let’s talk about maryse in this scene:
look at how she looks between magnus and max. she’s obviously using this interaction to judge magnus, but i think it’s in a different way.
maryse has only ever seen magnus in a professional kind of context, never in a personal one.
i think she understands that magnus is here to stay - which was alec’s goal - and now she wants to assess magnus in this new light.
of course her shadowhunter prejudices are all there, but this is primarily a mother trying to get to know who is this person entering their lives.
and then there’s this look:
she sees the smile on alec’s face and i can see something changing in her. there’s toughness and also softness in her eyes. she can see that her son is actually happy, and that the man he is falling in love/is in love/loves is sweet and kind. and there is a ghost of a smile on her face as well. it obviously doesn’t solve all the problems, but maybe it’s a start?
honestly i praise nicola for her acting, it’s so subtle and yet so deep. i hope there’s a chance for a redeeming arc for maryse.