Ted Lasso, which debuted in August 2020, became Apple TV+’s first major success. The Jason Sudeikis-led show, originating from NBC Sports skits, offers a multi-layered experience. Sudeikis portrays the quirky titular character, a relentlessly positive man out of his element, transitioning from coaching American football to coaching British football, a sport he knows nothing about. The series also boasts captivating supporting characters, such as the grumpy veteran footballer Roy Kent (Brett Goldstein), the strong yet vulnerable AFC Richmond owner Rebecca Welton (Hannah Waddingham), and the self-doubting coach Nate Shelley (Nick Mohammed), burdened by insecurities.
In its initial two seasons, Ted Lasso accumulated numerous Emmy awards, including Outstanding Comedy Series. While some argue that the quality has slightly declined in Season 3, it remains an excellent show with endearing characters. Unfortunately, several cast members have indicated that this could be the final season. Although Apple TV+ hasn’t made any official statements regarding the show’s conclusion, there is uncertainty as the third season nears its finale.
Jason Sudeikis had already hinted in June 2021 that Ted Lasso would conclude after three seasons. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, he expressed his understanding of the three-season arc and the uncertainty beyond that point. Co-creator Brendan Hunt shared a similar sentiment, stating that they had always intended for three seasons but were taken aback by the show’s overwhelming popularity. However, he remained open to the possibility of Sudeikis reconsidering.
Executive producer Bill Lawrence expressed hope for more Ted Lasso stories beyond the initial three-season plan. Despite these indications, the decision ultimately rested with Sudeikis. Co-star and writer Brett Goldstein confirmed in June 2022 that Season 3 was indeed intended as the final season and humorously added, “Spoiler alert: everyone dies.”
As Ted Lasso approaches its conclusion, the certainty surrounding its ending has started to waver, even for Jason Sudeikis. In a recent interview with E! News during the third season premiere, Sudeikis acknowledged the talent of the writing staff, the incredible cast, and the dedicated production crew, implying that there is potential for the story to continue. However, he admitted that the ultimate fate of the show remains unknown until the current storyline is complete.
Sudeikis’ co-stars share the same uncertainty. Hannah Waddingham, who portrays Rebecca Welton, expressed her uncertainty about whether this is truly the end of the story, while Nick Mohammed, who plays Nate, emphasized that although the initial plan was for a three-season arc, there’s no definitive reason why the show couldn’t continue. Their hope for more is evident, but the final decision remains unclear.
Rumours have circulated about the possibility of spinoffs if Ted Lasso does conclude. Given the complexity and diverse trajectories of the characters, there are various avenues to explore. One option could be following Rebecca Welton’s journey as she continues to own AFC Richmond or potentially embarks on a new path with the person she met on the houseboat this season. Perhaps Nate or even Ted himself might find themselves coaching elsewhere. The futures of Keeley and Roy are also open to endless possibilities. However, amidst all the speculation, what is essential is that Apple TV+ provides clarity to its viewers regarding the future of Ted Lasso.
Jason Sudeikis’ desire to end Ted Lasso after three seasons is understandable, considering the risks of overstaying its welcome, particularly in the realm of comedy. There’s a potential for the show to become repetitive and lose its originality, and it’s important to leave the audience wanting more. Given the mixed reception of Season 3, it might convince Sudeikis to conclude the show, at least temporarily.
What seems probable is that Ted Lasso will go on a hiatus. It’s unlikely to return next spring, and that’s perfectly fine. Perhaps everyone involved needs time to recharge and explore other projects. Taking an extended break, as seen between Seasons 2 and 3 or in the case of shows like Curb Your Enthusiasm, could be a possibility. Alternatively, we might sporadically check in on the characters’ lives without a full-fledged continuation. There’s also the real possibility that, in a couple of weeks, we won’t see them again.
Letting go is difficult, especially when the cast has grown close. Sudeikis appears uncertain about the show’s future, and Apple TV+ is likely pressuring him for more. However, while these discussions unfold, fans deserve transparency from Apple TV+ regarding their plans. Whether Ted Lasso is returning or ending, or if they’re still undecided, any communication is better than complete silence. The current ambiguity makes it challenging for viewers to fully immerse themselves in the evolving storylines, unsure if they are witnessing character development or the culmination of their stories. For instance, will Roy and Keeley’s relationship endure, or will complications arise?
Jason Sudeikis and Apple TV+ find themselves in a complex situation with many uncertainties. Perhaps Apple TV+ is hesitant to admit they don’t have concrete answers yet, fearing embarrassment. If that’s the case, they should communicate it anyway, as uncomfortable as it may be. As Coach Lasso once said, “Taking on a challenge is a lot like riding a horse, isn’t it? If you’re comfortable while you’re doing it, you’re probably doing it wrong.”