When season two of Sex Education ended on Netflix, fans were heartbroken to see how the Ross and Rachel of this series, and Gen Z as a whole, Otis and Maeve, had still not realised their true feelings for each other.
However, season three, which premiered on Netflix on September 17th, 2021, saw the duo confessing, Aimee owning a goat and Otis’s mother giving birth to a little sister, besides other exciting events that built up to a potential season four.
While fans desperately prayed for the renewal, Netflix answered their prayers by renewing Sex Education, which still reigns as one of Netflix’s most successful and popular Originals.
Ahead of the release of the fourth season, here is everything that we know about Sex Education season 4:
Everything we know about Netflix’s ‘Sex Education’ season 4
Will there be Sex Education season 4?
After the third season, fans were eagerly awaiting the news for the renewal of Sex Education season four. During Netflix’s TUDUM event on September 25th, 2021, the show was officially renewed for a fourth season, much to the delight of fans.
What is the production status for Sex Education season 4?
Sex Education season three had faced many obstacles in the form of the Covid-19 pandemic that slowed down production. This led to a subsequent delay in the release of the season, pushing back the commencement of the fourth season’s production to April 2022.
Filming will most likely take place between April and November 2022, following which we can expect an early or mid-2023 release.
Who are the cast members on Sex Education season 4?
The cast members who are returning to reprise their roles include:
- Asa Butterfield as Otis Milburn
- Emma Mackey as Maeve Wiley
- Gillian Anderson Jean Milburn
- Ncuti Gatwa as Eric Effoing
- Aimee Lou Wood as Aimee Gibbs
- Connor Swindells as Adam Groff
- Kedar Williams-Stirling as Jackson Marchetti
- Mimi Keene as Ruby
- Chaneli Kular as Anwar
- Chinenye Ezedu as Viv
- Tanya Reynolds as Lily Iglehart
Sex Education season four will also see two new characters; the show had sent out a casting call to find the perfect fit for a trans “power couple”. The characters are Abbi and Kent.
Abbi is a young, badass trans woman who oozes confidence and gives off major 1990s Winona Ryder vibes. She has a bubbly and magnetic personality and is confident in her skin. Having been kicked out of her house by her conservative family, she lives with her boyfriend Kent and his accepting family.
Kent is the polar opposite of Abbi. A devoted boyfriend, he is trans-masculine, goofy and quiet. He slowly grows out of his nervous shell with Abbi’s help and reassurance.
What can we expect from Sex Education season 4?
Sex Education season four will most likely answer various questions from the third season and help tie up loose ends. Following Ruby and Otis’ break-up, and with Otis and Maeve finally confessing their feelings to one another, fans who shipped Otis and Maeve were shocked to hear Maeve’s revelation regarding her US travel plans.
However, the fourth season will provide an insight into their blossoming relationship and how distance affects them. Emma Mackey, who plays the badass and iconic Maeve Wiley, said that she was “excited” for her character to break out of “her tiny bubbles” and explore the world.
If Maeve and Otis do get together, fans would be delighted if the iconic duo brought back their infamous sex clinic to give students advice regarding safe sex, pleasure and more.
The fourth season will also see Otis’ best friend and moral anchor, Eric, finally exploring his sexuality with various people, following his break-up with his former bully, Adam. The fourth season will also explore the non-binary students, Cal and Layla’s, journies as they try and navigate their feelings towards each other.
The season will also show how the Otis will adjust with Jean, Jakob, Ola and his little sister, Joy, following the latter’s birth. However, the potential news regarding Jakob not being Joy’s father might lead to various complications and bring forward unknown truths in the fourth season.
Finally, the fourth season will address the most important concern regarding the future of the school. With the school being tainted as the “sex school” and the successful removal of the oppressive principal, Hope Haddon, the third season saw investors leaving the board with no funding that might lead to the potential sale of the school.
With the future of the students and Moordale hanging by a thread, the fourth season will show if Mooredale manages to make history and save its legacy with the help of its loyal students.
What is the release date for Sex Education season 4?
Sex Education, unlike various other Netflix Originals, has always provided a new season every year since its release in 2019. However, the pandemic stalled production and pushed back the third season’s release by a year to September 17th, 2021.
Since production is set to take place from April to November 2022, a 2022 release for the fourth season seems highly unlikely. Since seasons one and two were released in January, one can hope for a January 2023 release for the fourth season.
Will Sex Education season 4 be followed by another season?
While Sex Education is one of Netflix’s most popular Originals, a fifth season seems quite unlikely due to the various reactions of the cast members. While Asa Butterfield has always talked about how the show probably does not need “more than four or five [seasons]”, he also talked about how he would be “happy saying goodbye to these characters”.
Actress Aimee Lou Wood has opened up about how they would rather move on and “do different things and play different parts” and how the show must “come to an end” as they were running out of time to play high school seniors.