Apple TV+’s “Ted Lasso” shows AFC Richmond gearing up to return to the Premier League, the pinnacle of English football, in the third season premiere. The new season is set to build upon the previous season’s events, with AFC Richmond facing new challenges on and off the field.
The end of the second season saw one of their own, former assistant coach Nate joining the rival club West Ham, causing tension and drama. The fans have only one question: Will AFC Richmond finally win the league?
Per the fans’ speculations and comments made by the makers, AFC Richmond has a good chance of winning the Premier League this year. Jason Sudeikis plays the titular role of Ted Lasso and is also an executive producer of the show himself.
He has repeatedly revealed that Season 3 will likely be the final one, and I don’t think they will end the show on a sad note.
Season 3 starts with Rebecca being infuriated after the media and pundits are touting AFC Richmond to finish smack last in the league. Ted arrives to learn about the predictions but assures Rebecca that the team will perform fine.
She is even more enraged at the pundits predicting her ex-husband, Rupert Mannion’s new team, West Ham United, finish in the top 4. Rebecca reminds Ted of his promise to win the league after they were promoted.
In the dressing room, the players are rattled by the predictions of their team finishing last. Roy was responsible for developing the team’s tactics after Nate quit as coach. He sets up the team to play in a 4-4-2 formation, believing the stability would help the team get results.
At West Ham, Rupert reassures Nate of his fate in the latter’s abilities as a coach before a training session. After reading about the predictions, Ted notices how the players cannot concentrate on training. He takes them on a field visit to London’s underground sewer system.
Ted uses the sewers as a metaphor for the players to overcome the adverse media reports and connect. Ted’s advice rejuvenates the team, and their spirits are raised.
Has Ted stopped believing in himself?
In the episode’s final moments, Ted walks home with Coach Beard, clearly distracted by his work pressure. After returning home, Ted has a video call with his son, Henry. During the call, Henry suggests that Ted still be friends with Nate after seeing the lego set.
Ted laments staying away from Henry but reassures his son that he is only doing so because his job is essential to him. Henry agrees and wants his father to “win the whole thing,” referencing Ted’s sentiments after being relegated at the end of season 1.
However, Ted reminds Henry that winning isn’t everything. The episode ends with Henry telling Ted to at least try.
The episode’s ending hints that Ted is losing faith in himself. His conversation with Henry confirms that Ted is distracted. Moreover, Ted seeks reassurance from Henry as he no longer believes what he does at Richmond is more important than raising his son.
However, Henry’s work only confirms Ted’s fears, as he is unable to cope with the expectations everyone has of him. Thus, the entire scenario brings into question Ted’s core philosophy about self-belief.
Ted’s ideas about believing in oneself usually win over everyone on this side of the pond. Moreover, the Richmond spirit is undeniably empowered by Ted’s ability to place his faith in others and teach them to believe in their abilities.
Although the third season seemingly takes away Ted’s faith in his core philosophy, we are sure he will bounce back. Moreover, the belief in everyone around him as put into Ted manifests as unrealistic expectations, setting up a fascinating season ahead.
About Ted Lasso
Ted Lasso is an American sports-comedy streaming TV series developed by Bill Lawrence, Jason Sudeikis, Joe Kelly, and Brendan Hunt. It’s based on a character of the same name that Sudeikis first portrayed in a series of promos for NBC Sports’ coverage of the Premier League.
It follows the life of Ted Lasso, a coach of college-level American football who is unexpectedly recruited to coach an English Premier League team, AFC Richmond, despite having no experience at all in association football.
It stars Sudeikis as the titular character, Ted Lasso, joined by Hannah Waddingham, Jeremy Swift, Phil Dunster, Brett Goldstein, Brendan Hunt, Nick Mohammed, Juno Temple, and Sarah Niles among many others.