The list of stars leaving the cult series grows longer. And that's just the latest in anticipations about Sex Education 4 . Here's what we know about the plot, new entries, possible developments, and when it might come streaming on Netflix.
Since its debut, Sex Education has been one of Netflix's flagship titles, releasing new seasons every year. This, so far, Sex Education 4, in fact, is expected to land on the streaming platform in 2023, as filming of the new episodes did not begin until August 2022. With the announcement of the start of filming, Netflix also released the first images of the fourth season of Sex Education, just to make fans jealous-or to make them quiver even more in anticipation-since from the photos and the first official previews from the cast, a lot of new things are on the way.
First of all, the protagonists of Sex Education 4 will have to deal with a new school. As we know from the previous season finale, Maeve has moved to the United States to attend the prestigious Wallace University. But Otis, Eric and the others, while remaining in England, begin the school year at a new institution: after Moordale High School closes, the boys move to Cavendish Sixth Form College, which has a reputation for being a progressive campus.
The emotions of the new school were commented on by Aimee Lou Wood, who plays Aimee Gibbs:
"The characters feel like they're in really new territory because they literally are, they're in a new school. A lot of our feelings come about because of what's happening in the story, which is that they're in a new school. Take Aimee for example: her best friend is in America, she doesn't have a boyfriend for the first time ever and she's in a brand new school where she has no classmates. So there's a lot of newness for all the characters, and I think all of that makes the show really new."
According to previews (on TvLine), the plot of Sex Education's fourth season revolves precisely around changes related to the new school: Otis is nervous about establishing his new clinic, while Eric is praying he won't be among the losers again. But arriving at Cavendish causes a culture shock for all the Moordale students, who thought they were progressive, as this new institution is on another level. There are yoga classes in the garden, a strong sustainability atmosphere, and a group of kids who are popular–just because they are nice. Viv is in crisis by the noncompetitive approach that exists among the students, while Jackson tries to leave Cal behind. Aimee tries something new by taking art classes, and Adam tries to figure out if mainstream eduction is right for him. In the United States, however, Maeve is living her dream at the prestigious Wallace University, where she has Thomas Molloy as a teacher. Otis then tries to adjust to his new reality at home, as he is no longer an only child, and at school, where he is not the only therapist.
The Maeve – Otis – Ruby triangle
The first images of the new episodes have ignited various speculations about the sentimental developments of the main character Otis: his girlfriend, Maeve, is in the United States, where she meets her teacher Molloy… Who knows, maybe this will not involve a flashback with Ruby, who had left him because she was not reciprocated. What is known for sure is that Maeve, played by Emma Mackey, will no longer be as central as in the past. The actress herself said this about the excitement of returning to the set,
"It's a very familiar feeling! And it's all a bit more fragmented because we have more characters. So here's … I won't be there as consistently. But we're in the middle of shooting right now, and I'm excited to be back. And, yes, I'm curious about what's going to happen – because I don't know either. I'm finding out as we go along, too, so it's going to be fun!"
New cast additions
Leading the new performers (and characters) in Sex Education 4 is undoubtedly Daniel Levy, who has already appeared in the first images. The deus ex machina of the Shitt's Creek series plays Thomas Molloy, a famous author and Maeve's tutor at her American college. Levy is not the only new entry: in addition to him are Thaddea Graham (Doctor Who), Marie Reuther (Kamikaze), Felix Mufti, Anthony Lexa, Alexandra James, and Imani Yahshua. The latest performer to join the Sex Education 4 team, due in February 2023, is Jodie Turner-Smith, co-star with Daniel Kaluuya in the cult thriller Queen&Slim and among the performers in The Witcher: Blood Origin on Netflix, who is involved in the project set among the Mooredale boys by her friend Ncuti Gatwa.
Who's in and who's not in the original cast
Speaking of new additions to the cast, that of Sex Education 4 also reckons with a major exodus: the new episodes will be without Patricia Allison (Ola), Tanya Reynolds (Lily), Simone Ashley (Olivia), and Rahkee Thakrar (Mooredale teacher Emily Sands). Reconfirmed, however, are Asa Butterfield (Otis), Gillian Anderson (Jean), Ncuti Gatwa (Eric), who is also the new star of Dr. Who, Aimee-Lou Wood (Aimee), Emma Mackey (Maeve), Connor Swindells (Adam), Kedar Williams-Stirling (Jackson), Mimi Keene (Ruby), George Robinson (Isaac), Chinenye Ezeudu (Vivienne), Dua Saleh (Cal), Alistair Petrie (Michael) and Samantha Spiro (Maureen).
Emma Mackey (Maeve) will quit Sex Education after the fourth season. And she may not be the only one
In early 2023, after being voted Rising Star Award winner at the last BAFTAs Emma Mackey told the press that she had "said goodbye to Maeve," unfortunately anticipating even to fans that she will be seen less in the new season and then disappear with the fifth. That is, if everything doesn't end with date number four, considering that the new Doctor Who Ncuti Gatwa, who has always been the best friend of the main character, Otis, as Eric, is also given out.