The cast of ‘Shadowhunters’ commend fans for their passionate support, express love, gratitude before final season
MEAWW spoke with the cast of ‘Shadowhunters’ just before they won four People’s Choice Awards and expressed the love they have towards their fans
The past few months have been a bittersweet time for the cast of Freeform’s hit sci-fi series ‘Shadowhunters’. After three and a half seasons, Freeform decided to pull the plug on the show, which has millions of fans from all around the world. Giving the series a final 12 episodes, which is set to air in the winter of 2019, ‘Shadowhunters’ fans did everything they could to keep the show alive.
Whether that was flying a plane over Netflix's headquarters in Los Angeles with a banner that said "#SaveShadowhunters" or raising over $30,000 for The Trevor Project, these fans are not ready to let the show go. Sadly, there has been no word yet if any of the fans' valiant efforts will land the series another home, but the silence since June from networks or studios is pretty telling.
However, that didn’t stop fans from earning the cast four awards at The People’s Choice Awards and continuing their fight for more episodes. The star of the series, Katherine McNamara, who plays Clary Fairchild, has had the experience of a lifetime not only playing Clary but also seeing this fandom grow and support each other.
“I would play Clary forever and ever if I could. Whatever happens with the show, I don’t know. I’m not saying no, but that’s beyond my pay grade. But what I can say is that the ‘Shadowhunters’ fandom isn’t going anywhere. The family that we have created, the community we have will continue even if there aren’t any new episodes,” McNamara said.
McNamara was in awe of everything fans have done to try to save the show. What other series can you possibly think of where a cancellation prompted such drastic efforts to not just save the show, but to also make the world a better place? Not many, if any at all, which McNamara expanded on.
“The fans had billboards in Korea, Times Square, Toronto. They had buses in London, they had a plane flying over Netflix in LA. They raised over $30,000 for The Trevor Project in the name of #SaveShadowhunters. These fans care so much, and the love that they have showed all of us through this process has been the biggest gift,” she added.
Co-star Dominic Sherwood, who plays Jace Herendale, also feels helpless in terms of getting the show another home. However, instead of being sad it’s almost over, he wants fans to be happy it happened in the first place.
“As far as getting more episodes, the reality is, stranger things have happened. But it’s really important that the fans of the show smile that we got the opportunity to do it as opposed to being upset that we are going to end,” Sherwood said. Fellow co-star Matthew Daddario, who plays Alec Lightwood, added that the final episodes will be some of their best, giving fans everything they have wanted and more. “We have 12 great episodes of TV and it closes out the series very nicely. I think the fans are going to be thrilled.”
Alberto Rosende, who plays Simon Lewis, not only expressed his awe of the fandom, but also his love and gratitude. A clear testament to how much everything the fans have done truly meant to the actors themselves, Rosende urged fans to keep fighting the good fight and spreading the positive message they got from the series even after it’s gone. “Thank you for everything that you guys have done for us. Keep exploring, keep being curious, keep questioning things and continue to be positive forces of change in your community,” he said.
Isaiah Mustafa, who plays Luke Garroway, is one of the only actors on the show who had a long prolific career before being cast in the series. However, this experience has been one of the best he has ever had and he gave credit to the show and its fans for truly changing his life. “To the fans, the only thing I can really say is thank you. I have had so many great things happen to me because of ‘Shadowhunters’ and that's because of the fans and their appreciation of the show that gave us this opportunity to have those great things,” Mustafa said.
Make sure to catch the final 12 episodes of ‘Shadowhunters’ on Freeform February 25, 2019.