Here’s what’s on the curriculum!
BY KATE STRONG, IMAGE BY NETFLIX
A new term awaits us, what do we expect to see in the next season of Sex Education? Though we are yet to know an official release date, we do know which students are set to return as well as some fresh faces. The last season ended in chaos, leaving us with many cliffhangers so let’s get into what’s on the curriculum.
Trailer, where are you?
We are yet to see a season four trailer, but it is expected one will drop in 2023 as filming will continue into the new year. It was made official that filming had started back in August, so we’ll have to wait a little bit longer to catch a better glimpse of what’s in store for our favourite pupils.
Gillian Anderson, who plays open-minded sex therapist mum, Jean Milburn did share a BTS sneak peak on her Instagram, writing “Jean’s baaaaaack!”
So, Jean’s back, but who else is returning?
It has been confirmed that non-binary student, Cal Bowman will be returning alongside their love interest, Jackson Marchetti. Cal, who is played by Dua Saleh, was introduced last season, and quickly formed a bond with Jackson, played by Kedar Williams-Stirling. We gushed as the pair fell in love, which resulted in a kiss, but the season ended with Jackson realising he wasn’t ready for a queer relationship. With the rebranding of Moordale in season three we saw Cal forced to wear a female uniform and use female changing rooms, rather than the old toilets that used to house the sex clinics. We see other students remark about Cal’s binder being visible underneath their tight-fitting uniform. The show puts excellent work into capturing what it is to navigate the world as non-binary and shows there’s not one true way to be queer. We have high hopes for both Cal and Jackson in the new season, will they rekindle their relationship?
We will also see the return of Maeve, played by Emma Mackey, who left for America at the end of the last series, leaving her relationship with Otis hanging in the balance. Otis too will return alongside his best mate Eric Effiong. Eric is played by Ncuti Gatwa, who will also be taking the role of the fourteenth doctor in Doctor Who.
Every school year has its leavers though…
After Lily’s story was wrapped up at the end of season three, actor Tanya Reynolds confirmed that she won’t be returning to her role. She expressed her feelings to Digital Spy, “I absolutely will miss [her]. I love, love Lily with my whole entire being and I had the best time on those three seasons, and I will miss it for sure. I will miss Lily, and I will miss the gang. But it just kind of feels very right. It feels like time.”
Reynolds announcement followed the news that actor Patricia Allison would be leaving the show to focus on new projects. Patricia played Ola, Lily’s pansexual girlfriend. Ola was one of the few pansexual characters on television and the show treated her sexuality naturally and gave her an identity outside of her attraction as well as showed her being accepted by others.
We will also see the departure of series mean girl Olivia, as Simone Ashley who portrays her has found success as Kate Sharma in hit period drama, Bridgerton and has decided to focus on that.
A new teacher!?
With Moordale High in disarray, what better time to introduce some new characters? The one and only Dan Levy will be welcomed to the show as new teacher, Mr Molloy. There’s no telling what his new character will be like, but we are so excited to find out! Levy plays David Rose in the Canadian sit-com Schitt’s Creek, a pansexual character known for his iconic wine metaphors to explain his sexuality.
While a release date is yet to be confirmed for season four, rest assured we’ll be shouting it from the rooftops once it is. Stay tuned DIVAs!
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