Ted Lasso has been a welcome presence on our screens for the past three years. Greeted with praise and back-to-back Emmy wins for Outstanding Comedy Series, the sitcom has made a place in pop culture, focusing on optimism, kindness, and taking care of yourself and others. As Ted Lasso signed off for its third and possibly final season, the Season 3 ender sets the stage for what a post-Ted Lasso life these characters will involve themselves in after the credits roll.
Rebecca (Hannah Waddingham) sells 49% of the football club to the fans, Roy (Brett Goldstein) becomes the manager at Richmond, Nate (Nick Mohammed) and Beard (Brendan Hunt) support him, Keeley (Juno Temple) is still going strong with her PR firm, Sam (Toheeb Jimoh) finally gets the chance to play for the Nigerian national team, Jamie (Phil Dunster) reconnects with his father, etc. But most importantly, Ted (Jason Sudeikis) leaves his post as the coach/manager and returns home to Kansas to be with his son, Henry.
It’s Time For Ted To Go Home
Ted’s decision to return home after the third season of “Ted Lasso” indeed reflects a significant character development and personal growth for the titular character. In many ways, his journey in the show has been about more than just football coaching; it’s been about self-discovery, healing, and learning to confront his own personal demons.
At the start of the series, Ted’s decision to take the coaching job in the UK was partly an escape from his troubled marriage and personal issues. Throughout the seasons, we see Ted evolve as he forms deep connections with the Richmond team and his newfound family. His therapy sessions with Dr. Sharon offer a space for him to confront his past and address his emotional baggage. The use of the “Oklahoma” signal between Ted and Rebecca symbolizes their commitment to honesty and vulnerability, a far cry from the facade of perpetual positivity that Ted initially presented.
By the end of season three, Ted’s emotional journey has led him to a place of healing and reconciliation, not just with others but with himself. His ability to confront his mother about their shared history and find closure is a testament to his growth as a character. Returning home to be with his son represents a significant step in his personal life, showing that he’s no longer running away from his problems but facing them head-on.
While it might seem like an unconventional decision for a football coach to leave a successful team, it aligns perfectly with Ted’s character arc. The show has always been as much about the characters’ personal lives and relationships as it has been about football. Ted’s decision to prioritize his family and well-being over career success demonstrates that he’s come full circle in his journey toward self-improvement and emotional health. It’s a heartwarming conclusion to a series that values human connection and personal growth above all else.
“It’s Not About Me. It Never Was.”
As Pep Guardiola emphasized in the previous episode: “Don’t worry about wins or losses. Just help these guys be the best versions of themselves on and off the pitch.” This sentiment encapsulates the true essence of “Ted Lasso.” The show is not solely about winning or losing games; it’s about personal growth, relationships, and the transformative power of kindness.
Throughout the series, Ted’s impact on those around him is profound. His unwavering positivity, love, and compassion inspire those he interacts with to become better individuals. “Ted Lasso” isn’t just a sports show; it’s a show about how relationships can shape and elevate us. The characters’ development is at the core of the narrative, and the focus is on their personal journeys rather than the sport itself.
Take Jamie Tartt, for instance, who evolves from an egotistical diva player into a team player who shares the ball and praises his teammates. Roy Kent, once a lone wolf, forms a genuine friendship with Jamie, showing that even the toughest exteriors can be softened by Ted’s influence. Even Trent Crimm, a cynical journalist, shifts from criticizing Ted’s coaching style to writing a book about Richmond with the working title “The Lasso Way.”
However, the most significant transformations are witnessed in Rebecca and Nate. At the beginning of the series, Rebecca’s motives are driven by revenge against her ex-husband, leading her to bring Ted to Richmond with the intention of sabotaging the club. Yet, her connection with Ted, as well as her friendship with Keeley, gradually changes her perspective. Ted’s forgiveness and support, even when he learns of her initial plans, solidify their unbreakable bond. Rebecca’s journey from undermining Richmond to challenging wealthy team owners in a super league for exploiting fans shows her growth.
Then there’s Nate, affectionately known as “Nate the Great.” His evolution from a humble kit man, whose ideas Ted encouraged, to becoming a rival with West Ham and ultimately returning to Richmond is central to the story. Nate’s villainous arc in season three takes a pivotal turn after the first Richmond vs. West Ham game. He experiences a crisis of character upon realizing the true nature of Rupert, leading to his resignation. However, when Nate returns to Richmond, Ted forgives him instantly. Ted’s belief in second chances and his immense heart provide everyone with the opportunity for redemption and the chance to contribute to something greater than themselves.
In essence, Ted’s message of love and acceptance profoundly impacts those around him, and by the end of season three, his work is complete. The show beautifully illustrates the power of kindness and human connection in transforming lives, making “Ted Lasso” not just a sports series but a heartfelt exploration of personal growth and relationships.
The Lasso Way The Richmond Way
With Ted no longer at the helm as the manager/coach of Richmond, the final montage offered a sneak peek into what lies ahead for these beloved characters once Ted returns to his home in Kansas. Just as Roy takes the reins and Keeley’s PR firm thrives, the characters are poised to continue their journeys and lead lives beyond Ted’s guidance. It’s possible that we haven’t seen the last of the Richmond Gang, and their stories may continue to unfold in unexpected ways. While this marks the conclusion of Ted Lasso’s story, it doesn’t necessarily signify the end of the Richmond family’s tale.