Ted Lasso Is Coming Back For Season Three, Will It Be Its Last?

The Apple TV+ hit was originally planned for just three seasons-but could it go on for more?
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Heavy is the head that wears the optimistic visor. Apple TV+'s Ted Lasso exploded onto the scene in 2020, offering a much-needed dose of good attitude to the dreary TV landscape, but the lingering question was, could they recreate that magic in Season Two? The answer was largely yes, but that's no big surprise to the powers that be at Apple TV+. The streamer secured a third season of the series well before the second season aired.

This past season took a different tone than the first, exploring the complicated characters behind AFC Richmond. At the center was Jason Sudeikis's Ted Lasso, who began addressing longstanding mental health issues. On top of that, the coaching staff at Richmond got a bit more of a spotlight, with the second season following along as Nate (Nick Mohammed) let his own mental health issues spiral out of control. The dueling storylines led to an incredible finale, duking the coaches against each other. (We could also mention that very bizarre bottle episode featuring Beard, but we'll just let that be.)

As for what's ahead, we can confirm that two fan favorites will make an unexpected return, a third season is on the horizon, and most shockingly... it could be the series' last. Here's everything we know about Season Three of Ted Lasso.

What Do We Know About Season Three?

As previously noted, Season Three is confirmed. The decision to renew was made way back in October 2020 according to Deadline, after the series started blowing up. And now, production is well underway. However, we now know, Season Three will likely only premiere at the end of 2022.

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"We've been shooting for the last two months, things are going well, and I'm hopeful," Cristo Fernández told PopCulture. "Hopefully, the fans will love our Season 3, which, hopefully, will be at the end of the year as well, out."

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.”

Where Will It Pick Up?

There are no confirmations as to when and where the new season will pick up. Season Two jumped ahead a few months, with AFC Richmond traversing a streak of draws following relegation. The Season Two 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 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.

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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?

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."

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."

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Seasons One and Two of Ted Lasso are streaming in full on Apple TV+.

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