Episode 9: So What's The Deal With Lydia Branwell?

What do we know about Alec's new fiancée so far?


Lydia Branwell is one strong lady.

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We first met Lydia Branwell, envoy from the Clave, when she temporarily took control of the New York Institute in Bad Blood. She initially comes across as stern and no-nonsense but we discover her softer side when she and Alec connect outside the Jade Wolf. Turns out Lydia lost her husband and her dream job, all at once which has made her scared to follow her heart again.

The law is hard, but it is the law.

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In episode nine, Lydia has the tough job of asking Meliorn to be arrested and taken to the Silent Brothers. Lydia is having to follow Clave orders, even though she knows this will make her super unpopular. Lydia, like Alec, feels a sense of duty and honor to obey rules and regulations at all times.

A political alliance.

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Recently engaged Alec and Lydia are the Shadow World's newest power couple. The two dream of ruling with their heads, and not their hearts. This may not seem very romantic to us mundanes, but the Shadow World is a dangerous place. Losing loved ones is an all too real, and regular, threat for our favorite Shadowhunters and Downworlders.

The importance of family.

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Poor Lydia, it can't be easy following orders which make your future sister-in-law hate your guts! Nobody wants to be in Isabelle Lightwood's bad books! It must also feel a little awkward having to hear about the location of the Mortal Cup from a prisoner, rather than your fellow Shadowhunters. Lydia is having to deal with a whole lot of stuff right about now. Surely she needs to catch a break?

Lost love.

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Lydia tells Alec that the reason she can't back down about taking Meliorn as a prisoner is because she feels responsible, in some way, for the death of her first husband. After choosing not to interrogate a Downworlder, Lydia's husband was killed in a demonic attack. As a result of the hurt she's felt in the past, Lydia does not want to make the same mistakes again.

If you were Lydia Branwell, would you follow your head or your heart? Let us know in the comments.

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