Shadowhunters Season Finale

Shadowhunters Season Finale Preview: Dominic Sherwood Was 'Almost in Tears' After Reading the Episode

Fact: No one is less excited about Tuesday’s Shadowhunters finale (Freeform, 9/8c) than Jace Wayland — or whatever last name he’s going by these days.

“There’s darkness within him, and for the first time, he doesn’t know how to stand on his own two feet,” Dominic Sherwood (aka Jace) tells TVLine. “His past was all a lie, so everything he relied on in his upbringing and training is all fabricated. He’s really struggling with his identity, and he believes the only way he’s going to get answers is through Valentine. You can definitely expect us to explore the dichotomy of good and evil within Jace.”

Below, Sherwood expands on Jace’s inner turmoil, discusses his relationship with Alec and teases a cliffhanger so good that he was “almost in tears” while reading it.

TVLINE | Jace seems to actively support Alec and Magnus’ relationship on the show, whereas he was more passively accepting in the books. Do you appreciate that tweak? 
I do, and I think it comes from Jace’s relationship with Alec, which changed throughout the season. They started off very close, like one unit, but when Clary entered the picture, there was suddenly this damaged link between them. You only really ever see that kind of turmoil from passion. They have passion for each other, and they love each other dearly. Whatever makes Alec happy makes Jace happy, regardless of whether or not Jace likes Magnus; he’s kind of an ass to Jace all the time. The relationship between Jace and Alec is unbreakable.

TVLINE | Jace, however, is apparently breakable on his own. What was that about a “slow death” for Hodge I heard in the finale promo?
There is mention of a slow death, yes. Whether or not that happens, I can’t say, but this episode is going to be darker than you might expect. It’s definitely darker than anything we’ve done on the show so far. Jace goes kind of rogue in order to sort out this betrayal.

TVLINE | In your mind, is it the darker the better? Or do you enjoy those lighter moments, too?
As an actor, it’s always fun to play both sides. You don’t get to appreciate the sunshine without the moon; light and dark don’t exist without one another. Jace is going down a dark path now, so it’d be nice to see him come back in the future and bring back some levity.

TVLINE | Can you offer any hope to fans of Jace and Clary’s seemingly hopeless relationship?
[Laughs] Other than reading the books and having a cheat sheet ahead of time, I can’t. We actually don’t know what’s happening in Season 2; we just know that we have one. As far as what the new story is going to entail, we don’t know. For now, though, the sibling situation is secondary in Jace’s mind. He has to sort this Valentine problem out, get back the Mortal Cup and deal with Hodge. Even in Episode 12, Clary asked, “So, we’re going to be work buddies now?” And Jace was like, “Yes, this is it.”

TVLINE | Lastly, let’s talk cliffhangers. Can we expect a biggie?
Oh, you’re getting your cliffhanger. I almost feel bad because you’re going to have to wait a decent while for Season 2. I was almost in tears when I read the script. I’m excited for people to be on the edges of their seats.

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10 Comments
  1. So looking forward to the finale, mostly for Alec and Magnus, and Alec and Jace, Dom’s doing a great job with Jace!

  2. jss0058 says:

    I’ve watched this first season but this show is kinda of a hot mess and not in a good way. My biggest problem is the lead actress…her acting leaves a lot to be desired. A big miscast IMO. Also they didn’t do a very good job of explaining the overall world of the shadow hunters and quickly introduced too many characters without explaining who they are and how they tie in. At times I was confused as to what was actually going on…not because it really is that complex but because they didn’t even attempt to explain it. I don’t expect a masterpiece from ABC Family/Freeform but surely they can do slightly better than this?

    • ChrisGa says:

      I’ve grown to like the show but, I agree, the lead actress is pretty weak. Definitely miscast, that one.

    • jlw_writes says:

      I don’t understand her acting either. Mostly because I’ve seen her in other things (always playing the bad guy) and she’s been great. I almost feel like if she just was herself instead of trying to act how she feels Clary would it’d be a lot better. McG is always talking about how great she is and I just feel like they’re not paying attention to any of the fans at all because I’m pretty sure if there’s anything we all stand together with on this show, it’s Kat’s acting. Most of the actors were rough in the beginning but they’ve all gotten better as things have gone on. Kat has even gotten better, just not enough.

  3. Sara says:

    I can’t wait for the finale! This show really got its feet under it, so to speak, as it continued on through the season. I am really happy with the way it has turned out and love that there have been slight tweaks to the plot from what was in the books. Not looking forward to a long wait until Season 2, but I am stoked they renewed it!

  4. Noel says:

    OMG I’M BOTH SCARED AND EXCITED AND I JUST CAN’T WAIT !
    I love this show so much, with its well written characters, Social commentary ,plot and of course the cast <3
    It is just so unproblematic !
    hopefully season 2 will have more episodes ?

  5. Gina says:

    I was kinda hoping with how they weren’t sticking to the books completely that they wouldn’t have went the Jace/clary being brother sister thing haha. I know it’s crazy but I hate how we have to wait til book 6 to really get them in a relationship. But other than that I would love to see a betrayal. Maybe of like clary. I think that would be really interesting. And I hope at some point that they make her and izzy parabati. I think that would be cool too.

    • Alison says:

      The book series explains – beautifully, I think – Clary’s parabatai if you want to know how it goes down, but if you want to continue speculating make sure you don’t let anyone spoil it for you! I can say that if they deviate from canon fans would be exorbitantly furious.

    • Shepardz says:

      (SPOILER ALERT)Technically, they only don’t have a relationship for 1 book. They were together halfway through the first book till the end and got together again at the end of the third one.

  6. shadica says:

    clary and jace will get back together