The creative team of SHADOWHUNTERS, Todd Slavkin, Darren Swimmer, and Matt Hastings sat down with us to answer some questions.
When asked to describe the rest of the Shadowhunters season 2 in three words, Darren Swimmer said “big, bold, and heartbreaking,” Todd Slavkin said “feels, feels, and more feels,” while Matt Hastings said “emotionally resonant, and epic.”
Todd states that the last two episodes really feel like films. “It’s staggering. We’ve never done anything cinematic, as cinematic as I think what we’re doing. And the show’s been pretty darn cinematic since Matt took over the show in season 2.”
In regards to changing things due to fan reaction, they admit to it constantly happening. “This fan base is massive,” Todd said. “We respect them so much and absolutely- at the end of the day, the two of us look in the mirror and ask ‘would we like this?'”
Slavkin continued, expressing his understanding of the fan base. “Their input is really, really valuable. There are characters that have come that they’ve responded to and we’ve maybe made a little bigger.”
Matt adds that it’s “also nice to have fans that are this passionate.” Knowing that, he does say that the passion that the fans have make the show a joy to make, even “when they get angry, I get excited.”
In regards to the actors, they have nothing but appreciation and love for them, stating that “these seven actors blow us away every day. Every dailies that we see, they are so good, it’s more like we get to marvel at it.”
When asked about the downworlder storylines for the rest of the season, they stated that it would be massive. Slavkin noted that we’ve already seen the downworld strife brewing, and that they “play that to a pretty staggering climax. It will shock you and surprise you. But it will really make sense, I think, where we’re going.” He continued by saying how the show has a socio-political relevance to the real world’s current state, “and the Shadowhunters that kind of fell in our laps recently. Episode 213 where it was the DNA, you know, they were checking all that, and it’s making us think more. It’s almost deeper in our minds now. So, this strife never will go away. We’re going to work on it, and try to make it right.”
When asked about how they plan what in the books would be included in the show, Todd finds it to be an “organic process. There’s no rule or recipe. It’s almost like writing music, if that makes any sense, which is there are millions of melodies and Cassie has created all these melodies in her book. But we couldn’t shoot them all. And the storytelling is so great, internal stuff, because it’s a novel, we can’t do that on TV. So, we need to create from these beautiful, amazing characters and the worlds that she’s created, a dramatic thru-line that are unique to the TV show to get us through ten episodes to keep you guys on the edge of your seats so you gotta watch. We love the book, but there’s times in the book I don’t have to read. I can rest the book. It’s beautiful, this is not a critique, but I can put it down. The TV, by the very nature, is not on your bedside table. We need to make you want to watch it, so that’s why the last parts of our shows always drop these staggering bombs. The last four episodes are going to keep doing that. And the finale, the last three minutes of that show, you guys are going to be spinning, and I cannot wait for season 3 and that’s our goal.”
Shadowhunters airs on Mondays at 8pm on Freeform.