12 November 2019 04:50
Despite a passionate fan campaign to save the show, Shadowhunters came to an end at Freeform on Monday with a 2.5-hour extended finale that mostly tied up loose ends, save for its cliffhanger ending. That said, executive producers Todd Slavkin and Darren Swimmer say there was a lot of potential Season 4 story left on the table—material that fans are almost certainly never going to see on the screen. But there is one teeny, tiny ray of hope: although the E.P.s say this is pretty definitely the end of the road for Shadowhunters as a TV show, they haven't ruled out the possibility of a future movie. A glimmer of hope, however, appeared when Jace came to her anyway, and realized she still had some memory of her old life—opening the possibility that Clary could one day return to being a Shadowhunter. Given what Swimmer told Entertainment Tonight, it sounds like the Clary cliffhanger was intended to end on a positive note.
Speaking with Entertainment Weekly, Slavkin said that if the series had been renewed for a fourth season, the relationship between Jonathan and the Seelie Queen would have developed much more slowly. Alec and Magnus's wedding, though lavish, also got shorter shrift than Slavkin would have liked. Speaking with TVLine, Swimmer noted that Simon and Izzy kissing would have been the last scene of the series, had the two-part finale not been ordered after the show's surprising cancellation—which caught the producers by surprise. Other stories fans are missing out on, per TVLine: "Everyone going to Edom to save Magnus was going to be a multi-episode journey in Season 4," Swimmer said. Additionally, it would have taken them longer to take down Lilith, whose defeat in the series finale left Jonathan as the only villain to fight by the end.
WARNING: This article contains major spoilers from the Shadowhunters season 3 finale Season three concluded on a cliff-hanger with the big bad villains of the series defeated once and for all, meaning Lilith (played by Anna Hopkins) met an end. Meanwhile, Edom - or hell was destroyed by the Shadowhunters but not before Magnus Bane (Harry Shum Jr.) and his boyfriend Alec Lightwood (Matthew Daddario) were saved. The Shadowhunters returned to New York where the rescued couple finally tied the knot. Another big moment in the episode saw Simon Lewis (Alberto Rosende) and Izzy Lightwood (Emeraude Toubia) finally share a kiss as they acknowledged their feelings for one another. After all of this, fans got a one-year time jump during which we saw the characters all moving on with their lives as Alec was revealed to be the new Inquisitor and Magnus was the High Warlock of Alicante.
"This was really exciting and, we were like, 'This is going to be great and we love those actresses, and they have cute chemistry.' So that was unfortunate too. Shadowhunters bowed out after three seasons with an extended finale (Picture: Freeform) Shadowhunters bowed out with an extended episode to close its third season. The double bill didn't exactly wrap things up though, choosing to end with a cliffhanger after a one year time jump. After the time jump Clary, now a famous painter, came face to face with Jace (Dominic Sherwood) but of course she didn't recognise him as she had in fact lost her memory. Previously in the double bill finale, the Shadowhunters destroyed Edom and managed to save fan favourites Magnus (Harry Shum Jr.) and his boyfriend Alec (Matthew Daddario) before they returned to New York and got married. And the fandom will be pleased to hear what's next for Malec (Magnus and Alec) after their beautiful wedding in the finale. Showrunner Todd Slavkin told TVGuide that the romantic scenes took a long time to write, adding that he thinks children are in the couple's future. Read Metro.co.uk's epic oral history of Shadowhunters with Katherine McNamara, Dominic Sherwood, Matthew Daddario, Alberto Rosende and Luke Baines, as well as showrunners Todd Slavkin and Darren Swimmer. As I corral Harry Shum Jr. and Matthew Daddario around the Cosmo offices, Matt bounces on his heels, pointing to random objects—like a fancy golden coffee table and fuzzy pillows—asking me if he can bring them home with him (the answer is always "no"). It's jarring how their roles are almost the reverse of their characters: For the last three years on Freeform's hit series Shadowhunters (based on The Mortal Instruments, by Cassandra Clare). Matt played Alec Lightwood, the stoic half-angel leader with a heart of gold, while Harry embodied the eccentric Warlock Magnus Bane, always moving, portaling somewhere or changing his look...not to mention throwing shit around his beautiful New York apartment. As they say, opposites attract, and Matt and Harry captured the hearts of the entire Shadowhunters fandom as a certified power couple. But last night, Shadowhunters gave Malec the happy ending they deserve, complete with gorgeous wedding and happily ever after as the Inquisitor of the Clave and High Warlock of Alicante. A wedding finale is hardly unheard of in the TV world, bordering on cliché, but for Shadowhunters there was truly no other option. Here, Matt and Harry talk about the Malec wedding, balancing fandom with real life, and why Alec had to stay mortal. I'm happy that we got these two episodes so that we could do it because it would have been really unfortunate if the fans hadn't gotten that wedding. And then fans can play in their heads now, Magnus and Alec are married and doing whatever. Matthew Daddario: You know, it's like the end of a chapter. Matt: This is the thing I always have trouble understanding is that people want the immortality. They're immortal, and then they get the shot off the top of the castle walls, and you're like, "Whoa, that's screwed up." But at the same time, every mortal has to deal with that. Has the end of Shadowhunters hit home for you yet? Matt: Look, we're done filming Shadowhunters, but the fans of the show are always welcome to ask questions and all that kind of stuff. Matt: Not to say that people don't deserve to know, but I think that anybody would feel like, hey, I would like this moment just to be mine for a little bit.