Netflix’s Sex Education will be returning for a third season later this year, and it’s safe to say we’re very excited. Here’s everything we know so far. Warning: this article contains spoilers for Sex Education season two.
If you’ve been wondering when Sex Education might finally be returning to Netflix for season three, you’re definitely not the only one.
Thanks to production delays caused by the coronavirus pandemic, it’s been well over a year since season two landed on Netflix.
And with season two leaving us with so many cliffhangers to pore over (will Otis and Maeve ever get together?), it’s safe to say we’re excited to see how the next season pans out.
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However, while, much to our disappointment, we’re yet to get any update as to when we can expect the show’s return (the only thing we do know is that it’ll air sometime in the “second half of 2021”, according to a letter Netflix sent to its investors), the cast have been dropping hints as to what viewers can expect from the show’s third instalment.
Keep reading to check out what we know about Sex Education season three so far.
Who is in the cast for Sex Education season three?
Alongside Asa Butterfield, we know all of the series’ main characters will be returning for season three thanks to Netflix’s announcement video.
These, of course, include Gillian Anderson, Ncuti Gatwa, Emma Mackey and Aimee Lou Wood.
On top of the main cast, however, there will also be some new cast members joining the season three line-up.
These include Girls star Jemima Kirke (who will be playing Moordale’s new headmistress Hope), alongside Dua Saleh as a new student called Cal and Jason Isaacs as Peter Groff, Mr Groff’s more successful older brother.
What will Sex Education season three be about?
If the other seasons are anything to go by, it’s probably easier to ask “what won’t they be about?”
The show’s creator Laurie Nunn is great at exploring a range of important storylines and situations all at once, so we have no doubt that the plot for season three will be just as good as the other two.
Of course, the big storyline which will continue to lie at the center of the show in season three will be Otis and Maeve’s relationship. After Otis and Ola called it a day and he sent a voice message to Maeve confessing his love for her, we were sure the two would finally get together.
But Isaac, Maeve’s neighbour who happens to have a crush on her, got in the middle of that happily-ever-after moment when he deleted Otis’ message, leaving Maeve none the wiser.
What have the cast and crew said about Sex Education season three?
Although, as we’ve already mentioned, we don’t know much about season three when it comes to specific plot details, the cast have revealed some key details about the upcoming instalment.
Speaking during a conversation with fellow cast member Aimee Lou Wood on Bafta’s Instagram page ahead of this year’s TV awards, Ncuti Gatwa, who plays Eric Effiong on the show, explained how the coronavirus pandemic had led to fewer ensemble scenes and more “individual” moments.
“We were so out of sequence,” Gatwa explained. “I’m very much looking forward to seeing [it]… I’ve only read everyone else’s storylines. For me, that’s always the most exciting part of a production, is when you can look at the end product and look at everyone else’s storylines.”
And in a later interview, again in a press appearance for the Bafta Television Awards, where he is nominated for Best Male Comedy Performance, Gatwa said that season three sees Eric return “back to his culture a lot more”.
“I think those scenes were very special,” he said. “Just kind of having a set where the majority of people were Black was really great and really powerful and represented Eric’s culture and his family. Those are always very quite profound moments.”
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Gatwa isn’t the only cast member to speak about what to expect from season three. In an interview with The Guardian published at the beginning of this year, Asa Butterfield – who plays Otis Milburn on the show – revealed that his character has undergone some changes between seasons two and three.
“There’s a bit of a time-jump since the season two cliff-hanger,” he explained. “Otis is back at school but he’s got different things on his plate. He’s grown up a bit and become slightly more sassy.”
He added: “It’s been fun to portray his newfound charisma. Don’t worry, though, he’s still tragically awkward too.”
Butterfield also revealed his character would sport a moustache after the time-jump but was quick to add that it “doesn’t last the whole season”.
“I don’t think anyone could bear looking at that thing for long,” he joked.
Finally, outside of the various character-related moments we can expect to see unfold in season three, it’s also been revealed that the season will have a pretty big ending.
Speaking in an interview with Metro, the series costume designer Rosa Dias revealed that the ending is “massive” – and that the show’s writers will have their work cut out for them if they continue the show into season four.
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“When you see series three, the end of it is really quite interesting,” Dias explained.
“Whatever happens in four, if it happens, wow – the writers have got a challenge. They’ve got a massive challenge on their hands.”
She continued: “It will be really interesting to see if they do do four, what they’re going to do. It’s massive.”
When will Sex Education season three be released?
The only thing we know for certain right now is that Sex Education season three will land on Netflix sometime before the end of 2021.
The show started filming in September and concluded in March, so we hopefully don’t have too long to wait until we hear more news about when we can expect it to air, and perhaps get a first-look trailer.
We’ll update this space with the latest news as and when we get it, so stay tuned.
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