We are tantalisingly close to the premiere of Sex Education’s third season on Netflix. And, just to tease us, the streaming service has just dropped its second full-length trailer – and it’s all about love.
It opens with a discussion surrounding the elusive voicemail. You know, the one that Otis left for Maeve telling her he loved her? Eeeeek. That one. We’re left on tenterhooks as to whether he’s going to tell her all over again.
The rest of the trailer touches on the idea that “life is short”, and we see all of our favourites – Otis, Maeve, Eric, Adam, Jean – grapple with what that means for their feelings for the people they love. We just know it’s going to get juicy, and quick. Watch below.
And that’s not all. The first full-length trailer – which was released via Netflix UK’s official Twitter account earlier this month – follows Otis, Maeve and the rest of the Moordale crew as they head back to school after the summer holidays, only to be met by their new headteacher, Mrs Hope Haddon (aka, Jemma Kirke).
Of course, we already knew that the students of Moordale would be facing a new leader upon their return to school – but the trailer gives us some further clues as to the storylines we can expect to see play out throughout the new season.
Keep reading to find out the main things we’ve learned so far.
1. Moordale has a new nickname
As the trailer opens, we learn that the sexual activities of Moordale’s students have come to the attention of the wider community, leading a news reporter to dub the school the ‘Sex School’.
However, it’s not just the sex that’s the problem, as the new headteacher points out in a later assembly.
“It seems that there are some students here who get a kick out of giving us a bad name,” she says, as a shot of janitors covering up explicit graffiti plays in the background. “It changes today.”
If one thing’s for sure, it’s that Mrs Haddon is on a mission to clean up Moordale’s reputation – and we can expect to see her attempts to do this throughout season three.
2. Otis is expanding his sexual horizons
Blink and you’ll miss it, but it seems Otis might have a mysterious new love interest lurking in the disused toilet block where he and Maeve started their sex education business.
At one point in the trailer, we see him looking around before a hand reaches out and pulls him into a cubicle, before the next shot shows him speaking to Eric, who reacts with a shocked “What?”.
Could it be Ruby Matthews, the popular girl whom Otis lost his virginity to in season two?
3. Adam and Eric are growing stronger
Adam has been on quite a journey throughout the first two seasons of Sex Education, from bullying Eric for being gay, to realising and accepting that he is bisexual. And if the season three trailer is anything to go by, it seems as if Adam’s growth is set to continue.
In an early scene, he and Eric can be seen fooling around with each other, before Adam tells him he’s “ready to… you know”. And later on, Adam demonstrates growth yet again.
“I’m not good at talking, but I want to change,” he can be heard saying.
With all of this in mind, it seems likely that we’ll see Adam and Eric growing closer throughout season three – albeit with a few expected bumps in the road along the way.
4. There’s a new sex education curriculum – and Maeve isn’t happy
Moordale isn’t just home to a new headteacher and strait-laced uniform – it’s also got a whole new sex education curriculum, too. And instead of teaching the teenagers how to have safe, healthy sex and relationships, it seems Moordale’s new establishment is going down a different route: in the trailer, we see one of the school’s sex educators tell the students “sex will ruin your life” and use ‘shame signs’ to correct the student’s behaviour.
However, if Maeve’s response to the new lessons is anything to go by, they won’t be around for long.
“She can’t be teaching this stuff. It’s backwards,” she can be heard saying. And while Otis replies by saying, “I’m not getting involved anymore,” we expect (and hope) the pair will eventually end up working together to revolt against the school’s old-fashioned new rules.
5. Otis and Maeve are continuing their ‘will they, won’t they’ relationship
As much as Otis and Maeve both like to pretend they don’t have feelings for one another, the trailer makes it clear that there’s still something going on between the two of them – and we expect something to come of this during season three.
Indeed, while at the beginning of the trailer Otis can be heard telling Eric he doesn’t need to know what Maeve is doing anymore, he’s later shown dropping her off after school (much to the dismay of Isaac).
6. Maeve and Aimee have a falling out
Perhaps the saddest moment in the whole trailer is seeing Maeve and Aimee – the series’ long-term best friends – have a falling out.
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It’s not clear exactly what they fall out over, but it seems like it could have something to do with the fact that Aimee and Maeve have very different family backgrounds.
Aimee is going to therapy
In one of the trailer’s closing shots, Aimee can be seen sitting in front of Otis’ mother, Dr Jean Milburn, who happens to be a sex therapist.
“I just want to be the old me again,” Aimee can be heard saying, to which Dr Milburn says, “You may never be the old you, but that’s OK”.
Although it’s not clear why Aimee is in therapy, we suspect it has something to do with the sexual assault she experienced in season two, and how it’s affecting her in the long run.
Sex Education season 3 will be available to watch on Netflix from 17 September
As Stylist’s digital writer, Lauren Geall writes on topics including mental health, wellbeing and work. She’s also a big fan of houseplants and likes to dabble in film and TV from time-to-time.