REVIEW: Shadowhunters – 3.07: Salt in the Wound

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“I would have done the same thing.”

I knew going into this episode that it was going to sting (appropriately titled “Salt in the Wound” and all), but I didn’t know that I would need to have a box of tissues at hand! I honestly lost track of how many times I flat out cried. If I’m this emotional in the seventh episode, I can’t imagine how I’m going to be during the upcoming 2 hour season finale!

Clace Clash, I was taken aback: This episode featured the most impactful opening scene I’ve seen on this show to date. Yes, I know I’m sure I’ve said that in the past, but hear me out. It’s basically become common knowledge to both the audience and our characters that Clary and Jace can overcome any obstacle – Jace’s death being a prime example. But with Jace currently possessed and no longer in love with Clary, everything we knew has changed. When Clary first ran up to confront Owl!Jace, I found that believable and saw it coming. This is fiery little Fray we’re talking about here. But what I didn’t see coming was Owl!Jace actually throwing Clary off the building, resulting, from the looks of it, to her becoming paralyzed! My first thought was that this had morphed into a dream. No, this actually happened!

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Force-to-be-reckoned-with Fray!

Fortunately she’s a Shadowhunter, so an activated rune later and she’s all good to go. However her mental state towards this version of Jace has been forever altered. Thanks to Lilith (and unfortunately Magnus), their true love isn’t the easy fix. My attention was completely engaged and I applaud Katherine McNamara, Alberto Rosende, and Dominic Sherwood during this scene (and of course throughout the episode as well). Shadowhunters writers, include more scenes like this that keep us on our toes and make us uncomfortable. They’ve proven in many instances that this season is much darker than the others, keep showing us that!

When Maia Met Jordan: Maia and Jordan’s origin story, as well as reunion scene, is something I’ve wanted to see since Chai Hansen was cast as Jordan. What I didn’t expect was that we would get such linearly-told flashback scenes throughout the episode. From Maia and Jordan’s first meeting and the early stages of their relationship, to Jordan and eventually Maia’s transformation. We saw their relationship from beginning to demise.

While the flashbacks beautifully weaved through the episode, using present day Maia and Jordan as their springboard – I couldn’t help but want more out of it. Yes, we had the main story-line between the Shadowhunters and Lilith to tackle, but seeing how Jordan and Maia came to be was also equally important. I would have loved to see them be more on the forefront instead (sorry Clary). We didn’t even get any promotional photos of Jordan or Maia!

The content of the flashbacks is something I’d like to bring up, too. I think the show did a great job of featuring both Jordan and Maia’s points of view. The former, however, you have to handle with care. It’s canon that during his initial transformation Jordan was abusive to Maia and treated her horribly. Because of this, I didn’t want to like or side with Jordan at all. But how the flashbacks presented themselves, I felt both sides of the story (but I’m typically very empathetic). What did everyone else think of how this storyline/flashbacks were handled? I might speak more on this topic in the future if anyone’s interested.

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“Think outside the box.”

From Page to Screen: Lastly, what I loved about “Salt in the Wound” is the little book references we got. I’ve only read through most of book three, so I’m not too knowledgeable or anything. If I incorrectly mention book details, I apologize. Besides the above mentioned Jordan/Maia story, we saw Imogen’s unfortunate death (the third or fourth time I cried), who I was hoping wouldn’t have been killed off. We also saw a great moment between Clary and Izzy that was derived from the book originally. You know that Clary and Isabelle are one of my favorite relationships on the show. Whenever we get even the smallest of Clizzy scenes, I smile. The one I’m going to talk about is no different. Clary mentions that she wishes that Jace had never met her in the first place. Isabelle immediately stops her thinking that way and brings up the fact that Jace “woke up” when the pair met.

The original scene in the book had a very harsh tone from both ladies. But in the show how this plays out is completely sincere. I love how in the show, Clary and Isabelle never intentionally bring each other down; they have a genuine friendship. Something that I really wish the books featured more. Were there any other recent book-to-screen moments this season you also loved? How about that appearance of Jia Penhallow?

What were you thoughts on 3.07: “Salt in the Wound”? Leave all your thoughts in the comments below!

The next new episode of Shadowhunters, 3.08: “A Heart of Darkness” airs next Tuesday at 8/7c on Freeform.