'Shadowhunters' Season 3 Premiere Sneak Peek—Plus, Insider Scoop! (PHOTOS)
The gang (Emeraude Toubia, Katherine McNamara, Isaiah Mustafa, Dominic Sherwood, Matthew Daddario) have new threats in the new season but, now that Clary and Jace are back on, will they also get to enjoy some happiness?
"They do get a moment to experience their relationship together," said showrunner Darren Swimmer. "There are other obstacles in the way waiting to shake things up."
Fellow showrunner Todd Slavkin added, "I think the great news for Clace fans is you get to see this awesome intimacy and this dating in the first few shows. That really adds a sense of fun to the show that we haven't felt between these two."
If you think Ollie (Alexandra Ordolis) is going to stop asking questions about Luke (Isaiah Mustafa) being a werewolf, think again. "As much as Luke would want that conversation to go away," Swimmer says, "he is really pinned to the wall."
While everyone is glad Jace (Dominic Sherwood) is alive and (seemingly) well, Alec (Matthew Daddario) isn't quite ready to forget what has happened. "Alec felt Jace die in the finale," said Slavkin. "And so, even though they are together, at the same time, Alec just can't shake what happened, and he realizes that he's not getting the truth, so there's an issue with the Parabatai from the get-go."
Slavkin and Swimmer worked with Anna Hopkins on their previous series Defiance and are excited with how the actress is taking on playing the new "big bad" Lilith. "She brings this depth of emotion, and this empathy and sympathy that makes us really care about her," Slavkin said. "At the same time, you're so frightened of her, you know? She encompasses everything we could ask for in bringing the character to life."
Is Sebastian's return far behind Lilith's arrival? "You will see more of Sebastian," Slavkin said. "He certainly plays a role in Season 3."
We'll also see Javier Munoz's debut as warlock Lorenzo Rey in the second episode of the new season, Slavkin and Swimmer confirmed.
In the Cassandra Clare books, Lilith (Hopkins, here with guest star Randal Edwards) is the mother of Warlocks but, Slavkin said, "we have our own twist on it." He did reveal that Lilith has powers that would make her natural to face off with Magnus. "She uses magic like the Warlocks so those two definitely play together and it's really great."
Jace (Dominic Sherwood), Izzy (Emeraude Toubia) and Alec (Matthew Daddario) talk to Catarina (Sophia Walker), who we'll see more of this season. "She's Magnus's close friend, and he can share problems with her that he can't tell anyone else because she's a Warlock," Slavkin said. "Even though Alec is his partner and he's got other friends, Catarina holds a special place in Magnus's heart, and vice versa." And, yes, we will also see more of Madzie in the new season.
But, speaking of Magnus, he has some challenges in the new episodes. "Because he sided with the Seelie Queen," Slavkin said, "there are political ramifications after the events of the finale that he's gotta deal with."
It's great to see all the Shadowhunters working together, right? "There's a tremendous unification now that Valentine's dead," Slavkin said.
But where the heck is Simon (Alberto Rosende)? "He has many problems to deal with that are inextricably tied to the Seelie Queen," said Swimmer. And for fans who like seeing Simon and Maia (Alisha Wainwright), you'll be happy to hear, "he and Maia are getting along better than ever now," said Slavkin.
Of course, this being Shadowhunters, that probably won't last long either!
Can March 20 get here already?
The third season of Freeform's Shadowhunters is coming, and for you impatient Downworlders (like yours truly) looking for something to satisfy you while you wait, you've come to the right place.
Cast and producers were on hand at New York Comic Con to give fans a sneak peek at the new season of the Freeform hit.
Season 2 ended with Valentine killed once and for all; Jace (Dominic Sherwood) dying, then being revived (don't worry, that part of the story isn't over yet); and Magnus (Harry Shum Jr) and Simon (Alberto Rosende) both making deals with the Seelie Queen.
We also know that Sebastian (Will Tudor) isn't as gone as some wish he were, and that the newest threat is Lilith (Anna Hopkins), of whom we'll see plenty in the season premiere.
What does Season 3 hold? Showrunners Todd Slavkin and Darren Swimmer gave us the scoop on what we'll see and, thanks to Freeform, we also have brand-new images from the season premiere, "On Infernal Ground."
Freeform has picked up 10 more episodes of 'Shadowhunters.' Plus, the star of 'Hamilton' joins the cast!
Check out the gallery above for the pics, and some of Slavkin and Swimmer's tidbits. And let us know in the comments section below what you're looking forward to most in the new season!
Shadowhunters, Season 3 Premiere, Tuesday, March 20, 8/7c, Freeform