Magnus Bane fights for his life against Lorenzo's magic in 'Shadowhunters' season 3B episode 16
This article contains spoilers for 'Shadowhunters' episode 16: 'Stay with Me'
If you thought last week's, episode 15 of 'Shadowhunters' season 3B was emotionally intense and action-packed, this week's episode 16, will most certainly blow your mind. The trailer released for episode 16, titled 'Stay With Me' allowed us a glimpse of the dangerous path Clary Fray and Jace Herondale are set to embark upon.
While the element of danger in their journey allows for an unexpected reunion to take place, as a viewer, the one plot in the episode that keeps us captivated, is the crisis Magnus Bane and Alec Lightwood are going through.
Early previews for episode 16 had already established that owing to the increasing darkness of the life-force rune that bound Clary (Katherine McNamara) to her evil twin, Jonathan Morgenstern (Luke Baines), she and Jace decide to summon the one who cursed her with the rune. The episode put its focus on this.
Clary and Jace are a newly reunited couple, but most of their date nights are turning into twisted missions, and this time, the two get involved in creating a Malachi configuration to protect them from Lilith - the evil queen of Edom - who gave Clary the rune, connecting her to Jonathan.
Lilith (Anna Hopkins) had done this to bring her son and Clary's twin Jonathan back to life, which means a fatal blow to the latter could end up killing her off too. To stop the rune from acting on the inherent darkness of its own, Clary summons Lilith and without spoiling much, let's say there's quite the mother and son bonding moment between Lilith and Jonathan.
Considering we have already seen the sinister extents of their actions, this reunion could lead to a game-changing development in the future episodes. But even with the prospect of the mother and son unleashing hell upon the rest of the world, we are more worried about how things are going to end up with the other fan-favorite couple on the show - Malec - aka Magnus (Harry Shum Jr.) and Alec (Matthew Daddario.)
Magnus - with his newly regained magical powers - seemingly ended up forgetting the one primary thing about having magic running in your body that wasn't yours from the beginning.
In simpler terms, he wastes no time going back to his warlock ways after Lorenzo gave him magical powers in exchange for his lavish apartment. But what Magnus pays no heed to is the possibility of his body rejecting this new magic. And thus, the inevitable happens. The new magic that was transfused into his body by Lorenzo, reacts in dangerous ways, which lands Magnus in the intensive care unit, with boyfriend Alec worried sick by his bed.
As alarming as this scene might be to Malec shippers, what's even more tear-jerking is the glimpse into the unconscious Magnus' mind, as the warlock lies in the hospital bed at the shadowhunters' institute after crashing under the complications of the new magic coursing through his brains.
In true Magnus style, his subconscious is filled with elaborate grandeur, as we see Alec and him indulging in a little ballroom dance. It is in these moments that the inherent simplicity and love for all things of the sassy, flamboyant Magnus, jumps out. The fact that as a viewer you're practically waltzed through Magnus' dreams, right before being hit with the sudden realization of his current situation, only adds to the emotional quotient of the sequence.
And what follows is Alec doing the most vintage Alec thing ever, as he ends up blaming himself for the crisis Magnus has landed in. After hours of waiting by his unconscious boyfriend's comatose state with a forlorn look upon his face, Alec comes to the conclusion that he was a bad boyfriend for not really understanding how much having his magic meant to Magnus. As committed as he is to stay by his boyfriend's side, Alec decides to go confront Lorenzo - the one who restored new powers in Magnus - for the state, his boyfriend is in currently.
Luckily for Alec, he isn't the only one reeling with guilt, as Clary goes through something similar too. The two do not have a direct heart to heart exchange about feeling overcome with guilt for landing their loved ones in danger, but while Alec contemplates Magnus' situation, Clary can't help blaming herself for both Magnus, and her stepfather, Luke Garroway's (Isaiah Mustafa) predicament.
For starters, Magnus had initially lost his magic to save the life of his friends, including Clary. And as for Luke, the poor man is taking the responsibility for the loss of his pack of werewolves, despite Clary trying to talk him out of it.
Fearing loss from every direction, Clary ends up feeling even more driven to ruin the life-force before it ruins her entire life and that helps the action in this episode pick up. But the one thing that is to absolutely watch out for, is the round two of Simon Lewis (Alberto Rosende) and Izzy Lightwood (Emeraude Toubia) teaming up for yet another dangerous mission.
However, unlike the last time, there are more sizzling Sizzy moments in this episode - one of them being the cutest ever, but also potentially romantic pinky promise pact that the two make with each other.
'Shadowhunters' returns with its next episode, number 17, titled 'Heavenly Fire,' on Monday, April 8, at 8/7c, only on Freeform.