The lives of the students at Moordale Secondary School in Netflix’s British comedySex Educationare fascinating. But that’s only part of what makes the streamer’s hit teen series about a self-proclaimed teenage sex therapist named Otis (Asa Butterfield), his classmates, and his actual sex therapist mother Jean (Gillian Anderson) so great. The show from creator Laurie Nunn, which dropped its first season in January 2019 and its second in January 2020, is not only hilarious and incredibly wholesome, it’s developed a beloved cast of diverse characters, each with their own nuanced story about adolescence and coming into their own.
It’s been awhile since new episodes hit Netflix, so fans are fairly wondering if they’ll be able to go to third base with the show with Season 3. Here’s everything we know about Sex Education Season 3, so far.
Is there going to be a Season 3 of Sex Education?
Oh… oh, my god …yes … yes… yes! More sexual frustrations and experimentation and coming-of-age is definitely on the way for the students at Moordale Secondary. In February 2020, Netflix announced on social media that they renewed Sex Education for a third season. The news came about just one month after the second season debuted on January 17, 2020.
When will Sex Education Season 3 be released?
The coronavirus pandemic may have prevented Sex Education (among many other shows) from getting back to work as planned, but Otis, Maeve, and their classmates finally got to head back to Moordale in fall 2020. In early September, Netflix announced on social media that the show was back in production, sharing a sweet video of various cast members, including Gillian Anderson, Asa Butterfield, Chris Jenks, Connor Swindells, Jojo Macari, Chinenye Ezeudu, Tanya Reynolds, and Chaneil Kular, safely headed back to set in proper PPE. You won’t get many spoilers from the two minute clip-aside from a tease about Jean’s pregnancy (more on that below) and a peculiar shot of Kular getting a giant mold of his head made, for reasons unknown-but it will make you catch the Season 3 excitement feels, if you didn’t already have them.
The show was always scheduled to return sometime in 2021, but now it may come a little later than planned, considering the delay on filming. It doesn’t seem too far out of the realm of possibility to see new episodes sometime this spring, though.
How many episodes will there be?
While no official episode count has been released, eight seems likely, given Season 1 and Season 2 both featured eight installments.
Who in the cast will return?
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.
What about the showrunners?
Since series creator Laurie Nunn oversaw the first two installments, she’ll likely be showrunning the third, too. In addition, she told LADBible she’s hopeful director Ben Taylor, who’s been behind the camera for a handful of episodes, will return, so it seems as though he’ll be back. Plus, Jamie Campbell and Jon Jennings produced both seasons, so they’ll probably lead the third, as well.
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.
What will it be about?
Oh, baby! 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.
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.
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.
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.
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Starting with the new moon on Sunday, January 22, this Lunar New Year ushers in the year of the Rabbit. We’ve put together a guide on celebrating the Lunar New Year in Australia.
What is special about the year of the Rabbit?
As you might know, each year has an animal sign in the Chinese Zodiac, which is based on the moon and has a 12-year cycle. This year, we celebrate the year of the rabbit, known to be the luckiest out of all twelve animals. It symbolises mercy, elegance, and beauty.
What celebrations are taking place and how can I get involved?
There are plenty of festivals happening all around the country which you can get involved with. Here they are per state.
New South Wales
Darling Harbour Fireworks When: Every year, Sydney puts on a fireworks show, and this year, you can catch it on January 28 and February 4 at 9 pm in Darling Harbour.
Dragon Boat Races When: Witness three days of dragon boat races and entertainment on Cockle Bay to usher in the Lunar New Year. The races will commence on January 27 and finish on January 29.
Lion Dances When: Catch a traditional Lion Dance moving to the beat of a vigorous drum bringing good luck and fortune for the Lunar New Year. The dance performances will happen across Darling Harbour on Saturday, January 21, Sunday, January 22, and Sunday, February 4 and 5, around 6 pm and 9 pm.
Lunar New Year at Cirrus Dining When: Barangaroo’s waterfront seafood restaurant, Cirrus, is celebrating the Year of the Rabbit with a special feast menu. Cirrus’ LNY menu is $128pp with optional wine pairing and is available from Saturday, January 21, to Sunday, February 5.
Auntie Philter When: Hello Auntie’s owner and executive chef, Cuong Nguyen will be dishing out some of the most classic Vietnamese street foods with his mum, Linda. All of Philter’s favourites will be on offer, as well as Raspberry Pash Beer Slushies and other cocktails being served at the Philter Brewing rooftop bar on Sunday, January 22 and Sunday, January 29.
Lunar New Year Festival When: Ring in the Lunar New Year with food, music, arts, and more on Sunday, January 22, from 10 am to 9 pm.
BriAsia Festival When: From February 1-19, Brisbane will come alive with performances, including lion dances and martial arts displays. There will be street food, workshops, comedy and more.
Chinatown Adelaide Street Party When: Adelaide is set to hose a fun-filled day celebrating the Chinese New Year on Saturday, January 28, from 12 pm to 9 pm.
Crown Perth When: Across January and February, Crown Perth hosts free live entertainment, including colourful lion dances, roving mascots, and drumming performances. The restaurants will also throw banquets and menus dedicated to the Lunar New Year.