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Sex Education Season 3 has a release date set for the second half of 2021 – and now we're just waiting for it to return. This high school-based British comedy is one of the best Netflix shows yet, and it's now been over a year after we last saw new episodes hit the service. Anticipation couldn't be higher for this follow-up season.

‘Sex Education season 3’ release date

Netflix said “While we don’t know the official release date for Sex Education season 3 yet, we do have a good idea when the new season will be added to Netflix.”

Netflix recently shared a letter with shareholders that announced some Netflix shows coming in the second half of 2021. Sex Education season 3 is now lined up for a second half of 2021 release date.

We’re anticipating this show could be back for season 3 as early as August or September and arrive as late as October 2021.

What will it be about?

Netflix shared a video on Twitter narrated by Mr. Groff actor Alistair Petrie detailing some of what we can expect in Season 3, but the biggest Season 2 reveal was undeniably Jean Milburn’s unexpected pregnancy. Given her age, Jean was shocked to hear the news, and Gillian Anderson confirmed to Collider that her character is still pregnant when the new season begins, so another baby Oatcake is definitely on the way. She said that means we’ll see her navigating “how to deal with that in relation to Jakob and also Otis.” Her relationship with Otis has been strained since Season 1 because, you know, teenage angst and all, but this could alter their relationship even more. Her relationship with her ex/Ola’s father Jakob (Mikael Persbrandt) isn’t in the best place either, as they did break up with a lot of feelings left unsaid, so it’s unclear if this will bring them back together or cause even more conflict.

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Sex Education isn’t just about the Milburns, though. Things got heated between Eric and Adam, as Adam professed his interest in Eric in front of the whole school in the middle of their musical production of Romeo and Juliet, leaving Eric’s current boyfriend Rahim (Sami Outalbali) in the dust. If they pursue a relationship, it’ll be a whole different, public dynamic for them, meaning Adam will have to confront his personal shame about his sexuality more head-on.

Season 2 also left a pretty big cliffhanger for Maeve. While she’s long been one of the most resilient characters on the show, she ended in a pretty emotional state, considering she called social services on her own mother and her friendship with Otis is still on the rocks. Otis may have fucked up every step of their relationship, but at the end of the season when he tried to apologize and salvage their friendship, Maeve’s neighbor Isaac (George Robinson) deleted the voicemail. Isaac definitely has his own agenda (a.k.a. a big crush on Maeve) so he was just trying to protect her, but it’s unclear how she’s going to react to that, or what she would’ve thought about Otis’ message at all. Clearly, there’s still a lot of emotions between the two former business partners, Thrillist reported.

Asa Butterfield agrees. In an interview with Digital Spy, he said he “wants more of Otis and Maeve” going forward and thinks there will be, especially since they didn’t share the screen all that much in Season 2. Before they can progress their relationship in any way, though, he thinks Otis has some growing up to do. He said, “I want Otis to come out of his shell a bit, and maybe do some other things he’s never done before. He likes his bubble, and his safe space. I’d like to see Otis come out of that and start to tread on some new ground in Season 3.” It makes sense, considering the will they/won’t they between him and Maeve will probably carry on for some time, and for being a pseudo know-it-all sex and relationship therapist, he definitely has a lot of personal work to do, often being at the center of his own problems.

Aside from those main plot points that Season 2 left hanging for us, Sex Education will also likely return to form, exploring a handful of issues related to sex, intimacy, and adolescence through Moordale’s eclectic student body. Right now, though, we’ll just have to keep speculating because we’ve got awhile to go before we can go all the way with the third season.

What happened in Sex Education season two?

Season two concluded with Otis making amends and admitting his true feelings to Maeve in a heartfelt voicemail, which is subsequently deleted by her neighbour who also has feelings for her, Isaac.

Meanwhile, Ola and Lily embark on a relationship with one another, while Eric and Adam are finally together, leaving Eric's ex-boyfriend Rahim broken-hearted. Maeve is also left heartbroken over her decision to call the social services after believing her mother to have had a relapse with drug addiction.

Who in the cast will return?

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Just about everybody will be back for Season 2. It’s confirmed that our beloved Milburn family, Asa Butterfield who plays Otis and and Gillian Anderson who plays his mom Jean, are returning to teach us everything and more anybody ever wanted to know about human sexuality.

In terms of the rest of the core cast, this teen series isn’t really the type to kill off characters left and right, and this time around no one was shipped off to boarding school like Adam was in Season 1, so you can count on everybody else to be back, too. We’ll see more of Ncuti Gatwa (Eric), Emma Mackey (Maeve), Connor Swindells (Adam), Kedar Williams-Stirling (Jackson), Aimee Lou Wood (Aimee), Tanya Reynolds (Lily), Patricia Allison (Ola), Mimi Keene (Ruby), Simone Ashley (Olivia), Chaneil Kular (Anwar), Chris Jenks (Steve), Jojo Macari (Kyle), Chinenye Ezeudu (Viv), and headmaster Groff himself, Alistair Petrie… and probably all of the other students who roam the Moordale halls and come to the Milburns with their burning questions.

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Are there any new cast members?

Once the series got back to filming in September 2020, Netflix announced some pretty exciting new castings for the upcoming season on social media. The streamer shared that former Girls star Jemima Kirke is headed to the halls of Moordale as a new headmistress named Hope, now that Headmaster Groff is on administrative leave. TBD if she’ll crack the whip as hard as Alistair Petrie’s character or if she’ll take a more alternative approach to running the school while he’s away. One thing is for sure, though, which is she’s said to clash with one of the other new additions to the ensemble-a nonbinary student named Cal who’ll be played by recording artist Dua Saleh.

Jason Isaacs (The OA, The Harry Potter series) is another new cast member, and based on his role, Mr. Groff’s leave won’t be the only thing he’ll be dealing with in the new season. Isaacs is taking on Peter Groff, Michael’s “more successful” brother, so it sounds like he’s in for some good, old sibling rivalry to make him feel absolutely great about currently being a failure in his work and home life.

Will this be the last season of Sex Education?

Netflix has a reputation for putting the kibosh on shows after their third season, but it hasn’t been confirmed whether or not this will be Sex Education‘s final installment. However, that doesn’t seem to be the plan, according to Gillian Anderson. The star told Collider that going well past Season 3 “has been discussed” and she doesn’t seem that changing, considering how much fans respond to the series. Hopefully that remains the case-we’d hate to see Sex Education go-but of course, it’s all in the big streamer’s hands.

Sex Education is one of Netflix's best shows

Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter about further developments for the show, Nunn is excited about the places she and her writers can take the eclectic cast. “These characters ... they've got legs. I think I could do some more with them if we're given the chance,” she said. “[Netflix] is very supportive and really wanting us to tell the stories that we feel passionate about. It really feels like we're all on the same page, wanting to make the same show.”

It’s an exciting prospect for a show primarily made by young, diverse talent both in front of and behind the camera. It’s not hard to see why Sex Education has resonated so deeply with fans. It offers a very human, non-judgemental look at the issues facing not just teenagers, but many adults who are still coming to terms with their own sexuality, Techradar reported.

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