EXCLUSIVE: Writer Pete Binswanger Takes Us Inside Episode 203 'Parabatai Lost'!

Find out all about the episode that had us on the edge of our seats from the man who wrote it!


1. Writing this episode, what kind of personal things did you draw on?

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PB: Well, growing up I had a dog named Tato. As I was writing the episode I named one of the werewolves Taito as a placeholder and somehow it ended up sticking all the way through production. Not gonna lie, I'm pretty happy about it.

2. How did you get to be a writer on Shadowhunters?

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PB: Shadowhunters is actually my first job as a TV writer. I was an assistant for a long time on several different shows, and ended up getting to work on the pilot episode of Shadowhunters. When the show went series, I got the bump up to writer.

3. What part of the show is your favorite to think about/work on?

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PB: All of it? I had a great time working with all the cast and crew. Greg Smith directed and we got along really well. He's a super talented director and apparently my girlfriend was a HUGE fan of his when he was an actor, so she was very jealous that I got to hang out with him.

4. Any good stories from set during the shooting of episode 203?

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PB: The shot of Jace getting thrown through the window was pretty much the last thing we shot. It's pretty crazy stunt because the windows are actually rigged with small explosives. The windows shatter just as the stunt man hits it so he doesn't take the full impact, but it still looks pretty painful. That's real glass!

5. What is the significance of Jace and Alec's first meeting being in the training room while Alec practices?

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PB: Alec's a pretty serious guy. He's always been very focused on his duties as a Shadowhunter, and I think meeting Jace might have helped lighten him up a little?

6. Magnus isn't used to his magic failing and now he's facing not being able to save the person he loves. What is Magnus going through?

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PB: I think for someone with so many powers, Magnus isn't used to feeling so powerless. He'll try anything and everything to bring Alec backā€¦. It worked for Sleeping Beauty right?

7. How do you think Jace has been changed by his experience with Valentine on the ship?

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PB: He can no longer watch Deadliest Catch. That show is totally ruined for him.

8. Why do you think Izzy has never wanted a Parabatai?

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PB: I feel like Izzy's always sorta been the sort of person who enjoys doing her own thing... plus who needs a Parabatai when you've got a brother like Alec?

9. Simon gets friendzoned again when Clary kisses him on the cheek outside the restaurant. Do you think Simon is starting to get over her, or is he still pretty smitten?

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PB: I don't think Simon's ready to give up just yet, but he's got to wait for the right moment. Let's face it, nobody wants to kiss the girl of their dreams and then have it immediately interrupted by their mom -- that's just bad for everybody involved.

10. How did Aldertree catch onto Izzy's ruse so quickly and realize she'd disguised Raj as Alec?

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PB: I think he knew that Magnus wouldn't have left Alec's side. Seeing Izzy by herself was enough to tip him off.

11. There's so much witty humor in Simon's dialogue, such as when he tells his mom, "My phone died, among other things" and quips, "He sucks" in reference to Raphael. Is Simon fun to write for?

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PB: I love writing for Simon. As someone who was also at one point a nerdy Jewish teenager, I feel like we've got both got a lot in common... I've got a bunch of video games that I want to play with him.

12. Maia proves how fierce she is in this episode, but things don't seem settled between her and Jace. Can you tease any future interactions between the two?

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PB: Won't give away any specifics, but there's a LOT of good scenes with the two of them coming up. Stay tuned!

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