Devi Vishmakumar is getting ready to graduate. Seven months after Netflix announced that Never Have I Ever had been renewed for season 3, creator Mindy Kaling revealed in March 2022 that the show had also gotten the green light for its fourth and final installment.
Season 3 is scheduled to debut with 10 episodes on Friday, Aug. 12, the streamer announced on Sunday as part of its Netflix Is a Joke comedy festival.
The raunchy teen comedy centers on Devi (Maitreyi Ramakrishnan), a 15-year-old Indian-American girl mourning the recent death of her father in addition to the usual high school stresses: attempting to seduce Paxton (Darren Barnet), the hottest boy in school, defeating her academic nemesis, Ben (Jaren Lewison), and navigating tensions with her best friends. On top of all that, Devi and her mother, Nalini (Poorna Jagannathan), are constantly at odds and her beautiful, perfect cousin Kamala (Richa Moorjani) has just moved in.
First look at Never Have I Ever season 3!
Here is a first look at season 3!
At the start of the first season, Devi is starting her sophomore year of high school and Kaling felt it was fitting to wrap things up around the time that she would graduate.
“Four seasons for a high school show felt like it made sense,” the Office alum told Entertainment Tonight in April 2022 about the decision to end the series. “There are some things are built-in doing a high school show that felt like, ‘OK this is time.’ But the truth is, we got to know the characters. The great thing about doing it on Netflix is that we got to tell stories that you wouldn’t necessarily be able to tell in traditional network shows and so we feel good. We really told the story of this 15-year-old girl and that felt like the perfect amount of time.”
Kaling and the rest of the writers will likely be able to pack a lot of drama and romance into those remaining seasons.
Season 2 ended on a cliffhanger, with Paxton agreeing to officially be Devi’s boyfriend — just as Ben learns that she had feelings for him — which puts the teen in a position she’s never been in before.
“What’s Devi going to be as an actual girlfriend in a real relationship with someone who’s much more experienced than she is? This has been her dream for the entire series. … And now she has one and he is the most popular boy in the school. It’s like, ‘What is that going to be like?’ Is it going to be the dream that she had always imagined it would be or will it be more complicated? And probably it will be more complicated than that. There’s still these things like to explore in terms of sex and what do you do if you’re a nerd who’s done very little and you’re dating a much more experienced guy.”showrunner Lang Fisher wondered to ET in July 2021.
Never Have I Ever’s central love triangle will continue to play a part in season 3, with Lewison interested in exploring how Ben will react to this new information.
“I know that for me and for Ben, I really love when he’s vulnerable, but I also still love some of that Ben Gross-iness where he’s name-dropping and being loud and brash. I never want that to go away,” the University of Southern California grad told ET. “For season 3, if we do get that chance, it would be a lot about this inner conflict between Devi, between Aneesa and that growth and maturity. I have no idea what he’s thinking and feeling. And I’d be really curious to that.”
Why Is It Ending With Season 4?
In addition to feeling like they will have told Devi’s story fully by the end of season 4, Kaling also wants to avoid one of the most famous tropes in teen dramas. “They can’t be in high school forever,” the Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? author told ET in April 2022. “We’ve seen those shows. Like, you’ve been in high school for 12 years. What is going on here? Also, the actors get older and it starts looking insane that a 34-year-old is playing a 15-year-old.”
Who’s the New Guy?
Paxton and Ben may have another potential love interest to compete with in season 3. “Meet Des: he’s the whole frickin’ package,” the show’s official Instagram account announced in January 2022, alongside a photo of actor Anirudh Pisharody. Per Deadline, Des goes to an elite private school, but is just as smart as Devi, which will likely bring out her competitive side.
What’s Going on With Devi and Paxton?
Devi and Paxton may be in a new relationship, but that doesn’t mean everything will be a fairy tale for them going forward. “It’ll be really cool to see Devi in a proper relationship because we technically never really have,” Ramakrishnan told ET in July 2021. “But I think Paxton realizing what Devi means to him is really nice because he realizes. ‘This is the person that believes in me and doesn’t think I’m stupid.'”
Paxton is also preparing for another big challenge: getting into college. “Paxton is faced with so many new challenges and things are not going easy for them anymore. And you’re going to see him have to try a lot harder,” Barnet in the same interview. “And there’s a lot of question in what he’s really playing. He’s got to bow it down and see what he’s going to be doing with his life. And that’s going to be really interesting to see.”
Do Devi and Ben Still Have a Chance?
In the final moments of season 2, Eleanor (Ramona Young) confessed to Ben that Devi once chose him over Paxton. While the pair are still unaware of each other’s feelings — and both are in new relationships — his reaction hints that the Paxton-Devi-Ben love triangle won’t be resolved any time soon.
What’s Next for Devi’s Family?
After the introduction of Devi’s paternal grandmother in season 2, Fisher is interested in seeing her develop new relationships with her family.
“I want to keep seeing her relationship with her mom grow and evolve and change,” she said. “It’d be nice to see them kind of lean on each other a little more. We introduced her grandmother [Nirmala] this season, who is this amazing actress (Ranjita Chakravarty) and she just brought this whole other dimension and kind of filled a little bit of the void that Mohan left. I’d like to see the new dynamics of her family now.”