Netflix series Sex Education Episode 8 ends Season 1 giving enough to the audience, but leaving some juice to the imagination for a second season.
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The story was always going to end in heartbreak. And of course, I am not surprised that Sex Education decided to stop with the story slightly open-ended in case of its success. I think Netflix is in safe hands. Sex Education Episode 8 ended with the right ingredients to spur our imaginations for another one.
So as we easily suspected in the last episode, Eric (Ncuti Gatwa) finally finds his romance in the form of the high school bully and headmaster’s son Adam (Connor Swindells). It was a long time coming to be fair, but the fact they had to spend detention with each other tidying a music room pushed them over the edge, after a lot of grappling and apparent “fighting”.
Unfortunately for Eric, Adam has been sent to the army, ending that story momentarily for now. I suspect in season 2, Adam will have to accept his identity just like Eric has had to in season 1, and now he looks comfortable within himself.
Maeve (Emma Mackey) and Jackson (Kedar Williams-Stirling) are finally over; it wasn’t like they were a disastrous couple, but Sex Education episode 8 started to show the cracks, the differences in their upbringing and present situation. Also, Jackson cannot avoid the fact that Maeve has feelings for Otis (Asa Butterfield).
Regardless, Jackson does try to save Maeve from getting expelled after she owned up to owning drugs, which were, in fact, her brother’s. Jackson showed he does have a real side to his character.
Before we move on to Otis, his mother Jean (Gillian Anderson) finally gives in to her stubbornness which she displays all season, admitting to liking the plumber that has visited her house several times and apologizing to her son for being controlling and writing a book about his repressed sexual ways. I expect in season 2 the pair manage to bond as mother and son.
As for Otis, oh boy. You would never have expected at the start that this nerd would become an accidental douchebag attracting the feelings of two girls. And he serves a heartbreak too in episode 8. He decides to venture to see Ola (Patricia Allison) and express that he likes her, which results in receiving his first kiss, and Maeve, who chooses to accept her feelings after breaking up with Jackson, runs to see him, only to see the pair kissing.
Otis managed to end the season breaking Maeve’s heart, serving irony on a confused plate in an alternative Universe. And just as the season started with Otis not able to **********, it ends with him knocking one off.
Season 2 cannot come quicker.
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