3 team-ups on Shadowhunters we need to see this season


This week’s Shadowhunters saw the team-up of Isabelle and Luke. Going forward, we could use a few more rare collaborations.

With Lilith on the loose and moving swiftly, it’s all hands on deck on Shadowhunters. As “The Powers That Be” proved, she’s not going to be easy to take down — she’s a greater demon after all, and one of the most powerful in existence.

She’s finding her virtuous disciples, and it’s not a subtle process. With each possession comes a murder, as the possessed kill their loved ones. Since Tim Dempsey, Lilith has found four more disciples, and the Shadowhunters are two steps behind.

As Head of the Institute, Alec was dealing with the corrupted ley lines this week, another piece of Lilith’s handiwork. So, while he investigated that, Isabelle stuck to figuring out the possessions. Fortunately she had some help from Luke.

It was an unexpected pairing for the show, considering the two have never really interacted on a substantial level in the past. But it worked; Emeraude Toubia and Isaiah Mustafa had an easy rapport.

With any luck, we’ll see more of their partnership in the episodes to come. But this begs the question: could we see more unexpected team-ups this season? It’s not a bad idea. Most everyone has had scenes together, but there are a few that are lacking.

These three in particular should happen sooner, rather than later.

L-R: Emeraude Toubia as Isabelle. Photo: Freeform/Ian Watson; Alberto Rosende as Simon. Photo: Freeform/John Medland

Simon and Isabelle

There’s no denying that Simon and Maia are cute together. This week’s episode proved that they won’t be split up easily. But with a certain someone set to appear this season, she and Simon could have some rough times ahead.

That’s not to say their break-up should happen, but if it does, that opens the door to finally pursuing a fan-favorite book relationship: Simon and Isabelle. (Luke did remind Isabelle this week that she shouldn’t stop looking for love).

The Sizzy fandom is patient, but growing restless. For the most part, the groundwork for the relationship has been laid. The showrunners teased the pairing a bit in season one, when Isabelle admitted that “Simon is kind of nerd hot.” A lot has happened since then, but unfortunately not much between those two.

Here’s the good news: Emeraude Toubia herself has said they do have some scenes together this season. Whether they’re romantically inclined or not, seeing her and Alberto Rosende team up again is long overdue.

L-R: Dominic Sherwood as Jace. Photo: Freeform/John Medland; Isaiah Mustafa as Luke. Photo: Freeform/John Medland

Luke and Jace

Luke has been rocking the Dad game this season. He had a sweet moment with Clary in the season premiere, reassuring her that Jocelyn would be proud of her daughter. This week, he and Isabelle had a nice, albeit unexpected talk, while investigating the latest possessions.

The next stop on the Dad Talk tour should probably be Jace. After all, he and Clary are officially together now. Though nothing physical has really happened yet — and unfortunately probably won’t for a while, since those nightmares haven’t stopped — Luke even seemed surprised when Clary told him she and Jace were just going to dinner.

Luke is the closest thing to a father that Clary has, and really the only parental figure left. The “what are your intentions with my almost-daughter?” talk with Jace is only a matter of time. And it’ll probably be hilarious when it happens.

Isaiah Mustafa has an insane comic range — his live tweets of the show are mostly memes — and hopefully he channels his days as the Old Spice spokesman.

Photos, L-R: Alisha Wainwright in Shadowhunters, Photo: Freeform/John Medland; Katherine McNamara in Shadowhunters, Photo: Freeform/John Medland; Emeraude Toubia in Shadowhunters, Photo: Freeform/Ian Watson

Clary, Isabelle and Maia

The Shadow World is dealing with a whole slew of problems already this season. The mother of all demons is on the loose, possessing people left and right, and just messing everything up. As Isabelle is learning, it can be hard to fit a love life into all that.

On the other hand, Clary, Jace, Maia and Simon are somehow making it work — but just barely. This week gave audiences the most uncomfortable double date ever, but everyone got through relatively unscathed.

Sure, maybe it’s not entirely socially acceptable to ask a werewolf what happens to her clothes when she transforms, but it did bring out the chemistry between Katherine McNamara and Alisha Wainwright. Take away the awkward circumstances, and the two women could be great friends and seriously formidable in battle.

Now imagine if Isabelle joined them. They’d basically be the Shadow World equivalent of Charlie’s Angels (conveniently enough, the Shadowhunters fandom is known as “angels”).

Izzy and Clary are already pretty close, but don’t hang out nearly enough anymore. Maia really only hangs out with Simon or her pack. A girl’s night episode focusing on the three of them could be incredible.

Luckily we’re only two episodes into the season, so there’s plenty of time to make these team-ups happen.

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Shadowhunters airs on Tuesdays at 8 p.m. EST on Freeform.