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Here’s what to expect from the new season of ‘Sex Education’


by Sarah Finnan
10th Jun 2021

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Filming on season three of ‘Sex Education’ officially wrapped last month, which means that it’s due to hit our screens anytime now so let the countdown commence.

If you haven’t watched the first two seasons of Sex Education yet, then you better fix that ASAP because season three is on the way and you’re going to want to be fully caught up when it arrives. 

Centred on main character Otis (Asa Butterfield) and his sex therapist mother Jean (played by Gillian Anderson who is as radiant as ever), the socially awkward teen teams up with a classmate to run his own underground sex therapy clinic at school. 

Charting its way to the top of Netflix’s must-watch list, over 40 million viewers streamed the first season after its debut. Season two followed shortly after in January 2020 and the countdown is now on for season three which is expected to premiere later this year. Both Butterfield and his costar Ncuti Gatwa (Eric) have dropped hints as to what’s to come in the new episodes and I think it’s safe to say that we’re all very, very excited. Filming has officially wrapped on the new season so here’s what we know so far. 

*Spoilers ahead.*

All of the main characters will return

Everyone from Asa Butterfield to Ncuti Gatwa, Gillian Anderson, Emma Mackey (Maeve), Aimee Lou Wood (Aimee) and Alistair Petrie (Mr Groff) is expected to return. Each reprising their respective roles, they’ll star alongside Connor Swindells (Adam), Kedar Williams-Stirling (Jackson), Patricia Allison (Ola) and Tanya Reynolds (Lily)… at least if season three teaser is anything to go by.

Season three will also see a few other faces join the cast, including Girls star Jemima Kirke who will step up to the plate as Moordale’s new headmistress Hope, Dua Saleh as new student Cal and Jason Isaacs (aka Lucius Malfoy) as Peter Groff, Mr Groff’s more successful but far less modest older brother. 

A stellar cast I think you’ll agree.

Eric will have a “really powerful” storyline

Conscious not to give too much away, Gatwa did say that there will be “really powerful” and “profound” interactions between Eric and his family this season. Explaining that the pandemic meant a lot of the action is more about “individual” character moments as opposed to ensemble scenes, he also revealed that “Eric returns back to his culture a lot more”.

Commenting on what that meant to him as a young Black actor, he told Metro UK, “I think those scenes were very special. 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.”

As for the whole Otis/Maeve romance… season two was left on quite the cliffhanger and while the new episodes won’t pick up exactly where things left off, they will explore the aftermath of that voicemail so expect plenty of edge-of-your-seat drama. 

Speaking to The Guardian earlier this year, Butterfield said, “There’s a bit of a time-jump since the season two cliffhanger. 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. It’s been fun to portray his newfound charisma. Don’t worry though, he’s still tragically awkward too.”

“Their relationship continues to develop in season three. We also explore why Otis was running his sex therapy clinic in the first place. Was it just to be close to Maeve or does he get fulfilment from helping people?”

It will be out sometime in the “second half of 2021” 

Always keeping us on our toes, Netflix has yet to announce the official release date for season three but we reckon it will be soon. Filming officially wrapped on the new episodes in May, most of which took place in Wales. No release date and unfortunately no trailer either (yet!) but Tanya Reynolds did post a few behind-the-scenes snaps late last year so feast your eyes on them in the meantime. 

Season two finished filming back in September 2019 and four months later it landed on Netflix… so by that reasoning, maybe a September premiere is on the cards for season three? Baiting us all with a cryptic “you lot aren’t ready for season 3, trust me”, Butterfield has only hyped us up further with his contribution to the conversation. As has the series costume designer who said that there will be a “massive” ending, commenting that the show’s writers will have their work cut out for them if they decide to continue for another season.  Stop teasing us and give us the new episodes, dammit!

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