Anyone else feeling like they missed a few key pieces of information while watching this week’s episode of Shadowhunters or was it just me? I knew Simon was in love with Clary (or rather he thought he was), but the discovery that Clary had the warm & fuzzies for Simon came completely out of left field. Not that I’m against this sudden turn of events because I’m not, I just wasn’t prepared for them to go off-book like this. Truth be told, I’ve always felt that Katherine McNamara and Alberto Rosende had a more natural chemistry together than Katherine and Dominic Sherwood have had. Though to be fair, Katherine and Dominic both seem to be settling into their roles and everything about Clary & Jace feels less forced now. All the cast seem to be settling into their roles this season and it’s made the show all the better for it.
“Was it ….?” – Simon
I happen to be a fan of writers going off-book when the story naturally lends itself that way and I’m not all too sure Clary & Simon’s story was indeed headed to coupledom. When Clary went in for that first kiss I was 100% sure I was witnessing some type of glimmer or glamor or whatever it’s called because at no point have they shown her to be wrestling with any changing feelings she had for Simon. If anything they seemed to be more focused on Simon’s changing feelings for Clary once he became a vampire and Maia entered the picture. Which I totally got because here was Maia, this badass werewolf who was smart, geeky, and freaking gorgeous. I mean Simon would have to be a bloody idiot to not fall for her in some way or another.
On a semi-related side note, I could see Jace & Maia enjoying a fling. Forgive me, but I’m a sucker for natural chemistry and those two have it. the writers would be foolish not to see if they had the potential to go anywhere. Now I know that in the books Clary & Jace end up together, but seeing as how I was never a big fan of the pairing (the whole “we might be related” business made the whole thing seem, well, gross) I wouldn’t mind if they decided that the TV versions didn’t belong together after all. Because what works on paper doesn’t necessarily work on screen. Actors, the way the audience reacts, natural chemistry, and the natural progression of the writing can all sometimes lead you down roads the original source material never dreamed of going.
“Weird? In the best way possible.” – Clary
In reference to how they strayed from the books with Clary & Simon’s relationship, since we didn’t get to actually see her struggling with her or even acknowledging that her feelings had begun to change, we have to fill in some blanks with our own headcanons in order for any of it to make sense. For myself, that’s not actually very hard. I can see how after receiving the “I have a new sibling” blow she’s a little wary of trusting any romantic or non-romantic feelings she may or may not have for someone else. She knows, for a fact, she loves Simon. Sure, it may not be what she felt for Jace, but considering how well that turned out, it’s understanding that she would confuse the love she feels for a friend with the love she would feel for a partner.
For some, it may seem like Clary’s insecurities over losing Simon as coming completely out of left field, but I get it, In less than a year, Clary’s whole world has disappeared and in its place is this jumbled mess of thwarted love, parent once thought to be dead turns out to be an evil villain hell bent on destroying everything she has come to care about, parent she once thought would always be there for her killed by a demon, powers she has yet to fully grasp, and the fate of the world on her shoulders. So honestly, is it any wonder she would want to hold on as tight as she can to the one person who was there for her before her world went to hell? Yeah, I didn’t think so either.