The Best Episodes of Shadowhunters

Last Updated: Apr 11, 2019

Clary Fray discovers on her 18th birthday that she comes from a long line of shadowhunters, being that are half angel and half human who protect the world by hunting demons. She and her friends try to stop Valentine Morgenstern, a shadowhunter who seeks to conquer the world by seizing the moral instruments, with the plan to create an elite group of beings that are half shadowhunters and half demons.

Erchomai

#1 - Erchomai

Season 3 - Episode 10

In the climactic mid-season finale, the team scrambles to find a way to put a stop to Lilith’s plan coming to fruition. But going up against their biggest opponent yet, their odds are not looking good. Meanwhile, Simon makes a heartbreaking choice with Isabelle’s help and Magnus reconnects with a powerful person from his past.

star 8.37
484 votes
Directors: Jeff Hunt
Writers: Bryan Q. Miller
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Heavenly Fire

#2 - Heavenly Fire

Season 3 - Episode 17

Simon and Izzy team up on a secret mission to figure out what the Clave is hiding. Meanwhile, Clary is conflicted about Jonathan as the Shadowhunters try to get answers.

star 8.19
113 votes
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To the Night Children

#3 - To the Night Children

Season 3 - Episode 15

As the saying goes, “rules are made to be broken.” But what if the rules are there for a reason? Several members of the team must examine the reasoning behind certain rules after consequences to questionable actions come to light. Whether the rules were broken because of love, loyalty or revenge, does the end justify the means?

star 8.13
207 votes
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By the Light of Dawn

#4 - By the Light of Dawn

Season 2 - Episode 10

The New York Institute is under attack as Valentine's plan for The Soul Sword is getting dangerously close to coming to fruition. The Shadowhunters must act fast to save their loved ones and the rest of the Downworld. Meanwhile, some of the Downworlders have their own plan to stop Valentine and their target is Clary.

star 8.10
1,105 votes
Directors: Joshua Butler
Writers: Darren Swimmer, Todd Slavkin
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The Powers That Be

#5 - The Powers That Be

Season 3 - Episode 2

The Warlocks’ magic is becoming corrupted by a demonic presence while Izzy and Luke try to track down more information on the recent series of possessions.

star 8.08
571 votes
Directors: Peter DeLuise
Writers: Peter Binswanger
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Familia Ante Omnia

#6 - Familia Ante Omnia

Season 3 - Episode 9

Clary faces down an old foe in an attempt to find answers about Lilith’s plan. Alec and Magnus turn to Lorenzo Rey for help, while Lilith finds a new ally. Luke must choose between his pack and his family, as Simon is forced to deal with his past.

star 8.08
466 votes
Directors: Matt Hastings
Writers: Taylor Mallory
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Beside Still Water

#7 - Beside Still Water

Season 2 - Episode 20

Jace and Clary rush to make a final stand, but when a traitor is revealed, Jace and Clary may have a bigger fight on their hands than expected. Meanwhile, Alec and Izzy must fight off a large mass of demons that have unexpectedly shown up, as Luke and Simon head to the Seelie Court to deal with some unfinished business with the Seelie Queen.

star 8.05
832 votes
Directors: Matt Hastings
Writers: Todd Slavkin, Darren Swimmer
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Lost Souls

#8 - Lost Souls

Season 3 - Episode 11

In the emotional midseason premiere, everyone is dealing with the loss of Clary and are trying to move on best they can. Unbeknownst to them, the Shadowhunters face a new level of evil that they can't even imagine with the arrival of Jonathan Morgenstern.

star 8.05
323 votes
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Stronger Than Heaven

#9 - Stronger Than Heaven

Season 3 - Episode 5

Someone is out to get Simon and Jace is on the hunt to find out who it is, meanwhile Clary turns to Luke to find a way to help Jace. Alec worries about the future of his relationship after learning more about Magnu's romantic past.

star 8.01
503 votes
Directors: Geoff Shotz
Writers: Brian Millikin
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A Window Into an Empty Room

#10 - A Window Into an Empty Room

Season 3 - Episode 6

Clary teams up with Magnus to investigate a recent demon attack. Simon is stunned with he’s visited by someone he never thought he’d see again, and who now won’t seem to leave. Meanwhile, Izzy worries about dinner with her family and a special guest and Luke reaches out to Maryse.

star 8.00
497 votes
Writers: Aisha Porter-Christie
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Salt in the Wound

#11 - Salt in the Wound

Season 3 - Episode 7

With the Owl’s identity revealed, Alec, Isabelle, and Clary head to Alicante to try and find a way to stop him. Luke and Simon team up to track Lilith’s latest possible victim. Maia reflects on her past.

star 8.00
472 votes
Directors: Joshua Butler
Writers: Celeste Vasquez
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Awake, Arise, or Be Forever Fallen

#12 - Awake, Arise, or Be Forever Fallen

Season 2 - Episode 18

After a devastating attack at The Institute, everyone is on high alert as the Shadowhunters close in on their hunt for Jonathan. Meanwhile, Simon and Maia help a new downworlder as the Seelie Queen demands an answer from Magnus and Luke.

star 7.99
867 votes
Directors: Amanda Row
Writers: Jamie Gorenberg
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Those of Demon Blood

#13 - Those of Demon Blood

Season 2 - Episode 13

After several Shadowhunters are killed, The Institute turns to controversial methods to prevent a Downworlder uprising.

star 7.98
851 votes
Directors: Michael Goi
Writers: Zac Hug
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A Heart of Darkness

#14 - A Heart of Darkness

Season 3 - Episode 8

Magnus, Alec and Isabelle try to reach Jace inside The Owl, but even as powerful as Magnus is, can he help the Lightwoods retrieve their brother from his demon prison? Maia and Jordan join Simon on the hunt for Lilith, while Luke tries to find a way to get to Clary.

star 7.98
466 votes
Directors: Ari Sandel
Writers: Jamie Gorenberg
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A Kiss From a Rose

#15 - A Kiss From a Rose

Season 3 - Episode 14

Continuing to track down information on the rumors about misconduct at The Clave's downworlder prison, Isabelle asks Alec for help. Meanwhile, Magnus succumbs to asking Lorenzo for a favor and Jace takes Clary on a special date.

star 7.95
231 votes
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Original Sin

#16 - Original Sin

Season 3 - Episode 12

Simon is determined to get rid of the Mark of Cain and, with Isabelle's help, tries to track down New York's oldest vampire to get more information on the mark. Now in Paris, Clary desperately tries to find an escape from her current situation. Meanwhile, with his new sense of mortality, Magnus tries to live life to the very fullest.

star 7.95
260 votes
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How Are Thou Fallen

#17 - How Are Thou Fallen

Season 2 - Episode 7

Luke’s sister shows up at the Jade Wolf claiming innocence about the recent attack. But with Luke not trusting a word Cleo says, he finds himself at odds with Clary who sees an opportunity to get to Valentine. Yet how far will Clary go to prove she is right about Cleo? Meanwhile, Simon gets dating advice from a surprising source as Isabelle takes a dangerous path.

star 7.94
1,147 votes
Directors: Ben Bray
Writers: Hollie Overton
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Stay With Me

#18 - Stay With Me

Season 3 - Episode 16

Clary and Jace come up with a risky plan to get rid of her twinning rune, which may bring an old enemy back into the fray. Meanwhile, Alec is worried about Magnus.

star 7.94
185 votes
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You Are Not Your Own

#19 - You Are Not Your Own

Season 2 - Episode 12

Everything is turned on its heads as Azazel remains at large. Meanwhile, Simon asks Isabelle for help.

star 7.94
942 votes
Directors: Bille Woodruff
Writers: Jamie Gorenberg
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On Infernal Ground

#20 - On Infernal Ground

Season 3 - Episode 1

Secrets abound as the shadowhunters and downworlders try to get back to normal after Valentine's death. Clary struggles with keeping her secret about Raziel's wish, while Alec pushes Jace to come clean about whatever Jace and Clary are hiding. Luke must use tough love to keep his secret hidden from Ollie who is on a war path for answers. And Magnus hides his true feelings about his new position in the Warlock community from Alec. Meanwhile, Lilith sets a plan in motion in New York City as Simon spend stime in the Seelie Court.

star 7.93
643 votes
Directors: Matt Hastings
Writers: Todd Slavkin, Darren Swimmer
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Hail and Farewell

#21 - Hail and Farewell

Season 2 - Episode 19

With Valentine and Sebastian on the loose, the Downworlders come together to make a surprising choice.

star 7.93
835 votes
Directors: Matt Hastings
Writers: Bryan Q. Miller
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A Problem of Memory

#22 - A Problem of Memory

Season 2 - Episode 15

Simon goes down a dark path while Alec and team prepares to transport Valentine.

star 7.91
836 votes
Directors: Peter DeLuise
Writers: Allison Rymer
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Thy Soul Instructed

#23 - Thy Soul Instructed

Season 3 - Episode 4

Jace’s concerns grow about his mental state and turns to Luke for information on his family’s past. Clary and Izzy go after a rogue vampire and Simon hunts for a new apartment.

star 7.91
511 votes
Directors: Emile Levisetti
Writers: Jamie Gorenberg
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Day of Atonement

#24 - Day of Atonement

Season 2 - Episode 16

With everything that Simon has gone through this past year, a family dinner for Yom Kippur – the Jewish Day of Atonement – poses as a real challenge. How can he come clean about being a vampire and especially about what just happened to his family? And if he is stressed out, what if he can’t control his vampire urges? Looking to take care of this himself, Maia insists on helping him out whether he likes it or not. Meanwhile, Clary and Jace go on an unsanctioned mission and test out their newfound rune powers.

star 7.91
862 votes
Directors: Paul Wesley
Writers: Peter Binswanger
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Beati Bellicosi

#25 - Beati Bellicosi

Season 3 - Episode 13

Jordan and the Praetor try to track down Heidi, while the Shadowhunters try to locate Jonathan. Meanwhile, Luke looks to Maryse for help and Isabelle gets a possible lead on information on what is really going on in the Clave prisons.

star 7.90
239 votes
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