i have to politely disagree with you on the show intention with malec. if the show is trying to ground malec in their emotional framework first, they won't have their first time one episode after their first date. the show rushed their sex step bcz the next epi plot requires it. malec can't be a serious couple if they didn't have sex right? 🙄 i'm offended on behalf of real couples who chose to wait. i'd personally be happy to see them go to dates and have their sex step well into s2, even s3!
I get where you’re coming from, but I don’t believe the showrunners were ever saying they couldn’t be a real couple if they hadn’t had sex. I think it was an issue of where the story allowed for it to happen.
As I said in my long post a couple days ago, they needed to get the sex issue out of the way or it would have hung like an albatross around the neck of the rest of the Malec story arc for season 2b.
2x07-2x10 was entirely about getting the relationship to a point of full, whole-hearted commitment. That was going to be the launching pad for everything that happened in 2b. But having sex is really almost negligible. Instead, three things happened at the end of season 2a that HAD to happen before season 2b:
1) They had deal with the issue of the lack of acceptance from Alec’s parents (and even the skepticism of, for example, Jace) which they did by making a lot of very unambiguous statements. Alec unambiguously declared himself certain of wanting to be with Magnus, both to Magnus and to Maryse. Magnus unambiguously declared himself to Jace. They made a public display that forced Maryse to deal the reality of THEM. 2x08 was about commitment to the relationship.
2) They had to demonstrate that despite the shift in their relationship status since 2x06, they could still have conflict and come back to each other (2x09/2x10.) That would be important because of the conflict they would face in 2b.
3) They had to declare their love for each other (2x10.)
All that had to happen before the body-swap plot at the end of 2x11. They had to be grounded in all those things. or the body-swap plot wouldn’t have had nearly the emotional jeopardy that it did. There wouldn’t have been as much sense of “Alec should know who that person in Valentine’s body is” nor would the fact that Alec was complicit in Magnus’s torture and almost-execution have had as much relationship-breaking potential.
Sex is really incidental to all that. They didn’t need Alec and Magnus to have sex for those things to happen. So why did sex happen in 2x07 instead of waiting for a later point in the season?
Look at all that has happened since 2x08. There has literally been no other place where there was both the TIME for them to have a reprieve, a breathing space, where they could step back from everything else and contemplate that sort of a change in their relationship, when they weren’t ALSO struggling with issues of trust and betrayal in the aftermath of 2x12.
Prior to 2x11 things were too busy. 2x07-2x10 takes place in a matter of a few days. And Magnus’s state of mind and the trust between him and Alec has been too fragile since 2x12; it wouldn’t have been the right time for them to take that step in their relationship if they hadn’t already taken it.
And yet the sex question had to be deal with. It couldn’t be put off until Season 3. Sorry, it just couldn’t. You might have been okay with it, but the longer it was delayed, the more it would have become this Major Issue for the fans that no one could move past.
If the sex question hadn’t been settled, the fandom would have been constantly questioning when it was finally going to happen instead of focusing fully on all these other things going on in Malec’s story arc. (I’m sure the showrunners also didn’t want anyone even asking the question of whether or not their first time would happen when Valentine was in Magnus’s body–ew!)
So, yeah, 2x07 was not the optimal place for them to have sex. But it was the only place in the story that it could happen without the question of sex hanging over the rest of the season in a way that would have detracted from the story and/or frustrated fans.
If I have one wish moving forward with this show into Season 3, it’s that they don’t pack the plot in so tightly, one episode after another, that there doesn’t feel like there’s breathing room to allow some of these other developments to happen more organically. But, judging by the showrunner interviews at SDCC, I don’t think I’m gonna get that wish.