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WARNING: This article contains spoilers for Sex Education season three
After season three of Sex Education dropped on Netflix last week, everyone's been surprised to find their allegiances shift slightly - suddenly sympathising with Moordale's stern former headmaster Mr Groff, softening to Isaac after his cruel stunt at the end of last season, and seriously questioning some of Otis' choices (and that's not just his moustache).
And arguably two of the most unexpected turnarounds we've seen are from Adam and Ruby, the reformed school bully and Moordale's 'untouchable' queen bee, played by Connor Swindells and Mimi Keene.
In the new series, we find that both have a much more sensitive, vulnerable side, as we see when Eric cheats on Adam in Nigeria, and when Otis fails to say 'I love you' back to Ruby.
So sudden is our loyalty to the cast-aside duo, that the overwhelming reaction online to the series was that the two 'deserved better'.
no ok because Adam deserved so much better, the poem broke me #sexeducation pic.twitter.com/F4xiLLbWt8
- :crescent_moon: HANNAH (@h4nnahberry) September 20, 2021
Adam and Ruby Deserves Better than this .... :confused::worried:
For me ,
Season 3 = Ruby and Adam #Sexeducation #SexeducationS3 pic.twitter.com/Ow5KPR15kC
- PuneethRajkumar NTR Fan ☮️ (@AppuNTRFan) September 19, 2021
Eric is lovely but Adam deserved better. #SexEducation pic.twitter.com/BqnNsDi4G0
- ananya (@notexhausted) September 18, 2021
Adam Groff deserved better. #SexEducation pic.twitter.com/8yJmgceRwb
- Benny Bates (@benbatesy) September 18, 2021
Ruby and Adam my leaders of the deserved better club #SexEducation pic.twitter.com/9KzL1Kve6E
- M (@yeetmeouttahere) September 17, 2021
When asked how he felt about the reaction to his character's storyline, Swindells said: "I think I can understand why people would say that.
"But it's interesting, you know, I think in terms of looking at the story, from the hero perspective, or the hero arc, you have to kind of lose everything in order to become the best version of yourself at some time.
"So if we look at that common thread, I think there's hope in the future for both of them."
He added: "I think that only from the bottom can you sort of rise to the best version of yourself.
"So I think regardless of if we see Ruby or Adam again, we can kind of sense that they're on to a better journey, especially for Adam."
Many people have also called for a fourth season, purely so that Adam and Ruby can find a happier ending.
Thankfully, that's something Swindells is keen for as well - under a few conditions.
He said: "So long as the writing stays good, and people keep caring about it and don't sleep on it, then it's something that I still want to be a part of.
"Working with the people on it is really fun and every day is great, so it's a job that I hold very fondly in my heart and something that has been amazing in giving me opportunities for other things.
"So I think knowing where it's all come from is very important to me not to sort of sleep on that."
You can watch all seasons of Sex Education on Netflix now.
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