As change awaits students from Moordale Secondary to Sex educationIn the third season of, some of the biggest transformations relate to personal growth, particularly for Eric Effiong of Ncuti Gatwa and Aimee Gibbs of Aimee Lou Wood.
The two come to terms with the events of last season. Eric settles into his relationship with Adam Groff (Connor Swindells) as Aimee grapples with the impact of her trauma from the assault and its effects on her relationships. Below, the stars get a glimpse of what viewers can expect from their travels in Season 3.
An update on Eric and Adam
“We see them doing things and loving and caring for each other, but they are trying to figure out how they can grow up. [together] because they’re in very different places, âGatwa says of Eric and Adam’s relationship when the season resumes.
Although their journey has been anything but conventional, Eric and Adam are finally a couple. The question is whether they can maintain their grip on their latest classification as boyfriends. âThey have very different needs, family lives, backgrounds and things that drive them,â Gatwa admits. So there will certainly be challenges, especially as Eric assesses the situation.
âWe also see Eric making a lot more room to develop,â says Gatwa. “He’s making a lot more decisions for himself and I think he’s ready to stop apologizing.” It remains to be seen how this state of mind will affect Adam as viewers delve into the season.
Eric & Aimee take the time to understand each other
As Eric explores what he wants, a trip abroad changes his outlook. âThis season, we see Eric returning to Nigeria for his cousin’s wedding,â Gatwa explains. Mingling with his extended family, Eric sits down and observes the behaviors and interactions of his mother and siblings with his aunts, uncles, cousins ââand grandparents. “While he’s there he has to face all the different elements [of himself] in terms of culture, race, religion and sexuality, âsays Gatwa. “He is in a country where it is illegal for him to express himself fully.”
âWhile he is there, he sees his family and the facade they put forward for his extended family. He learns he doesn’t want to do this, âGatwa said. The life-changing journey transforms Eric’s understanding of himself, as the actor points out: âHe doesn’t want to pretend, and he’s tired of pleasing people who make room for him. happiness of others by neglecting his own. He learns that he shouldn’t be afraid to embrace all parts of himself, and that he shouldn’t be afraid to take the space he needs to grow taller.
Aimee has a similar breakthrough as the lingering trauma of Season 2 influences her decisions this time around. âAimee and Eric are very similar in the way they appeal to people and they want to be the best of themselves for everyone,â says Wood. âAimÃ©e couldn’t maintain that at one point last season because she was too overwhelmed. Once she said to the girls, âI can’t get on the bus,â it was a huge step forward for her. “
This breakthrough saw some setback in Season 3, but as Wood adds, “It was a beautiful moment, but it was definitely the start of her healing process and her recovery from what happened. . ” Taking steps to heal, Aimee seeks solace from her best friend Maeve (Emma Mackey) and Otis Milburn’s sex therapist mother (Asa Butterfield), Jean (Gillian Anderson).
âThere’s this disconnect between his brain and his body because his brain says, ‘Logically I’m starting to know it wasn’t my fault,'” Wood said of the Season 2 assault. from Aimee. “But her body is still very much in shock from the trauma.”
Jean will try to help Aimee adjust to her new normal, something that is not easily accepted at first. âShe still has that connection and that desire to go back to that comfort zone she used to exist in because it’s familiar,â Wood says, âbut here we go. When John says to her: “You are not going to be the same anymore”, it is a very difficult thing for her to hear, but it also liberates because it means that she can perhaps start to move on.
Maeve’s hard love for Aimee
Thick as thieves, Aimee and Maeve’s friendship is certainly something to admire on the show, but their differing backgrounds serve as a catalyst for some of Season 3’s hurdles. long time. Aimee never really had that, âWood teases.
To deal with her trauma, Aimee leans on Maeve and even invests herself financially in getting her friend to join in on some things that she otherwise wouldn’t have been able to afford. âMaeve acts as a distraction and a comfort blanket for her,â Wood says, but this realization forces Maeve to share some hard truths with her best friend.
“I think when Maeve takes that comfort blanket off, it’s actually the best and kindest thing she could have done for Aimee,” Wood teases, alluding to some sort of forced separation between Aimee and Maeve. . âHer biggest fear would be not being loved by Maeve,â Wood shares. âSo when that greatest fear comes true, then she’s like, ‘Well, I’ve faced my greatest fear now, so now I’m ready to face others. This is why the therapy session she is having with Jean is so effective for her, because she has actually faced her greatest fear, namely that Maeve does not like her or does not have this blanket. of comfort.
Tune in to see how the drama unfolds for Eric, Aimee, and the other key characters from Sex education as Season 3 arrives on Netflix. And until then, check out the latest trailer below.
Sex education, Season 3 premiere, Friday September 17th, Netflix