'Shadowhunters' season 3 episode 15 finally offers us the unique side of Malec we have been dying to see
Occasional jealousy, awkward breakfasts, and a prospective living situation aside, Malec is still the most entertaining couple on 'Shadowhunters'
Spoiler alert for 'Shadowhunters' season 3B
This week's 'Shadowhunters' episode 15 'To The Night Children' might have been high on the action sequences, but it also offered fans a unique side to the fan favorite couple Malec — that is, Magnus Bane and Alec Lightwood — and let's just say it was quite... unique.
In the last couple of episodes, we saw Magnus (Harry Shum Jr.) reaching out to the new High Warlock of Brooklyn, Lorenzo, to seek help in regaining his powers. Being the former High Warlock himself, it was a difficult thing to do for Magnus as it is, but things became even tougher for the flamboyant, sassy warlock when Lorenzo asked him to trade his apartment in return for his magical powers.
The deal wasn't one that Magnus pondered upon extensively, and after trading his apartment with Lorenzo, he decided to live with his boyfriend, Alec (Matthew Daddario) temporarily, at the Shadowhunters Institute, where Alec is the head. All of this sounds quite lovey-dovey and romantic, but here's the catch: the Shadowhunters, especially those residing at the Institute, have always had an issue with the Downworlders, aka warlocks, vampires, daylighters, and werewolves. Also, their ideologies about same-sex couples are quite stringent and regressive, which is a double bummer for the openly gay couple that is Malec — even more so because it's the union of a Shadowhunter and a Downworlder.
So naturally, watching Magnus walk the halls of the Institute, hand in hand with his boyfriend Alec, raised a few eyebrows and questions alike. But a lot of that was stemming from the fact that the Shadowhunters aren't accustomed to seeing warlocks and other downworlders joining them for morning breakfasts either. And when Alec points the exact same fact to Magnus, the warlock — with his newly regained magic — decides to play around with his food, making himself only more comfortable in classic Magnus style.
It's interesting to see how the two of them are adapting to each other's lives and not just their individual struggles. That kind of restores faith in modern day romance and all that jazz, if you will. But there was also a very special confrontation between Magnus and Underhill — who had sort of harbored a soft corner for Alec in the past. Or still does, probably. Underhill (Steve Byers) is also a recently out gay Shadowhunter so it is understandable why he was the one talking to Magnus about his presence within the Institute's four walls, but none of that could keep Malec away from sharing a few personal moments with each other; not even Magnus showing hints of jealousy which Alec ever so adorably teased him about.
As the episode progresses, we see newly appointed alpha werewolf Maia Roberts (Alisha Wainwright) trying to talk the couple and fellow Downworlder Simon Lewis (Alberto Rosende) into helping her find the evil Heidi Mackenzie (Tessa Mossey). But trust Malec to find time for each other as they indulge in discussing all the new changes in their living situation, and how that has impacted their relationship. This might not have been the scorching hot steamy training session that previous episodes of season 3B have given us on the Malec front, but this was definitely one of their top 10 moments on the show so far.
'Shadowhunters' returns with its episode 16: 'Stay With Me' on Monday, April 2, at 8/7c, only on Freeform.