Shadowhunters: 15 City of Fallen Angels Scenes that Fans Want To See in Season 3

The season 2 of Shadowhunters is over, and the cast has just got back to Toronto to start working on season 3A. From what the executives have told us at San Diego Comic Con, the third season will follow the events of City of Fallen Angels, the fourth installment in The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare. We have no doubt that the series will stray away from the plot like it has in the past, also considering that COFA is the shortest book in The Shadowhunters Chronicles, but we wanted to point out some fan-favorite book scenes that everyone would love to see adapted to screen.
Warning: SPOILERS from the books.
1. “But I watch my brothers give their hearts away and I think, Don’t you know better? Hearts are breakable. And I think even when you heal, you’re never what you were before.”
This is one of the most beautiful Sizzy scenes of all time. It’s the moment the readers first find out Robert had cheated on Maryse, as Izzy confesses the secret she’s kept for years to Simon, of all people, to explain why she doesn’t trust men, and has a hard time opening up to anyone who isn’t her famiy. The circumstances in the show would probably be different, as the Robert/Maryse storyline has been slightly altered, but Izzy needs to speak this line to Simon.
2. “Alex—Alec. If I gave you the impression I had accepted the idea of your death I can only apologize. I tried to, I thought I had—and yet still I pictured having you for fifty, sixty more years. I thought I might
be ready then to let you go. But it’s you, and I realize now that I won’t be any more ready to lose you then than I am right now.” He put his hands gently to either side of Alec’s face. “Which is not at all.”
“So what do we do?” Alec whispered. Magnus shrugged, and smiled suddenly; with his messy black hair and the gleam in his gold-green eyes, he looked like a mischievous teenager. “What everyone does,” he replied. “Like you said. Hope.”
The theme of Magnus’s immortality is often discussed in the books, it is Alec’s biggest fear and what the warlock itself once calls the third person in their relationship. Malec will probably deal with this issue next season, but with an older, more confident Alec, and as a more mature couple. This scene explains Magnus’s view on their situation: his immortality is not an obstacle they have to overcome, it’s a part of him and therefore something Alec needs to accept; they can only love each other for the time they are given – which is what every other mortal couple has – and make every day matter.
3. “The alley and the music all fell away, and there was nothing but her and the rain and Jace, his hands on her. . . He made a noise of surprise, low in his throat, and dug his fingers into the thin fabric of her tights. Not unexpectedly, they ripped, and his wet fingers were suddenly on the bare skin of her legs. Not to be outdone, Clary slid her hands under the hem of his soaked shirt, and let her fingers explore what was underneath: the tight, hot skin over his ribs, the ridges of his abdomen, the scars on his back. This was uncharted territory for her, but it seemed to be driving him crazy: he was moaning softly against her mouth, kissing her harder and harder, as if it would never be enough, not quite enough —” 
“Damnit.’ Isabelle, standing in the mouth of the alley, her wet black hair like a cloak around her shoulders, kicked a trash can out of her way and glowered. ‘Oh, for goodness’s sake,’ she said. ‘I can’t believe you two. Why? What’s wrong with bedrooms? And privacy? (…) What’s the point in wasting a perfectly good brick wall when you have someone to throw against it, that’s what I always say.”
Clary and Jace’s “sexy dirty alley make out scene” as fans like to call it, a passionate Clace moment that is comically interrupted by Isabelle…
4. “You left me. You made a pet out of me, and then you left me. If love were food, I would have starved on the bones you gave me. (…) You could give me the past,” he said a little sadly. “But Alec is my future.”
This is a pivotal moment for Malec. Magnus has a deep conversation with Camille, the vampire he has loved for more than a century, and confronts her about his current feelings. Magnus’s words to his ex are ornate and poetic, while his declaration towards Alec is raw and pure like the love he feels for the Shadowhunter.
5. “Isabelle, standing in the doorway of Simon’s bedroom, looked silently at the place he’d been sleeping for the past few days. It was so empty—just four walls, naked of any decoration, a bare floor with a futon mattress on it and a white blanket folded at the foot, and a single window that looked out onto Avenue B. She could hear the city—the city she had grown up in, whose noises had always surrounded her, since she was a baby. She had found the quiet of Idris terribly alien without the sounds of car alarms, people shouting, ambulance sirens, and music playing that never, in New York City, quite went away, even in the dead of night. But now, standing here looking at Simon’s small room, she thought about how lonely those noises sounded, how distant, and whether he had been lonely himself at night, lying here looking up at the ceiling, alone.”
A very introspective and yet cinematic moment, Simon is MIA and Izzy proposes to look into his apartment for clues as to who might’ve taken him.
6. “You promise.”
“I swear on the Angel. The hell with that. I swear on us.”
“Why us?”
“Because there isn’t anything I believe in more.” 
This Clace scene doesn’t need any explanation. Whatever their context, Jace’s words will always make us cry.
7. “Leaning against one of the poles holding up the awning was Isabelle. She had her hair up and was wearing a long red dress, slit up the side to show most of her leg. Loops of gold laddered her right arm. They looked like bracelets, but Simon knew they were really her electrum whip. She was covered in Marks. They twined her arms, threaded their way up her thigh, necklaced her throat, and decorated her chest, a great deal of which was visible, thanks to the plunging neckline of her dress. Simon tried not to stare. “Hey, Isabelle,” he said. Beside him Jordan was also trying not to stare. “Um,” he said. “Hi. I’m Jordan.” “We met,” Isabelle said coldly, ignoring his proffered hand. “Maia was trying to rip your face off. Quite rightly, too.” Jordan looked worried. “Is she here? Is she okay?” “She’s here,” said Isabelle. “Not that how she feels is any of your business . . .” “I feel a sense of responsibility,” said Jordan. “And where is this feeling located? In your pants, perhaps?” Jordan looked indignant. Isabelle waved a slim decorated hand. “Look, whatever you did in the past, it’s past. I know you’re Praetor Lupus now, and I told Maia what that means. She’s willing to accept that you’re here and ignore you. But that’s all you get. Don’t bother her, don’t try to talk to her, don’t even look at her, or I’ll fold you in half so many times you’ll look like a tiny little origami werewolf.” Simon snorted. “Laugh away.” Isabelle pointed at him. “She doesn’t want to talk to you, either. So despite the fact that she looks totally babelicious tonight—and if I were into chicks I would completely go for her—neither of you are allowed to talk to her. Got it?”
Izzy and Maia have only had one interaction on the show so far, where Izzy gave Maia some very sisterly advice. Fans loved it, and it would be amazing to see that friendship develop and watch Isabelle stand up for Maia against Jordan.
8. “Alec was dressed in a sober black suit; Magnus, to Simon’s surprise, was similarly dressed, with the addition of a long white silk scarf with tasseled ends and a pair of white gloves. His hair stood up like it always did, but for a change he was devoid of glitter.”
Alec and Magnus are away on vacation for the first part of the book, travelling across Europe and beyond. They mention visiting Paris, Vienna, Venice… The above quote is about them portaling back to New York in a hurry from the Vienna Opera House for a vampire emergency under the name of Camille Belcourt. We don’t see their points of view from the trip in City of Fallen Angels, but Cassandra Clare has announced we will read about their vacation in The Lost Book of the White, the first book of the Malec adult trilogy she’s writing, The Eldest Curses. Still, while we patiently wait for the book, it would be amazing to see their trip on Shadowhunters.
9. “You love each other – anyone can see that, looking at you – that kind of love that can burn down the world or raise it up in glory.”
Lilith says this to Clary and Jace. She admires their love and knows how powerful it is – and uses it to her advantage.
10. “It didn’t seem right to drag you into my problems.”
“D-drag me into your problems?” Isabelle sputtered. “You-,” she began-and then to everyone’s surprise, clearly including her own, she flung herself at Simon, wrapping her arms around his neck. He staggered backward, unprepared for the assault, but he recovered quickly enough. His arms went around her, nearly snagging on the dangling whip, and he held her tightly, her dark head just under his chin. Clary couldn’t quite tell-Isabelle was speaking too softly-but it sounded like she was swearing at Simon under her breath.
“So it was his idea to come looking for me?” Isabelle turned to look at him for a long moment. Her eyes were fathomless and dark. “I was the one who noticed you were gone,” she said. “I was the one who wanted to find you.”
Another beautiful but more underrated Sizzy moment, which perfectly showcases Isabelle’s growing feelings for Simon.
11. “And I would do it again. I love you Jace-Wayland-Herondale-Lightwood- whatever you want to call yourself. I don’t care. I love you and I will always love you, and pretending it could be any other way is a waste of time.” 
City of Fallen Angels is definitely full of beautiful Clace scenes. This one echoes something Jace told Clary in City of Glass: “There is no pretending,” Jace said with absolute clarity. “I love you, and I will love you until I die, and if there is life after that, I’ll love you then.”
12. “And he was there, sliding between Lilith and Clary as the demoness’s hand came down. The long, razored silver wire struck him across the face and chest—there was a moment of shocking pain—and then the air seemed to burst apart around him like glittering confetti, and Simon heard Clary scream, a clear sound of shock and amazement that cut through the darkness. “Simon!” Lilith froze. She stared from Simon, to Clary, still hanging in the air, and then down at her own hand, now empty. She drew in a long, ragged breath. “Sevenfold,” she whispered—and was abruptly cut off as a blinding incandescence lit up the night. Dazed, all Simon could think of was ants burning under the concentrated beam from a magnifying glass as a great ray of fire plunged down from the sky, spearing through Lilith. For a long moment she burned white against the darkness, trapped within the blinding flame, her mouth open like a tunnel in a silent scream. Her hair lifted, a mass of burning filaments against the darkness—and then she was white gold, beaten thin against the air—and then she was salt, a thousand crystalline granules of salt that rained down at Simon’s feet with a dreadful sort of beauty. And then she was gone.”
Simon killing Lilith is an amazing scene that fans are excited to watch on screen. Lilith is torturing Clary, and Simon jumps in front of her to protect her, killing Lilith with his “sevenfold” curse: before she dies, Lilith goes back to the angelic splendor she had before she was casted out of heaven. Hopefully the show will follow the whole Mark of Cain storyline.
13. “Something flashed through the air, a darting flame of silvery gold. The demon’s heads whipped around, the hissing rising to a scream, but it was too late—the silvery thing that encircled them pulled tight, and with a spray of blackish blood, its remaining two heads sheared away. Clary rolled out of the way as flying blood splattered her, searing her skin. Then she ducked her head as the headless body swayed, fell toward her— And was gone. As it was collapsing, the demon vanished, sucked back to its home dimension. Clary raised her head cautiously. The front doors of the church were open, and in the entranceway stood Isabelle, in boots and a black dress, her electrum whip in hand. She was winding it back slowly around her wrist, glancing around the church as she did so, her dark eyebrows drawn together in a curious frown. As her gaze fell on Clary, she grinned. “Damn, girl,” she said. “What have you gotten yourself into now?”
Izzy appearing like a war goddess, or better, an avenging angel to save the day is what we want to see! This moment would not only be a visual masterpiece, it also shows how much Clary trusts Izzy: she was about to enter an abandoned church infested with demons, texted Isabelle the address and went in, knowing her friend would come. Izzy rescues her, takes her to the Institute and tends to her wounds, being a badass and a great friend, all in seven-inch heels.
14.  “So what was that all about?”
“I think,” Jace said, “that she asked if she could touch my mango.”
“She said that?”
Jace shrugged. “Yeah, then she gave me her number.” 
A silly but hilarious moment: Simon takes Jace grocery shopping and the Shadowhunter is very confused by a mundane girl approaching him. We need this scene, it’s fun and devoid of drama and angst, for once! Plus, one can never get enough Jimon.
15. “We are one now, little brother, you and I,” Sebastian said. “We are one.” 
The ending of the book is a huge cliffhanger and overall shocking moment. Petition for season 3A to end like this?
Other things we want to see: Jordan and the Praetor. The showrunners promised Jordan Kyle would be introduced in season 3 and they would work to make his story less problematic. We hope Maia will punch him in the face and maybe forgive him once she hears his side of the story, but definitely not get back with him. The Praetor is a secret werewolf organization that Jordan works for and it would be interesting to see how the Clave deals with it, and hopefully get some Infernal Devices Easter eggs.
Aline Penhallow is set to come back, and Helen Blackthorn will be introduced. It would be amazing to follow their love story and watch them meet and fall in love on screen as those scenes haven’t made in into the books yet (but will be part of The Eldest Curses trilogy, Cassandra says).
There is so much book material to cover, so many new characters to portray, so many old characters to explore more in depth… if the showrunners listen to us fans, season 3 has the potential to be the best one yet.