WonderCon 2016: Shadowhunters Panel Highlights Strong Characters, Malec, and Crazy Action


Of all of the panels that will be at WonderCon, Shadowhunters will certainly be able to claim a space as one of the most entertaining. Nearly the entire cast was on hand along with EP/Director McG and showrunner Ed Decter to talk about the Freeform series based on The Mortal Instruments series.

One of the best parts of the panel was seeing a preview scene from the next episode, titled Malec. As a self professed Malec shipper, I knew the footage would be juicy and it was, as Alec was set to marry Lydia Branwell, before Magnus storms in. Making a scene, Alec’s mother tries to have him removed but he tells her “That is between me and your son. I’ll leave if he asks me to”

There were many highlights from the panel and they’re listed in bullet form below:

On Fight Scenes and Season 2
Asked about the difference between season 1 and 2, McG and Ed Decter both mentioned that next season is going to be extremely action packed, something that the cast is game for, with everyone remarking that they’ve been asking for more fights. You can also hear more of their hopes for the second season in the video below:

On Malec
Matthew Daddario who plays Alec Lightwood, mentioned that his character is actively building up walls to keep from feeling what’s going on inside of him (aka him being gay and having feelings for Magnus). But Alec makes the right decisions in the end…Harry Shum Jr. also chimed in and said that him and Alec weren’t too far off and that in the final two episodes we will get more of his back story.

On Simon and the Last Remaining Mundane Hope
Shadowhunters is an interesting show in that by the halfway point of the first season, every main character in the show is some sort of supernatural creature, with Simon’s transition into being a vampire being the final piece. Alberto Rosende mentions that this is where the story takes its most serious turn, because like the characters, the audience is no longer in the world of the Mundanes (humans) and they can be a logn with the journey of the characters. So how does this change Simon? Well, his vampirism makes him more confident and given the break up with Clary and Jace, he might be more inclined to pursue a relationship.

On Character Development
Alberto also mentioned that each actor does thorough research into their characters and gave us a window into his by saying he started with what he and Simon had in common and built from there. Emeraude Toubia, who plays Izzy, said that she’s not really like her character but that Izzy has allowed her to be more confident, and highlighted the positive relationship she has with Clary to be a lesson for girls everywhere that they don’t have to be in competition.