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Shadowhunters 209/210 Theory (Mostly 210)
My theory is based mostly on these pictures. So I could be super wrong!
Valentine is torturing Alec. Okay that’s a weird way to start of, so let’s dig deeper. Then I will explain why Valentine is torturing Alec & ONLY Alec! In the 1st picture Magnus seems distressed and worried. Magnus & Alec have their huge argument towards the end of 209 and Alec needs some space so he runs off to the institute and the episode ends with Valentine breaking into the institute and taking hostages. So in 210 Magnus is feeling guilty bc he thinks it’s his fault that Alec was taken hostage. If he would have just told Alec about, whatever they were fighting about, he would be with Magnus and safe. Then Clary sees him sulking on the balcony (Pic #2) and tries to consult him, which in turn causes Magnus to express his guilt of causing their argument and possibly that he should have stopped Alec from leaving. Clary comes over to him(Pic #3) to convince him that it wasn’t his fault and there was no way for them to predict that Valentine would attack the institute. And that they will figure out a way of rescuing Alec, Izzy, and the rest of the institute TOGETHER. Clary then gets a video through text or a live video from Valentine (Pic #4). He does this thanks to that IT girl(Lindsey?). The video is most likely Valentine beating up a bound/handcuffed Alec. V: If you want him to live then I need you, Clarissa, and your brother. A: Clary, Jace, don’t come near here (basically telling them not to help that he can handle it). V: *punches him unconscious* This will only get worse. Don’t worry he’s still alive but not for long. After they watch the video, Jace starts screaming and they (Clary & Magnus) run into the house. Jace’s Parabatai rune is red or black or whatever, it’s bad. Magnus then sedates him so he’s not screaming in pain. Also so Jace can give Alec some of his strength. And they realize they have to get Alec back. Mostly for Jace’s sake.
Now why Alec?
-Alec is Jace’s Parabatai so Jace can feel and sense that Alec is being harmed and tortured. As Alec’s brother & Parabatai he’s going to want to save him. So it’s a great way to get Jace to him. Alec’s life for him.
-Clary cares for Jace and Alec so she would do anything to help them. If she has to go with Valentine in order for Alec, and subsequently Jace, she will do it. Not activate the Soul Sword, just go with Valentine.
-Okay. Valentine has to know that Alec is dating Magnus Bane, the HIGH WARLOCK OF BROOKLYN. And Magnus is warlock(and Dot is possibly dead) and he needs one. All he has is Madzie, a 4/5 year old warlock, and Magnus is the High Warlock of Brooklyn. Valentine is not stupid. He knows that Magnus would give himself up to Valentine if it means he releases Alec, and Magnus heals Alec.
-Isabelle. It’s safe to assume that Izzy is most likely in the institute as well. Valentine could be torturing Alec right in front of Izzy. We have seen in the past that, even though she is the LITTLE sister, Izzy is extremely protective of Alec. *Side note: I think this gives evidence to many fans’ theory that Alec is autistic, even mildly autistic. She would be protective of her brother. Also Jace’s comment about Alec being sensitive. I could wrong. Like most of the public, I don’t fully understand Autism* Back to my point. Valentine realizes he can mentally torture one Lightwood while physically torture another Lightwood.
-Robert & Maryse were part of the Circle when Valentine started it. They eventually left him and got their Circle runes taken away and run one of the world’s institute. The only punishment they got was they can only be in Idris for Clave business. He could also be trying to get them back on his side. Alec is their eldest son, so they would care for him. They would willingly go back if it meant that ALL of their children are safe.
-Final point. Jocelyn! Valentine somehow finds out that Alec was the Shadowhunter that killed Jocelyn. Most likely Raj cause you know he would to save himself. Remember, Jocelyn is the love of Valentine’s life! So, he’s going to be extremely pissed at whoever killed her. But someone, Izzy most likely, points out that the demon that he sent inhabited Alec’s body, which is the only reason Alec killed her.
46.8% for the poll vote. Trophy husband alec? im just tired of Magnus always being the one waiting at home for Alec to return
It was 6pm, and Magnus was running late. He was supposed to be hosting a party tonight. Well. He and Alec were supposed to be hosting. It was Luke’s birthday, so Clary had suggested they do something nice both for him and the entire group in general. They were all suffering. They’d lost so many fighting Valentine… they all needed this. It was no small party - likely to be just as busy as Max’s Rune Ceremony, if more rowdy. Downworlders weren’t nearly as rigid as Shadowhunters.
But Magnus was currently doing a terrible job of hosting, because he wasn’t there.
He’d had appointments scheduled until 4, and the plan had been to get back to his apartment and take care of the arrangements. He’d spent the morning brewing a particularly complicated potion, so all he needed to do was finish up his consultations, drop the order off and get home. But his consult had overrun by at least half an hour, and then when he went to drop off the potion there had been an emergency which demanded his attention. And then there had been another emergency.
Magnus had barely even had time to breathe, and he certainly hadn’t had time to text Alec.
The black haired girl - Izzy - had brought you into an old church, calling it the iIstitute. It looked really bad on the outside but inside… well after that monster - a demon - it didn’t shock you anymore that magic seemed to exist.
Shadowhunters, that’s what Izzy called herself and the others who were running around in the Institute. They all wanted to figure out who you actually were, as you could see demons and, after a little test, clearly could wear runes. You were one of them, that was clear to them, but you were still waiting to wake up from your dream. As an orphan you had always asked yourself who your actual parents were, but all this information was a little bit much, all at once.
It took a while but it seemed they had a lead to who your real parents were, when you were called into an office. Izzy was there with her brothers Alec and Jace, who already helped trying to explain you most thinks without making your head explode.
There was also an older man. The way he looked down when he saw you wasn’t feeling good, so you kind of did the same.
“Could everybody stop starring please?”, you asked, trying not show how insecure you felt. “I didn’t think we would see you again,” the older man started talking. “But it seems that some things are faith. I don’t ask you for forgiveness or anything.”
“Forgiveness? What does that mean?” “It means that he is your father”, Izzy explained with a hard gaze to the man. “As he is ours too. He had an affair while being married to our mother.”
News you hadn’t expected. They all had told you that there was a war around 18 years ago, so your real parents were probably dead. Hearing that your father was alive should be a good think but it felt wrong. You were a bastard…literally.
“Why.. how did I end up in an orphanage?” At least that you wanted to know. “Your mother died shortly after your birth. We were already on the eyes of the clave and my wife… I couldn’t ask her to raise another child, that wasn’t hers.”
“So you threw me away.” The thought hurt more than you could have imagined. Maybe it would have been better, if you had never known.
Jace finally finds him behind a dumpster in an alley four blocks away. Simon is crouching, trembling, and hugging himself, a look of absolute horror on his face. The blood smeared over his mouth and neck has dripped down on his shirt.
He jogs up to him. Simon looks up at him but quickly lowers his head again, not before Jace can get a glimpse of his bloody fangs still out.
Jace crouches down at his level and raises a tentative hand to rest at Simon’s shoulder, but he flinches away.
“Hey, easy, Tiger,” Jace teases. “It’s just me.”
“Go away,” Simon breathes out and Jace can hear the sob in his voice. “Just… run, okay? I don’t trust myself right now and I just…. Look, just get away from me, okay?”
Jace clicks his tongue and tightens the grip he has on Simon. “Yeah, that’s not an option. Come on, let’s get you back to the Institute.”
“No!” Simon shouts, finally turning to face him. “Look at me! Didn’t you see what I did?! I killed those people. Their… shouts, their screams…” Tears stream freely down his face now and something dislodges inside Jace. Instinctively, he gris his knife tighter.
“Hey, snap out of it! I saw it and it wasn’t you. That was all Valentine, d’you hear me?”
Simon snorts. “No, it was all me. Valentine just unleashed the beast, but it was all me. I… Jace, liked it. I can still taste them and I want more! You can’t even imagine–”
“I’m taking you back to the Institute, Izzy’s gonna figure out a way to get that shit out of your system and you’re gonna be okay.“
“No, I can’t face her like this! And Clary…!” He crumbles in on himself again. His back hitches with his sobbing.
“Alright, we don’t have time for this.” He gets up and pulls Simon’s arms. It’s a testament to his current state that he just goes along with it. “Are you gonna walk or am I gonna have to carry you?”
Simon shocks them both by laughing wetly at that.
“Bummer. I was looking forward to throwing you over my shoulder.”
Eric’s wedding with Vanessa was perceived by Ariel as ultimate, irrevocable rejection on Eric’s part. Reasonably so, seeing as when your love interest/crush willingly (or at least that’s what Ariel originally believed) chooses to marry someone else it’s more than an overt and unambiguous statement that they are not interested in a relationship with you. And remarkably, Ariel did not feel entitled to Eric regardless of how far she might have been inclined to go in order to achieve her individual AND romantic goals.
This right here is the core of Ariel’s character and one of her fundamental, defining traits: she is persistent, enthusiastically devoted and unwaveringly determined in pursuing her agendas. But she NEVER interferes with anyone’s freedom of choice and agency while doing so.
When she lived under the patriarchal authority of her empowered, controlling, regressive values perpetuating extremist of a father who loved her in the most genuine and simultaneously the most toxic way she diligently pursued the acquirement of knowledge, information, experience and other essential elements pertaining to personal emotional, ethical and intellectual development. Being incessantly condemned, degraded, chastened, yelled at and consistently demeaned for her firm refusal to subscribe to her authoritatively empowered father’s bigotry against a different culture didn’t prevent Ariel from relentlessly seeking out ways to expand her views. To challenge the limitations/boundaries imposed on her in order to determine why the fire burns, to aspire to one day ask questions and get answers and to come to a conclusion that her mermaid form restrained and repressed her potential (“flipping your fins you don’t get too far”).
When Ariel found herself drawn to a representative of a culture her father systematically discriminated against her privacy was violated and her endeavor of multiple years was viciously destroyed by Triton. Who wasn’t above taking advantage of bothauthoritative and physical superiority he held over Ariel while she vainly and fruitlessly pleaded with him trying to stop the gruesome act of vandalism against her grotto/safe heaven and treasured items that took her numerous years, enormous efforts and several life threatening encounters with sharks to obtain.
By disregarding Ariel’s entitlement to individuality, to cultivating a mind of her own, to gaining knowledge and not being inclined to conform to his misguided and harmful mentalities, by interfering with Ariel’s organic process of self discovery and pursuit of romantic goals - regardless of whether it was a momentary attraction a young woman is perfectly entitled to explore or something that had a potential to evolve into a more substantial relationship - Triton basically marginalized Ariel on both personal and social/institutional level.
A male authority figure, Triton used his position of power to suppress young woman’s yearning for “more”, denying his daughter education SHE strove to acquire (not the one he deemed as appropriate for her, namely whatever musical skills his narcissistic assistant Sebastian could have instilled in her in order to put Ariel on public display and brag about his grandiose concerts). Dismissing her right to expose herself to information SHE was eager to be familiarized with. Invalidating Ariel’s needs and wishes and practically punishing her for being romantically drawn to someone whose cultural background Triton didn’t approve of (hello slut shaming AND discrimination) because he considered himself fit to instruct her on who she is or isn’t allowed to be attracted to.
This, in a nutshell, is patriarchal oppression Ariel chose to defy - by turning to another marginalized woman, irrespective of how controversial her image might have been. Ursula offered Ariel means and resources to accomplish her goals and offered a legitimate deal to her. Terms and conditions of which implied only that Ariel alone was going to be subjected to consequences if she fails to fulfill her part of it, specifically kissing Eric within three days. Ariel did not place the responsibility for this deal on anyone but herself- she was willing to become Ursula’s life time slave if she didn’t manage to build a constructive and effective relationship with Eric and if her feelings for him were one sided/unrequited, misguided and not as powerful as she might have initially assumed. Ariel acknowledged her responsibility for her physical, emotional and romantic desires, individual goals and methods she resorted to in order to attain them.
She was going to participate in Kingdom Tours and grasp the opportunity to learn, grow and make little but valuable discoveries. She was going to be immensely overwhelmed when finding out that Eric - contrary to her father - not only recognized her needs and agency but encouraged her pursuit of knowledge, adventure and progress by giving her literal and figurative reins. She was going to work towards establishing a relationship with him that could warrant a “Kiss of True Love” that was going to make her a human permanently - only to have her heart reduced to shreds, pieces and fragments at one point.
Enter Vanessa (whose true identity and malicious intents Ariel is not yet aware of). A woman Eric seems fiercely insistent on marrying. Someone who didn’t engage in thrilling carriage and boat rides with Eric or work towards forming emotional bonds with him. A person Eric knows for no more than a day and is nonetheless inclined to wed. Ariel is at risk of becoming Ursula’s prisoner for life because of this woman’s insertion. It would have been absurdly easy for Ariel to throw a fit/tantrum, resort to petty aggression like Triton did (he only knows her for a day! How dare he cultivate his feelings and pursue a relationship with someone before having an obligatory number of interactions with this person and before he VALIDATES his feelings! He needs to be taught a lesson and have his privacy invaded/violated as a punishment! - at least according to Triton OR self professed couch critics of Ariel’s arc who undermine her for having emotions and feeling entitled to them without feeling obligated to PROVE their legitimacy).
Yet Ariel doesn’t antagonize either Eric or Vanessa. In full consciousness, she made an investment - her literal voice, physical trait - in order to find a figurative/metaphorical voice by achieving her long term goal of becoming a human. To make knowledge and personal growth accessible and available the way it wasn’t under the sea where it was persecuted by her oppressive empowered father. And receive an opportunity to decide for HERSELF who, when and how she wants to be attracted to without being gruesomely punished for it and having her personal possessions violently demolished. When said investment was at risk of not paying off Ariel didn’t blame it on Eric or consider him unworthy of her determination and effort. As someone who took a major risk in pursuing liberty and escaping a patriarchal/oppressive haven Ariel recognized and accepted the consequences and sacrifices that might come with the mere FACT of taking this chance.
When Eric treats her like an equal, shows clear signs of affection to her, endorses her agency and supports her aspirations and ambitions Ariel keeps pursuing this relationship. When Eric chooses someone else - Ariel is devastated but BACKS AWAY regardless of the extreme, horrific and unenviable turn her deal with Ursula was inevitably going to take.
It’s not before she is informed that Eric is forced into this marriage by having his agency/free will compromised does Ariel slip back into action.
Because, again - Ariel is relentless, persistent and passionate in pursuing any type of goal she might have but the last thing she would ever do is dismissing other people’s entitlement to freedom of choice the way HERS was dismissed by her father. When Triton makes his last ditch attempt to repair the damage of his admittedly incompetent parenting and oppressive behavior by confronting Ursula Ariel realizes her actions were going to negatively affect him and instantly apologizes. That’s the point - Ariel is NOT going to apologize for RIGHTLY pursuing her emancipation, for going after her goals, exploring her feelings and challenging problematic/discriminatory outlooks. But she DOES feel remorseful when the consequences of her choices backfire on anyone OTHER than herself.
Obviously, she and Eric efficiently defeat Ursula and liberate her other innocent victims (Triton’s citizen that he, a ruler with direct duties and obligations towards them, clearly could care less about) by working as a team and being partners. That’s the onlykind of dynamic and commitment Ariel is interested in - a partnership based on equality and functionality and strict recognition of each other’s agency.
G R Y F F I N D O R, where dwell the brave at heart.
Cate is a highly principled person, and while her personal morality might not always reflect that of society as a whole, she cares deeply about adhering to her own code—which can cause a crisis of faith in the brunette when she knowingly defies her own ideology. She values personal agency above all, believing that everyone has a right to decide over their own destiny; and most importantly, that they have a right to be given the opportunity to make informed decisions about it. As a result, she holds things such as transparency and honest communication, particularly from institutions and authority figures, to an extremely high standard.
Because she values freedom, Cate might comment on, but rarely interferes in other people’s personal lives, believing their choices to be theirs and theirs alone; except if said choices go against the rest of her principles, and especially if they end up hurting other people along the way. She might believe in everyone’s right to free will, but with that belief comes the expectation that people also take responsibility for their actions. While she generally makes a point to be diplomatic and to try to see things from as many perspectives as possible, she will stand up to people who she feels abuse that right—particularly if they are doing so in a position of power.
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Forgotten Gallifreyan ( v; more than one life is forever )
Left an orphan, Bill was raised in Arcadia, living in an orphanage with the other children of Gallifrey until eventually taking the test to enter the Time Lord academy, and succeeding. Sorted into the Patrex Chapter, Bill was quick to lose herself in books and venturing around the institute, eager to figure out every nook and cranny of the place.
As she came close to graduating, the Time War took hold of their planet.
Everything after that is generally a blur, the last memory of her home being one of flames and screams. The next memory? Waking up on Earth, alone and confused. A Gallifreyan child now left an orphan on two worlds, Bill found herself living a human life - unaware of what she really was, only the pocket watch stuffed away in her bag for a clue - and working at a university.
Time Taken ( v; a familiar blue box on a young planet )
Raised in the Institute herself, Bill, previously orphaned and now the adopted child of a Time Lady on the council, grew up surrounded by knowledge, the smart people, the rules. She eventually gained entry to the institute, though not without its consequences, looking to the Untempered Schism had left her heart with unrest, a want, a need, to flee.
Taking to breaking the rules rather often, it’s exploring where they keep the TARDIS’ that Bill meets the Doctor, an old-looking Time Lord with many tales to his name, and his granddaughter Susan. It doesn’t take much convincing for her to end up with (and by convincing she meant hiding in the TARDIS until they eventually noticed bits and pieces in the wardrobe getting messed up) travelling with the two. She doesn’t stay long, afraid of never getting use to a life so full of sacrifice and loss, so the Doctor drops her off on Earth.
Now, two out of six regenerations later, Bill works at a university, attending the lectures of a crazy old man who liked to talk.
okay so Alec is supposedly a main character however he was just pushed off to the side until He was needed him for some lgbt representation. His main story revolves around Magnus.
let me tell you what we're going to do, we are going to give Alec as much screen time as any other character and we will showcase him as the leader that he is. Whilst we're at it, we will show everyone who Alec is as a character by giving him storylines that don't revolve around him being gay. Oh and Magnus will also get storylines outside of Alec because he is such an interesting character that wasn't really explored in the books.
so Izzy is also another supposed main character but was also pushed off to the side until needed for Simon's love interest.
yeah okay but do you know what would be better? Making izzy not only pretty but also insanely smart. Let's show just how loyal she is to her brother and how much she adores him. Let's have izzy step up and take charge of things at the institute whilst she figures out who she is. We will also make her confident within her sexuality and no one will slut-shame her for it.
*sweating so much that a puddle is forming around her*