Everyone is always quick to say “Magnus doesn’t deserve to go through this”, and I agree, but neither does Alec Lightwood. Just because he is not perfect and makes mistakes doesn’t mean he deserves bad stuff continually happening to him.
I feel like most viewers don’t put themselves in his shoes. Lastest example: an evil psychopath, who has managed to trick everyone hundreds of times, tells you he is your boyfriend so you will let him free. And viewers wanted Alec to believe him just like that? That would have made Alec an idiot. Jace was right, Valentine has made weirder shit than finding out intimate stuff about a couple.
But now, once again, Alec is left feeling guilty for making a human mistake, if we can even call it a mistake.
And I’m conflicted about this. On one hand, I like Alec because he is not perfect, because it makes him more realistic and relatable than most characters on tv. He isn’t written as the best in anything, just a guy who tries his best. His superpower is to always try his best to protect those he loves. And it makes sense he makes mistakes because he is young, especially compared with centuries old Magnus, plus he doesn’t have any romantic relationships experience.
On the other hand, it’s getting quite repetitive, precitable and even irritating seeing Alec always being the one “letting others down”. I swear some characters in the show haven’t been shown making a single mistake in two seasons. And when they do they are quickly redeemed by some heroic act, which sometimes doesn’t even make any sense. Are we supposed to believe they are perfection personified? I don’t want the show to be an exact copy of the books, but at least in the books all the characters were realistic in that way, they all made mistakes at one point or another. It’s the only way to allow them to have some kind of character development. In fact, maybe this is one of the reasons Alec has had the biggest character development in show. For example, we have slowly seen him go from “go away, Clary”, to “stop being mean to Clary”.
I understand a show needs drama, all I’d ask for is mistakes, or “regrettable decisions”, not to always fall in the same one or two characters. Give Alec fans a break jeez