EXCLUSIVE ‘Shadowhunters’ EP’s Todd Slavkin and Darren Swimmer talk 3B

The scoop on 'Shadowhunters' Season 3B, the fans and more!

Shadowhunters Season 3B is nearly here and fans are eager to catch back up with these beloved characters. These are the final episodes – unless the show is saved, of course – and we can’t wait to see what’s in store for Clary and the crew! We chatted with showrunners, Todd Slavkin and Darren Swimmer about the upcoming episodes, the fan movement and what we can expect in Shadowhunters Season 3B!

Pure Fandom: What can you tell us about the vibe of Shadowhunters Season 3B?

Todd Slavkin: The vibe of 3B is full of highs and lows. Full of heartbreak and love. Full of chills and feels. And absolute joy and devastating sadness.

So, like all of the things!

TS: In the shadow, it’s light and dark – I didn’t practice this! This is off the top of my head. Also, it will keep you on the edge of your seat, you know there’s a lot of propulsion forward. There’s a lot of great character moments and we’re really, really excited about it.

Darren Swimmer: I just wanted to add that the first episode or two, or really just the first episode is a little more somber. Things will for sure get a little lighter as we move forward.

What has it been like for you to witness this massive fan movement that’s been going on?

DS: We knew that there was going to be a big ground swell because the cancellation took everybody by surprise, including us. But we had no idea just how big the reaction would be and how deep the fans would take it.

TS: And it’s really, really inspiring to us. We don’t take it lightly. It really is an honor, a true honor every time we see it. The billboard in Korea, the billboard in Boston, in London and all of this stuff, the donations that have been made to the Trevor Project and the other things. It’s so incredible that these stories and the work that we’ve all put together has triggered this incredible support of humanity. We would only dream of something like that.

SHADOWHUNTERS – “Lost Souls” (Freeform/John Medland)

I am sure it’s been just incredible for you to see it all on social media.

TS: Yes, it’s been awesome. We can’t wait for people to see the show, too! This all been in the grief of not getting the show and they’ve only seen these tidbits. Finally, on Monday they get to see what we’ve seen so long ago. It’s taken forever, which has been so frustrating for us, as well as for them.

Yes, it’s been a long time! Does the finale of 3B leave anything open to more stories or for spin-offs?

DS: We wanted to keep the story-line open enough that if there was ever a chance to bring the show back in any way, shape or form – we could continue that. And even in people’s imaginations we wanted it to feel like it [keeps] going.

TS: Yeah, if the show doesn’t come back, the fan fiction will be out of control. I can’t wait to read it all! Because so many stories have been launched and there is so much propulsion at the end. Your mind should will go crazy. To be clear, we didn’t write it with any spin-off in mind. I’ve just been joking about that on Twitter, although I would watch those spin-offs in a heartbeat. Like the Edom Show or whatever. Whatever it is, but we didn’t set out to do that.

SHADOWHUNTERS – “Lost Souls” (Freeform/John Medland)

What can you tell us about the romantic relationships in 3B?

TS: Most of the energy, in terms of the relationships are the three major relationships that have been set up on the show. Malec (Alec and Magnus), Clace (Clary and Jace) and now Sizzy (Izzy and Simon) is a new one. And Maia and Simon, that just doesn’t go away because that’s rooted in a deep friendship and we see the complications of all that. But those are kind of the three ships that we really explore.

DS: We will see other relationships unfold this season too that might not be expected.

TS: Totally, and everyone knows about Aline and Helen, right? Obviously, we had much bigger plans ahead and that was only the beginning, but never the less, there’s great moments. And as Darren said,  that’s not the only new relationship. Many other new relationships emerge, but those are the three we give the most screen time to. And we lean heavily into the origin story of the Sizzy and all of that.


My last question isn’t really a question, it was a submission from twitter from Miss Seelie Queen herself, Lola Flanery. She wanted me to tell you, “Hello.”

DS: She’s the greatest.

TS: I love Lola. When I directed her, she had a broken leg and she was such a trooper. She was on crutches and stuff. She’s such a seasoned pro at the tender age of 12 (she is now 13). She’s amazing.

DS: A true talent.

TS: So talented!

PF: We can’t wait to see her in action in the Seelie Realm!

RELATED: ‘Shadowhunters’ 3B Premiere: Spoiler free review and photo preview 

How pumped are you for Shadowhunters Season 3B? Hit us up on Twitter and let us know!

Season 3B of Shadowhunters will air on Freeform Feb. 25th. 


Meg Bonney

Meg is a TV obsessed writer based in the Midwest. She is also the author of the award winning YA-Fantasy novel, EVERLY and tends to be overly caffeinated. Find her on Twitter to chat about TV, books and Bellamy Blake's freckles.

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