Ted Lasso Is Coming Back For Season 3—But that Could Be the End

Now that the 73rd Primetime Emmys are behind us, Apple TV+’s story of an American football coach turned International football coach, Ted Lasso, finally has the hardware to match its impressive (and substantial) hype. Jason Sudeikis, who brings his uber-positive attitude to the title role, came away with the trophy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy, while Brett Goldstein (as over-the-hill soccer grump with a heart of gold Roy Kent) and Hannah Waddingham (as the team’s owner, Rebecca Welton) came out victorious in the supporting categories. The show, accordingly, also won for Outstanding Comedy Series, edging out another audience favorite in HBO Max’s dramedy, Hacks. And that’s all coming for Season 1.

In case you’ve missed it, Ted Lasso also just wrapped up a very eventful second season,complete with quite a stunning ending. The show—which almost certainly will be in significant Emmy contention again next year—has taken great depths to explore its characters through the lens of mental health and personal/professional growth and evolution in its second go-around, while maintaining its overall optimistic and humorous outlook.

And while it may be sad for fans of the mustachioed coach (and the rest of the show’s great cast of characters) that Season 2 has wrapped up, we do have some good news: it’s coming back. Ted Lasso was renewed for Season 3 before Season 2 even premiered. So we can be like Ted and be optimistic about this one, folks!

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Here’s what we know about the forthcoming Season 3 of Ted Lasso, which will once again follow the gang over at AFC Richmond.

What will Ted Lasso Season 3 be about?

We probably could have predicted that at the end of Ted Lasso Season 1—when the team was relegated—that Season 2 would end with the team being once again promoted to the English Premier League. And that proved correct. But what happened throughout the course of Season 2’s 12 episodes aside from that was anything but predictable.

The exploration of Ted’s own mental health issues took center stage, as he established a rocky but eventually super strong relationship with a psychologist, Dr. Sharon Fieldstone. Rebecca and Sam—who became one of AFC Richmond’s best players—found each other and then agreed to take a break, while Roy Kent and Keely continued to see how their relationship would stand the test of time. Coach Beard knows who he is, but he even had his own standalone episode that was just a version of Martin Scorsese’s After Hours and was great.

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The Season 2 change that will lead most into Season 3, though, has got to be centered around Nate. Nate’s promotion to assistant coach at the end of Season 1 clearly got to his head a bit, as he was rude and curt with people all season long. By the end of the season, Nate felt abandoned by Ted, and sold out the information about his panic attacks to Trent Crimm, from The Independent. Nate eventually stormed out of the AFC Richmond game, ripped down the “Believe” sign, and had a heartbreaking confrontation with Ted where he told him he didn’t belong, and explained that he felt abandoned. By the end of the season, it appeared that Nate (now with a full head of grey hair) will be a new direct rival for ted, as he seems to be the new head coach for West Ham United, now owned by Rupert.

And one last thread to keep an eye out for—Trent Crimm, from The Independent, is no longer with The Independent, since he got fired (or quit, it’s not totally clear) for revealing to Ted that his source for the panic attack story was Nate. Trent will remain a part of the story for Season 3, though we don’t know in what capacity. Could he be a new coach himself? Perhaps he takes over Keely’s PR position now that she’s starting her own firm? It remains to be seen, but we’re eager to see how it plays out.

When will Ted Lasso Season 3 come out?

It would be safe to guess that Ted Lasso will once again return to Apple TV+ next summer. The first season of the show debuted with a triple-episode premiere back in August of 2020, while Season 2 made its way onto the streaming service with a one-episode-per-week schedule that started in July of 2021.

This is probably a conversation for a different time, but the weekly release schedule for Ted Lasso is a smart one, especially for a show that already knows it’s a hit and has a committed audience. If you were making a show, would you rather people be engaged with it and talking about it for 12 weeks, one episode at a time, or all at once and everyone’s over it after a week or two? The choice is an easy one.

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Season 3 will once again have 12 episodes.

Sudeikis confirmed after his Emmys win that Ted Lasso will once again have 12 episodes for Season 3, following suit from Season 2. Though it sounds, from his response, like they’ll be able to write the season out ahead of time knowing they’ll have 12 episodes, as opposed to adjusting on the fly. “They, being Apple, asked for 12 episodes—and this time, ahead of time,” the star and co-creator said. “So, we’ll be doing 12 episodes as of now.”

Could Season 3 be Ted Lasso‘s last?

Word has been around for quite a while that Sudeikis has always envisioned Ted Lasso as a three-season story. The show’s co-creator explained last year on a Scrubs podcast. “I think that ours is a little different because Jason, as he’s kind of mapping it out, it’s a three-season show,” Lawrence said. “So…super-fans know that [The Mandalorian is] connecting tissue in the Star Wars universe, and for us, everybody knows that they get an end to this story in the third season.”

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He continued: “The only way I think a fourth season of Ted Lasso exists would be if TL went and coached a soccer team that played about a block from Jason’s house in real life, you know what I mean? He’s got young kids.”

Sudeikis himself responded to the idea that the show will end after three seasons in an Entertainment Weekly story.

“It’s called the iMoney truck,” Sudeikis said jokingly. “I mean, I don’t know. The story that I know is the one that I wanted to tell, and so that’s the one we’re telling with the help of numerous people in front of and behind the camera, so it’s by no means me typing every key stroke and saying every word. It’s nowhere near like that. But 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.”

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Brendan Hunt, another co-creator who plays Coach Beard in the show, has an interesting take of his own.

“I think we’ve always meant it to be three seasons,” he said in the same EW story. “I think it would be pretty cool if, in the face of how much everyone likes this show, that we stick to our guns and really just do three seasons. But even as committed to that idea as Jason may have been, none of us were prepared to the degree to which people love this show. Usually shows don’t have that kind of effect if they say the word ‘fuck’ so many times. We’re kind of in no man’s land here, still being discombobulated by the response and I think that could make hard-hearted old Sudeikis soften up a little bit. I will say that, whatever he decides, I will happily abide.”

So. The answer to the question: maybe? You might be best off operating as if it’s the end. And if it comes back for anything more, well, that’s just some Ted Lasso gravy.

Who will be in the cast?

We don’t know the exact cast for Season 3, but we can bet that most if not all of our favorites will be back. Emmy winners Sudeikis, Goldstein, and Waddingham are a 100% lock, and nominees Juno Temple (Keeley), Nick Mohammed (Nate), Jeremy Swift (Higgins), and Hunt (Beard) should be locks as well. And on top of them, it’s hard to imagine the show doing anything without most of the other players (Phil Dunster as Jamie Tartt and Toheeb Jimoh as Sam, most notably) returning, as well as some familiar minor characters like Trent Crimm, (formerly) of The Independent.

It was also recently reported that the cast will be receiving significant pay raises ahead of Season 2 as well. Sudeikis will see his pay jump to $1 million per episode while Waddingham, Temple, Goldstein, and Hunt will all receive nice promotions as well.


Evan is an associate editor for Men’s Health, with bylines in The New York Times, MTV News, Brooklyn Magazine, and VICE.

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