Shadowhunters Series Premiere

Shadowhunters Couple Previews Best 'Clace' Scene, Talks Off-Book Surprises

We’re still hours away from the series premiere of Freeform’s Shadowhunters (Tuesday, 9/8c), but star Dominic Sherwood is already excited for fans to see the finale.

“The season ends with something the ‘shippers are not going to expect at all,” Sherwood tells TVLine. “It’s not in the books. They’re not going to expect what happens to happen.”

Because the supernatural drama is based on Cassandra Clare’s popular Mortal Instruments books — which follow a motley-yet-attractive crew of New York City-based demon slayers — Sherwood knows the series’ biggest spoilers are merely a Google search away. He’s more excited for fans to see what’s been added.

“We have stuff that’s in the same vein, that could have been in the books, but just wasn’t,” he says. “It’s the same characters behaving differently. I’m excited for [the fans] to see that because they don’t know the new version of this story.”

Katherine McNamara plays Clary Fray — a newbie Shadowhunter who finds herself in an unspeakably complicated relationship with Jace — and also acknowledges the difficulties of balancing the show’s vision with the books’ foundation.

“There’s pressure on all of us,” McNamara tells TVLine. “People who read these books have such personal relationships with these characters. The way Cassie writes is so rich; they really are complete, well-rounded people. Well, ‘people’ is a term I use very loosely — half the characters aren’t actually people.”

Still, there’s one scene that holds a special place in both actors’ hearts: the infamous Clary/Jace slap.

“They released that scene in one of the promos, and it was gif’d about a million times,” says McNamara. “I just got a whole line of gifs on my Twitter feed. It gave me a chuckle.”

But the scene was less of a laughing matter for Sherwood, who admits he’s now “scared” of his leading lady: “I thought, ‘How hard can Kat slap? She’s, like, less than 100 pounds. Hit me in the face. It’s totally fine.’ Girl can hit! It really hurt, and we did it about 150 times.”

Are you planning to check out Shadowhunters tonight? Book readers, what are you looking forward to? Drop a comment with your thoughts below.

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12 Comments
  1. Gina says:

    Ive been waiting forever for this show!! so glad it finally airs tonight. I hope they did a really good job with it and that it is successful on freeform. I’m a huge fan of the series and really don’t want it to get messed up. So hopefully the actors and writers live up to our expectations. No pressure…. haha

  2. “What happens to happen.” LOL! You just have to love Dom Sherwood.

  3. Farrah Robbins says:

    The whole family will definitely be watching!!! We are huge fans of the series, and are looking forward to seeing the new cast in action…EXCITED!!!

  4. Ashlyne says:

    Super excited for the whole thing. Huge fan of the books… Like super huge fan. Totally preparing myself for the new things that happen but my characters better stay with each other such as Jace/Clary, oh and Magnus and Alec better be a thing!! Other than that I am super excited. As long as my characters end up with who they are supposed to be with I’m fine with any other change.

  5. Laura says:

    Love the books, loved the movie. Super excited about the show, can’t wait to see it. I hope the actors do a great job and live up to their characters. Yay shadowhunters!

  6. Cheyenne says:

    I’m looking forward to Jace’s humor, Simons nerdy-ness, Alec and magnus’s relationship and clary’s relationship with Jace :))) can’t wait!!! So excited!!!

  7. Mel says:

    Ya. After seeing the movie then seeing this tv series. The tv show does not give the movie any justice, better on the big screen than in small scene. Bottom line movie is way better!!!

  8. Cheyanne says:

    I hope clary and jade starts dating

  9. Cheyanne says:

    What imesnt to say is that clary and Jace makes. A good couple not Simon and clary

  10. Cheyanne says:

    Sorry keep messing up on my typing