Sex Education returned and how! Netflix recently dropped the highly-awaited third season from the popular, hit series and it’s been the talk of the town since. For all the right reasons obviously! No spoilers but if you’ve already binged through the series, like the majority of us, you know what I’m talking about! From the re-christening of Moordale Secondary School to Sex School to Asa Butterfield’s Otis and Emma Mackey’s Maeve having a shot at fixing what the deleted voicemail couldn’t, it’s bigger, better and bolder. That and a whole lot of sex! Inclusive and safe sex! All thanks to the groundwork that Otis and Maeve set by their clinic in the first two seasons. But while the third installment gave us a reunion of sorts, it could very well be the last of it.
Why? Because (a) the old loo is now demolished (hey, it’s in the trailer itself) and (b) Mackey might be saying goodbye to Maeve! That’s right; rumors are rife that the actress is exiting the show. In fact, in a recent interview, she even hinted about having mixed feelings as she grapples with “the series’ inevitable sell-by date”. Although, “It’s a gift to play that kind of character”, Mackey who is approaching her late twenties told Hunger, “It’s a complicated thing to me. Sex Education is so momentous as a concept, as a show, and the cast is phenomenal. I genuinely care about them all a lot and I made lifelong friends. We’ve kind of grown up together. But the bittersweet nature of it is that I also can’t be 17 my whole life.”
She added about her character: “I think there’s something very powerful about her and I’m only sort of realising now, with a little bit of a distance, how much of an impact she has had on people.” But nothing takes away from the fact that there is logic and reason in her answer.
Now, it’s obviously not confirmed but that hasn’t stopped fans from taking to Twitter and expressing how they are not okay, trying to process the trauma of the thought of losing their favorite character. While some are still in denial are cracking jokes to make light of the situation, the rest are just trying to make peace with the rather sad news. Some are also making a case for Maeve and Aimes’ and can you blame them? See for yourself.
Well if @emmamackeyoff leaves sex education . I will also leave the series . For me Sex Education was always a story of two people , and if one of them leaves , it ends for me there. Thank you . #sexeducation
— Bikash Ali (@BikashAli4) September 20, 2021
just finished the new season of sex education and i must say if emma mackey really doesn’t come back to the show i will be truly disappointed because what even is sex education without miss maeve wiley huh
— nicole (@fioridiIuna) September 20, 2021
if emma mackey is leaving the show, then i’m not watching the upcoming seasons. ngl, ruby and otis had a good chemistry, but i am deeply convinced that maeve and otis are soulmates + ruby deserves better.
— izzapizza 🧣 (@cherizalyn_) September 20, 2021
emma mackey leaving sex education because they made maeve wiley kiss otis milburn and not aimee gibbs
— . ˚⋆. . ⋆˚🦦. * .⋆ .˚· (@jellovs) September 20, 2021
— Motis has my heart (@sexedulation) September 19, 2021
summoning circle, hope this works ✨
🕯 Season 4 🕯
with Emma Mackey
— out of context sex education (@nocontextsexed) September 19, 2021
EMMA MACKEY LEAVING SEX EDUCATION!?!?!?!?!? pic.twitter.com/Vx02wlvy9m
— josh (@iamnotjosiah) September 17, 2021
emma mackey did like zero promotion for season 3 yeahhhhhh … shes defs not coming back next season 😭😭
— feral (@ncrmalpeople) September 17, 2021
Season 3 can’t be the last season. It also can’t be Emma Mackey’s last season. There’s so many loose ends and Maeve’s story isn’t finished yet. RENEW SEX EDUCATION FOR A FOURTH SEASON 🗣🗣🗣🗣
— out of context sex education (@nocontextsexed) September 18, 2021
emma mackey leaving sex education bc they won’t listen to her about maeve and aimee it’s true
— ً (@yelenashosie) September 18, 2021
me trying to enjoy season 3 of sex education knowing emma mackey is probably leaving and maeve will be written off pic.twitter.com/SkrSATD9R2
— • (@svhrss) September 17, 2021
If the rumors are true and Emma Mackey is indeed leaving Sex Education, I will be DEVASTATED
There’s no show without Maeve
This is really going to sour S3 for me
— 🌅 R (@frenchgeekette) September 16, 2021
WHERE’S EMMA MACKEY https://t.co/wmW9YQ0WMr
— cici •ᴗ• (@mitsupha) September 16, 2021
Emma Mackey is not in any of the sex Ed promo, WE ARE BEING DENIED THE GREATEST PART OF THE SHOW WHAT IS THIS NONSENSE I WANT TO SEE EMMA RFN
— maeve wiley’s bitch (@savi0rcomplexgf) September 17, 2021
emma mackey herself saying she’s team maeve and aimee GIVE THE GIRL WHAT SHE WANTS
— bee (@weavingfilms) September 16, 2021
Well, if not Sex Education, Emma Mackey has other exciting projects in the line-up. She’s already starred in the Irish thriller The Winter Lake and now, she is all set to appear in the Agatha Christie feature Death on the Nile which stars Gal Gadot, Armie Hammer, Ali Fazal and others. She is also attached to a film called Emily and will be seen as Victorian novelist Emily Brontë. And here’s hoping the list keeps getting longer for we can’t have enough of her. Wbu?