Dust and Shadows is the fifth episode of the second season of Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments.


THE SHADOWHUNTERS TRY TO REGROUP: Clary takes desperate actions after the attack on the Institute.

After the recent attack on the Institute, the Shadowhunters are left devastated and wounded. Trying to regroup, each of the Shadowhunters deals with the situation their own way. Meanwhile, Simon moves home but finds it is not so easy to pull off his new life with his family around.






  • Zac Hug — writer
  • Salli Richardson-Whitfield — director
  • Siluck Saysanasy — first assistant director TBA


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A list of the known songs and score music featured in this episode:

  • "Metanoia" - Faux Tales
  • "Straight Shooter" - Skylar Grey
  • "Don't Forget About Me" - Cloves


  • The title is derived from "we are but dust and shadows", which is translated from the line "Pulvis et umbra sumus" by Horace.
  • The characters Iris, the nurse Leigh, and Madzie were named after the episode writer's nieces and/or goddaughters,[1][2] and the name of one of the warlocks shown in the Institute database records, Floretta Camp, is a mixture of his grandmothers' names.[3]
  • The shape-shifting rune that has been on Isabelle's forearm since A Door Into the Dark and is seen in episodes after this was missing from her arm in this episode.

  • Filming began on September 22, 2016.[4][5]
  • The demon in this episode is a contortionist.[6]
  • Matthew Daddario improv'd some lines in the Malec scene on the balcony.[7]
  • One of the warlock marks considered for the newborn baby was having goat feet, for which a prop was made and used in a take but was ultimately not included in the episode.[8][9]

The following are elements adapted from The Shadowhunter Chronicles:

  • Simon being Jewish is once again tackled.
  • Magnus's mother committed suicide shortly after realizing that Magnus was her child with a demon.
  • That Shadowhunters cannot be impregnated by demons is mentioned.
  • Yin fen and the dangerous addictive property that comes with its use is shown.
  • The type of being Iris wants to make—part-demon and part-Shadowhunter—is similar to the one that a character in The Infernal Devices wanted to make.
  • Clary began receiving visions of new/unknown runes, particularly at a time when she needed it.
  • As in the series books, in Shadowhunter funerals, the words "ave atque vale" and/or its English translation "hail and farewell" are spoken. According to The Shadowhunter's Codex, "Pulvis et umbra sumus, we are dust and shadows," is also spoken.


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