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Sex Education Season 3: Trailer, Plot, Release Date & News to Know

While Netflix confirmed the third season of its coming-of-age comedy Sex Education was on the way earlier this year, many have wondered if the series would be halted or possibly canceled with the COVID-19 pandemic entering full-swing after the official announcement.

However, that isn't the case, and fans can't wait to see the show building on Alistair Petrie's Headmaster Groff hinting at the drama to come at Moordale High as the teens continue to be ruled by their hormones. So, with that in mind, let's look at everything you need to know for Season 3 of Sex Education.

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The Story So Far

Sex Education revolves around Otis (Asa Butterfield) and his therapist mother, Jean (Gillian Anderson). They've had a turbulent relationship, with Otis scarred by his dad, Remi, leaving them to explore the world as an author. However, a series of unfortunate events coincidentally led to Otis dispensing sex advice in school for money. He copied his mom's formula, but while he's very knowledgable in theory, in practice Otis is a bumbling idiot.

Season 2 outed him to Headmaster Groff, so a third season will focus on him trying to win Maeve back after their business partnership and potential romance soured. It won't be easy as Maeve's bestie, Isaac, deleted a love message from Otis, so he'll need all the help he can get. Unfortunately, Otis' buddy, Eric, is caught in a love triangle of his own, having dumped Rahim for Groff's son, Adam, a former bully who's now exploring his own queerness. The Groff family has even more issues as his dad's also been left by his mom, relegating the headmaster to sleeping in the school, only to have a mental breakdown at the end of last season's sex-fueled take on Romeo and Juliet.

The show has smartly begun exploring more characters outside of Otis, though, with his ex, Ola, entering a lesbian relationship with Lily; Jackson (Maeve's ex and the school's lead athlete) trying to break the academic path his mothers set out by following a career in theater and Jean seemingly being pregnant with Ola's dad's baby. So, clearly, there are many unresolved issues to attend to, but it's not all love and games. Aimee's (Maeve's other bestie) still trying to get over being sexually assaulted on a bus, and there's sure to be fallout after Maeve turned her junkie mom into social services for the mistreatment of her younger sister.


Despite the ongoing pandemic, Netflix confirmed earlier this month that production has started with a two-minute video announcement, which shows a few cast members, including Anderson, Butterfield and Connor Swindell (who plays Adam), appearing in separate video messages as they head back to set.

Anderson takes a light approach as she quips about still having "lockdown hair" while also poking fun at her pregnancy. Butterfield's geared up in a black face mask, revealing how he spent lockdown playing games and watching TV, while Swindell clearly riffs off of his alpha male suddenly making a gay turn. Last but not least, Headmaster Groff is seen with a "Kick Me" sign on his back, hinting at the chaos to come.

Cast and Crew

Seeing as there haven't been any deaths in the series and no one's left town, all major characters will be returning. However, there are a few new additions with Jason Isaacs, Jemima Kirke and Dua Saleh joining the cast. Isaacs will play Headmaster Groff's older and "more successful" brother, which will surely lead to a funny dynamic as Adam's dad moves in following his separation. Headmaster Groff is accustomed to being the bully, but now it seems the tables have been turned.

Kirke (from HBO's Girls) will portray Hope, Moordale's new headmistress, and it appears she'll also be trying to run a tight ship to fix Groff's mistakes. However, Saleh (a singer-songwriter from Minneapolis) will play Cal, a nonbinary student who loves anarchy and is set to clash with Hope.

Release Date

At this time, Netflix has yet to announce a release date for Season 3. Previous seasons have premiered in January, but this outing's premiere may very well have been pushed back due to the pandemic, following the lead of many other highly anticipated shows and movies.

The first two seasons of Sex Education are currently available on Netflix.

This article will be updated as more information becomes available.

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