The beloved Netflix series that catapulted Maitreyi Ramakrishnan into teen stardom is nearing its end: According to Ramakrishnan herself, the cast finished filming the fourth and final season. On August 3, 2022, the actress tweeted, “we wrapped filming!! It’s all done! I feel so grateful and overwhelmed with emotions.” In a profile with ELLE, she shared that finishing the series that took her from a real Canadian high school to the fictional Sherman Oaks set was bittersweet. “It’s like your first dog,” she said. “It doesn’t mean I’ll love the other dogs less. But Never Have I Ever will always be the first one.”
The show, created by Mindy Kaling and Lang Fisher, follows Indian-American teenager Devi Vishwakumar (Ramakrishnan) throughout her high school years, meaning the final season is expected to take place as Devi prepares for graduation. With season 3 having just arrived on Netflix, here’s what we know about the fourth and final chapter.
When will season 4 come out?
Deadline reports that the final season is expected in 2023. Given that season 4 has already wrapped filming, the last hurrah could arrive as early as next spring.
Why will season 4 be the show’s last?
Erin Underhill, president of Universal Television, gave a simple explanation as to why the show wouldn’t stretch beyond a four-season arc: High school isn’t, in fact, forever. “Four seasons of Never Have I Ever is truly exciting and a little bittersweet because, as a loyal fan, I’d love Devi’s journey to go on forever,” she said in a statement. “But just like high school, all great things must come to an end…We can’t wait to experience all of the messiness, the LOLs and the tears that will surely unfold in Devi’s senior year.”
Kaling and Fisher added that Never Have I Ever will be far from their last series. (Kaling’s raunchy dramedy The Sex Lives of College Girls is already a hit over on HBO Max). Said the pair, “We can’t wait to reveal all the steamy romance and hilarious adventures we have in store for you. Thanks to all our fans for your support.”
For her part, Ramakrishnan thanked audiences and promised to give the series finale her “all.” In a note posted to her social media, the lead actress said, “I am so proud of us all and everything this show has accomplished….Let’s do this one more time, yeah?”
Who will be in the cast?
Expect the usual players in season 4. Ramakrishnan, Jaren Lewison, Darren Barnet, Poorna Jagannathan, Ben Norris and other favorites are all confirmed to help stick the landing, with Lewison teasing to ELLE that the final season is “perfect.” “I think the way the writers approached this fourth season has been with such care and with such tenacious and meticulous planning that I think we all feel comforted by the fact that it was a perfect sendoff,” he said. “This fourth season is perfect.”
However, not everyone is set to return: Anirudh Pisharody, who played Devi’s new boyfriend, Des, in season 3, told People his character will not appear in the final chapter.
Who will win, Team Ben or Team Paxton?
The question of who will walk away with Devi’s heart has remained one of Never Have I Ever’s most pertinent since the beginning of season 1, with Barnet’s Paxton Hall-Yoshida and Lewison’s Ben Gross gathering vocal supporters in each of their corners. While Ramakrishnan remains staunchly “Team Devi”—and a new love interest in season 3 adds some extra drama to the mix—Fisher confirmed to ELLE that season 4 ends with a winner. “There is a choice. [Devi] makes a choice…The winner wins,” she says “The only problem with it is—now I’m learning, as we’re making season 4—I’m like, ‘One team is going to be real mad at me.’”
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Lauren Puckett-Pope is an associate editor at ELLE, where she covers news and culture.