The show was confirmed for a third season before the second one even premiered.
Words by Sabrina Park and Quincy Legardye
Peabody Award–winning comedy series Ted Lasso has quickly become an Internet favorite—and the show’s official Season 3 is just around the corner.
Based in West London, the show follows endearingly naive American Ted Lasso, played by Jason Sudeikis, who is hired as football coach for the U.K. team AFC Richmond (that’s British football, a.k.a. soccer). Lasso makes up for his lack of experience and knowledge of the sport with his pure-hearted nature, managing to charm the team, as well as the show’s increasingly dedicated viewers.
Where Season 1 was mostly about the team, Season 2 deepened the scope, homing in on “what’s happening internally for the characters” rather than “external life events,” co-creator Brendan Hunt told Deadline. “Mental health still has stigmas around it in this country,” he continued, “even more so in England, and even more so in sports, so we take a little time to explore that, and where our characters are at with that.”
As for Season 3, the co-creators, Bill Lawrence, Joe Kelly, and Sudeikis and Hunt, who are also cast members, have already dropped several hints. Below, we’re tracking everything to know about Ted Lasso‘s third season.
Ted Lasso was conceived as a three-season show.
The show’s creators initially planned for the storyline to follow a three-year arc. “This story [we’ve already mapped out], I know has a beginning, middle and an end, and will end the third year,” Lawrence told Deadline back in July. “I think there’s other stories to tell about Ted Lasso and the gang, and we’ll see. I think either way, it’ll be important to Jason and all of us to try and go out on a high note,” he continued.
“The story that’s being told—that three-season arc—is one that I see, know, and understood,” Sudeikis told Entertainment Weekly over the summer. Though given the show’s growing popularity, and his own attachment to the story, the plan is certainly not set in stone. “I’m glad that they are willing to pay for those three seasons,” he continued. “As far as what happens after that, who knows? I don’t know.”
More recently, Sudeikis and Hunt shared in a TODAY interview that their ever-growing love for the show might just “[screw] up the whole plan.”
#TedLasso stars @jasonsudeikis and @brendanhunting are catching up with @hodakotb about Season 2 of their hit show and the real-life high school basketball coach who helped inspire the title character. pic.twitter.com/PGymM4dEcf
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) July 22, 2021
Season 3 has wrapped filming.
The Hollywood Reporter previously announced that the writers’ room started work last September, after the new season was delayed due to pay negotiations for most of the show’s cast and writers after the breakout success of the first season, which received 20 Emmy nominations.
Now filming is finally finished, with producers Kip Kroeger and Liza Katzer telling Deadline that shooting started in mid-March. The producers also teased a bit of Season 3’s plot during a red-carpet interview.
“I think it’s just more of what everyone loves and what has worked and just going deeper into the characters,” Katzer said, with Kroeger adding, “It’s deeper into the backstories. You know, we’re going to get a little more information about where they came from.”
The new season is arriving March 15, 2023.
AppleTV+ finally shared a first look at season 3 which featured Ted and Nate in an obvious showdown, hinting at season 2’s divisive finale. The streamer confirmed that season 3 is set to premiere this spring.
“Time to win the whole f***ing thing,” read the official caption.
Time to win the whole f***ing thing.
Here’s your first look at #TedLasso Season 3, coming to Apple TV+ this Spring. pic.twitter.com/a7MvOk00HM
— Apple TV+ (@AppleTVPlus) January 18, 2023
The series also shared a teaser clip confirming season 3’s March 15th premiere date. In the clip, the entire Richmond AFC crew is back together and decorating the locker room for what one assumes is the start of a new soccer season.
Time to believe. New season kicks off 3.15.23 pic.twitter.com/MyYRDBVX6C
— AFC Richmond (@AFCRichmond) February 14, 2023
In a full official trailer, fans don’t hear much dialogue from the new season but instead see a series of scenes from season 3 soundtracked by The Rolling Stone’s “You Can’t Always Get What You Want”. If that’s a hint that Season 3 could be the show’s last, we don’t know what else is.
The cinematography might provide plot clues.
Lawrence told Deadline that many of the show’s significant characters and themes have been deliberately foreshadowed by elements of cinematography. “The show started on a close-up of [Rebecca] looking at a painting—kind of this single shot of her, following her journey—and I would say that it would be a clue about who a lot of the second year is about,” Lawrence said. “Something cool Jason really likes to do visually is tell you who the sneak protagonist or lead character is,” he continued, “by where we start, and whose face we start on.” This pattern might very well hold for Season 3.
Season 4 isn’t entirely out of the question.
Earlier this year, Lawrence pointed out the difficulties in adding one more season. “The only way I think a fourth season of Ted Lasso exists would be if Ted Lasso went and coached a soccer team that played about a block from Jason’s house in real life,” he said on an episode of Fake Doctors, Real Friends. “You know what I mean? He’s got young kids.”
But in an interview with Entertainment Tonight, published October 20, Sudeikis gave a Ted Lasso–esque response when asked about the possibility of a fourth season. “I feel like a real coach when I have to tell folks you can’t look at Season 4 when we’re in the middle of Season 3,” he explained. “We can’t worry about the championships when we’re in the first round of playoffs, you know?”
He continued, “We got to take it one game at a time. As cliché as that may sound, there’s actually truth. It’s hard to think about what to do in the distant future when you’re trying to deal with what’s right in front of you.”
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