Spoilers for Season 4 of Sex Education ahead.
In the last episode, the Sex Education group has a lot on their plates, and one character’s journey has a deep significance in their personal encounter.
The Netflix drama may be finished, but season 4 isn’t lacking on drama, with the kids facing several challenges.
A new college means meeting new people and facing new obstacles, not to mention Jean Milburn’s baby, Maeve Wiley (Emma Mackey) studying abroad, split friendships, volatile relationships, and, of course, bedroom disasters.
Eric Effiong (Ncuti Gatwa) thrives with IT group The Coven, dubbed the new school’s counterpart to Moordale’s Untouchables, but it’s his spiritual journey that will keep viewers hooked from beginning to end.
While the fashionista of Nigerian and Ghanaian heritage appears to have moved on after his separation with Adam Groff (Connor Swindells), he still struggles with his Christian faith as a proud homosexual man.
And it reaches a peak (literally, it is Sex Education after all) in episode three when a fellow churchgoer, who looks to be still in the closet, gets to know Eric better during a gay party.
After a few beers, Eric and his mystery new sweetheart had some fun in the toilet, and intimacy coordinator David Thackeray reveals that the hot deed marked Eric’s development after years of humiliation.
When questioned about Eric’s development, David acknowledged that the filthy moment is supposed to be more freeing than anything else.
He told us: ‘The intimate scene in the toilet booth and the amazing height that he finds himself … Ncuti is just great on set.’
This season, Eric isn’t the only one having a good time; Otis Milburn (Asa Butterfield) and Maeve share one night of love after years of will they/won’t they.
Maeve has come home under sad circumstances, and it appears that the couple will remain together. However, Maeve is reminded of her potential by Otis’ mother Jean (Gillian Anderson), and she resolves to return to America to complete her writing fellowship.
While viewers may have mixed sentiments about the conclusion, David recalled the difficulties of filming the much-anticipated love moment, which he also regarded as the season’s ‘highlight.’
‘I think when reading those scenes it was just pressure,’ he said.
‘It was a lot because you want to make sure you get it right. What I’ve seen in the edit is just brilliant. Working that scene and being a part of that for the characters… it was great to end that journey.’
Sex Education is available to stream on Netflix.