Sex Education season 3: When is it released? Who is in the cast? Everything you need to know

The Netflix high school series needs to return, but what do we know about a possible third season.

By Alex Fletcher Updated: 10 February 2020 - 4.24pm

If you've finished Sex Education season two, you’ll know that there has to be a Sex Education season three.

The show established itself as TV classic, making you cry tears of joy and laughter one scene after the next.

And most significantly, the show’s central characters Otis Milburn, played by Asa Butterfield, and Maeve Wiley, played by Emma Mackey, failed to get a resolution to their romantic storyline.

The duo’s failure to get their romantic endgame, which had us throwing our shoes at our TV, means that there simply must be a third season.

Here's everything we know about Sex Education season three...

When is Sex Education season 3 released?


Ola and Otis in Sex Education - Played by Patricia Allison and Asa Butterfield Netflix

Netflix has officially confirmed a third season (February 10th), less than a month after the release of season two.

Sex Education writer Laurie Nunn confirmed to Ladbible that she had started work on series three because the turnaround schedule is so tight.

Our prediction? Sex Education season three will be out in early 2021.

The new season was announced in a special video featuring Alistair Petrie, who plays Mr Groff, walking through an art gallery filled with images of the Sex Education cast. Check out the video announcement below..


What do the cast want in season three?

Emma Mackey as Maeve in Sex Education season 2 Netflix

"I'd be very intrigued to see what would happen in a room with Jean (Gillian Anderson) and Maeve. Sparks might fly," Emma Mackey told BT TV. 

"I also don’t spend enough time with Eric. I like the Eric and Maeve dynamic. I feel like they could be best friends."

Patricia Allison, who plays Ola, said: "I'd like to see more of [Emma] on set. And when we’re not giving each other side-eye."

Asa Butterfield suggested: "I want to see more of Eric’s family. Eric goes to Otis’ house, but never the other way around. I want to see Otis and the family - how they get along."

Ncuti Gatwa, who plays Eric, added: "I just want the show to keep spreading… okayness. Inclusivity. Accept yourself."

Catch-up - what happened at the end of season 2?


Maeve and Otis in Sex Education - Played by Asa Butterfield and Emma Mackey Netflix

The final scene of the second season is Otis leaving a voicemail, admitting how stupid he has been and declaring his love for Maeve and asking her to call him back. 

However, before Maeve can hear the voicemail, Issac (George Robinson) who has feelings for Maeve deletes the message.

Creator and writer Laurie Nunn said that she always had “that ending” in her mind for season two, but director Ben Taylor did shoot one alternative when he filming the finale.

“I shot a thing just to see. Just to be naughty, because occasionally I can be,” said the director. 

“The shot you see in the finale is Otis and Maeve going off in different directions and it finishes on a single slow-mo tracking shot of each of them. Even with no dialogue Asa and Emma are incredible. 

In the alternative ending Taylor told Butterfield and Mackey: “Otis act like you’ve just seen Maeve. Maeve, act like you’ve just seen Otis”.

Aimee, Maeve and Otis, played by Aimee Lou Wood, Emma Mackey and Asa Butterfield in Sex Education season 2 Netflix

Taylor said that in the alternate version, the season would have ended with viewers seeing “a smile” on both character’s faces. 

Commenting on the frustration of viewers having the Otis and Maeve ‘Endgame’ pulled away from them again, Taylor said that he believed it was the right decision to leave us hanging.

“I think shoes will be thrown at screens. In a good way. I love being p***ed off at stuff. You think you want it, but you don’t,” he said. 

“I think about it all the time, because you want [the show] to be satisfying and nourishing and all the right things. They don’t get it [in the ending], but five minutes before on screen, Eric gets a moment with Adam which for me is one of the greatest romantic gestures. 

“[Eric and Adam] get it. They get their moment. But if you go around and give everyone their moment it may get a bit sugary.”

Taylor added: “The people that were the most pissed off were Emma and Asa... they just really want the closure for their characters. But you’re not going to get that yet.”

Writer Nunn teased: “They may never get it!”

Sex Education season one and two are streaming now on Netflix.