#SaveShadowhunters: Magnus and Alec's romance is reason enough for the show to continue
Angel-blooded soldier Alec Lightwood and Brooklyn’s High Warlock Magnus Bane are probably best loved for representing an evolving, organic and realistic gay love story on TV
Forbidden to love like Romeo and Juliet, united against the world like Bonnie and Clyde, repulsion turned to affection like Darcy and Elizabeth, Shadowhunter’s Magnus and Alec have a lot in common with some of the greatest romances of all time. Even as the campaigns to #SaveShadowhunters gains momentum, we would love to take a moment to truly appreciate why Magnus (Harry Shum Jr.) and Alec’s (Matthew Daddario) love story alone is enough reason to keep the show alive post the upcoming season 3B.
There are many reasons to love Malec, as they are lovingly referred to by fans, but Angel-blooded soldier Alec Lightwood and Brooklyn’s High Warlock Magnus Bane are probably best loved for representing an evolving, organic and realistic gay love story on TV. In fact, the way their love story is depicted on screen is mostly reserved for straight white couples, and it is a joy to see this earth-shattering, all-consuming love story between two men who break the glass ceiling of representation on multiple fronts.
Let us see: Interracial — check. Interracial in the Shadowworld — check. Often-forgotten B in LGBT+ — check. Gay couple that wants more than just sex from the very beginning — check.
From the very dramatic declaration of love Alec made at what was supposed to be his wedding, to sharing their mutual insecurities with each other, and actually communicating their problems and evolving as a couple, we have seen Malec grow right in front of our eyes.
Remember the first time they were together and Magnus was embarrassed to reveal his cat eyes to Alec? He said he loved them, following this, the warlock never tried to hide them. He thrived on the knowledge that his partner loved this about him, but it was also a representation of how he could not control his reactions around Alec.
We can't also help but love the lengthy declarations of love they have for each other, especially when they are facing mortal danger or apocalyptic-level emergency — and Shadowhunters does not get stingy with either of those.
Even if they were lacking an event of monumental importance, neither half of Malec is concerned with waiting for an actual emergency to see the other. They are always with each other, or looking for reasons to be with the other. Please, Alec, you really could not find anyone else to defend your sister in the Clave trial? Magnus isn’t even a lawyer. But sure, you couldn't find ANYONE else to do it.
Also, can we talk about how they really empower each other? Physically they are both powerful, but together, they have proved time and again that they are undefeatable.
Emotionally, they are constantly reassuring each other by stating how wonderful the each other are. Whether it is uncommon physical traits, embarrassing family history or even sexual history, both half of this perfect couple know exactly what to tell their other half to get them out of their spunk.
Every time they are on screen together, they are electric. Thanks to the chemistry Harry and Matthew share, we actually get to experience their love beyond just seeing it.
These are the things that probably make them the perfect couple, dare I say even more so than the version in the book series? For this fan, though, it is the commitment that Matthew and Harry have towards their characters and their love story that make Malec the ultimate OTP.
Matthew, for one, is a bigger fan of Malec than any of us, even reprimanding us once, when we asked him if Shadowhunters season 3B would introduce a new love interest for Alec. “Are you out of your mind?” were his exact words.
There are millions of fans worldwide trying to save Shadowhunters, and if any network is looking for one compelling reason to do so, it should be Malec.