Shadowhunters Season 3 Episode 16 review: Stay With Me

Photo credit: John Medland / Freeform, acquired from Freeform press site
Photo credit: John Medland / Freeform, acquired from Freeform press site /
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Shadowhunters — Photo credit: John Medland / Freeform, acquired from Freeform press site /

Alec’s commitment to Magnus

#Malec checklist! You have your tissues? Are you feels ready to go on an emotional rollercoaster ride? Do you have a supportive ShadowFam friend you can freak-out with during and after the episode? Yes? Okay, you’re ready!

Like we saw in the episode trailer, we catch a glimpse of Magnus’ mind while he’s unconscious (and *cue Donkey voice from Shrek*:  in the morning, Alec’s making waffles). Daddario gives an incredible performance throughout the episode that’s one of our favorites of the entire series, and after playing off so much of the dance scene he swore wouldn’t actually exist, he should be very proud of what he accomplished.

Not only does Alec have that dip moment we know so well from the trailer, but he also works in some soft-shoe steps, basic ballroom elements, and a few other surprises that made us much more emotional than we were expecting (hats off to the fabulous dance teacher, Mr. Harry Shum Jr.). There’s this juxtaposition between their pure happiness together and the tragic reality of what’s happening outside of Magnus’ mind, and the way we transition between the two adds an extra layer of intensity to the scene that’s going to pull at your heart.

With help from Catarina, Magnus is moved to a hospital bed at the Institute, and Alec is committed to staying by his boyfriend’s side as they work to figure out how to help him recover. As you may have guessed would happen, Alec blames himself and calls himself out on being selfish and not truly understanding how Magnus felt when he lost his powers.

But Alec is not the only one who’s beside himself over what’s happened to Magnus. Clary has a strong moment outside of the hospital room when she tries to work through her feelings about having lost both Luke and Magnus in such a short period of time, something that pushes her to take action against the rune.