If Will and Jem were the original parabatai, then Alec Lightwood and Jace Herondale for The Mortal Instruments and Shadowhunters redefined it. Though both competent skilled fighters, they were as different as night and day. Wild and rebellious, Jace had a habit of leaping before looking. He took unnecessary risks, talked a big game, and often found himself caught in a knot of trouble of his own doing. Serious and responsible, Alec, on the other hand, lived and died by the rulebook. He felt immense pressure to be the perfect son and warrior, causing him to lock away his true self in order to fill the role he needed to play. While they may have seemed like an odd pairing, their differences made them a killer team. Jace needed Alec to reel him in when he got caught up in a plan that was going off the rails, and Alec needed Jace to give him the (sometimes unwanted) push he needed to take few risks now and then. Like every parabatai pair before them, they fought as one, moved as one, and lived as one. They trusted each other completely, and they always believed the best in each other, even when others questioned their motives. They rose together, and they fell together. When one was weak, the other was his strength. When one was lost, the other helped him find his way. In a world where no one could be fully trusted, Alec and Jace had a bond that was truly unbreakable.
After months of waiting, we finally get a sneak peek of what we can expect next season on Freeform’s Shadowhunters. If you thought last was a wild ride, it looks like things are about to get even crazier. With the Clave at war with Valentine, the hunt for Jace is on, leaving everyone torn between love and obligation. Clary has finally been reunited with her mother, but her mother doesn’t seem too thrilled that her daughter has fully embraced her shadowhunter heritage or her intense connection to Jace. Alec’s also got his own mamma drama with Mayrse threatening to kill his traitorous parabatai and her reluctance to accept his warlock boyfriend. Throw in Simon trying to navigate the vampire world, Magnus trying to break down Alec’s walls, and Izzy being her fierce self, and we’re bound to be in for an emotional roller coaster.