Alec was about to get hitched to Lydia. As powerful Shadowhunters, they’d rule the Institute, restore the Lightwood name, spend their lives in a loveless union, etc. But Alec’s feelings could not be denied, and with the season finale coming next week, Shadowhunters finally delivered with “Malec.”

Instead of this:

He went for this:

And we got to see this!

“Malec”—get it? Magnus + Alec 4ever! It was not exactly “a live version of The Graduate” (thanks, Simon), but it was a huge moment that we’ve been waiting all season to see.