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Samantha Highfill
October 04, 2016 AT 05:59 PM EDT

When Shadowhunters ended its first season, Magnus and Alec had shared their first kiss, but not much else. The good news? That leaves a lot to be explored in season 2.

EW has an exclusive first look at a Malec moment from season 2, which picks up just moments after the season 1 finale. “We don’t miss a beat between the finale and the premiere,” showrunner Todd Slavkin tells EW. Slavkin and Darren Swimmer, best known for Smallville, are new to the show this season, taking over the series from Ed Decter, who helmed season 1.

Speaking specifically about what’s in store for Malec, Slavkin says: “Because of the complications in the end of season 1 and Jace now being gone, we get to really show the evolution of the relationship from the beginning. They’ve got to learn to know each other and we get to follow that path.

“They’re from such two different worlds — one’s a warlock, one’s a shadowhunter. One is super experienced and has lived for centuries and has bedded many, many, many men and women, and here’s Alec, who is a young lad who’s just leaping into the world of relationships. We thought it was great in season 1, and it’s a relationship that we’re deeply invested in and has such interesting potential.”

Shadowhunters returns to Freeform in 2017.

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