Shadowhunter’s Valentine Morgenstern doesn’t hesitate to kill.
With the premiere of the Shadowhunter’s television show came a barrage of new information surrounding the books by Cassandra Clare, The Mortal Instruments. Among this was insight into the personalties of some of the characters, including that of Valentine Morgenstern.
Valentine Morgenstern is the leader of the Circle, a group of Shadowhunters (demon fighters) loyal to him. He started the Circle as a way of reforming Shadowhunter policies he disagreed with. But after his parents were killed by werewolves, Valentine advocated for the elimination of Downworlders, supernatural beings including werewolves, vampires, warlocks, and faeries).
Jocelyn Morgenstern, his wife, fled from him after she discovered that she was again pregnant and found that Valentine had experimented with demon blood on her previous child. When he discovered her betrayal, Valentine faked his death in a fire, although he continued to search for Jocelyn and her child, Clary.
In the book, Valentine is seen as a ruthless murderer. On the screen, his brutality truly comes to life. Within the pilot episode alone, Valentine exhibits his excessive fury and impatience by killing a member of the Circle who dares to associate Jocelyn with Mundanes (normal humans).
While the City of Bones movie that came out in 2013 featured Jonathan Rhys Meyers as Valentine, the newer television series cast Alan Van Sprang as the villain. Sprang recently appeared as King Henry II on the CW’s Reign, an historical fiction romance television series.
Based on the bestselling young adult fantasy book series The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare, ‘Shadowhunters’ follows 18-year-old Clary Fray, who finds out on her birthday that she is not who she thinks she is but rather comes from a long line of Shadowhunters – human-angel hybrids who hunt down demons. When her mother, Jocelyn, is kidnapped, Clary is thrown into the world of demon hunting with mysterious Shadowhunter Jace and her best friend, Simon. Now living among faeries, warlocks, vampires and werewolves, Clary begins a journey of self-discovery as she learns more about her past and what her future may hold. – Freeform