Despite the return of Sex Education, Netflix’s beloved raunchy teen drama, for an expectedly colorful third season, the show’s future and its characters seemed uncertain.
Adam (Connor Swindells) and Eric (Ncuti Gatwa) broke up, and it’s evident that Adam needs a lot of therapy to deal with the effects of being in the closet for so long. No, that doesn’t mean the wind has left this ship’s sails. After his ex-girlfriend has had some time to heal, Eric appears ready to try reconciliation again.
Meanwhile, after telling Otis how she really feels, Maeve (Emma Mackey) is leaving for the United States to take advantage of a once-in-a-lifetime study abroad opportunity (Asa Butterfield). The young lovers must now cross an ocean on their own two wings. In case Maeve ever comes back, Otis says he’ll be waiting. But he’s still a teenager, and young people aren’t known for their promise-keeping skills.
Jean, Otis’s mother, played by Gillian Anderson, is a different story altogether. Jean spends most of Season 3 pregnant, and after giving birth to a healthy baby girl, she learns from a DNA test that the identity of the child’s biological father is a mystery.
Moordale Secondary School has been sold, meaning that the students will have to find a new place to go to school. With so many fans still scratching their heads over the show’s mysteries, we thought we’d share what we know about Season 4 so far.
How about a season 4 of Sex Education?
Butterfield initially told Cosmopolitan in September, when asked about season 4 rumors, “We don’t know [whether there will be more]. We can’t do anything about it now. I wish I knew more to fill in the blanks for you. However, in a later interview with ELLE, he and Gatwa made it clear that they desired additional episodes.
In particular, Butterfield was interested in how Maeve and Otis would fare in life without constantly stressing over their romantic prospects. It was his hope that they would “take a step back and look at the big picture.” To “find out more about themselves and to concentrate on either their romantic or their platonic relationships with others.”
Gatwa and Kedar Williams-Stirling, who plays Jackson, broke the big news just days later at Netflix’s first-ever TUDUM event: Sex Education would indeed return for a fourth season.
Breaking News out of #TUDUM!
Sex Education has been renewed for Season 4! pic.twitter.com/8N2WwNLqoG
— Netflix (@netflix) September 25, 2021
What is the Release Date for Season 4?
It’s possible that a fourth season will premiere much sooner, perhaps as early as spring 2023, than the almost two-year gap between seasons two and three, which was caused in large part by filming delays due to the coronavirus pandemic. But we haven’t heard anything official yet.
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However, we do know that filming for Season 4 has begun. Asa Butterfield hinted that filming had begun on August 5 when he tweeted a selfie from the set. On August 19, Netflix tweeted that filming had begun season 4 of Sex Education will most likely be released in early 2023 According to radiotimes.
What will happen in the fourth season?
In the fourth season of Sex Education, Otis and Eric “face a new frontier—their first day at Cavendish Sixth Form College” after Moordale Secondary School was closed. Otis is anxious about opening a new clinic, and Eric is hoping against hope that they won’t end up as losers yet again. The students at Moordale are taken aback by the progressiveness of Cavendish compared to their own school.
There’s yoga every day in the courtyard garden, a focus on eco-friendliness, and a gang of cool kids who are known for their…niceness. Jackson is still trying to get over Cal, and Viv is completely confused by the college’s student-led, non-competitive approach. Aimee challenges herself by pursuing an Art A Level, and Adam wonders if he should enroll in a traditional school.
Maeve is finally living out her academic dreams as a professor at the illustrious Wallace University under the tutelage of legendary writer Thomas Molloy. Otis misses her while adjusting to life as an only child and on a campus where he is no longer the only therapist.
Maybe in the next chapter, there will be a time jump and Otis and Maeve will get back together after Maeve has spent some time in the States (and picked up an American accent). Or not.
“Will the Original Cast Return?”
While most of the main cast is expected to return for season 3, many fan-favorite supporting roles will be ending.
Sex Education’s Simone Ashley (Olivia Hanan) shot to fame after starring in Bridgerton Season 2, which premiered in March 2022. However, due to her newfound status, she will not be returning for season 4 of SE because of her obligations in the Regency drama. The news was confirmed by her on the ITV show This Morning. “I get that question all the time,” Ashley said. Not at all; from now on, I identify as a Bridgestone.
As an added downside, Patricia Allison, who plays Ola, won’t be returning for Season 4. With Capital Xtra, she broke the news: Despite how much I adore Sex Education and my role as Ola on the show, I will not be returning for Season 4. I hate to be the one to break it to you, but I need to focus on other priorities for a while.
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Rakhee Thakrar, who played Emily Sands, the teacher, added that she, too, is concluding her storyline. She announced on Sunday to Daily Star, “I’m not part of the new series.” There’s a reason why I can’t explain why, though. But the show is amazing, and I’m honored to have played a role in creating it. Sex education is a positive and healthy practice.
Despite his casting as the new Doctor Who, Ncuti Gatwa will be back for the new season, as reported by Variety. The season four shoot of Sex Education will begin in the fall, and he has managed to fit both projects into his schedule.
How Many of the Original Cast Members Have Joined the Sequel?
Thomas Molloy, Maeve’s legendary American professor at Wallace University, will be played by Dan Levy, in his first series regular role since Schitt’s Creek. Even though their specific roles have not been disclosed, the show has also added Thaddea Graham, Marie Reuther, Felix Mufti, Anthony Lexa, Imani Yahshua, and Alexandra James to its cast of newcomers.