Following Tuesday’s shocking season finale of Shadowhunters, which saw Jace make a decision that will affect our characters and story moving forward, fans are anxious for the next chapter in Freeform’s adaptation of Cassandra Clare’s The Mortal Instruments.
Showrunner Ed Decter spoke with TVLine following the season finale, which raised a lot of questions about what’s to come in season 2.
Here are some highlights, which include the threat of Camille, Clary and Jocelyn’s relationship, Jace and Clary’s feelings, and news characters we can expect to meet next season.
TVLINE | Speaking of “Malec,” will Camille pose a threat to that relationship moving forward?
When we see Camille again, it won’t be as a threat to Alec and Magnus’ relationship; it’ll be more as a threat to Raphael and the other vampires, their whole hierarchy. [Editor’s note: Good luck, Simon!]
TVLINE | Clary was much happier to see her mother on the show than in the books. What made you overlook her resentment after being lied to for 18 years?
That’s yet to come. The real unpacking, as we say in the writers’ room, is yet to come. There will be plenty of mother/daughter drama about the fact that Jocelyn basically lied to her for 18 years. … Clary believes she lied to her, but from a parent’s point of view, she was just protecting her.
**Warning: The next two questions detail major plot points from Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments books**
TVLINE | In the books, if I recall correctly, Jace and Clary give into their urges, despite believing they’re siblings. Is that something you plan on tackling in Season 2?
Actually, that’s absolutely not true. While they are brother and sister, despite the fact that they have these odd feelings, they are chaste. There’s a moment with the Seelie Queen, but that’s a little different; we’ll save that for the viewers. But Jace and Clary are definitely confused as to why they feel this way, which is a big point of tension in the books.
TVLINE | Books and TV shows are such different mediums. Is it hard for you guys to walk that line with Jace and Clary without it feeling like it’s going too far?
Well, we plan to play the tension of it because, in romances, it’s not what gets people together that’s interesting — it’s what keeps them apart. The torture of a romance is a lot more dramatic than the pleasure of it. This is a very good, torturous situation. Cassandra has a wonderful solve in the books for how this all works out.
TVLINE | Should we be keeping an eye out for any new book characters in Season 2?
Some characters we’ve met go through giant transformation. Simon’s girlfriend Maureen has a lot in store for her, and there’s a lot in store for Jocelyn and Luke. There will be new characters we meet as well, including the Seelie Queen. We’ll start building into each of the realms in a different way.
You can read the full interview at TVLine.
Shadowhunters will return for season 2 next year.