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SHADOWHUNTERS Spoilers: Star Katherine McNamara Reacts to [*spoilers*] Death

Find out what SHADOWHUNTERS star Katherine McNamara has to say about the shocking end to last week’s episode!

Warning, Shadowhunters spoilers ahead!

This past week’s episode of Shadowhunters ended with a twist that none of us saw coming. Even star Katherine McNamara (Clary Fray) was shocked by the death of her character’s mother, Jocelyn Fray (Maxim Roy).

After the episode aired on Monday, Katherine discussed her thoughts about why Jocelyn’s death was necessary for Clary’s character, and how the show is differing from the books, where Jocelyn lived.

“Right at the point where Clary and Jocelyn have finally settled everything and they’re starting to reconnect and they’re finally starting to form a real relationship, Jocelyn dies. When I first read the script where Jocelyn is killed, I was in shock. I had no idea. I didn’t see it coming. It took me a minute to understand why.”

When talking about this difference between the show and Cassandra Clare‘s book series, Kat said that these changes are what make the show interesting, and keep the audience guessing:

“We have always made changes from the books and that’s what keeps our show exciting. It is what keeps it interesting. It is what keeps people guessing and what’s so great about this new perspective on the show is it allows people to experience these characters and the story in a new way.”

Executive Producer Todd Slavkin always weighed in on Jocelyn’s death, saying that it was needed in order for Clary to grow and develop as a character. “In order for Clary to grow she has to face a lot of adversity in her life and that’s what the human condition is all about.”

Though this twist was upsetting, I can’t wait to see how it will affect the show and the characters in the future.

You can watch the whole interview with Kat, Todd Slavkin, and Maxim Roy below:

The next episode of Shadowhunters, “Dust and Shadows,” premieres on Monday January 30th on Freeform.


By Kait

Kait is a New Englander, a YA book and adaptation lover, and a Slythindor, as well as a red velvet and red wine enthusiast. She likes to like things. Catch her on Twitter: @kaitmary