'Shadowhunters' Midseason Finale Preview: EP Matt Hastings On Trouble For Clary, Simon & More

Valentine needs Clary to activate the Soul Sword in Freeform’s “Shadowhunters.” 

But, instead of taking his daughter at the end of last week’s episode, Clary’s boyfriend Simon, was taken (with help from young warlock, Madzie). 

Now, Clary will have to fight to get Simon back and work with the gang stop Valentine. 

But, although she’s not in the clutches of Valentine, Clary’s in major danger. 

Executive Producer/Director Matt Hastings told AccessHollywood.com more about what to expect in Monday’s Season 2A finale.

AccessHollywood.com: Let’s talk about the most recent episode. How bad are things going to get for Simon? Obviously he’s just been kidnapped, so to speak, by Valentine and I don’t image it’s going to be very pleasant for him in the next episode.
Matt Hastings: Well, as we left Simon in the penultimate episode of him getting grabbed and Clary’s heart broken … he was trying his best to be a hero in that moment, and I think he was. But of course, Valentine … got the upper hand once again and convinced Madzie, the warlock, to open that portal, so they’re gone. So, as you can imagine, having that chess piece would be a great chess piece to use when you’re trying to manipulate your daughter and to get what you want.

Access: Yeah, her best friend-turned-recent-boyfriend.
Matt: Very recent, right? It is a brand new relationship, her heart is exposed, and as a result – in the simplest of terms — Valentine stole her heart.

Access: We know that Clary is in danger based on the episode description. She’s a target for other people who are trying to stop Valentine. How is she going to even balance that — trying to protect herself and try and get Simon back? I can’t even imagine what she’s going to be going through in the finale.
Matt: Well, right now the Downworld is in chaos, right? There’s all this discord that’s happening and the relationship between the Shadowhunters and the Downworld has basically been tense at best, and now Clary, a relatively new member of this group, is finding herself tested in a million ways. But, the fact that she has a Morgenstern last name is not necessarily a benefit. So, they are linked. Say what you will about Valentine and about Clary, she is definitely on the side of good, but as his daughter, it’s a difficult for her to navigate it. That’s why we’re rooting for her so hard, because she’s had her heart ripped out of her, she’s standing there, she wants to do something and it’s time for her to be active.

Access: Never count her out. 
Matt: Never. And part of the beauty of her character, I think, is she came into the show as a sort of every person, right? She was going to Brooklyn Art College, she discovers this circuitous path into this amazing world, and she is growing. She is growing by leaps and bounds. These experiences are contributing to her becoming a force to be reckoned with and I think you’ll see that over the course of [Season] 2B.

Access: Give me a preview for the [midseason] finale in terms of scope. How big is it? It looks like an increased Valentine presence, possibly, in the finale.
Matt: Yes, well … you wouldn’t just do a kidnapping with Valentine and not have him show up. Darren [Swimmer] and Todd [Slavkin] have deftly crafted this launching pad and so all hell breaks loose — or arguably, all heaven and hell breaks loose. The end of this season not only serves to wrap up certain stories, but also is a catapult for 2B. So, while we’ve led up to this point with the nine episodes that preceded it, it certainly is an all-out, a**-kicking fireworks display, both visually and emotionally.

The midseason finale of “Shadowhunters” airs Monday night at 8/7c on Freeform. Season 2B premieres Monday, June 5 at 8 PM ET/PT. on Freeform.

Jolie Lash