Warning: spoilers from interviews, social media, trailers, and the books lie ahead.
Guys, we are getting closer. The wait for Season 3 of Shadowhunters has been much longer than fans are used to – even with Freeform announcing the premiere date had been moved up from April 3rd to March 20th, 2018. With two seasons now under its belt, the series has become a well-oiled machine. Season 3 will begin with a brand-new threat on the horizon and new problems to be faced by our characters. The first two trailers have dropped and we have been receiving minor spoilers on social media regarding what to expect. We even know right down to the second when Season 3 will start from where we left off in Season 2 (it’s 2 hours 26 minutes and 31 seconds if you were curious). Read on for what else you may have missed, forgotten or simply want to be reminded of what is to come.
Consequences for Everyone
The underlying theme permeating Season 3 will be consequences for the actions taken by several of our characters last season. At New York Comic Con 2017, showrunner Todd Slavkin went on record as saying that the new season has plans to “really deal with the realities of ramifications from bad decisions.”
Katherine McNamara has stated that Clary will have to face some unhappy Shadowhunters as a result of her using the one and only wish granted by the Angel Raziel to bring Jace Herondale back from the dead.
Magnus Bane will also be facing retribution for the decision he made last season to side with the Seelie Queen.
Clary Will Be Settling into the Shadow World
In the Season 2 finale, Clary Fairchild was successful in bringing down the mortal enemy of the Shadow World – her father, Valentine Morgenstern. The latest trailer depicts what appears to be a ceremony in Idris held in in honor of the heroic deed. However, we know that this is not the complete story and it is only a matter of time before the secret about what else happened that night at Lake Lyn reveals itself. But it looks like she will be able to enjoy being a Shadowhunter for at least a little while. Katherine McNamara told us: “[Clary is] put on missions officially instead of just as a tagalong or a trainee. Having that responsibility is amazing – it’s all she’s wanted.” She will be choosing her personal weapon and this “becomes kind of a big deal moving forward, the particular weapon that she chooses and why.”
When we last saw her, Clary was just beginning to wrap her head around her extremely powerful rune-creating abilities last season. Season 3 will have her further exploring this talent. There are definitely a few of her runes from the books we cannot wait to see on the show (especially the alliance rune).
There’s Something Seriously Wrong with Jace
As we saw at the end of Season 2, Jace’s resurrection will not be without some painful physical consequences. We can assume from the trailers that he is also being haunted by some Jonathan-Morgenstern-filled hallucinations. “There’s something seriously wrong with Jace,” enough that he will be avoiding sleep altogether in favor of becoming a workaholic. This has us all theorizing, and since this season is meant to be (loosely) based on the fourth book in The Mortal Instruments series, we have a sinking feeling we know where this is all going...