Sex Education Season 3 Otis & Ruby Romance Shows Her Biggest Mistake


The reaction to couple Otis (Asa Butterfield) and Ruby (Mimi Keene) in Sex Education season 3 highlights the Netflix show’s biggest mistake.

Warning! Spoilers ahead for Sex education season 3.

The reaction to Sex education The combination of Otis (Asa Butterfield) and Ruby (Mimi Keene) in Season 3 highlights the show’s biggest storytelling error. The final term of Moordale High School brought major changes to the institution as part of Principal Hope Haddon (Jemima Kirke) ‘s new attempt to rehabilitate the school’s image. But while the narrative centered around this set, it was balanced by individual arcs from the students attending, which were arguably more compelling.

As with previous seasons, the focus is on the personal relationships of those who attend Moordale High School, whether romantic or Platonic. Eric (Ncuti Gatwa) began to openly dating Adam, who, in turn, developed an unlikely friendship with Rahim (Sami Outalbali). Meanwhile, Jackson (Kedar Williams-Stirling) became good friends with newbie Cal (Dua Saleh), while his relationship with Viv (Chinenye Ezeudu) suffered. However, arguably the most unexpected association in Sex education season 3 was Otis and Ruby, hooking up. The couple’s banter apparently began during the summer vacation and continued into the new tenure. They wanted to keep it a secret, but when they were finally exposed, they attempted to date in public.


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Things were going well with them, so much so that Ruby even admitted to being in love with him after a particularly romantic day. Sadly, his feelings weren’t mutual as Otis, as you might expect, was still hooked on Maeve (Emma Mackey). Ultimately, Sex education Season 3 kept the promise that Otis and Maeve will be together, but instead of a happy consensus, there is a pullback from a faction of viewers who would rather he be with Ruby. They argue that although they’ve only been together for a brief moment, Otis and Ruby are great together as they both became better people during their affair. There is also an argument that the chemistry between Butterfield and Keene is stronger, hence why many were quick to support them. The positive reception from this seemingly bizarre couple proves that Sex education ruined things when it comes to the development of the relationship between Otis and Maeve. The fact that viewers want him to be with someone else indicates that they’ve lost interest in what was meant to be the show’s main couple.


Right off the bat, it’s clear the show was gearing up for what Otis and Maeve ended up being together. Corn, Sex education may have stretched their will-they / aren’t-they dynamic for far too long to the point that viewers got fed up. Granted, the romantic trope has enjoyed great success in the past, with shows like Cheers and Friends, as well as romantic comedies like When Harry met Sally uses it effectively. However, in the midst of a series of new and more interesting relationships, one can’t help but get bored with the Otis and Maeve arc as it has been done several times already. It didn’t help that they continue to miss each other for non-compelling reasons. For example, it took them several episodes to solve the hated Sex education cliffhanger season 2 finale when it should have been easily ironed out right away. Overall, it seemed like Otis and Maeve’s relationship was still complicated. So, it was refreshing to see Otis having a pretty normal teenage romance with Ruby.

At the end of Sex education season 3, Maeve and Otis have gone their separate ways again, albeit this time with the promise that they will revisit their romance once she returns from her study abroad stint. The last finale is so much better than the one the previous years have left the couple, but still not as satisfying as fans would like. Given their history, it is not excluded that another curveball will be thrown at them, which would prevent them from simply reconnecting when Maeve returns.

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