Great news, Sex Education fans: Ncuti Gatwa will reprise his role as Eric Effiong in the upcoming fourth season of the hit Netflix series.
As originally reported by Variety (opens in new tab)some clever planning has ensured that Gatwa – who was recently cast as the next Doctor Who – will be able to return to the hormone-filled halls of Moordale for Sex Education season 4, which recently began filming.
The news follows a worrying period of departures from the Netflix series, with Rakhee Thakrar (Miss Sands), Simone Ashley (Olivia), Tanya Reynolds (Lily) and Patricia Allison (Ola) among those who have confirmed they will not be returning their respective roles in the next season of the show.
Gatwa’s Eric, however, will be back for more high school hijinks, which will lift the spirits of Sex Education fans worried that the show may have lost its luster.
The best friend of series protagonist Otis (Asa Butterfield) and love interest of Connor Swindells’ Adam, Eric has grown into arguably the show’s most important character, regularly driving the narrative forward while providing emotion and humor in equal measure.
Spoilers for Seasons 1-3 of Sex Education follow.
Eric’s involvement also seems crucial to the plot of Sex Education Season 4. He and Adam decided to go their separate ways at the end of the show’s third season, with the former’s kiss with another man in Nigeria serving as the nail in the coffin for a relationship that had always seemed oddly balanced given Adam’s ongoing journey for his understanding. her own sexuality.
But we also saw Adam grow closer to Eric’s ex, Rahim, in later episodes of Season 3, hinting at a possible romance between the pair that once seemed impossible. Of course, both plot threads involve Eric, and it’s hard to see how the producers of Sex Education would have dealt with those threads if Gatua wasn’t able to participate in new episodes.
There’s no official word yet on when Season 4 of Sex Education will arrive on Netflix, though we do know (thanks to a recent production list (opens in new tab)) filming began on July 4, 2022. Therefore, we do not expect the fourth season of the series to arrive this year. Our best guess for the release of the new series is the first half of 2023, especially since the first and second seasons of Sex Education both came out in January.
We’ll be sharing more details about Season 4 as and when we get them – our dedicated hub has everything we know right now. For more Netflix TV content, check out our roundup of the best Netflix movies, plus our breakdown of Stranger Things season 4 and its failure to take the Squid Game crown.