Sex Education star Ncuti Gatwa addresses Eric and Adam’s ‘toxic’ relationship

Sex Education star Ncuti Gatwa has addresses the criticisms of Eric and Adam’s relationship in the show as season 3 drops on Netflix, responding to the claim that their bond is ‘toxic’.

At the very beginning of Sex Education, which premiered in 2019, Eric Effiong (Ncuti) was regularly terrorised at school by bully Adam Groff (Connor Swindells), the son of headmaster Michael Groff (Alistair Petrie).

However, at the end of the first season when Eric and Adam are in detention together, a fight between them evolves into a sexual encounter.

As their complex connection continues to grow throughout the series, by season three of the hit show, Eric and Adam are officially in a relationship.

While some viewers are big fans of Eric and Adam being a couple, others aren’t as fond of the idea, given their history and the way Adam used to severely bully Eric.

While speaking to E! News, Ncuti, 28, said that after getting into the ‘mental space’ of teenager Eric, he understands that ‘16-year-olds don’t make the best decisions for themselves’, adding that ‘queer youth don’t have a blueprint for life’.

Ncuti acknowledged that if Eric were a woman, ‘you would not be encouraging him to get with somebody that has beat him up for six years’, adding that being a teenager doesn’t excuse the way Adam acted towards Eric in the past.

Nonetheless, the actor stressed that there is a strong ‘connection’ between the pair, stating: ‘It’s a relationship of two people that really care about each other and have a connection with each other, but it hasn’t came from the healthiest beginnings, it has been a toxic relationship up until this point, and throughout season two as well.’

He added that their relationship is ‘very bittersweet’, as they’re both ‘constantly still trying to figure out themselves’ and ‘how to be themselves with each other’.

While Sex Education season three has only just come out on Netflix, with all 10 episodes being made available to watch straight away, fans are already desperate to know if the series will be returning for season four.

Although a fourth season is yet to be confirmed, costume designer Rosa Dias told in May this year that the ‘massive’ season three ending could lead to an ‘interesting’ fourth series.

Sex Education is available to watch on Netflix.

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