Ever since the finale of Ted Lasso's second season dropped on Apple TV+"Ted Heads," as the show's passionate fans have taken to calling themselves, have been thinking ahead to season three (especially given that jaw-dropping twist at the end, and the cast's wins at various award shows). Here's what we know so far about Ted's next (and possibly final) chapter.
On Valentine's Day, Apple confirmed the series will return on March 15 with a new teaser:
At the end of February, the first trailer dropped:
There will be twelve episodes in season three, and the episodes will drop weekly on Wednesdays.
On an appearance on The Late Late Show With James Corden, actress Hannah Waddingham revealed that production will start on Valentine's Day, which she noted "is rather lovely."
In July, she shared a filming update. “We are halfway through shooting Season 3 and I would like to pause things because I’m not ready to say goodbye to her in three episodes,” Waddingham told Deadline in July. “Brett and I were talking about [saying goodbye] earlier and we’re both a little bit in denial but have been expecting it since the word go at the same time. It’s like a long, slow mourning. I love her, man. She’s the girl—my girl— that I’m walking along next to and serving. I know that sounds dramatic but that’s how I feel. I feel her rippling through my bloodstream and I’m not ready to not walk with her anymore.”
In an interview with Pop Culture, actor Cristo Fernández, who plays fan favorite Dani Rojas revealed that new episodes will "hopefully" premiere in 2022. "We've been shooting for the last two months, things are going well, and I 'm hopeful," Cristo told PopCulture last year. "Hopefully, the fans will love our Season 3, which, hopefully, will be at the end of the year as well, out."
"We're very excited to be back on set and, thankfully, these times are different than last year, as in COVID-wise," Cristo continued. "Last year, we were shooting in the middle of lockdown but at least now the city has reopened. I 'm just really amazed of how talented the writers are in the show. The scripts are so good."
The show has already been confirmed for a third season by AppleTV+, but that might be all fans get from the AFC Richmond team. Executive producer and star of the show, Jason Sudeikis, has said numerous times that Ted Lasso was originally intended to be a three-season story.
"This is the end of this story that we wanted to tell, that we were hoping to tell, that we loved to tell. The fact that folks will want more and are curious beyond more than what they don’t even know yet—that being Season 3—it’s flattering. Maybe by May 31, once all 12 episodes of the season [have been released], they’re like, 'Man, you know what, we get it, we’re fine. We don’t need anymore, we got it.' But until that time comes, I will appreciate the curiosity beyond what we’ve come up with so far," Sudeikis told Deadline in March 2023.
Two years earlier, he told EW that it is a "three-season arc" and "as far as what happens after that, who knows? I don't know."
More recently he shared that he's focusing on season three, and not thinking ahead. "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 told ET. "We can’t worry about the championships when we're in the first round of playoffs, you know?"
"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," Sudeikis continued.
"I think we've always meant it to be three seasons," Sudeikis's costar Brendan Hunt said in that same interview with EW. "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 'f---' 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."
But it sounds like Bill Lawrence, who co-created the show and also serves as a writer and executive producer, could be convinced to continue the story.
"Ted Lasso is a three-season show. After the third season, I will desperately try to get Mr. Sudeikis to do a...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," he said, per Comicbook.com.
After the finale of season two, Lawrence further clarified in an interview with Deadline, that even if Ted Lasso continues, the first three seasons will tell a complete story. "What’s tough to process for me as a writer who is used to writing network comedy, is, this was the end of the season, but the midway point of the show," he said.
"When we first pitched this particular story, we said this series was only going to be three seasons. And I would probably stay clean and say that even if Ted Lasso goes on, the story the writing staff has been telling had a beginning, middle and end for the first three seasons. And then it might veer off from that."
Writer and star Brett Goldstein echoed that statement in a new interview with the Sunday Times, sharing that the season is being written as if it is the show's last. After he won an Emmy Award for season two, he said: “In theory, we've been writing this like it's the end. But it might not be... who knows? I'll probably get killed if I say anything else.”
Sudeikis may have had the whole story mapped out, but he didn't share details with his fellow cast members.
"I don't know huge amounts of what's going to happen to Keeley, but there's something very special about that too, because it means you're kind of living life as Keeley for five months and you can't predict the future too much," actress Juno Temple told T&C while doing press for season two.
"You have to live and be in the moment. And I think that's a really smart way of going about it because it means you have to be present with your character. You can't think about their past and you can't try and predict their future, which is the best way to be really, otherwise you miss things."
In contrast, Toheeb Jimoh, who plays footballer Sam Obisanya on the series, tried to extract information from Sudeikis, to no avail.
"I 'm just trying to pull any information out of him [about future seasons]. But he's been a Jedi master with all of that stuff," Jimoh told T&C.
Nick Mohammed, who plays Nate on the series, was also in the dark.
"I genuinely don't know. I know bits but not the details," he said about what's to come for his character after season two's bombshell ending. "We'll see if Nate manages to find his way back to Richmond."
"But the thing with Ted Lasso is the audience are possibly expecting a redemption arc for Nate, and I'd like to see one I think because that would be nice," he continued in an interview with the BBC.
"But equally I could well imagine the writers thinking: 'no, we're going to turn it on its head', because that's what they did in season two, playing against everyone's expectations, so he might be the one character they don't redeem."
As they were filming season three, though, Jimoh shared a bit about what to expect. “What I can say is that we do get into Sam’s love life a little bit this season and it will be very interesting for people to see how that all unfolds and where it goes. You’ll see what his relationship with Rebecca is like and what it turns into. It will be really interesting no matter what side of the fence you’re on, whether you’re a TedBecca fan or SamBecca fan. There’s going to be a really interesting resolution for all the characters,” he told Deadline.2021-07-25T17:18:50Z dg43tfdfdgfd