**Caution: Spoilers ahead for season 4 of Sex Education**
In the fourth and last installment of Sex Education, viewers were caught aback by a shocking death.
The last chapter was released on Thursday, and fans couldn’t wait to learn what the future holds for the Moordale family.
Maeve Wiley (Emma Mackey) tells lover Otis Milburn (Asa Butterfield) at the conclusion of episode two that her mother Erin (Anne-Marie Duff) died from a heroin overdose.
Maeve promptly rushed back to the UK as her mother was battling for her life in A&E in scenes that aired at the conclusion of episode three, and it was subsequently discovered that Erin died.
While Maeve couldn’t bring herself to look at her body, her brother Sean (Edward Bluemel) did.
Maeve organised a tiny burial ceremony that was mostly made up of her school classmates in episode eight, which has already been branded the most ‘wrenching’.
Paying tribute to her mom, she told her friend and former teachers: ‘My mother was an addict.
‘She also helped me set up a business when I was eight years old, washing people’s cars.
‘She taught me how to pick out returning customers and taught me how to make good tips.
She concluded: ‘I really hate her for everything she put me through, but I also miss her with every cent of my being.’
The trailer confirmed that the show will wrap up after series four, with the trailer calling it ‘the final season’ and making cheeky references to it coming to an end by saying ‘Grab your tissues…let’s finish together.’
Laurie Nunn, the show’s creator, has also said unequivocally that the forthcoming season will be the final one, telling Netflix Tudum: “It’s the end as we know it.”
‘It simply started to feel very evident during that process that the stories were coming to a finish, and the characters were being left in a place where I felt really happy about it.’
The cast has also spoken out about the show’s demise, with Barbie actress Emma previously stating that it would be ‘strange’ for the grown-up performers to continue portraying adolescents for years to come.
‘It’s just always tough, it’s different when you’re playing a character that is sort of stranded in time,’ said the 27-year-old.
‘You know, we’re playing 17-year-olds, and we’re all almost 30, it is a bit weird.’
Talking about how emotional it had been working with the cast, Emma added that the launchpad has been a ‘blessing’ but ‘it’s something that I want to gracefully exit from and be happy that it exists and protect it and enjoy it in the time that it has existed in but yeah, it needs to be left alone now I think.’
Sex Education is available to stream on Netflix.