**WARNING – Spoilers Ahead for Sex Education season 3**
Gripping teen-comedy Sex Education is back for season 3 on Netflix and fans are keen to catch up with the relentless, awkward shenanigans of Otis and his high-school colleagues. Jackson and new character Cal are also in the spotlight of this new chapter and we explore their new relationship.
Season 3 has welcomed a batch of new actors into the original roster, including Jason Isaacs, Jemima Kirke, and Dua Saleh – who portrays Jackson’s new love interest, Cal.
Meanwhile, Eric also has his own love triangle to navigate and fans hold their breath to find out whether Otis and Maeve get closer.
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Cal and Jackson’s season 3 relationship
Moordale welcomed the addition of non-binary student Cal as a season 3 regular, and they quickly formed a close connection with Jackson Marchetti (Kedar Williams-Stirling).
Cal challenged Headmistress Hope’s old-fashioned standards when it came to sex ed class and school uniforms, and Jackson supported them throughout their endeavour to be themselves.
This friendship led to new grounds for Jackson, where he began to have romantic feelings for Cal. As the pair grew closer, sharing intimate moments together, Cal said if they were to enter into a relationship, it would be a queer relationship.
Cal explained how they didn’t want Jackson to see them as a girl, and although Jackson was open to exploring the possibility, Cal didn’t want to carry Jackson through that journey and the pair decided to stay friends.
Towards the close of the season, Jackson confirmed he still had feelings for Cal and he was unsure how to navigate being friends with someone he liked.
Jackson’s relationship history
Jackson appeared in Sex Education season 1 as the popular kid and swimming champion.
His first relationship was with Maeve and the pair had high and low points in their relationship. Maeve felt like she didn’t meet the standards of his mothers and Jackson opened up about his mental health battles. Eventually, Jackson and Maeve split up when the former realised Maeve had feelings for Otis.
Season 2 saw Jackson become close friends with Viv, who helped him through his mental health issues. Viv tutored him and encouraged him to be part of the school play.
Towards the end of season 2, Viv confides in Jackson’s mothers about his mental health issues. Jackson was angry at first for sharing something confidential, but his friendship with Viv ends up deepening.