Sex Education’s fourth season is one of the most hotly-anticipated shows dropping on Netflix this year, after a long wait since the last instalment aired in September 2021.
In that time, several of its stars have reached new heights: Emma Mackey starred in last year’s Emily and appears in the upcoming Barbie film, while Ncuti Gatwa‘s been cast as the fifteenth incarnation of The Doctor. And this has prompted fans to wonder: will Sex Education Season 4 be the last? Unfortunately, Netflix has confirmed that yes, we’ll be waving goodbye to the show when the last credits roll on Season 4’s finale. On the plus side, though, there’s still a slew of new episodes just around the corner, with Asa Butterfield and Gillian Anderson reprising their memorable roles.
Everything We Know About Sex Education Season 4
At the end of Season 3, one of the most important plot points was that our main cast’s school, Moordale, would be closing its doors and sold, so season 4’s biggest change will be that the students are in a whole new setting.
Otis (Butterfield) and Eric (Gatwa) are now attending Cavendish Sixth Form College, with Otis planning to re-establish his sex clinic, even as a rival threatens his potential success.
Sixth Form has a rather different culture to Mooredale (including daily yoga and lots of sustainability initiatives), with Otis also struggling to fill the hole in his life: the absence of Maeve (Mackey).
Season 3’s finale saw her getting ready to start a new life in a study programme in the US, and she will be seen less in Season 4, though still appearing.
Cast Changes And Exits
While Mackey and Gatwa confirmed that they will appear for one more next season of Sex Education, a few key cast members have said they won’t be returning. Simone Ashley became a key figure in Bridgerton last year so her on-screen alter-ego, Olivia, won’t feature. Plus, Tanya Reynolds (who played Lily), Rakhee Thakrar (Emily), and Patricia Allison (Ola) also aren’t appearing.
All is not lost, though – in addition to Anderson confirming she’ll be back as Otis’ mum (AKA Jean), Aimee Lou Wood will return as Aimee.
With all the departures and changes, there’s definitely a sense of finality- but hopefully we’ll still get a satisfying ending that we all crave. Series creator Laurie Nunn said “we are incredibly proud of Sex Education… …and have worked tirelessly to bring you the final series, and we can’t wait to share it.” Perhaps one day we’ll get our Sex Education reunion series, but for now we’re sure the show will be better than ever for these last eight episodes.
The last episodes will drop on 21st September, and we’ve finally got an official trailer to watch again and again before then.