I got into TAZ with @defenestratin and @sorrydeer recently and have this headcanon where during lunar interludes, Magnus leaves Steven with the Voidfish and they chill while he goes out to shop and stuff!! :D
I read somewhere todd/darren said in 2b we will get Magnus' side of story. Thank God?! Finally? I can't really blame the interviewer by saying Magnus was not as into it because did we really get any magnus pov of malec besides his short talk with maia at the bar? Alec, to me, has always been the protagonist in malec's storyline.
I will agree that Magnus’ feelings were pretty sidelined in 2x07 regarding them taking the “next step” and that was problematic, but outside of that we actually did get strong insight into how Magnus felt. It seems people forgot about season 1, but it’s worth noting that in s1 most of the complaints were that Magnus expressed his feelings too much. So that’s something to keep in mind.
Anyway, their relationship is about them growing together as individuals. It’s always odd to me because there seems to be two parties: people who think he’s expressing too much and people who think he isn’t expressing enough The criticisms always seem to land on Magnus’ behavior or character, often while disregarding multiple scenes in the past that have shown the contrary.
Magnus is a complicated individual and it’s important to take into account his development from season 1, where his pursuit of Alec made it quite clear he wanted to be with him. As sloppy as the writing has been in s2, the setup has always been pretty obvious with malec: in 2x01, it’s acknowledged Alec abandoned his wedding for himself, not for Magnus or for their relationship. And so the majority of s2a from then on has been about Alec taking steps forward to show Magnus (and viewers) that yeah, he did that for himself, but everything he’s doing here onward? He’s doing it for Magnus, for them, for this relationship, because it’s important to him and he wants it. And so you have Alec coming to Magnus after Jocelyn, his choice at the end of their date, the gift, the this, us, it’s not going away, the i was terrified. These moments aren’t strictly about Alec’s pov; it’s also about demonstrating how invested Alec is in the relationship, as well, after Magnus made all of the initial moves in s1 (calling him, inviting him to stay the night, that talk in 1x12, showing up at the wedding) not to mention the things he’s done in s2 (saving Alec’s life in 2x03, prodding Alec into taking a break so they can have a real date, etc.)
You also have to realize that Magnus has fallen in love before. Like, yes, every love is new, but Magnus is significantly more emotionally self-aware. He knows he’s in love with Alec because he’s felt these things before. Alec is not only falling in love for the first time but also struggles with processing his emotions in general, so what triggers his realization and thus his declaration is more dramatic.
That said, there should be more of Magnus initiating the physical aspects of their relationship, like kisses, but that’s a different issue altogether.
'i'm going to have to start writing alec being scrunched up next to magnus' - tell us more about how magnus' bed isn't quite big enough for them
the first time magnus really noticed it, it was a tuesday afternoon and he’d just stepped through a portal back into the loft after a meeting negotiating the sale of an old book of spells with a couple of warlocks. the meeting had gone on far longer than he had anticipated and time had seemed to be something like a leaky faucet, dripping too slowly and making magnus want to crawl out of his skin.
he was out now though, the loft greeting him bright and cheery with bright sunlight spilling through the curtains as he scrolled through his phone. he had about an hour until his next client and he wanted to change into something a bit more comfortable. it wasn’t necessary but at the moment he didn’t feel like summoning anything in a 3 piece suit, something lighter seemed more appropriate.
or at least that’s what he had been thinking until he came to an abrupt halt in the doorway to the bedroom, caught in streaming sunlight because of the sight laid out before him. there on top of his deep burgundy sheets, alec was a splash of black clothes and runed skin, all curled up in on himself on one side of the bed. the first thing magnus noticed was that his t-shirt had ridden up, exposing his stomach and all of the dark hair that spilled down his torso and disappeared into his pants.
Anyway Magnus bane’s first instinct when he sees someone vulnerable, hurt, lost, or otherwise harmed is to heal and care for them no matter what :))) and you know what’s really hard ?? trying not to think about the fact that he helps people so that no one ever lives as alone and afraid as he did in the beginning of his life :))))