Ted Lasso Season 3 Has Arrived and You’d Better Believe It’s Going to Be an Emotional One

Ted Lasso Season 3 Has Arrived and You’d Better Believe It’s Going to Be an Emotional One

We’ve been sitting at home without the joyful influence of new Ted Lasso episodes for a good while now. Too long, really. But Season 3 of Ted Lasso is finally here, and we’re ready to meet our favourite coach on the field once again.

Here’s everything you need to know before watching Season 3 of Ted Lasso.

Ted Lasso Season 3 release date

Filming for Ted Lasso Season 3 took place throughout 2022, but we (obviously) didn’t see the season release last year.

It’s been a long time coming, but Ted Lasso Season 3 is officially streaming on Apple TV+ as of March 15, 2023.

Where did we leave everyone in Season 2?

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Ted Lasso is one of the most delightful shows on television and could teach us all a thing or two about kindness. If you haven’t indulged in it yet, stop whatever you’re doing and go watch it now. You won’t regret it.

Spoilers for Ted Lasso Seasons 1 and 2 ahead.

Ted Lasso‘s second season wrapped up on October 8, 2021, but the wound of Nate’s betrayal still feels fresh.

The once kind assistant coach turned on Ted (and all of us) in the Season 2 finale with a harsh monologue about his feelings of abandonment, which have been eating him up for most of the season.

This culminated in Nate ripping up Ted’s sacred ‘Believe’ sign – a criminal offence if you ask me – and leaving Richmond to become a coach for Rupert’s new team.

While this was easily the darkest plotline from the finale, our other characters got some wins this season.

Most importantly, Richmond’s last-minute penalty from Dani Rojas meant a return to the Premier League for our team. We love to see it!

Keeley decided to pursue a new job as the head of her own PR firm and must tragically part ways with Rebecca as an employee at Richmond FC (but don’t worry they’re still best mates).

Roy and Keeley, aka TV’s best couple, smoothed over some of their issues after Roy decided to forgive Jamie for telling his girlfriend he was still in love with her. Roy booked them both a well-deserved holiday, but Keeley was adamant she needed to stay and prepare for her new role. Roy, meanwhile, was in need of a break, so they agreed he should take it on his own.

Rebecca and Sam were also looking dicey there for a while. However, since Sam declined Edwin Akufo’s offer to join the Nigerian team, he is free to stay with Richmond – and Rebecca – and decided to open a restaurant.

That’s a lot to hold onto until Ted Lasso returns, so what do we know about season 3 that can tide us over?

What will happen in Season 3?

The synopsis for the new season tells us this:

In the third season of Ted Lasso, the newly-promoted AFC Richmond faces ridicule as media predictions widely peg them to finish last in the Premier League and Nate, now hailed as the ‘wonder kid,’ has gone to work for Rupert at West Ham United. In the wake of Nate’s contentious departure from Richmond, Roy Kent steps up as assistant coach, alongside Beard. Meanwhile, while Ted deals with pressures at work, he continues to wrestle with his own personal issues back home, Rebecca is focused on defeating Rupert and Keeley navigates being the boss of her own PR agency. Things seem to be falling apart both on and off the pitch, but Team Lasso is set to give it their best shot anyway.

One thing we know is that Season 3, like Season 2, will have 12 episodes.

The writers have often said they use Star Wars as a reference for Ted Lasso’s structure, which is why we saw Nate turn to the dark side in an Empire Strikes Back moment in season 2.

If we’re now heading into The Return of the Jedi era on Ted Lasso, what does that mean for our characters?

For Nate, it’s not so clear whether he’ll get redemption.

“I’m not saying it’s a redemption arc, because I genuinely don’t know. But maybe there’s always hope. Maybe this will be the one character that doesn’t get a redemption story. Maybe they’ll keep it real and maybe someone doesn’t get to redeem themselves,” actor Nick Mohammed, who plays Nate, told Entertainment Weekly.

We also sat down to chat with Mohammed about Nate’s journey and its connection to Star Wars – you can read that interview here.

Producer Kip Kroeger told Deadline that character backstories would be a focus in Season 3:

“It’s deeper into the backstories. You know, we’re going to get a little more information about where they came from.”

Richmond is also a Premier League Team once again so, as far as the football portion of the show goes, we can expect to see them chasing that championship trophy. Apple also recently struck a licensing deal with England’s Premier League, which will allow the show to utilise more football assets.

Then there’s the question of whether Ted Lasso’s third season will be the last. Jason Sudeikis said the writers’ plans for the series only factored in a three-season arc.

Unfortunately, it does seem like this upcoming season could be the swan song for our favourite coach. In an interview with UK outlet The Times, Ted Lasso star and writer Brett Goldstein said that they are writing the third season as if it is the end.

Season 3 trailer

Apple released this teaser trailer for Ted Lasso’s third season, showing the different cast members writing their own ‘Believe’ signs to replace the one Nate destroyed.

Damn it I’m crying already.

A second trailer for Season 3 gives us a bit more to go off of in terms of plot. Interestingly, the trailer is mostly free of dialogue (except for a wholesome team chant at the end) and is set to the tune of ‘You Can’t Always Get What You Want’ by the Rolling Stones. Hmm, the subtext is trying to tell us something.

Ted Lasso season 3 cast

ted lasso season 3
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Series regulars like Jason Sudeikis (Ted), Hannah Waddingham (Rebecca), Brett Goldstein (Roy), Juno Temple (Keeley), Brendan Hunt (Beard), Jeremy Swift (Higgins), Anthony Head (Rupert), Phil Dunster (Jamie Tartt), Toheeb Jimoh (Sam), Nick Mohammed (Nate) and Cristo Fernandez (Dani) are all be back for this season.

But what about some of the other ensemble characters?

EP Bill Lawrence confirmed to Deadline that both team therapist Sharon (Sarah Niles) and ex-reporter Trent Crimm (James Lance) will have significant roles next season, so we’ll definitely be seeing some familiar faces.

This article has been updated since its original publish date. 


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