'Shadowhunters' Season 3 episode 15 review: Maia Roberts proves once again why she is the ultimate alpha
None of Heidi's motives are going overlooked by our newly turned alpha werewolf Maia Roberts, who seeks vengeance, for which she teams up with the most unusual people ever
This article contains spoilers about 'Shadowhunters' season 3 episode 15: 'To The Night Children'
This week's 'Shadowhunters' episode (number 15) titled 'To The Night Children' had a lot going on. For starters, Heidi McKenzie is back and boy, does she have a conniving plan to break the unity of the Downworlders!
But none of her sinister motives are going overlooked by our newly turned alpha werewolf Maia Roberts, who plans on seeking vengeance, for which she teams up with the most unusual people ever. Yet somehow that very thing turns out to be the highlight of the episode because opposites really do work well together!
In the past, we have seen that Heidi's (Tessa Mossey) intentions, be it with fellow vampire Simon Lewis (Alberto Rosende) or otherwise, haven't always been innocent. So, it doesn't really come as a surprise that she returns to strike a clash between the vampires and werewolves, leading to the showdown between the two that we saw in episode 13.
The fight ended with Maia losing half her pack members, including their former alpha Luke Garroway (Isaiah Mustafa) who, even though not dead, was taken into custody for being present at the scene of the fight.
So, for Maia to seek help from Head of the Institute Alec Lightwood (Matthew Daddario), only makes sense. But here's the catch; Heidi makes her way to Alec and his sister, Izzy (Emeraude Toubia), before Maia tries to manipulate them into taking her side. However, Maia leaves no stone unturned to get through to not only Alec, but also his boyfriend, Magnus Bane (Harry Shum Jr.), and her own former flame, Simon.
But while the alpha might still seem like a new addition to the rest of the seasoned Shadowhunters, there's no denying her strategizing and ruthless planning has gotten her out of critical situations in the past. If Maia's track record is any proof, taking Heidi down shouldn't be trouble at all.
That is, unless the team she is on board with now, doesn't work well with each other. On the one hand, we have the serious head of the institute, Alec, while on the other hand his flamboyant boyfriend, Magnus, who is euphoric to have recently acquired his magical powers back.
That leaves the serious, bad**s, no-nonsense she-wolf Maia with the eternal goofball vampire that is Simon, and let's just say it's a solid mixture of all things and personalities opposite to each other. Having said that, it is remarkable just how effortlessly they blend in and work on Maia's mission.
Without spoiling much, while their individual powers are definitely an asset to the mission, each with their own perks and shortcomings, and their sense to compromise and lead, it is eventually the four of them working together that steals the show for them. The end result is quite satisfying and wholesome to witness even though what transpired took its own sweet time to sit with the Shadowhunters.
As for the rest of them, our protagonist Clary Fray (Katherine McNamara) is on yet another mission with her boyfriend, Jace Herondale (Dominic Sherwood) as the two of them try to combat the evil that is Clary's half brother Jonathan Morgenstern (Luke Baines).
Clary and Jonathan have been bound together with the life-force rune that both of them now share in their individual bodies, and it is posing quite the threat to Clary as she goes about her day to day business. While she still likes to think she is still in control of her mind and actions, the situations she lands up in, prove otherwise and it all leads to Jace having to take some pretty heavy decisions on both his and Clary's behalf.
And as Malec - that is, Magnus and Alec - adapt to their new life together, in the shadowhunters' institute, the domestic aspect of their relationship isn't the only bit of family bonding that occurred on the show this time. After weeks, we finally got to see Clary and Luke, her stepfather, finally bonding, and major tearjerker alert; that moment between the two where Luke calls her "kiddo" deserves a special mention of its own.
Still, don't think this was one of the most action-packed episodes of the season so far? Think twice, because here's the big secret: Izzy's ex, Rafael is back! We know what this means for Sizzy (Simon and Izzy) shippers because the two of them had just started acting upon their affections for each other.
But will Rafael's return impact the budding romance? Find out when 'Shadowhunters' returns with episode 16, titled 'Stay With Me', Monday, April 1, at 8/7c, only on Freeform.