Shadowhunters series finale recap: Alliance + All Good Things

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Shadowhunters series finale recap, part 2: All Good Things

Izzy and Jace recklessly decide to confront Lilith in her own domain. Lilith has also transformed in this final episode of Shadowhunters – she has turned into an enormous, flying wraith and now sports deadly wings that slice through Meliorn who attacks from behind.

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The rest of the group portal in and the Warlocks are able to heal Meliorn. Lilith attacks them, but despite Lorenzo and Magnus working together, they are not powerful enough to stop her. Izzy intervenes, blasting Lilith with Heavenly Fire. The plan appears to work, but Izzy is aflame. Clary suggests making a rune that allows the Nephilim blood of the Shadowhunters to flow through the group thereby purging the Heavenly Fire from Izzy.

While Izzy is healed, Lilith’s death and the Heavenly Fire is destroying Edom. With no Edom left to worry about, Magnus re-opens the rift and the team portal out of hell and return to safety.

It’s the Finale, Time for a Wedding

SHADOWHUNTERS – “All Good Things…” – In the second part of the series finale, Jonathan begins his reign of vengeful terror as the Shadowhunters try to find a way to stop him. With only one hope, Clary must make a sacrifice that could have long lasting implications for all. Meanwhile, wedding bells are in the air for one special couple. This episode of “Shadowhunters” airs May 6 (8:00-10:30 p.m. EDT) on Freeform. (Freeform/John Medland)


The myriad couples of the show, Jace and Clary, Magnus and Alec, and Izzy and Simon finally get a moment to relax. Simon and Izzy are excited to begin their relationship, especially since they haven’t had much luck in maintaining their romances for long in the past.

Magnus is itching to marry Alec and refuses to wait any longer. He can magic up the best décor, but he and Alec have to decide on location first. Alec suggests the New York Institute – the ceremony would have a much greater impact there as the Clave would have to officially honour a marriage between a Shadowhunter and a Downworlder. Magnus agrees.

Alec asks Jace to be his suggenes for the wedding, and of course Jace is delighted. He’s not as pleased to hear that Alec will be moving into Magnus’ apartment after the wedding – Jace and the Lightwood siblings have always been together, so this will be a new experience for them.

Alec asks Maryse’s permission to invite his estranged father, Robert (Paulino Nunes), to the wedding, and she kindly acquiesces. Another surprising guest is Lorenzo – Magnus and the High Warlock patch up their differences, especially after the battle in Edom, and Magnus invites Lorenzo to the wedding.

Clary and Her Runes

Brotherly bonds aren’t the only ones celebrated in the Shadowhunters finale. Izzy is relieved that Clary is not ‘freaked out’ by her and Simon’s new romance. In fact, Clary asks Izzy if she can be her parabatai and, of course, Izzy does. They never get the chance to go through with the ceremony though.

Luke returns to the Institute and shows off his new Shadowhunter self. He has to miss Alec and Magnus’ wedding for a debriefing in Alicante, and while Clary is ecstatic, she has something else on her mind. She sees a glowing orb and follows it to a secluded room. The orb changes into Clary’s mom (Maxim Roy), and she comes with unpleasant tidings.

SHADOWHUNTERS – “All Good Things.” – In the second part of the series finale, Jonathan begins his reign of vengeful terror as the Shadowhunters try to find a way to stop him. With only one hope, Clary must make a sacrifice that could have long lasting implications for all. Meanwhile, wedding bells are in the air for one special couple. This episode of “Shadowhunters” airs May 6 (8:00-10:30 p.m. EDT) on Freeform. (Freeform/Ben Mark Holzberg)


The angels do not approve of Clary using her gift of creating runes; they see her as disrupting the natural order of things. Clary is forbidden from ever making another new rune again or else. With that Clary’s mother disappears.

Jonathan’s Killing Spree

The Seelie Queen was under the misguided notion that she had swayed Jonathan to join her against the Shadowhunters. Jonathan, though, has turned into something even worse than before. He plans to rule alone and kills the Queen before leaving the Seelie realm.

At the Los Angeles Institute, Robert Lightwood, proudly informs his son Max (Jack Fulton) about being the top cadet in his class when the perimeter alarm goes off. Jonathan has killed everyone at the Institute and he wants the Lightwoods to send a message to Clary. Jonathan has been killing mundanes and Shadowhunters at Institutes around the globe. He plans to attack the New York Institute last so that Clary can watch everyone die and know that she is at fault.

When the Shadowhunters hear of Jonathan’s demonic killings in Toronto, they plan to attack. But Clary stops them. Jonathan will kill everyone except Clary, so she decides to go alone. Alec will monitor from the Institute.

Clary tries to reason with Jonathan, and finally gets close enough to draw a new rune that allows her to kill her brother. Since she goes against the orders of the angels, her runes start disappearing.

A Wedding to Remember

Not sure why Alec let’s his father walk him down the aisle, considering the pain Robert has caused his family (Alec could have asked Izzy), but it’s nice to see Maryse walk Magnus down the aisle. Considering how long-winded Alec’s previous wedding ceremony was, this one is pretty quick. Surrounded by friends and family, Alec and Magnus are now married.

While Alec and Magnus share their first dance, Raphael Santiago gives Izzy and Simon his blessings while informing them that he has joined the seminary and hopes to repent for his many sins. Everyone is happy – Andrew Underhill, a very stuck-up Shadowhunter, takes a shine to Lorenzo; Magnus is delighted that Max intends to call him ‘brother’ and the entire team are happy about Maryse and Luke.

Maryse reassures Clary that her mother will not be replaced, but Clary is slowly watching her runes disappear. Looks like her adventures in the shadow world are about to come to an abrupt end. She bids farewell to Simon and Jace and leaves the Institute. Jace finds a letter from Clary telling him how much she loves him even though Clary will no longer remember him. Along with her runes, Clary’s memories of the shadow world have also been stripped from her. After a little while, Clary finds herself in the middle of nowhere, with the New York Institute invisible to her mundane eyes.

One Year Later

Alec Lightwood is now an Inquisitor and deputized Downworlders work hand in hand with Shadowhunters. Magnus is the High Warlock of Alicante, helping people re-ward their homes to allow Downworlders.

Maia has bought the Jade Wolf and re-named it Taki’s – this is going to be a place where all Downworlders can enjoy a meal together, no matter what their choice of cuisine. Simon has completed his graphic novel and wishes he could let Clary know about it. Maia has a salad named after Clary.

Izzy has taken over Alec’s role as head of the New York Institute, and she and Simon are still going strong. Jace, though, hasn’t got over Clary. He keeps checking up on her but Clary can’t see him. Despite Simon’s insistence, Jace is unable to move on.

Clary has returned to her art and is exhibiting her paintings – they are abstract renditions of her memories. Jace watches her and for some reason, this time Clary can see him. In a scene reminiscent of their first meeting in the pilot episode of Shadowhunters, Clary follows Jace, but now she recalls his name and asks after his tattoos. Maybe they can make this work.

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Several elements of the proposed fourth season were shoe-horned into the finale, though the episodes didn’t feel too congested. Magnus’ rescue from Edom was supposed to take place over several episodes in season four, and Luke’s return to Shadowhunter life would have been shown in more depth. The Seelie Queen’s relationship with Jonathan was also scheduled to be explored for half a season, but fans will be most disappointed that Helen and Aline’s relationship wasn’t given the space to grow. We see them discussing their own possible wedding in the finale, but according to TVLine, the showrunners were planning to give them much more screen time. Despite its curtailed run, Shadowhunters ends with a bittersweet farewell to the characters and the fans.

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