MCM 2018: Shadowhunters cast praise #SaveShadowhunters campaign and “powerful” fanbase
The cast of Shadowhunters have praised the fan campaign to save the show from cancellation.
Fans of the fantasy series, which is based on Cassandra Clare’s The Mortal Instruments, were devastated earlier this year when it was announced the show would end after just three seasons.
The announcement sparked a massive fan campaign to save the show, using billboard banners across the world, aeroplane banners over Los Angeles and even ads on the sides of London buses.
Speaking at the weekend’s London MCM Comic Con, stars from the show said they were “humbled” by the fan support for the show.
Chai Hansen, who joins the show as werewolf Jordan Kyle in season three, said: “Coming into it I knew it was huge, but seeing that level of support from the fanbase was so honouring. I feel so humbled. There was like 18-20 million tweets to save it.”
His co-star Emeraulde Toubia, who plays Isabelle Lightwood, added: “I think they always surprise us more. I think they’re amazing and great. It just shows how much they care about the story and the characters.”
As it stands, the efforts by #SaveShadowhunters have not yet born fruit – but series lead Katherine McNamara (Clary Fray) thinks they are far from unsuccessful.
She told press: “The world is so divided. To have a story that’s ultimately about love and acceptance and community and to have all of these people all over the world come together and form friendships and form this community – it’s really an amazing thing to see.
“Even speaking not just about the show, but things like voting. It’s showing just how powerful younger generations can be.
“They’re using their passion for a positive force and that’s ultimately what it is. It’s about choosing the kind of word they want to live in.”
Jade Hassouné, who plays Meliorn, added: “This unifying thing [the fans have] found isn’t going anywhere. Whether the show continues or not, or if it’s us or another form of the show, it has shown us that people can come together and influence for the positive.”