Shadowhunters Jace Clary Maia

Shadowhunters Star Previews Jace's Future With Clary and Maia: 'It Gets Worse Before It Gets Better'

How many times can a guy be told “This means nothing” by a girl he’s hooking up with before it starts to take a toll on his self-esteem? For Shadowhunters‘ Jace, twice appears to be the charm.

Exactly one week after his back-alley make-out session with Maia — which was initiated by her saying, “Don’t think that this means anything” — Jace found himself locking lips with Clary at the Seelie Court, only after being assured that the kiss was meaningless.

“What’s he doing wrong?” Jace’s portrayer, Dominic Sherwood, asks TVLine. “Isn’t he a nice guy? Apparently no one wants to be with Jace. It’s terrible.” As it turns out, Jace’s romantic misery is very much in line with the writers’ plan for Jace — and there’s a whole lot more misery still to come.

Sherwood explains, “The writers keep telling me that it gets worse for Jace before it gets better, and I’m like, ‘When does it get better?’ We finished shooting Season 2, and it didn’t get better. We’ve spoken briefly about what’s coming in Season 3, and it doesn’t get better. So I ask them, ‘When is there a light at the end of the tunnel for Jace?’ and they’re like, ‘We don’t know.’ It just keeps getting worse.”

He says that Maia and Jace’s unexpected hookup was something he discussed with showrunner Darren Swimmer “well before it made its way onto the script. The writers really enjoyed Alicia and my chemistry on screen, so they wanted to explore it a little more. But we also needed to be careful; this show is based on books, and we have to show respect to that, while also keeping it fresh for fans of the show in its own right. That’s one of the reasons why it came about that it didn’t mean anything. They just wanted to explore each other for that moment in time.”

Jace and Maia’s magic moment “will come back up,” Sherwood says, “but we’re not going to revisit it at a relationship. That’s not what either of them want, and they both know that. There’s been an attraction since they met, but nothing above physical.”

In fact, Sherwood says he was surprised at how split the fans’ reactions to Jace and Maia were. He describes them as “very 50/50,” even comparing them to the reactions that Clary and Simon’s relationship got from fans of the show. “A lot of the fans choose to focus on the endgame,” he says, but reminds us that “everything we’re doing is a journey. We have to explore different avenues to get to that final goal, and that’s what we’re doing.”

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49 Comments
  1. Thai says:

    C L A R Y

  2. Chasity says:

    I really wish they would drop Clace and go with Jace and Maia. They have so much more chemistry and they are way more interesting than Clace.

  3. Lucy says:

    Thank you Sherwood. I was hoping to see some kind of development between Jace and Clary (big fan of the books here) but now feel less inclined to watch the rest of the season.

    • J says:

      You need to learn how to read…Clace is endgame, what are you even on about?
      “Thank you Sherwood” lmao, as if Dom was in charge of the writing…Right. If he was, Jace would have been gay anyway.

      Anyway Maia and Jace is so much better and Alisha and Dom have so much more romantic chemistry than Kat and Dom.

  4. Doreen says:

    Jace and Maia deserved a chance to thrive :(

  5. Anna says:

    I would literally take anything but boring clace with zero chemistry that seems to exist solely because of the books, so jace and maia it is (..or jace and simon, but we would never be this lucky)

    • Temperance says:

      Certainly Jace and Clary have a ton more romantic chemistry than than Clary and Simon (but that’s not saying a lot). The latter pairing does nothing whatsoever for me all. They worked perfectly as best friends, but the romance thing is a zero.

      • Truth says:

        I thought Clary and Simon had amazing natural chemistry as a couple. It was the most sizzling and endearing romance on the show, next to Climon. Clary and Simon acted like how a normal couple would act. They had better sexual tension and tenderness than Clace did.

      • Anna says:

        I’m neither a big fan of Climon or Clace and while I found Climon cringeworthy at times some of their scenes were actually quite cute. At this point, I don’t even know why Jace and Clary like eachother. It seems like hormonal attraction at best. Also the pseudo incest background is just something that will forever ruin this couple for me.

  6. mel says:

    jace and maia was so amazing i feel sad because they feel like they have to follow the books but they dont really have to! jace and maia’s dynamic is amazing i would love to see them as endgame.

  7. Hiba says:

    MAKE JAIA HAPPEN. ^^Even the writers wanted to explore it but couldnt cause of book fans. They know that Clace have no chemistry lmaoo. Book fans are disgusting.

    • Beckett says:

      As a book fan, I take offence. I guess some of us stick to canon ships way too much, but some of us would love to explore these new ships! As far as the TV show goes, jaia all the way!!

  8. julio says:

    Ughhh clace has noooo chemistry it sucks that they are probably endgame because of the books. And no im not a climon shipper either i just dont think the actress for clary can act that well ugh. Oh well i guess ill just ignore clace as much as i can. But i hope the writers know we dont care about clace and keep that mess to a low minimum.

    • AlliDone says:

      The actress portraying Clary is awful, she’s literally the entire reason I don’t watch this show anymore. Every time she’s onscreen I cringe.

  9. Rlxxx says:

    I preferred Jace with Maia. Their chemistry was way more interesting and fun to watch. Loved their banter together considering how much abuse and loss they both overcame.

    • A says:

      Everyone’s here talking about how Jace and Maia should be together and they both overcame abuse… MAIA ABUSED JACE!!! On more than one occasion, both physically and verbally! they would not be a supportive couple who bring out the best in each other, she tore him down every chance she got! Maia almost killed Jace without any proof he had done anything wrong, she is bad for him!! This isn’t the kind of relationship a tv show should support with violence involved

      • Rlxxx says:

        @A Maia has never abused Jace. Contrary to what you may believe many support this couple here, Twitter, Tumblr etc. The showrunners should make Jace and Maia endgame. They’re not following the books 100% anyways.

  10. N says:

    Have they not read the books?! Clearly Maia was with Simon, and her ex Jordan. And it was never implied that ship. It has always been Clary and Jace. Even Simon never had a chance. It is horrifying to see this, even if the actors have chemistry, it doesn’t mean it is real!

    • Nat says:

      You probably don’t understand the concept of changing things from the books and adapting content based on actors’ chemistry. Which Dom and Alisha have and he and Kat almost lack completely on a romantic or sexual level. It …literally is real though, better get used to it. It happened because of their very real existing chemistry.

      • Rlxxx says:

        @Nat Agree this is why when books get turned into shows or movies I never expect everything to be exactly like the source material. Actors aren’t just the words on paper and some people have more natural chemistry with others. As such is life.

  11. Angelfan says:

    I have not read the books yet, so don’t know the endgame, but the actor seems to have a brother/sister vibe with “Clary” and not sure about the Maia vibe, she seemed to have much more of a vibe with Simon.

  12. Ian says:

    It gets a lot easier to tune out of shows when the musical chairs pair ups begin. The main guys in Clary’s triangle are now both Maia’s sloppy seconds, and I don’t much care about these relationships.

  13. Lakshi says:

    Clace and maia x jordan of course! But ugh after the seelie kiss clace was supposwd ot happen and jace was supposed to heal before hell wht wriers why ??!? #justiceforjaceherondaleandhishappiness2k17

  14. Dani says:

    Jace and Maia, always. They have a natural chemistry. It’s always been evident since their very first interaction. The characters also have similarities that make it compelling and differences that make it intriguing. Too bad the writers aren’t willing to go a different route.

  15. Nellie says:

    Jace and Maia forever!
    And I say that a book fan who loves book!Clary and book!Jace. But book!Clary is not show!Clary, and it shows in this ship.
    The showrunners have a lot of work to do to make this ship ever work as endgame on the show, simply because they fundamentally changed her relationship with Simon. Book!Clary never saw Simon as “sexy,” nor did she say she was in love with him — she never crossed that line. But the show never depicted that awkward trying-to-make-something-our-of-nothing relationship — they gave us an actual relationship. I never had the sense that Clary longs for Jace, and I don’t see how the show can make this work. Jace deserves better — and so does Simon and Clary.
    Maia and Jace (in the context of the show) are just plain more interesting. They’ve got chemistry, and they’ve got the hate-turns-to-love potential. Dramatically speaking, there’s just nothing there between Jace and Clary. They don’t have chemistry, they don’t have passion and, within the context of the show, they don’t have storytelling logic. There’s no reason for them to be together other than the books, which they’ve departed from so dramatically that it’s a completely different story.

  16. Truth says:

    Climon has incredible chemistry and so does Jaia. Outside of twitter ( where that half of the fandom are too aggressive/abusive), both Climon and Jaia have a substantial following. More and more people keep commenting on how Clace lack a natural chemistry. Climon was gold and it is a shame that big blogs decided to spend months brainwashing the fandom against that pairing before the storyline even started.

    Yes, I have read the books and people need to stop playing that card. No tv show based on a book series has strictly conformed to only canon book endgame pairings especially not in this genre. Look at Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Pretty Little Liars, The Vampire Diaries, Gossip Girl, True Blood, and etc. All of those shows explored shipping narratives that were not in the books and some even ended up with different endgames. Even adult shows like Game of Thrones and American Gods don’t conform to the book ships. The fact is the plotlines and characterizations are not the same. With different casts, the chemistry and subtext takes on a different meaning. Shadowhunters turning into the Clace, Sizzy, and Malec show is boring and doesn’t feel right for the characters on the show.

    Climon was a sweet and sexy relationship where the characters fit better together. It was more believable than Clace.

    • Truth says:

      I do love Malec which is probably the only ship from the books that translates well on to the show. It is because Matthew and Harry have great chemistry both on & off screen. They really make Malec magical despite the writing.

      Dom is right, people are way too focused on the endgame. Climon and Jaia deserves tolerance. It is sad to me that Clace and Sizzy have to draw out aggression in the fandom simply because they are canon endgame. Climon, Jaia, and even Izzy/Meliorn has better chemistry than Clace.

  17. Adelin says:

    Maia x Jace are just sensational! I didnt watch until this season, but their natural chemistry, slow burn attraction and snarky banter drew me in. I really wish the writers would take a chance..books or not.. when you have jaia owning the very screen they share.. go with it!

  18. Priyush says:

    With clary

  19. I know that the Clace is the official endgame, I have read the books and I’m a Clace shipper myself… BUT on the show, Dom and Alisha’s – who plays Maia – chemistry is beyord this world and Jaia is really hot… So, I will go with Maia on that..!

  20. Shukla Basak says:

    I’d like to watch Jace & Clary together in a strong relationship…

  21. Paar Richardson says:

    I started watching and I love the show. I truly enjoy watching Jace and Clary training as well as working together. The chemistry is off the charts compared to other shows. I must admit Raphael is a HOT vampire.

  22. Sandra says:

    Clary

  23. Jonica Catron says:

    Well it sucks to hear that Clace won’t be in the near future anytime soon. They need to get on with it, I mean that’s what the books are about! This seems to be like The Vampire Diaries, “It gets worse before it gets better”. Come on with it writers! We need Clace back even if there’s a few bumpy roads ahead. Jace and Clary’s chemistry will be magicially heated did anyone not see it in the seelie court?? I sure did. #Angelblood #CLACE4EVER

  24. Karla says:

    Clavce should just stick together bc since the start they were together why would they just change it to Maia if she likes Simon?

  25. nancy berry says:

    Clary

  26. Selma says:

    Clace ALL THE WAY PLEASE, no Jaia here…

  27. doran says:

    I wish the producers of this show would take a leaf from the people who are adapting The Expanse and honour the source material. There’s a reason those books became world-wide phenomena & popular. The producers clearly don’t understand this reason and all they’re doing is alienating the fans that loved the story in the first place and destroying the things that made this story special.

    • Suzie2013 says:

      I agree. The producers really did not have to lock theirselves into this story to create a show inthe shadowhunter world. They could have made a nod to the books while creating their own characters and pairings.

      Honestly I will probably not continue watching this show for long. If the option is to bestory the books.

  28. Carrie says:

    Clary and jace are endgame there is no one else that better suit either of them even if you haven’t read the books like me you could see from the start that it was always going to be clary and jace but the writers are probably going to make us wait a good while for it to really happen keep us watching that way I think simon and Maia would be a good fit but I also like izzy and simon but clace is and always will be endgame!! ❤️

  29. Megan says:

    No Jace and Maia please! Ugh! Clace all the way

    • Sierra says:

      I fully agree with u I support CLACE I feel as if they belong together they have a natural connection

  30. Sierra says:

    Honestly I feel that after jace and clary kissed, clary and Simon should break up I mean jace and clary are meant to be together if u watch each episode carefully you can see the way they look at each other and they say she kissed him she couldn’t stop she’s just trying to deny that she has feelings for jace and she want to be with Simon when she really wants to be with jace. They are saying the accord are getting stronger to where clary and Simon might not be able to be together or even talk she should just save her self the heart ache now instead of later and be with jace, jace always loved her and will always lover her and the same will go for her she will always love jace

  31. Vanessa says:

    I love the Clace relationship in the book and in the TV series. Its obvious that they will be endgame by the time the show comes to an end but have no problem with watching other relationship’s being explored between then. Climon was kinda cute though I’m not particularly a fan of that ship but the Maia and Jace hookup was good they have great chemistry and could see them having a friends with benefits kind of relationship.

  32. Datruth Michaels says:

    The movie has always been about Jace and Clary , pls follow the book as u re doing now. The endgame should be Jace and Clary okay. Love is not how cute the couples are , is how well they support each other , jace would die for Clary and vice versa.

  33. mico dulawen says:

    Maia and Jace please!!There’s so much chemistry in both of them same of Simon and Clary😁😀☺😊😍

  34. Suzie2013 says:

    While I know that you need to keep the story fresh and on going for the show the whole point of “Shadowhunters” is the books. Clary and Jace are simply meant to be. I have no interest in watching this be destory for any show.

    If you wanted a “Shadowhunter Show” were the characters are open to your change, then why not have made it a different institute with new characters only giving a nod to the books. It would not have been out of bounds considering that “Mortal Instruments” is part of a larger on going series.

    Don’t get me wrong Mia is one of my favorite characters and the chemistry between the two actors is amazing. Still while you can toy with the characters, I really hope you do not mess with the three main couples of this book. It destories the fansty of the books when you do.

    For me personally Jace and Clary with the exception of Elizabeth B and Darcey is the only time I can say that the main characters were my favorite pairing of a book.

    I honestly think maybe the producers should have considered creating the show as part of the larger series. Rather than taking a chance on trashing this defined book series.