One of Netflix’s most popular shows, Sex Education, is returning for its fourth and final season. As fans eagerly await the return of Otis, Maeve, and the rest of the Moordale Secondary gang, let’s dive into all the latest updates on what fans can expect from Sex Education Season 4.
Spoilers ahead for Season 3.
Sex Education Renewed for Season 4
With how popular Sex Education turned out to be, it’s no surprise that Netflix renewed the series for another season. However, the renewal of the show is a bittersweet one for fans, as Sex Education Season 4 will be the last. The show’s creator, Laurie Nunn, posted a statement on the series’ official Instagram account making the announcement.
“Writing this feels bittersweet, as we’ve decided the fourth season will also be the final installment of our show. This was not an easy decision to make, but as the themes and stories of the new season crystalized, it became clear that this was the right time to graduate,
“We are incredibly proud of Sex Education and feel indebted to our brilliant writers, cast, and crew who put so much heart into making every episode. They have worked tirelessly to bring you this final season, and we can’t wait to share it with you,” wrote Nunn.
What Happened in Season 3
In Sex Education Season 3, Jean gave birth to a daughter even though her DNA results are still unknown. Jean soon finds out and her reaction suggests a more complicated home life in store for her.
Meanwhile, Eric and Adam’s relationship is on the rocks. Eric kissed another man while on a trip to visit family in Nigeria. And since then, they called it quits. He was patient with Adam coming out, but he wanted someone proud to be with him. Eric tells Adam that he’s losing who he is after he worked so hard to be himself.
While Eric was away, Adam befriended Eric’s ex-boyfriend Rahim, and they bonded over their pain. We can expect season four to tell us what’s next for the two exes.
Season 3 also showed Michael Groff also going through a tough time. Adam is preparing himself to come out to his mother. Adam is also dealing with whatever relationship he has with his father. Michael realizes he wants Maureen back, and in the finale, he’s seen sneaking out of her bed.
What to Expect for Season 4
Netflix released the official synopsis of Sex Education Season 4.
“Following the closure of Moordale Secondary, Otis and Eric now face a new frontier – their first day at Cavendish Sixth Form College. Otis is nervous about setting up his new clinic, whilst Eric is praying they won’t be losers again. But Cavendish is a culture shock for all the Moordale students – they thought they were progressive but this new college is another level.
“There’s daily yoga in the communal garden, a strong sustainability vibe, and a group of kids who are popular for being…kind?! Viv is totally thrown by the college’s student-leg, non-competitive approach, while Jackson is still struggling to get over Cal. Aimee tries something new by taking an Art A-Level and Adam grapples with whether mainstream education is for him. Over in the US, Maeve is living her dream at the prestigious Wallace University, being taught by cult author Thomas Molloy. Otis is pining after here, whilst adjusting to not being an only child at home, or the only therapist on campus…”
Asa Butterfield, who plays Otis, talked about the show’s evolution in an interview with Radio Times.
“We’re in the new school, new locations, and things have changed up a bit. And we’ve got some new characters,” said the actor. “It’s still got the core team involved. And it’s been fun. I mean, we all know each other so well at this point, so it’s a great time, and it’s a laugh.”
Sex Education Season 4 Cast
Since premiering Season 3, Sex Education has gone through changes in its cast. Several stars will not be returning for the fourth and final season. Simone Ashley as Olivia, Patricia Allison as Ola, and Tanya Reynolds as Lily will not be reprising their roles.
Those who are returning to the show include its core cast: Asa Butterfield as Otis Milburn, Emma Mackey as Maeve Wiley, Gillian Anderson as Jean Milburn, Ncuti Gatwa as Eric Effiong, Connor Swindells as Adam Groff, Alistair Petrie as Michael Groff, Kedar Williams-Stirling as Jackson Marchetti, Aimee Lou Wood as Aimee Gibbs, Mimi Keene as Ruby Matthews, George Robinson as Isaac Goodwin, Chinenye Ezeudu as Vivienne Odusanya, Dua Saleh as Cal Bowman, Samantha Spiro as Maureen Groff, Jim Howick as Colin Hendricks, and Daniel Ings as Dan.
New faces joining Sex Education Season 4 include Dan Levy as Thomas Molloy, Lisa McGrills as Jean’s sister Joanna, and Thaddea Graham as the rival sex therapist, O. Jodie Turner-Smith, Eshaan Akbar, and Marie Reuther are also joining the season in undisclosed roles.
“She’s just brilliant,” Nunn said about Graham in an interview with Tudum. “That was a really specific bit of casting that we knew we needed to get right because it had to be someone who could keep Otis on his toes.”
“Otis starts at Cavendish and quickly realizes that his ambition to start an ethical new sex therapy clinic has been thwarted because there’s already a talented sex therapist called O on campus, and this becomes the catalyst for Otis’ journey in Series 4,” said Nunn.
Other new cast members include Felix Mufti, Anthony Lexa, and Alexandra James, who play the popular clique known as the Coven. Reda Elazouar, Bella Maclean, and Imani Yahshua are also cast as students.
Sex Education Season 4 Release Date
Sex Education Season 4 premieres on Netflix on September 21, 2023. The fourth and final season will premiere two years and four days after Season 3 premiered on the streaming service.
Netflix released the official trailer for Season 4 on July 5, 2023, showing Otis in his new school. The trailer also gave a little peek into Maeve’s life in the US. Take a look below.
Sex Education may be ending, but fans shouldn’t feel too disheartened. Nunn touched on the possibility of future stories and spinoffs taking place in Moordale.
“I’m definitely taking a break and thinking about other things. But Moordale is a really rich world, and writing about teenagers is always a lot of fun. So I think that there’s always potential for more to be explored in that world,” said Nunn.