'Shadowhunters' season 3 episode 13: Clary and Jace have a moment but then there are also some pack problems that arise
This article contains spoilers for 'Shadowhunters season 3B episode 13: Beati Bellicosi.'
This week's 'Shadowhunters' episode, the 13th one this season, titled 'Beati Bellicosi', promised several interesting plots panning out and delivered on all of that in what seems to be one of the most action-packed episodes ever. From new romances to amicable breakups, higher ranks, a major showdown, and golden moments of sibling bonding - there was everything packed into a compact episode that would truly leave an ardent fan feeling satiated.
For starters, it was brilliant to finally see Maia Roberts (Alisha Wainwright) back again. She was missing for just the initial episodes of this season, and her comeback was so well received - especially because of the promising traits her character has shown in the past. The trailer for this new episode had already shown Luke Garroway (Isaiah Mustafa) Maia as the new leader of their werewolf pack and it was highly deserved, and a long time coming.
Still, there's no denying that this development in her life came at the price of her moving away from Simon Lewis (Alberto Rosende) while their romance was just budding, and now with her being back, that story has ended. The breakup scene between Maia and Simon proved to be one of the highlights of the episode purely because of how amicable and mature they were about it. Goofy jokes, nervous laughter, and awkward sequences later, the two agreed that if anything, their relationship was further proof that there's hope for werewolves and vampires (Simon is one) coexisting and they were just happy about that.
But as one love departs Simon's life, he has another one brewing and those who have followed the season so far will already know of a new duo called 'Sizzy'. The name comes from Simon and Izzy Lightwood (Emeraude Toubia) of course, as the duo has bonded over destroying the Mark of Cain and going beyond each of their capabilities to save the other's life. After all of that, Izzy ends up at Simon's place - drained (as she jokes) - and Simon is his usual fumbling, anxious self worrying about what would happen if her brother, Alec (Matthew Daddario) finds out about their predicament.
And thus swoops in the next best highlight of the episode as Alec; the darling brother that he is, when he finds out about Izzy, he is ever so cautious to not react irrationally, and instead acknowledges his baby sister's bravery. With Izzy indulging Simon to feed on her blood, she put herself at the risk of suffering withdrawal symptoms from vampire serum - something she has a history of addiction to. But instead of lashing out at her, all Alec does is point out "I wish I was half as strong as you on your weakest day."
Speaking of feels, there was one particular development that we were really looking forward to, and that was the momentary, but intense kiss between Luke and Maryse Lightwood. She advises her children to not go after the Clave - who they believe attacked Izzy and Simon - but it doesn't sit well with her children. It does, however, resonate with Luke - who is now stepfather to the show's protagonist Clary Fray (Katherine McNamara) - so it only made sense that they would find solace in each other as they have in their friendship over the past. All of that culminated into the most perfect first kiss ever and once again, 'Shadowhunters' did what it does best and made sparks not just fly, but soar.
Why did the sparks soar? Simply because there wasn't just one moment of romance receiving closure, but two! That's right; Jace Herondale (Dominic Sherwood) finally had his moment of peace and clarity with Clary and announces "I love you, Clary. I'll love you until I die. And if there's a life after this, I'll love you then too." Sadly, this moment was shortlived because the next morning Clary wakes up with a burn that is inevitably coming from her evil half brother, Jonathan Morgenstern (Luke Baines) who is our prime antagonist this season.
None of these, however, could have prepared us for the final showdown at the end of the episode which managed to raise the biggest question ever: With Jordan and Maia just barely managing to scrape through the fight, how safe are their lives for the rest of the season?
To find out, tune into 'Shadowhunters' when it returns with episode 14 titled 'A Kiss From a Rose' on Monday, March 18, at 8/7c, only on Freeform.