Believe it or not, it has been well over a year since Ted Lasso exited our lives. The Season Two finale hit Apple TV+ back on October 8, 2021. Oof! That’s way too much time away from our favorite
soccer (*ahem*) football team. When Apple TV+’s Ted Lasso first exploded onto the scene in 2020, the sporty workplace comedy offered a much-needed dose of good attitude to the dreary TV landscape. But we never stopped needing that magic in our lives. Now, at long last, Apple TV+ revealed that Season Three of Ted Lasso will air this spring. Plus, the streamer hit us with a new photo from the season, showing an awkward-looking showdown between Ted and Evil Nate.
“I’ve seen cuts of the show and I think it’s f***ing awesome,” co-creator Bill Lawrence said at a recent panel for his new Apple TV+ series, Shrinking. The writer and executive producer also “tipped his hat” to Sudeikis, according to Deadline, for taking on a larger role behind-the-scenes in Season Three so that Lawrence could spend more time in the US on Shrinking. It may also be show’s final season, according to actor Brett Goldstein, but nothing has been announced just yet. (More on this below). In the meantime, here’s everything we know about Season Three of Ted Lasso.
What Do We Know About Ted Lasso Season Three?
The decision to renew the popular series for Season Three was made way back in October 2020 according to Deadline. And now, production is well underway. “We’ve been shooting for the last two months, things are going well, and I’m hopeful,” Cristo Fernández told PopCulture back in May 2022. “Hopefully, the fans will love our Season Three.”
The end of Season Two sent team psychologist Dr. Sharon Fieldstone (Sarah Niles) on her way in the most heartfelt of Ted Lasso goodbyes. The final episode also seemed to spell the imminent departure of The Independent‘s Trent Crimm (the beautifully coiffed James Lance) after he revealed that Nate was his source for the exposé on Ted’s panic attack, but TV Line reports those departures are a bit of a fake out. Both will be returning for the third season, which will also introduce a new recurring character in the form of Jack (played by Jodi Balfour), a charming venture capitalist. Don’t expect any major upheaval in the cast list; according to producer Chip Kroeger, Season Three will be “more of what everyone loves and what has worked and just going deeper into the characters … into the backstories. We’re going to get a little more information about where they came from.”
It’s also possible that Sam and Rebecca will rekindle their romance, which ended in Season Two partly due to Rebecca’s fear of heartbreak. Speaking to Deadline, Toheeb Jimoh (who plays Sam) teased that the matter will be settled. “I can’t tell you anything about that!” he said. “I can’t spill the beans. What I can say is that we do get into Sam’s love life a little bit this season and it will be very interesting for people to see how that all unfolds and where it goes. You’ll see what his relationship with Rebecca is like and what it turns into. It will be really interesting no matter what side of the fence you’re on, whether you’re a TedBecca fan or SamBecca fan. There’s going to be a really interesting resolution for all the characters.”
Where Will Ted Lasso Season Three Pick Up?
There are no confirmations as to when and where the new season will pick up, story-wise. Season Two jumped ahead a few months, with AFC Richmond traversing a streak of draws following relegation. The finale already did a bit of a time jump, too. After seeing Nate tell Ted off and quit the team, we know that he’s on the coaching staff (perhaps head coach?) at West Ham, which was purchased by Rebecca’s philandering ex-husband. In Season Two, Nate also took a tumble from feel-good underdog status to hateful, seething second man who wanted his time in the coaching spotlight. Season Three will almost undoubtedly follow the dueling paths of AFC Richmond and West Ham as the good and the vain face off with one another.
As for other characters, Keeley and Roy’s relationship was left with an uncomfortable amount of uncertainty going into the third season, and Rebecca and Sam’s pairing also seems to have potential for a big season three. Ted Lasso has also done a good job of not letting loose ends hang for too long, so we still have the heavy drinking of Dr. Sharon to address. And in terms of where Trent Crimm (of The Independent) will land… Keeley’s new vacancy as head of comms seems like a potential spot, right?
You Said It Could Be the Last Season of Ted Lasso?
Unfortunately, yes. In a conversation with Entertainment Weekly, Sudeikis said that Ted Lasso was pitched as a series with a three-season arc, and that’s the story they’re currently telling. Granted, they also admit that they never knew that they’d have a hit on their hands like Ted Lasso, and that tends to change things. In his own words, Sudeikis says, “The story that’s being told—that three-season arc—is one that I see, know, and understood. I’m glad that they are willing to pay for those three seasons. As far as what happens after that, who knows? I don’t know.”
In an interview with Sunday Times, Goldstein confirmed Sudeikis’s comments. “We are writing it like that,” he said when the outlet asked if Season Three would be the finale. “It was planned as three. Spoiler alert— everyone dies.” Surely he’s kidding about the last part. We hope. But producer Lisa Katler is open to continuing Ted Lasso beyond the original plan. “We don’t know. We hope it goes on,” she told Deadline. “Initially we were down for three, but it’s up in the air at the moment.”
So, it’s not a yes, but in the words of Dumb & Dumber, “So you’re saying there’s a chance.”Seasons One and Two of Ted Lasso are streaming in full on Apple TV+.
Justin Kirkland is a Brooklyn-based writer who covers culture, food, and the South. Along with Esquire, his work has appeared in NYLON, Vulture, and USA Today.
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