“So long, farewell, Auf Wiedersehen goodnight…”
Ted Lasso ends next week with the appropriately titled “So Long, Farewell.” While Apple bills it as a “season finale,” it is undoubtedly the final chapter of this story. After three seasons of laughter, tears and football aplenty, what do the writers have in store for us? How will they wrap up the remaining essential character arcs, i.e., Ted and Rebecca? Check out our 10 predictions for the series finale.
Spoilers abound, obviously, so proceed at your peril, Diamond Dogs.
Ted Will Move Back to Kansas After Final Richmond Match
“Mom City” ends on a cliffhanger as Ted (Jason Sudeikis) and Rebecca (Hannah Waddingham) reunite for their annual Truth Bomb Day. This time, Ted has news to impart. You can even tell he’s dropping a bombshell on Rebecca based on the staging of the scene — Ted’s standing where Rebecca stood in episodes 109 and 211. He’ll tell her he’s moving back to Kansas to be with Henry (Gus Turner); however, he’ll stay to coach the final match. We’ll get one last match with Ted, Roy (Brett Goldstein), Beard (Brendan Hunt) and Nate (Nick Mohammed) at the helm.
The writers have been hinting at Ted returning home all season. London was only a temporary home for him, whereas I could see Beard staying. He’s got his lady and seems to have acclimated well with the metropolitan life.
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Roy Will Serve as Head Coach, With Beard and Nate as Assistant Coaches
Ted will make Roy his successor. We’ve seen Roy slowly morph into Ted 2.0 this season with his newfound penchant for dad jokes and puns and his sweet relationship with Jamie (Phil Dunster). Roy’s still the expletive-spouting curmudgeon we know and love, but his edges are softened thanks to The Lasso Way. His vast football knowledge and talents put him above Beard and Nate. Beard will stay in his position, while Nate will step in to fill Roy’s former role as an assistant coach.
Roy and Keeley Won’t Get Back Together
I hate to even think this, but I can’t picture it after “Mom City.” Sure, they had sex in “International Break,” and the chemistry is there. However, before Jamie interrupted, Keeley (Juno Temple) grabbed Roy’s hand and looked like she might gently let him down. I’m sure we’ll find out her answer in “So Long, Farewell.” Of course, Ted Lasso is no stranger to misdirects and red herrings, so I could be wrong. I hope I’m wrong.
That said, it wouldn’t be far-fetched to assume Keeley might want to remain friends with Roy. She’s still figuring out how to be that independent woman. KJPR is back up and running. I could see her wanting to focus on her career for a while before jumping back into the dating pool.
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Trent Finishes His Book and Titles It “The Lasso Way”
Trent Crimm (James Lance) initially started the series as a bona fide Ted Hater™. Thankfully, he transformed into a Ted Lover™ by Season 3 and is the biggest proponent of The Lassy Way (although, one could argue it was the end of Season 2). Trent enthusiastically told Ted that adopting the Total Football method would work because it’s part of The Lasso Way. Trent fully understands what Ted’s been trying to do with his players.
I think we’ll see the finished product of Trent’s book, whether that’s in the current timeline or the show decides to employ a flash-forward sequence. He’ll aptly title it “The Lasso Way.” It’ll become a bestseller, and Trent will follow that success with his highly anticipated hair care line.
We’ll Get One Last Big Lasso Speech
Would it be Ted Lasso without our titular coach’s motivational and sometimes poignant speeches? Our fave Midwestern dad has a way with words, that’s for certain. I can see Ted imparting some final words of wisdom before he departs for Kansas. Tears will flow freely. I expect to be reaching for the Kleenex. Even Roy, who we saw cry during the You’ve Got Mail screening, will openly weep in front of his team. It’ll mark the end of an era. However, Ted has improved the lives of his team and fellow coaches. They’ll be excellent stewards of kindness and humanity after Ted leaves.
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Rebecca May Initially Try Again With Sam
Okay, notice how I said “initially.” Over the past few episodes, we’ve seen a handful of sweet gazes and loving words exchanged between Sam (Toheeb Jimoh) and Rebecca. Now, I’m a Sam gal, through and through. However, Rebecca being Sam’s boss has always bothered me. There’s the issue of the unequal power dynamic between them. As wonderful as they are, I’d love for them to find partners where the balance of power is on equal ground.
I see them trying to rekindle their romance à la Roy and Keeley. But both have evolved since their time together, so it might not last. I think they’ll find happiness beyond each other. As I said, this show knows how to surprise us. Those longing glances between Sam and Rebecca might take us somewhere or nowhere. Here’s hoping it’s a happy ending for both.
Ted Won’t Try Again With Michelle
One thing I feel confident about is Ted not trying again with Michelle (Andrea Anders). I’ll eat these words if he does reunite with her upon returning to Kansas. We know Jacob (Mike O’Gorman) proposed to her in Paris, and she rejected him. We’ve seen Ted and Michelle, like Rebecca and Sam, appear cozier than before. It’s almost as if they’re basking in the warm nostalgia enveloping their marriage, casting aside any painful memories regarding their marital issues in favor of remembering the good times.
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However, Ted’s grown significantly since moving to London. That might appeal to Michelle, who probably broke up with Jacob, but Ted is over it. He seems more consumed by his love for Henry and his desire to reunite. I think Ted will always love Michelle, and they’ll work together as co-parents, but that’ll be the extent of their relationship.
We Won’t Learn Beard’s First Name
Sure, we learned some of Beard’s backstory in the penultimate episode, but the show keeps Ted’s right-hand man shrouded in some mystery. He’s still an enigma in many respects. I love the idea of folks guessing his first name in the finale, but nobody actually gets it right. They may even try to pry Ted for info to no avail. Ted’s as loyal to Beard as Beard is to Ted.
He’s Ted Lasso‘s version of the Janitor: a man with one name.
Rebecca Sells the Club and Embarks on a New Chapter
This one’s a stretch, so bear with me here. I’m not saying Rebecca will pack her bags for Amsterdam and shack up with the Dutchman. I think the Dutchman served his purpose as a catalyst for allowing Rebecca to release her inhibitions. Feel the rain on her skin. No one else can feel it for her — you get it. Rebecca initially bought the club to royally screw Rupert (Anthony Head) and destroy what he loves, but she’s over Rupert now. She’s adopted The Lasso Way. I can picture her selling the club and embarking on a new chapter, whatever that may be. We’ll see the results of the psychic’s predictions in real time.
Could that new chapter include Ted? Might Tedbecca fans have their dreams come true? Perhaps. But, like one of Ted’s favorite rom-coms, Sleepless in Seattle, we won’t see Rebecca and Ted come together until the end. Maybe we’ll get a sweeping, romantic airport scene as she tracks down Ted before he boards a plane bound for Kansas.
While I’m all for romance and think the writers have planted hints at a Tedbecca endgame, I can’t see Ted staying in London without Henry. I can’t picture Michelle moving to London, either. Rebecca in Kansas feels out of place. Admittedly, I’m torn regarding this potential pairing. I don’t hate it, but it’s difficult to envision it. They’re soulmates, for sure, but perhaps of the platonic variety.
That said, Rebecca will start a new chapter without Richmond, where she’s happy, free and in love with life. Whether that includes Sam, Ted or anyone else remains to be seen.
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Richmond Will Win the Whole Dang Thing
This one’s pretty dang obvious. You know they’re winning that title. Ted can’t leave without seeing his boys to victory. Then, we’ll get the highly anticipated victory dance. You know the one.
Bonus Prediction: The Series Finale Could Set Up a Spin-off
Listen, as much as I’d love a fourth season; this is the end of this story with our eponymous coach. There could be a future story set in the Lasso-verse that follows one or more of our supporting players. I can’t see Apple letting IP this massively popular fall by the wayside. They’ll want to milk that cow for all it’s worth. We already seem to have soft backdoor pilots with Keeley’s KJPR storyline and Sam’s restaurant shenanigans with Simi (Precious Mustapha). I’d be keener to watch Sam getting Ola’s off the ground because Sam’s Season 3 arc was much stronger than Keeley’s.
Perhaps the series finale sets up a potential spin-off in this universe or leaves it somewhat open-ended for a future continuation. Jason Sudeikis won’t star in it, but I can see him still serving as a producer of whatever spin-off comes to fruition.
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What are your predictions for the Ted Lasso series finale? Sound off in the comments below!
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