SPOILER WARNING: THE FOLLOWING STORY CONTAINS SPOILERS FROM NETFLIX SEASON 3, WHICH I NEVER HAVE.
Netflix I have never wrapped up its third season on Friday, bringing with it an explosive cliffhanger of an ending that’ll have to satisfy fans – who will no doubt have theories to grapple with – until the series returns for its final run.
Yes, I have never will end with Season 4, but there is so much more to happen before Devi Vishwakumar (Maitreyi Ramakrishnan) and the gang graduate from high school.
In the meantime, let’s break down the events of Season 3.
Our girl Devi has come a long way since the shy and awkward 15-year-old introduced at the beginning of the series. She makes adult decisions like turning down a coveted spot at Shrubland School, a boarding school in Colorado that offers a special program for academically gifted seniors, which would be a huge boost to her admission to an Ivy League school after graduation.
Devi realizes that staying close to home with her friends at Sherman Oaks High and family with her is more important to her. After graduation, there is enough time to focus on her studies while being separated from those she loves most – including Ben Gross (Jaren Lewison), to whom she may or may not have lost her virginity.
In the moments leading up to that shocking moment in the finals, Devi realized she had outgrown many of her dreams, including Paxton Hall-Yoshida (Darren Barnet) and the pedestal she placed him on. Also, Paxton just graduated and is on his way to school in Arizona, and things haven’t worked out with this new boy, Des (Anirudh Pisharody). Could Devi and Ben finally start a relationship?
Series co-creator Lang Fisher spoke to Deadline about Season 3 and teased what comes before the final goodbye.
DEADLINE: It really felt like Season 3 was preparing us for the series finale through Paxton’s high school graduation. Would you say that’s true?
LONG FISHERMAN: Well, the whole structure of Season 4 will be Devi’s senior year. So, what we were getting at in Season 3 – before I finish that sentence, I want you to know that Paxton is Hall-Yoshida in Season 4. He’s in as much as he was in Season 3, so the love triangle isn’t over yet.
Coming back to your initial question, we wanted to show a little progress for [Devi], a little bit of growing up and a little bit of really believing in herself and embarking on that journey of confidence this season. So that by the end of Season 3, she doesn’t see herself as this huge loser anymore. When we started the whole series, they were in the UN and just these giant idiots. She’s always been so obsessed with status.
We start this season with her still conscious of the fact that she believes she is not worthy of Paxton and that she is still below him. And we wanted the end of the season to show that she sees them as equals and equals now. So I think we can say goodbye to Paxton as her dream man and in season 4 we will see Paxton as a person who is on the same level as her. We want her to leave junior year feeling that life is great; She is surrounded by people who care about her and she loves them.
DEADLINE: An important part of Devi’s story is the love triangle between her, Ben and Paxton. Is there anything about what happens after Devi goes into Ben’s room in the final bars of the finale?
FISHERMAN: I don’t want to spoil anything, but in the first episode of the entire series, she asks a stranger to take her virginity. She’s always felt that this is one thing she wants to do before she goes to college. I feel like we had Ben on a coming-of-age journey this season too. He is our male character who is also defensive and prickly and sharp at times, but also comes from that tender spot of insecurity. We did the whole episode with Ben and Paxton together, which we found kind of funny because you never see them together.
We know Ben loves Devi and has feelings for her which he doesn’t express very well. So his journey this season brings him to a moment in the finals where he expresses it when he says, ‘I don’t want you to go. I’ll miss you.” This is very new to him because we’ve never heard him say how he feels about her. The love triangle is the skeleton of the show and you can’t take it away for the final season. But we wanted this final episode to be Devi saying goodbye to Paxton on a pedestal. Season 4 will have fun and interesting things that follow after whatever happens [between Devi and Ben].
DEADLINE: As Devi matures, could Season 4 open the doors for her mother Nalini (Poorna Jagannathan) to find romance? It sounds like Ivan Hernandez’s casting might be a clue.
FISHERMAN: In Season 4, a real hunk walks in. Common’s character [Dr. Chris Jackson] came into the story during Devi’s second year and nobody was ready for it at the time. Nalini admits she wasn’t ready for this. Ivan’s character Andres comes up during Devi’s senior year when everyone had a little more time to process things and be in a different place.
DEADLINE: Are there any plans to bring John McEnroe back?
FISHERMAN: We’ve thought about it. He is the best! I spend a lot of time with him in the recording booth. He’s so awesome and so invested in the show so we’ll see.
The first three seasons of I have never are now available to stream via Netflix.