Although Freeform"s "Shadowhunters" aired its collection finale in 2019, the present still lives on in the understanding of its specialized fans. Premiering in 2016, the TV show is an adaptation of the bestselling book collection called "The Mortal Instruments" by writer Cassandra Clare. Starring Katherine McNamara as Clary Fray, "Shadowhunters" is collection in a people where half-angel, half-human warriors well-known as Shadowhunters fight turn off demons and protect both the regular, human world and also the shadow World, which consists of Shadowhunters and Downworlders, which are other creatures like vampires, werewolves, the fey, and more. 




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Clary is a typical teenager life in new York City till one weird night when she goes come a club with her finest friend Simon Lewis (Alberto Rosende). Over there she encounters a trio of leather-clad Shadowhunters fighting turn off a demon, but no one else deserve to see them. This leads Clary to find that she is in reality a Shadowhunter together well, however her mother ran from the life prior to she to be born. Now a teenager, Clary is pulled right into the Shadow human being as she uncovers a plot by the dad she never ever knew, Valentine (Alan van Sprang), to damage all Downworlders and also take over. 

The Freeform series had a steady, faithful fanbase, which is why as soon as news came of the show"s cancellation in the middle of Season 3 airing, no one was more surprised than the creators and also cast. Thankfully, Freeform enabled "Shadowhunters" a series finale to end up up the story, wrapping up romances and major plotlines, while quiet leaving it open up for the tiny possibility to someday return. 


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Even before the collection was cancelled, Freeform planned to air "Shadowhunters" Season 3 in 2 parts, meaning the last ten episodes weren"t filmed yet once the news come out. In order to do story adjustments and also write the two-part finale, the second fifty percent of Season 3 to be pushed ago and didn"t premiere till a year ~ Season 3"s an initial episode aired. 


In the two-part finale, Clary, she boyfriend and fellow Shadowhunter Jace (Dominic Sherwood), Shadowhunter siblings Alec (Matthew Daddario) and Isabelle (Emeraude Toubia), and also Simon must all job-related together come rescue the warlock Magnus (Harry Shum Jr.) — who is likewise Alec"s fiancé — indigenous the demon realm dubbed Edom. If there, they additionally must stop Clary"s half-demon brothers Jonathan (Luke Baines), that is working through evil forces to destroy the shadow World. Clary knows that she is the just one who have the right to stop him, and so even with the opportunity that she can lose her life together a Shadowhunter if she go after Jonathan, Clary does that anyway, destroying her brother and saving the shadow World. 


Despite the success of she mission, Clary is turned right into a human and also forced out of the shadow World, through her storage of the last few years with Jace and the rather gone. In the final scene of "Shadowhunters," Clary is at an art show, having finally come to be the painter she constantly dreamed of being, as soon as she spots a handsome young man with weird tattoos ~ above his neck — Jace. Might this be she reintroduction come the civilization of Shadowhunters? Well, it"s as much as your interpretation. 


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Some fans were obviously disappointed with the finishing of Jace and Clary"s story and thought the the rest of the two-part finale feel a tiny rushed. Yet even so, the collection does a great job of lastly bringing with each other a couple of key relationship that space fan-favorites in both the TV show and also the book series. This contains Magnus and also Alec, whose upcoming wedding is put on hold when Magnus becomes grounding in Edom. Thankfully, the Shadowhunters successfully rescue him, and also the pair finally gets married. Alec and Magnus have actually been with each other on-and-off due to the fact that Season 1, going v their same share the obstacles, yet they thankfully obtain a happy ending. In the original book series, the couple goes on to take on two sons named Max and also Rafael. 


There"s additionally Simon and Isabelle, who profess their feelings for one another and also kiss in the finale. "Shadowhunters" showrunners Darren Swimmer and also Todd Slavkin told Entertainment Weekly that they "were patiently building to this connection that to be going to have actually a the majority of depth and also go on for seasons," but the cancellation adjusted their plans. Two various other minor characters, Helen Blackthorn (Sydney Meyer) and also Aline Penhallow (Jacky Lai), room Shadowhunters who begin dating top top the show, and also they show up to be talking around marriage in the finale. The couple is another fan-favorite indigenous the books, and also their storyline features much more in the sequel trilogy, "The Dark Artifices."


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A the majority of the transforms from publication to television present actually relate to Simon. Turned into a vampire in Season 1, Simon is the awkward, sweet ideal friend that Clary that discovers that he is a Daylighter — a vampire who can walk in the sun without gaining hurt — after drink Jace"s angelic blood. In the initial novels, it"s actually Simon, no Clary, who transforms human and also loses all of his memories. Prefer with Clary and also Jace, Simon ultimately reconnects with the group and also is able come train and also become a real Shadowhunter. It"s a little of a shame the Simon doesn"t obtain this possibility in the show, while instead another Downworlder named Luke (Isaiah Mustafa) bring away a serum and also turns back into a Shadowhunter. Also the vampire Raphael (David Castro) it s okay to end up being human in the finale, therefore what gives?


Another significant difference is the the original "The Mortal Instruments" book collection ends through Luke and a not-so-dead Jocelyn (Maxim Roy), Clary"s mother, gaining married. The "Shadowhunters" series made a bold choice early top top in Season 2 to have Jocelyn dice from a demon attack, while the character is still really much alive in the recurring original book series. Luke stays a werewolf and also the two live their resides separate native the zero World, back they help out in distinct circumstances when they are needed. As for the remainder of the "Shadowhunters" finale, there room further distinctions here and also there, favor Isabelle top the new York Institute instead of Jace and also Clary, yet they are minimal, much less noticeable changes.


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The "Shadowhunters" showrunners and cast have questioned in various interviews what might"ve occurred to the crew if the present wasn"t cancelled by Freeform. Speaking v EW again, Swimmer and also Slavkin revealed that they truly didn"t see the cancellation coming, and also that castle planned come cover an ext of the book collection in later seasons. Feather at an ext specific storylines, they proclaimed that Helen and also Aline"s romance would be a bigger focus in Season 4, while they would"ve likewise introduced the characters of "The Dark Artifices" series, Helen"s plenty of Blackthorn siblings and Emma Carstairs that live at the Los Angeles Institute. Magnus and also Alec"s wedding was originally going come be more drawn out, if Alec"s former fiancée Lydia (Stephanie Bennett) would"ve make an appearance. Castle tried to acquire her for the finale, yet the actress"s scheduling didn"t job-related out. 


The story that Edom, Lilith, and Jonathan was likewise supposed to take longer, which renders sense as Jonathan is the main antagonist for Clary, Jace, and the rather throughout every one of the "The Mortal Instruments" books. The showrunners stated that the "relationship in between Jonathan and also the Seelie Queen was going to be a season ... metamorphosis was going come take more time." But since of the time crunch, Jonathan death the Seelie Queen in the finale prior to finally meeting his end at Clary"s hands. As for the unclear ending for Clary and Jace? Fans should be happy come hear that their story would"ve been far from over, with the showrunners commenting that because "she have the right to see those runes, welcome to the shadow World and also here us go again."