This week was the winter finale of Shadowhunters season 2 and what an explosive episode it was with tons of new revelations. So much happened in quick succession that amidst the action Clary and Jace lost track of the Soul Sword.
Before disappearing, Clary had just inscribed a new rune on the blade that seemed to deactivate the demon-killing weapon. But as a result it had become heated to her touch and she dropped it before running to Jace to stop him from killing Valentine since they still needed to know the location of the Mortal Cup. A few seconds later, she tells the other Shadowhunter that the sword had vanished.
We next see it at the very end of the episode in the hands of a figure wearing a black hoodie and walking away from the camera down a darkened street. Now who could this mysterious individual be? Chances are this person is Sebastian Verlac, an enigmatic new Shadowhunter that we will be meeting in the second half of season two. Freeform announced this past January that actor Will Tudor will be playing the character and so it’s likely that he is our sword snatcher.
Sebastian Verlac was also in The Mortal Instruments series as an important part of the narrative with a complicated relationship to Clary and Jace especially. He’s described as a brilliant, charming and highly educated Shadowhunter who makes his way to the New York Institute after befriending one of it’s current residents.
SPOILERS FROM TMI AHEAD. STOP NOW IF YOU HAVEN’T READ THE BOOKS.
So we discovered from the winter finale that Jace has angel blood and that he wasn’t really a Morgenstern after all. But with the vision Ithuriel shared with him and Clary, it means that there is still a Morgenstern out there who does possess demon blood who could destroy the sword. Here’s where book readers know that Sebastian is actually that person. It’s a long and complicated story, but Sebastian is the real Jonathan Christopher that Valentine experimented on while still in Jocelyn’s womb. Val faked his and his son’s deaths and secretly trained him to be a cunning and merciless warrior.
When asked by Aldertree on where the sword is, Valentine claimed that he didn’t know where it was. So the question is whether or not his real son is going rogue and is not a part of his father’s plans, or if Sebastian’s actions were a plan B in case daddy dearest got caught by the Clave. It will be interesting to find out though what their relationship will be like on the show and if it will differ from the books. So far there have been some great changes in season 2 that’s been exciting to watch unfold as characters are taken down new unexpected paths while staying true to the spirit of the source material.
Sebastian is a complex individual and is a welcome addition to the storyline. It’s going to be great fun to see what his agenda is and whether he will play a villain, hero, or anti-hero. Undoubtedly he’s going to cause all sorts of trouble for the squad and I can’t wait for the hiatus to be over to see him wreak havoc on Shadowhunters and Downworlders alike.
Here’s a look at Sebastian and Clary together!
— Will Tudor (@willtudor1) February 6, 2017
Shadowhunters returns for season 2b on June 5.
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