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Shadowhunters’ Harry Shum Jr speaks out on show’s “shock” axing and “incredible” fan response

Shadowhunters star Harry Shum Jr has opened up about the show’s axing, though has praised the “incredible” fan attempts to get it back on air.

The show has just begun the final half of its third and final season following its cancellation last year, which has prompted a big campaign to get the show back on air by fans.

“It was a shock because everyone was expecting it to go on,” Harry, who plays Magnus Bane, told Collider of his reaction to the axe. “Everything was great.

Jack Yang and Harry Shum Jr as Asmodeus and Magnus Bane in Shadowhunters
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“I guess the silver lining, with anything that happens in life, where you always have to look at the silver lining and go, ‘Okay, this is a thing that I wasn’t expecting, that I would have wanted to go on,’ is that the fact that we have these two final episodes.

“It’s 12 episodes total, but two episodes after we found out about the cancellation, so we basically got to make a movie. So, it was a bittersweet process of everyone being devastated about the show ending, but at the same time, knowing that we get to end it, in the way that we want to end it.

“We were together, and we had this process to do the things that we wanted to do. We had the opportunity to do that, when a lot of shows aren’t that fortunate. They hear, ‘You’re completely done,’ and there’s nothing they can do about it. If they have any regrets, they think, ‘Oh, I wish I would have done this or that’.

“But, we had the opportunity to do that. There are a lot of shows that don’t even have one season, let alone three, and we got to do 50 wonderful episodes, plus. I’m glad that the audience gets to see them. They’ve had a long wait, and we’re finally here.”

However, Shum Jr praised fans for their #SaveShadowhunters campaign, explaining: “There was a devoted fan base for the books.

“But even having it based on those books, and bringing the things over that were so great about the book that people loved, and then having this team put their spin on it, I don’t think we expected this.

“You can do something like that, and fail incredibly. It might not work because stuff happens, with anything that’s based on source material that was so loved. So, to have this happen, and to have this kind of visceral fan reaction, in such a positive manner, has really been an outpouring of love.

“And what those fans have done, putting billboards up themselves, and the awards, and the fan letters and fan art, it’s overwhelming and incredible to be a part of this phenomenon.”

 

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