on deck. While Jonathan ended up being a whiny villain, his rage and the Seelie Queen’s deception will make for a fun season three.

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