Sex Education Season 4 Ending Explained: What Happened?

Sex Education Season 4 Ending Explained: What Happened?

Sex Education Season 4 Ending Explained: Netflix’s ‘Sex Education’ has concluded its journey with Season 4, bringing the story of the Moordale Secondary School teenagers to a close. This final season ties up loose ends in relationships and the quest for purpose and direction in life.

Regardless of how it all concludes, for every character on the show, it marks the beginning of something new. It all began when Otis Milburn and Maeve Wiley set up a clinic at their school to help fellow teens with their sexual issues.

Recap Of Sex Education Season 4

Recap Of Sex Education Season 4

In Season 4 of ‘Sex Education,’ the students of Moordale Secondary face significant changes. Their school closes, and they head to Cavendish College, a very different place. Eric is happy because it’s more welcoming, and he makes new friends easily.

But Ruby, who used to be popular, has a tough time fitting in. Otis is excited to start his sex advice clinic but realizes someone else is already doing that job. Meanwhile, Maeve goes to America for a writing program but faces unexpected challenges.

Recap Of Sex Education Season 4

While everyone adjusts to their new schools, Adam decides to follow his true passion. And there’s a shift in his relationship with his dad, Mr. Groff, who is trying to be a better parent and person.”

Sex Education Season 4 Ending Explained

Sex Education Season 4 Ending Explained

In the fourth season of ‘Sex Education,’ Otis and O wanted to control the sex clinic at their new school, Cavendish College, and couldn’t agree on who should run it. They let the students decide, and Otis initially teams up with Ruby, but things get complicated when they grow close, which feels like cheating on Otis’s girlfriend, Maeve.

Ruby later quits as Otis’s campaign manager but brings in another candidate, Connor, and reveals O’s past mistakes. Connor wins, but he doesn’t want to run the clinic and gives it to Otis. However, Otis realizes his insecurities caused the conflict and decides O should run it instead. Eventually, they agreed to run the clinic together.

Meanwhile, there’s a fundraiser organized by Eric, Aisha, Abbi, and Roman to support a soup kitchen at Eric’s church. However, the church refuses the donation due to differences in beliefs. When Cal, a classmate, goes missing, the school rallies to find them. Eric and Jackson talk to Cal, who’s struggling. They assure Cal that they have support.

Sex Education Season 4 Ending Explained

Later, Aisha suggests using the fundraiser money for Cal’s top surgery to show solidarity. Eric’s journey involves coming to terms with his identity as a gay man and confronting the church’s expectations.

He decides not to go through with his baptism and instead speaks out about his true self, intending to help reform the church and promote acceptance.

In the end, Eric’s family and the pastor express a willingness to discuss and change church policies, and Eric decides to become a pastor to contribute to this transformation. His story reflects the show’s theme of personal growth and self-discovery.

Do Otis and Maeve End Up Together?

Do Otis and Maeve End Up Together?

No, actually, but that may be for the best. With Maeve (Emma Mackey) going to writing classes in America, Otis (Asa Butterfield) spends much of Season Four in a feud with another sex therapist at his new school, Cavendish. She goes by “O” (Thaddea Graham), and she already has a massive following by the time Otis arrives.

Throughout the season, Otis and Maeve also get into two major conflicts. He becomes jealous of Maeve’s new friends in the US and he sleeps in the same bed with his ex-girlfriend, Ruby (Mimi Keene). In Episode Seven, Maeve decides to return to her studies in America and the pair agree to break up.

Do Otis and Maeve End Up Together?

Otis also gives up his sex therapy clinic to O after discovering how much more it means to her. In the end, Maeve receives an internship for her book, “Southchester,” after telling off her rude teacher (Dan Levy). She then writes Otis a heartfelt letter explaining that she’ll always thank him for teaching her to trust people again.

Who Is Joy’s Real Father?

Who Is Joy's Real Father?

After accepting help and struggling with postpartum depression, Otis’s mom, Jean Milburn (Gillian Anderson), starts a sex therapy radio show. The biggest reveal, however, is that Dan (Daniel Ings) is Joy’s real father. Fans may remember him as the motorcycle-riding fling back from Season One—who also made an appearance in Season Three right before Jean and Jakob (Mikael Persbrandt) end their relationship. I guess Jakob was right?

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What About Eric?

What About Eric?

After agreeing to get baptized by his church—despite his conflicting relationship with the institution over their not-so-welcoming views on the gay community—Eric (Ncuti Gatwa) eventually forms a new relationship with God (played by Jodie Turner-Smith). After coming out, Eric’s pastor apologizes and seeks out his advice to help make the church a more welcoming space. Eric then decides that he wants to become an inclusive pastor for the community.

Where Does the Rest of the Cast End Up?

Where Does the Rest of the Cast End Up?

For those who returned after Season Three, many characters find solace. Adam Groff (Connor Swindells) reconnects with his father and finds joy in horse training. Ruby gets in the popular crowd at Cavendish after confronting her childhood bully. Aimee (Aimee Lou Wood) learns how to process her trauma through art and also makes a romantic connection with Isaac (George Robinson). Jackson Marchetti (Kedar Williams-Sterling) learns about his true parentage, eventually forgiving his moms for keeping it a secret. Also, Viv Odusanya (Chineye Ezeudu) leaves her abusive and controlling new boyfriend Beau (Reda Elazouar).

Outside of Otis and Maeve’s ending, the major season finale event is when Cal (Dua Saleh) runs away from home—causing the whole school to search for them. Eric and Jackson eventually find Cal on a cliff, where they look like they are considering taking their life. Talking Cal down, the school later announces that they will use the fundraiser to help pay for Cal’s top surgery.

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Why it needed to end that way for Otis and Maeve

Why it needed to end that way for Otis and Maeve

Otis and Maeve start this final episode apart, agreeing to give each other some space while Maeve tries to reestablish her life in America. But do they end up together by the end?

Soon after arriving back at school, Maeve receives a call from Caitlin Reed at Goodhart Books who praises her Southchester piece. It turns out that Maeve’s roommate, Ellen, AKA the one who got the internship she deserved, actually passed the piece on to help. Ellen doesn’t want to write anymore, and she was so impressed by the story that she wanted to give Maeve a boost.

Mr Molloy, aka the dickhead who brutally destroyed Maeve’s confidence earlier this season, calls Maeve to his office. He knows that Reed commended the very piece he ripped apart, so he makes some excuses, claiming that he was hard to push her but it was for Maeve’s own good. Of course it was…

Why it needed to end that way for Otis and Maeve

Maeve, wise beyond her years, crushes Molloy back by pointing out that there’s a vast class difference between her and the other students, that she has no one to fall back on and help her after a terrible teacher cruelly ruined her self-esteem the way he did.

“As a teacher, your words hold a lot of power,” says Maeve, to which Molloy then admits his jealousy of younger, capable students like her. Meanwhile, Otis laments the fact Maeve hasn’t contacted him since she left, even though that’s what they agreed to do. But she has, he soon discovers, in the form of a handwritten letter that wraps up their relationship for good:

“When we first met, I didn’t trust anyone. I thought if I kept everybody out, I’d stop myself from being hurt or let down, which is what I was used to. Then we set the clinic up together and I realised that most of the people who came to us for help just really needed connection. And maybe I wasn’t so different.”

Why it needed to end that way for Otis and Maeve

“You have the rare ability to make people feel truly seen and you did the same for me. It was this and your relentless optimism about human beings that gave me the confidence to start opening myself up to others.

As much as fans might want Otis and Maeve to be endgame, that wouldn’t be true to who Maeve is and what she’s been through. Yes, being with Otis helped her in ways that only a transformative first love can, but there’s more love to come, more love that Maeve deserves. Because let’s face it, “dickhead” might be a term of endearment for her, but it’s also a pretty accurate summation of Otis and the way he’s treated her this whole time.

You can learn a lot and improve dramatically through loving another person, but sometimes you can outgrow that person too. Now that Maeve has opened up her heart to the possibility of love, she can truly love herself for the first time ever, and that’s going to carry her on the journey she needs and longs to take, one that shows so much strength and courage.

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Does Eric get baptized?

Does Eric get baptized?
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Eric’s journey in Season 4 is dedicated to his struggles with religion. His family continues to put pressure on him to be baptized, leaving Eric with a need to please and an ongoing moral dilemma.

Two-thirds of the way through the series, Eric makes up his mind in favor of going through with it. However, this changes in the penultimate episode when his church informs him that they are unwilling to accept money from a fundraiser he is co-running in order to save the food kitchen.

In the season finale, Eric stands up to address the congregation before he is due to be baptized. He explains that he wants to live his life as his authentic self – which is as both a Christian and openly gay man. No one in the church accepts him apart from his mom, who says that she loves him for who he is.

Does Eric get baptized?

Later, members of the church arrive at the fundraiser to try and make amends, stating that they want to create an open dialogue about how they can be more inclusive. As the night goes on, it leads to the revelation that Eric wants to be a pastor.

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What happens to the rest of Cavendish College?

What happens to the rest of Cavendish College?

While Otis and his family are settling into their newly-found comfortable dysfunction, the same can be said for Adam (Connor Swindells), as his parents Michael (Alistair Petrie) and Maureen (Samantha Spiro) get back together. O (Thaddea Graham) finally makes amends with Ruby and takes back up her position as the school sex therapist after coming out as asexual. Ruby finally makes friends with the Coven during the fundraiser.

Instead of funding the soup kitchen, all proceeds go to Cal’s (Dua Saleh) top surgery, after they go missing for the first half of the season finale. Cal explains to Jackson (Kedar Williams-Stirling) how isolated they feel, with Jackson and Eric assuring them that things will change for the better.

Jackson finally finds out the truth about his dad, growing closer to his moms in the process. He also helps Viv (Chinenye Ezeudu) out of her coercive relationship with Beau (Reda Elazouar), with Viv telling him to never contact her again.

What happens to the rest of Cavendish College?

Aimee (Aimee Lou Wood) and Isaac (George Robinson) begin pursuing a romantic relationship after getting Maeve’s approval. At the same time, Aimee manages to move past the trauma of the sexual assault through her newfound passion for photography.

Roman (Felix Mufti) and Abbi (Anthony Lexa) rekindle their sexual relationship, while Aisha (Alexandra James) is able to get support from BSL interpreters firmly instated at Cavendish.

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Who is Eric’s mystery friend (Jodie Turner-Smith)?

Who is Eric's mystery friend (Jodie Turner-Smith)?

Eric Effiong also goes on quite a journey in the final season of Sex Education. For the first time, he finds himself drifting from childhood friend Otis – who becomes increasingly self-obsessed – and falling in with a group of LGBTQ+ students who better understand his interests and experiences.

But while he’s embracing his queerness more than ever before at school, his home life continues to be a different story. His devoutly Christian mother wants nothing more than to see him baptized, and Eric is open to the idea as he does hold strong faith himself.

Who is Eric's mystery friend (Jodie Turner-Smith)?

However, he is deeply disheartened by his church’s conservative views, as the parish shuns members of the LGBTQ+ community and makes him feel like he can’t be his true self. Torn between two worlds, Eric ultimately finds guidance in the words of a mysterious stranger (played by Jodie Turner-Smith), whom he crosses paths with on a few occasions throughout the season.

Although to the casual observer, she appears to be a homeless woman, her words imply that she may actually be a physical manifestation of God, walking the earth to offer comfort to those who need it.

Who is Eric's mystery friend (Jodie Turner-Smith)?

She tells Eric: “Today was the start of a long and hard road. I will be with you every step of the way. You will change hearts and minds and let everyone know that I love them for who they are. This will be your calling. It will be your life’s work.

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Who is Jackson’s dad?

Who is Jackson's dad?

Jackson’s father is a central mystery in the season, and this storyline explores his quest to discover his biological father. Raised by two mothers, Sofia (Hannah Waddingham) and Roz (Sharon Duncan-Brewster), Jackson becomes interested in uncovering his origins after finding a lump in his testicles, which fortunately turns out to be non-cancerous.

However, prior to receiving this result, Jackson becomes understandably concerned about the potential genetic risks he might face. His frustration grows when his mothers refuse to divulge any information about his biological father, leading him to search through their private possessions.

During his search, he stumbles upon a love letter from a man named Jerome and successfully tracks him down. However, his initial attempt to connect with Jerome results in an unwelcome reaction at his doorstep.

Who is Jackson's dad?

Confronting his parents, Jackson eventually learns the truth: Jerome had been married to another woman when he and Roz had an affair, which resulted in her becoming pregnant with Jackson. Fearing that acknowledging Jackson as his son would destroy his marriage, Jerome cut all ties with Roz and his unborn child.

Nevertheless, Roz met Sofia shortly after this and the two of them quickly fell in love, ultimately deciding to raise Jackson as their own. Despite Jackson’s disappointment that his biological father has no desire to establish a relationship, his mothers reassure him that Jerome’s decision does not diminish the love and support they have always provided him. It is evident that he is dearly loved and cherished within his family.