Sex education season 4: the most important information
– Refurbished by Netflix in September 2021
– It will probably keep the same eight-episode structure as previous seasons
– A release date has not been set yet, although it is expected to be released in early 2023
– Asa Butterfield, Emma Mackey, Ncuti Gatwa and Gillian Anderson have been confirmed to return
– However, Patricia Allison, Simone Ashley, Rakhee Thakrar and Tanya Reynold will not appear
Dan Levy has joined the cast
– The story will likely focus on the impending closure of Moordale
Season 4 of Sex Education has been officially confirmed by Netflix, and it seems we don’t have to wait long for the show to come back.
Laurie Nunn’s breakout high school drama has been one of our best Netflix shows since it first aired in 2019, and it was no surprise that Netflix renewed sex education for a fourth outing, given how quickly season 3 topped its top-watched charts on end of last year.
We, for example, are excited to return to the hormone-filled halls of the show in Season 4 – especially after the Cliff Season 3 finale left some major questions unanswered.
In this article, we’ve rounded up all the latest news, rumors and tidbits that might give us a clue as to where this very popular Netflix show is headed. We also examined our own predictions about what will happen in the history of Sex Education.
Naturally, spoilers for Seasons 1-3 of Sex Education are revealed ahead of timeso proceed with caution.
Throw: Asa Butterfield, Emma Mackey, Ncuti Gatwa, Gillian Anderson and Aimee Lou Wood will all return, although Patricia Allison, Simone Ashley, Rakhee Thakrar and Tanya Reynold have confirmed that they will not return to their roles.
History forecasts: As Moordale has no money and is set to end at the end of season three of sex education, this dilemma will be a central theme in Season 4’s narrative. The episodes will also be about Maeve’s new life in America. Later in the article, we described further possible storylines.
Release date: Filming for the new episodes officially began on July 4, 2022, so we don’t expect Season 4 to arrive in January 2023 at the earliest.
Sex Education season 4 release date
There is currently no confirmed release date for Sex Education Season 4 – though rest assured the show has been officially renewed by Netflix. For our money, it will appear in the first half of 2023.
These estimates were confirmed by a casting call for season 4 in 2021, where the show’s producers expressed their desire to hire two trans actors for a pair of new characters. “The project is being implemented from April to November 2022.” latest production list (opens in a new tab) confirmed that filming began in July – meaning we certainly won’t see a fourth season of Sex Education arrive this year.
CALL FOR CASTING of two new trans characters in season 4 of SEXUAL EDUCATION @NetflixUK 🍆 Trans actors to work !!! 😁💗🌸💪🏾 Also share with your buddies! pic.twitter.com/QUQ9tTms8YNovember 17, 2021
But we’re happy to see the series return, even if Moordale’s students can only stay in the fictional school for so many years before it becomes illogical to continue roaming the classrooms as 20-year-olds destined for university.
Even so, this may indeed be the path the show decides to take, and now Netflix has renewed Sex Education for season 4, it may be in line with the release schedule of previous entries – notwithstanding the third season hampered by the pandemic – each of which landed in January 2017. 2019 and 2020 respectively
The latest official update for the upcoming Sex Education season came in April 2022 when the Netflix UK Twitter account teased (opens in a new tab) the following message: “More sex. More drama. Moor… dale. What’s next? Well, we can’t tell you that. But we CAN tell you to watch this place for Season 4 news. “
We have our ears open for more official rumblings in the coming months.
Sex education season 4 cast
As for who will be returning to the show in Season 4, the show’s main characters Asa Butterfield, Emma Mackey, Ncuti Gatwa, Gillian Anderson, Aimee Lou Wood and Mimi Keene will reprise their roles as Otis, Maeve, Eric, Jean, Aimee and Ruby.
The likes of Connor Swindells (Adam), Kedar Williams-Stirling (Jackson) and Mikael Persbrandt (Jakob) also seem to be returning, along with most of the characters from the new Season 3 including Principal Hope (Jemima Kirke) and new student Cal ( Dua Saleh).
Patricia Allison will not reprise her role as Ola in sex education, however. The actor revealed to Capital Xtra in July that he would “not be joining the band” in the show’s fourth season, citing his desire to continue with “a few other little things.”
The same is true of Simone Ashley, whose continued involvement with another Netflix show, Bridgerton, means she cannot return as Olivia Hanan in the upcoming season of Sex Education. Rakhee Thakrar (Miss Sands) and Tanya Reynold (Lily) will also not return to their roles as they will both focus on other projects.
Maeve Wiley Emma Mackey’s future has been uncertain for a while, but now we know that Mackey is currently filming new episodes of the series (for radio times (opens in a new tab)). Considering her character’s departure to America at the end of the third season, the Death on the Nile actor confirmed that she would not appear “as consistently” as in previous seasons.
Still, with Mackey currently co-starring with Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling in Greta Gerwig’s highly anticipated Barbie movie, fans should be grateful that she didn’t treat entirely new Hollywood-caliber roles over her return to sex education (which she was perfectly qualified to do).
Incidentally, Ncuti Gatwa, who is also on the entry list for Gerwig’s Barbie movie, was confirmed as the next Doctor Who, so while there was an outside chance that he too could pull out of the upcoming episodes of Sex Education, his involvement was officially confirmed in August 2022
In line with the casting call above, several new actors will be joining Sex Education in season 4 – but hopefully more so than the very underutilized Jason Isaacs in season 3.
One of those actors is Schitt’s Creek star Dan Levy, who will appear in the fourth season of Sex Education as Maeve’s American tutor, Mr. Molloy. You can check out the pair in action via a tweet (shared by Netflix in August) below:
Sexuality education season 4 is now in production – with Dan Levy joining the cast as Mr. Molloy! pic.twitter.com/Lxitrgb0FaAugust 19, 2022
Sex education season 4 story
As above, the third season of Sex Education conjured up an air of finality for some of the narrative threads – but it also opened up a lot more.
As Mackey herself has admitted (see cast info above), Maeve’s departure to America will have ramifications for her screen time in Season 4, which may result in Otis being forced to overcome his love for her once and for all, despite the promise of a mutual romance before Maeve’s decision to leave the country.
How teaser summary (opens in a new tab) in the upcoming sex education season reads, “Sex Education Season 4 follows Eric and Otis at Cavendish Sixth Form College with a non-competitive, student-led approach. In the United States, Maeve is studying at Wallace University. Otis misses her, adjusting to not being an only child or the only therapist on campus.” There seems to be a lot more heartache on the cards.
However, it seems that other characters are waiting for an even more rocking ride. Adam and Eric decided to diverge after a period of romantic ups and downs, and the latter’s kiss with another man in Nigeria was the nail in the coffin for a relationship that always seemed oddly balanced given Adam’s continued journey to understand his own sexuality. But we’ve also seen Adam get close to ex-Eric Rahim in the later episodes of season 3, suggesting there is potential for a romance between the couple that once seemed impossible.
Elsewhere, after receiving the paternity test results, it seems Jean’s new daughter Joy may not be Jacob’s at all. That twist is yet to be confirmed, but her shock – and “oh shit!” – as a result, it suggests that the couple is waiting for some awkward conversations.
Then there’s the progress of Jackson and Cal’s relationship, Hope’s yet-to-be-discovered struggle to conceive a child, and, perhaps the biggest plot twist, Moordale’s immediate future.
In the final episode of Season 3, it was revealed that the school would be closing due to a lack of investors – a move allegedly prompted by students’ unwillingness to back down on a call for sexual liberation on campus.
This will have big implications for Season 4 of Sex Education. Will Moordale students and staff be forced to move elsewhere? The aforementioned synopsis describing “Cavendish Sixth Form College” suggests so.
As such, we would expect the main characters of the series to unite with the local community to generate the last funds for Moordale – their true school – although this is a challenge that would probably take the whole season.
Either way, that would be our best guess as to the main narrative hook of the fourth sex education run. Sure, it’ll be interesting to see how Otis copes in Maeve’s absence, how Adam deals with his breakup with Eric, and how Jean plans to tell Jakob that her baby probably isn’t his – but without Moordale School, there’s no sex education.