REVIEW: Shadowhunters – 3.15: “To the Night Children”


“You mean, you didn’t do your Mundane Studies homework either?”

This episode title may be a call out to the vampires, but “To the Night Children” could surprisingly serve as an almost swan song of sorts to the majority of our characters… whether they’re aware of it or not.

Cause Clary, Now You’ve Got Bad Blood: I know I said this when Shadowhunters first returned (and I’ll probably keep saying it), but I have been most looking forward to seeing Clary’s spiral into conspiring with Jonathan. And well, I think we’re about halfway through folks! Let’s look at the occurrences of this episode: she nearly punches Aline 2.0 (welcome Jacky Lai!) to death in what should of been a simple training session. After hearing voices in a fire, she literally reaches her hand into the flame! And then there’s almost going with Jonathan, until she makes sense of what she’s doing and steps back. “It’s the damn rune!” she yells to him. Which I 100% agree with. I think what we need to keep in mind with this story-line is that Jonathan isn’t doing anything to sway her (that I know of anyway). She’s making these decisions all on her own, well…technically. With the pull to work alongside Jonathan growing faster and faster, how long until demon Clary rises? I honestly can’t wait to find out.


“I don’t trust nobody and nobody trusts me.”

Look What You Made Maia Do: If this episode is truly dedicated to any particular “night child,” it’s Heidi. With being the one that gave the orders to slaughter Maia’s pack, Heidi’s gallivanting around New York making sure that information doesn’t get out. She’s both playing the victim and villain when it suits her. This in turn causes a discussion among Simon and the Shadowhunters between what’s the right and wrong way to handle Heidi’s actions. Maia honestly just shakes all of this off and devises a plan on her own. I knew a fight was going to happen between them, but I had no clue what the outcome would be! By ingesting holy water and figuring Heidi might bite her, Maia’s able to kill her! But knowing the rules of the Accords (vampires, werewolves, etc. can’t kill one another), it seems that Maia’s choice could get her in some serious trouble. Simon and Alec aren’t happy about it at least. What did everyone think about this? Did you think Maia did the right thing or should she have let the Clave take care of it? Personally, I’m on Maia’s side. Heidi didn’t have to bite her, Maia was just thinking one step ahead and taking precautions. But regardless, RIP Heidi McKenzie. Thanks for being a great female vampire villain (you made moves even Katherine Pierce wouldn’t touch!). You’ll always be my Vampire Taylor Swift!


“They say I did something bad, then why’s it feel so good?”

I Wish You Would…Stop Using Magic, Magnus!: We saw a glimpse of the effects Magnus’ newly restored magic (well Lorenzo’s) had on him last week. But this time, it’s happening in full force. It kind of begs the question: is Magnus using his magic too much or is something seriously wrong with it? Throughout this week’s episode, I thought it was the former (hence the subject title). But after seeing the promo for next week, it seems like Magnus is literally using Lorenzo’s magic? Can anyone clarify this for me? Magnus magic aside, our favorite pairing, Malec, faced some challenges and jealousy with Magnus moving into the Institute. But it looks like that at least will subside with them moving in with each other. Let’s just hope Magnus lives through the next episode to do so!

And sorry (not sorry) for all the Taylor Swift references, with Heidi basically a vampire version of T-Swift (reputation era), I thought this would be a fun little send off for her character.

Oh and honorable mention goes to the new set of the New York Institute’s dining hall. It’s giving me major Hogwarts vibes and I couldn’t be happier about it. I hope we see more of it throughout this final season.

What were you thoughts on 3.15: “To the Night Children”? Leave all your thoughts in the comments below!

The next new episode of Shadowhunters, 3.16: “Stay With Me” airs next Monday at 8/7c on Freeform. The promo for it can be viewed below.

With Magnus’ current state, a Malec-centric promo, and the episode title of, “Stay With Me,” you just know the next Shadowhunters episode is going to be brutal. “Magnus is my world, and I swear if he-” I’m not crying already, you are!