As Shadowhunters prepares to launch its sophomore season this Monday, we’re already looking beyond that to the eventual arrival of a fan-favorite character with sinister intentions. We’re of course referring to Sebastian Morgenstern, who books are well acclimated with.
Last month, new showrunner Todd Slavkin teased that the show would introduce Sebastian in season 2. Now, fellow showrunner Darren Swimmer and new executive producer Matt Hastings are spilling some more details about Sebastian’s eventual arrival. And by spilling we totally mean remaining as cryptic as possible.
“If you know the history of the character, you know where he grew up — in hell — and how he was raised,” Hastings told TVLine. “It’s important for us to cast somebody who, similarly to Valentine, can embrace that duality.”
Perhaps the hardest part of the process will be casting someone who embodies everything that Sebastian is, which is something Hastings also addressed.
“We need someone who can be compassionate, and who may seem like a decent person on the surface,” he said. “But anybody that’s been tortured that much in the bowels of hell by a demon… man, they did terrible things to him. They tore his skin off, layer by layer. That kind of dramatic resonance never goes away from a person, no matter how you shellac it.”
Next to Sebastian’s casting, fans are most eager to learn when we can expect Sebastian to make an appearance. While there has been no immediate announcement of when Sebastian will make his debut, the fact that they’re actively looking to cast a Sebastian, as well as Slavkin teasing that he’s arriving in season two at some point tells us it’ll be sometime in the near future.
“We want to keep the details of how Sebastian emerges on the show … a little bit close to the vest,” Swimmer said. “He’s definitely going to be a charming character with a dark side.”
Are you excited about Sebastian’s eventual arrival to Shadowhunters? Who do you think would encompass the character perfectly? Who would be your perfect Sebastian? Let us know in the comments!