Never Have I Ever completed it’s fourth and final season on Netflix concluded with Devi Vishwakumar (Maitreyi Ramakrishnan), the main character, achieving her goal of attending her dream college, Princeton. The season also provided a satisfying resolution to the ongoing love triangle involving Devi, Paxton Hall-Yoshida (Darren Barnet), and Ben Gross (Jaren Lewison).
In the concluding season, Devi finds herself in a relationship with Ben, as they share an intimate moment while cuddling in Devi’s dorm room. Although their initial sexual encounter is awkward, being the first time for both of them, they don’t immediately become a couple. Ben starts dating Margot, an art student, while Devi has a fling with Ethan, a rebellious guy. As their senior year progresses, Devi and Ben gradually rebuild their friendship after a period of not speaking to each other. However, it is in the final episode that they finally get together.
In a reminiscent scene from “When Harry Met Sally,” Ben rushes back from New York to attend Devi’s grandmother’s wedding. There, he confesses his love for her, and Devi reciprocates her feelings. After a romantic night together, they decide to give their relationship a real chance, despite attending different universities. Ben heads to Columbia while Devi pursues her studies at Princeton.
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The conclusion of Never Have I Ever co-created by Mindy Kaling and Lang Fisher, may have brought joy to those rooting for Team Ben and left Team Paxton feeling a bit disappointed. However, the actors involved in the love triangle expressed contentment with the outcome. Maitreyi Ramakrishnan, who portrays Devi, shares her personal preference: “I am definitely Team Ben, so I’m happy with what the writers chose,” she reveals to The Hollywood Reporter. Ramakrishnan acknowledges that she had previously thought Devi should end up with no one, but she now appreciates the journey Devi and Ben went through.
In Never Have I Ever, Devi finds their evolving relationship, from academic enemies to rivals, then friends, and ultimately lovers, incredibly satisfying. Ramakrishnan also notes that their similar personalities and shared craziness make their connection work.Overall, the actors seem pleased with the way the story unfolded, as Devi finds love and embarks on a new chapter with Ben.
During the college fair, when Ben accidentally gets paint on his shirt, Devi selflessly offers him her own shirt as a replacement. This gesture demonstrates her care and support for him. Likewise, when Devi receives the disappointing news of her college rejection, Ben is there by her side, providing emotional comfort and being a source of strength. Additionally, in a protective act, Ben even takes a punch on behalf of Devi when they visit Princeton, showcasing his loyalty and willingness to defend her. In a moment of vulnerability, they both openly express their anxieties about their ability to succeed in college, deepening their connection and understanding of one another.
Devi’s Journey: Love, Loss, and Personal Growth in the Final Season of Never Have I Ever
While Jaren Lewison and Darren Barnet acknowledge that arguments can be made for both Ben and Paxton as potential partners for Devi, Barnet admits that Devi and Ben share a unique bond that she doesn’t have with Paxton in Never Have I Ever.
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After Paxton abruptly leaves Arizona State and becomes the assistant swim coach at Sherman Oaks High, he and Devi spend some time together. While they share a kiss, it seems that their romantic relationship is a thing of the past, especially considering Paxton’s new role as a faculty member. However, both Maitreyi Ramakrishnan and Darren Barnet value the supportive dynamic displayed between Paxton and Devi throughout the fourth season.In addition to the love triangle, the fourth season of the show explores Devi, Ben, and Paxton’s shared anxiety about college, which resonated with the actors portraying these characters.
In the final season of Never Have I Ever, Devi continues to grapple with the grief of losing her father, who viewers discover was the inspiration behind her dream of attending Princeton. As she prepares to embark on her college journey, she has a poignant moment where she sees her father’s ghost and expresses her frustration while trying to decide what to pack. According to Maitreyi Ramakrishnan, this scene reflects Devi’s ongoing process of dealing with her grief.Throughout the season, Devi’s relationship with her mother evolves and strengthens.
Her mother supports her during the setbacks she faces regarding Princeton, showcasing the growth in their bond since the tense moments of the first season.For Ramakrishnan, the true ending lies in Devi’s personal growth, particularly in her ability to channel her anger in a constructive way that doesn’t harm herself or others. This transformation signifies a significant development in her character arc.