'Shadowhunters' season 3B episode 12: A reunion, a budding romance, and some heavy realizations
We are not saying Clary and Jace finally come face to face, but Jace is in Paris and he is accompanied by Luke so it's only a matter of seconds!
This article contains spoilers for 'Shadowhunters season 3 episode 12: Original Sin.'
Brace yourselves because this is it. This is the 'Shadowhunters' episode we have all been waiting for! Titled 'Original Sin', this episode might just be the second one in season 3B, and the 12th episode this season, but in terms of action and gravity, it might prove to be one of the most crucial episodes we get to see ahead of the epic two-hour long finale that the show has promised its ardent fans.
And of course, what better way to induce anticipation and excitement over an episode, than plenty of teasers and spoilers right? Let's just say that among the many things that went down, this episode delivers some possible Clace reunion, some more sizzling Sizzy budding, and of course - the steamy AF Malec training session that has proven to be the talk of the fandom.
The official synopsis of the episode reveals that "Simon tries to track down New York's oldest vampire to get more information on the Mark of Cain; now in Paris, Clary desperately attempts to find an escape from her current situation; Magnus tries to live life to the very fullest." But of course, we are going to elaborate somewhat on this episode that the synopsis so carefully skims through.
Let's address the elephant in the room of course, and no, this doesn't imply the colossal, humongous sexual tension between Alec (Matthew Daddario) and Magnus (Harry Shum Jr.) The obvious thing to point out from this episode is that Jace (Dominic Sherwood) has finally reached Paris and is teaming up with alpha werewolf daddy Luke (Isaiah Mustafa) to find their beloved Clary (Katherine McNamara.) The previous episode revealed that Clary is far from dead and running the risk of being manipulated into joining hands with her evil half-brother Jonathan (Luke Baines) but trust her knight in shining armor (decked with some ancient runes too) to arrive as her savior once again.
It is almost poetic, how the love of her life, and her stepfather (Luke) are coming together to find Clary and save her from whatever possible havoc Jonathan and his powers are planning on wreaking. But what else is also poetic is Clary's constant reverse manipulation of Jonathan; it's pretty much a relief to watch the red-haired beauty casually indulge and engage her evil half brother to divulge more about himself, and his past. Trust McNamara to bring out desperation in Clary as she tries to get Jonathan to reveal pretty much anything she can use against him to find her way back to her friends. Sadly, a lot of this episode's focus goes into the building bond between Jace and Luke as the two of them go about their Mission: Finding Clary, so let's just hope the wait for the reunion will be worth it!
Moving on to more sizzling waters, we have Simon (Alberto Rosende) and Izzy (Emeraude Toubia) becoming quite the competent duo at tracking down the oldest vampire in New York, who could actually offer the key to destroying the Mark of Cain. Note that it was the explosion of this very Mark that Clary's friends believe had cost her life, so it is quite understandable why these two - her closest friends - are so obsessive about the need to destroy it. But what we did not see coming was the scorching hot chemistry between the two best friends of Clary, who luckily, find more than just friends in each other.
We can't speak much about their progress without ruining the build-up, but the teaser has already shown a senseless Simon lying in Izzy's arms, so guess fans have that emotional moment to look forward to. Speaking of which, the evolution of their dynamics has been one of the most interesting elements to witness this season, so far. Izzy's brutal sass, when met with Simon's goofy wit, comes together as a compact package deal - explaining even better just why these two decided to team up together. Malec might have reigned the couple-goals list so far, but Sizzy is a close second already!
And, that brings us to our last and final take away from the episode. Yes, it is, indeed, time to spill all the beans on what Malec did. See, the teasers and promos leading up to the mid-season premiere had warned us just how hot and heavy the couple was going to be this time around, but not quite. How else do you explain that training session!? We get it, with Magnus losing his powers and trying to cope with a more normal life, he has to take his aggression out somewhere. But what that training session did mostly was helped some of us viewers realize how desperately forever alone we are.
But it's not just the steamy part; now with Magnus actually concerned about remaining mortal forever, he is putting extra efforts into making his life with Alec as fulfilling as possible. And that's when they hit us, right in the feels, again and again, in classic Malec style. We won't even discuss the workout because that is a treat that should be visually indulged in, but if this episode is any reference to how the two of them are going to be for the rest of the season, we suggest you sit with a tub full of popcorn and a cold towel by your side!
'Shadowhunters' returns with its episode 13 on Monday, March 11, at 8/7c, only on Freeform.