Sex Education is one of those Netflix shows where everyone who watches it – including celebrities – becomes instantly obsessed with it. It's a refreshing (and extremely relatable) portrayal of how awkward and hilarious growing up can be – navigating sex, love and relationships for the first time when (let's face it) school won't teach us shit. The show doesn't at all shy away from the ups and downs of puberty and sexuality and it allows us to experience it all through the stories of extremely loveable characters. It's also refreshingly progressive, showcasing queer storylines in a delightfully authentic way. Oh, and there's Gillian Anderson. Playing a sex therapist. You read that right: Gillian Anderson playing a sex therapist.
Centring around Moordale Secondary School, best friends Otis Milburn (Asa Butterfield), Eric Effiong (Ncuti Gatwa) and their schoolmates swap questions about sex, sexuality, gender, and everything in between as frequently as they swap saliva.
We are so ready for Season 3 of Sex Education. Here's absolutely everything you need to know, including release date information, cast members and what to expect from this masterpiece.
Will there be a season 3 of 'Sex Education'?
You betcha. In September 2020, Netflix gave us the greatest news of all time: Sex Education Season 3 was in production.
They announced it, of course, via a YouTube video where our favourite-least-favourite character Principal Groff (Alistair Petrie) took us on a journey around Moordale's latest art exhibition.
Posted with the announcement from Netflix UK & Ireland’s official Twitter account was a behind-the-scenes video featuring cast members Asa Butterfield, Chris Jenks, Gillian Anderson, Connor Swindells and others getting ready to head back to the set.
Are the 'Sex Education' cast returning for season 3?
Absolutely! All of your favourites are coming back including Otis (Asa Butterfield), Eric (Ncuti Gatwa), Ola (Patricia Allison), the amazing Dr. Jean (Gillian Anderson), Maeve (Emma Mackey), Adam (Connor Swindells), Jackson (Kedar Williams-Stirling), Lily (Tanya Reynolds), Aimee (Aimee Lou Wood), and Principal Groff (Alistair Petrie).
Who is joining the cast for 'Sex Education' season 3?
Shortly after Season 3 was announced, Netflix gave us some more juicy goss in the form of new cast announcements! They tweeted about three new characters and who would be playing them.
"~@jemimakirke is joining as Moordale's new headmistress ‘Hope’
~Dua Saleh (@doitlikedua) is playing ‘Cal’, a student who clashes with Hope
~Jason Isaacs (@jasonsfolly) is playing ‘Peter Groff’, Mr Groff’s more successful/less modest older brother," they wrote.
More about the new characters according to Netflix’s synopsis:
Jemima Kirke (from Girls) "will play former Moordale student and new headmistress ‘Hope’ who plans to turn Moordale back into the pillar of excellence it’s always been."
Jason Isaacs (yes, Lucius Malfoy from the Harry Potter films!) is playing "‘Peter Groff’, Mr Groff’s more successful and not very modest older brother, who Mr Groff (Alistair Petrie) has been staying with in the wake of his separation from Mrs Groff."
And finally, Dua Saleh (a brilliant recording artist and songwriter) is making their acting debut as "‘Cal’, a nonbinary student at Moordale, who instantly clashes with Hope’s new vision for the school."
The show has always had pretty awesome representation, so people are super excited about this new non binary character. Plus, it's a trans person playing a trans person – that is very, very good practice!
What is the release date for 'Sex Education' season 3?
Netflix has officially confirmed that Sex Education Season 3 is hitting our screens on September 17. Cancel your plans for the rest of September – you're not going to want to miss this.
Netflix announced the good news via a Tweet that gave us a first look into the season. The grey uniforms?! We have so many questions.
How many episodes will there be of 'Sex Education' in season 3?
Netflix has let us know that there will be eight episodes of Sex Education Season 3. That's not too many to binge in a single day, right?
What happened at the end of 'Sex Education' season 2?
At the end of Sex Education Season 2, we closed things off just as Otis (Asa Butterfield) was confessing how he feels about Maeve (Emma Mackey). Finally! However, as unlucky fate will have it, the voice message where he tells her his true feelings is deleted by Issac (George Robinson). Nooo!
Meanwhile, Eric (Ncuti Gatwa) and Adam’s (Connor Swindells) are all coupled up, and Dr. Jean (Gillian Anderson) might have a baby on the way.
Where can I watch the trailer for ‘Sex Education’ Season 3?
Right here! Happy watching.
What can I expect from 'Sex Education' season 3?
Asa Butterfield revealed the Sex Education Season 3 won't pick up directly where Season 2 left off.
In an interview with The Guardian, he reveals that "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," he says.
"We got snapped by paparazzi while filming and people have been freaking out about Otis having a moustache. I can exclusively reveal it's not real." Bummer.
"It's a stunt 'tache and thankfully it doesn't last the whole season. I don't think anyone could bear looking at that thing for long," he added.
Will Maeve and Otis get together in 'Sex Education' Season 3?
We truly hope so. In that same interview with The Guardian, Butterfield revealed their relationship will be explored in the show's third season.
"Their relationship continues to develop in Season 3. 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?" he said.
He added that feels the exact same way as us about how important a show like Sex Education is.
"It spreads positive messages and opens up important conversations – about sexuality, bodies, mental health. It’s always difficult for parents and children to talk about these things. Our show deals with them in an authentic, lighthearted, non-judgmental way. I wish it had been around when I was a teenager," he said.
"People have told me how much it’s helped them – whether it’s coming out to their parents or boosting their confidence. It reassures people that they’re not weird or alone. Everyone’s got quirks and hang-ups." Right on.
Read MTV's full interview with the Sex Education's Ncuti Gatwa and Asa Butterfield right here.