'Shadowhunters' season 3 episode 14: Magnus' state of disorientation following the loss of his magic comes to an end
Good and positive things are coming Magnus' way once again, but is it as safe and harmless as it seems? Or is there a darker truth behind the facade?
This article contains spoilers for 'Shadowhunters season 3 episode 14: A Kiss From A Rose.'
After months of wondering and being concerned about whether the former High Warlock of Brooklyn from 'Shadowhunters' - aka Magnus Bane - was ever going to regain his magical powers, fans were finally offered closure on the topic in the latest episode of the show's third and final season. Titled 'A Kiss From A Rose', episode 14 saw Magnus (Harry Shum Jr.) finally reaching out to Lorenzo Rey - the new High Warlock - to seek help regarding his magical powers despite the intense rivalry between the two. But as Magnus overcame his prejudice and sought out an unexpected helping hand, it did come with a price, and some much needed honest opening up.
It all started with Lorenzo going about his usual cocky, mocking attitude as Magnus places his request, and ends with Lorenzo actually restoring magical powers in Magnus in exchange for the latter's grand apartment. But here's the catch: The apartment isn't the only deal Magnus is cutting with Lorenzo in exchange for his powers; the magic might be back, but it isn't Magnus' own, personal magic that he was accustomed to in the past. This is all new, and frankly, as thrilled as we are for Magnus, the newfound powers' potential is unknown, and also seems a bit too flashy for him. Granted, it's almost like a blind man being given the boon of sight, but in certain scenes of the episode it came off as if Magnus is trying too hard to establish himself as a warlock.
However, the very next scene offers all the explanation behind Magnus' flashy reaction to being gifted with powers once again. In what was probably one of the most heartwarming moments between Malec - that is Magnus, and his boyfriend, Alec Lightwood (Matthew Daddario) - Magnus opens up about how disoriented he felt following the loss of his powers. And that is totally justifiable because this is someone who has lived for centuries with magic - it is as deeply inherent in him as his cells and tissues - something that connected him to the world around him. To have it taken away from him suddenly would have been a setback like no other, and in this episode, Magnus finally addresses the distant, indisposed demeanor he has had as a result of that.
Trying to explain to Alec the pricelessness of his magical powers, and how the apartment was a petty bargain to settle on, he says: "I’ve had many, many happy memories in this apartment. But, at the end of the day, it’s just a thing. But my magic, it makes me feel alive. Yes, I can do fabulous tricks, jet around the world, and help the people I love, but more than that, magic connects me to ... everything around me. Without magic, I feel like a stranger. The world keeps on going, and it’s like I’m not a part of it. It’s like suddenly I don’t matter."
This is where Alec - the absolutely iconic boyfriend that he is - sweeps in to remind Magnus that regardless of his powers, he still matters and that was enough to make the Malec fan in everyone gasp and freak out a little bit. But all of that was no comparison to the way he spoke to Lorenzo following all of this drama, as not only was he speaking as Magnus' partner but also as the leader of the New York Institute of Shadowhunters, exercising his powers to full advantage but for a good cause. Yet what still continues to be a burning question is how will Magnus settle in with his new powers? Will he be able to control and tame them, or will they prove to be dangerous?
'Shadowhunters' returns with episode 15 on Monday, March 25, at 8/7c only on Freeform.