Ted Lasso season 3: finale, how to watch and everything we know about the comedy series

Jason Sudeikis in Ted Lasso
Jason Sudeikis in Ted Lasso (Image credit: Apple TV Plus)

It's time to cheer on AFC Richmond once again, as the Apple TV Plus original series Ted Lasso is back for season 3. The critically-acclaimed, award-winning comedy series about an American football coach who becomes the head coach of an English football team started off as an underdog series that has become a cultural phenomenon. (Hard to believe that it all started from a NBC Sports campaign to promote the Premier League in the US)

Over the first two seasons we've seen Jason Sudeikis' Coach Lasso go from an outsider that barely understands the rules of the sport he now coaches but still getting the most out of his team and those around him with his incredible positive outlook to a respected leader who is coming to terms with his own struggles while getting his team back on track, while still barely understanding the rules of football.

Can Ted Lasso and AFC Richmond reach the heights of the Premier League? While we wait to find that out, here is everything we know about Ted Lasso season 3.

How to watch Ted Lasso season 3

The Ted Lasso season 3 finale (and possibly series finale) is now streaming on Apple TV Plus.

All episodes of Ted Lasso are available to stream exclusively on Apple TV Plus, meaning that you need a subscription to the streaming service if you want to watch the show.

Ted Lasso season 3 plot

There's a lot of speculation that Ted Lasso season 3 could be the final one for the TV series (more on that below), so there's a lot that can potentially happen with the latest season of the comedy. Here is the official synopsis from Apple TV Plus:

"In the 12-episode third season of Ted Lasso, the newly-promoted AFC Richmond faces ridicule as media predictions widely peg them as last in the Premier League and Nate, now hailed as the 'wonder kid,' has gone to work for Rupert at West Ham United. In the wake of Nate's contentious departure from Richmond, Roy Kent steps up as assistant coach, alongside Beard. Meanwhile, while Ted deals with pressures at work, he continues to wrestle with his own personal issues back home, Rebecca is focused on defeating Rupert and Keeley navigates being the boss of her own PR agency. Things seem to be falling apart both on and off the pitch, but Team Lasso is set to give it their best shot anyway."

Ted Lasso season 3 episodes

Here is the synopsis for all of the available Ted Lasso season 3 episodes:

Ted Lasso season 3 episode 1, "Smells Like Mean Spirit"
"The newly promoted AFC Richmond face mockery as pundits predict they'll finish dead last."

Ted Lasso season 3 episode 2, "(I Don't Want to Go to) Chelsea"
"News of a top player looking to move to London sends the English clubs into a frenzy. Richmond play their first game back in the Premier League."

Ted Lasso season 3 episode 3, "4-5-1"
"Richmond adjust to an exciting change, but Jamie has reservations. Ted learns there’s something new going on back in Kansas as well."

Ted Lasso season 3 episode 4, "Big Week"
"Everyone’s feeling the pressure as Richmond gear up to play West Ham. Ted is reunited with an old friend."

Ted Lasso season 3 episode 5, "Signs"
"With their season in a tailspin, Richmond try to right the ship against mighty Manchester City. Off the pitch, everyone faces their own setbacks."

Ted Lasso season 3 episode 6, "Sunflowers"
"A friendly match takes the team to Amsterdam, where one night out unlocks truths for many."

Ted Lasso season 3 episode 7, "The Strings That Bind Us"
"The Greyhounds try a new strategy that has everyone thinking outside the box. Sam prepares to host a VIP guest at Ola's."

Ted Lasso season 3 episode 8, "We'll Never Have Paris"
"While watching Henry, Ted fights the urge to spiral when Michelle and Dr. Jacob go on a romantic trip. An online leak has massive implications for Keeley."

Ted Lasso season 3 episode 9, "La Locker Room Aux Folles"
"Colin and Isaac’s friendship is tested. Roy is asked to do a press conference."

Ted Lasso season 3 episode 10, "International Break"
"While some of the Greyhounds head home to play for their countries in international matches, Edwin Akufo brings a business proposal to Rebecca."

Ted Lasso season 3 episode 11, "Mom City"
"An unexpected guest has Ted on edge. When Richmond travel to Manchester for a big match, Roy and Keeley become concerned about Jamie."

Ted Lasso season 3 episode 12, "So Long, Farewell"
"Season Finale. AFC Richmond play their final match of the season."

Ted Lasso season 3 trailer

The official trailer for Ted Lasso season 3 has dropped. To the tune of "You Can't Always Get What You Want" from the Rolling Stones, the minute and a half trailer gives us just enough to get excited about from Nate and AFC Richmond's new rivalry to more of the Keely, Roy and Jamie love triangle to Ted possibly still dealing with panic attacks to some of the best football action yet.

Watch the full trailer right here:

Also watch the previously released teaser trailer below:

Is Ted Lasso season 3 the final season?

One of the big questions surrounding Ted Lasso season 3 is whether or not this is going to be the final season for the show. While nothing has been confirmed, signs are pointing to the likelihood that this is the last dance for Ted Lasso.

In a Hollywood Reporter interview, showrunner Bill Lawrence said that Ted Lasso was originally pitched as a three-season story, though he admits that he would "love the show to keep going," but that decision may ultimately come down to what star and co-creator Jason Sudeikis wants to do.

Meanwhile, actor and writer Brett Goldstein was quoted in the UK's Sunday Times that they are planning season 3 like it is going to be the last one — "Spoiler alert: everyone dies," he joked (probably).

Lawrence added in his interview that they plotted everyone to have a beginning, middle and end in the three seasons that would complete that story. As he puts it, "This story is going to be over next year, regardless, even if the show finds another story to tell and goes on."

After winning an Emmy for Ted Lasso season 2, Jason Sudeikis answered a reporter's question about whether he knew that season 3 of the comedy was going to be the final one. The Wrap reported he said, "I think you've been misled. I don't know. It's up to more factors than myself." He then added, "if I knew I wouldn't tell you."

There is no mention in any of the promotional materials thus far that this is going to be the last season of Ted Lasso.

Ted Lasso season 3 cast

While former Saturday Night Live star Jason Sudeikis plays the titular character of Ted Lasso, the comedy is very much an ensemble series with a supporting cast of characters that have become just beloved as the mustachioed coach.

Here is the cast members slated to return for season 3:

  • Jason Sudeikis as Ted Lasso 
  • Hannah Waddingham as Rebecca Welton 
  • Brett Goldstein as Roy Kent 
  • Juno Temple as Keeley Jones 
  • Brendan Hunt as Coach Beard 
  • Nick Mohammed as Nathan Shelley 
  • Phil Dunster as Jamie Tartt 
  • Jeremy Swift as Higgins 
  • Toheeb Jimoh as Sam Obisanya
  • Kola Bokinni as Isaac McAdoo 
  • Billy Harris as Colin Hughes 
  • Cristo Fernández as Dani Rojas 
  • Annette Badland as Mae 
  • Anthony Head as Rupert
  • James Lance as Trent Crimm

There are of course more recurring actors and guest stars sure to pop up in the new season (we've also seen reports that Sarah Niles as Dr. Sharon Fieldstone may return for season 3, though she is not officially listed as part of the main cast by Apple).

Ted Lasso season 2 recap

AFC Richmond in the Ted Lasso finale

(Image credit: Apple TV+)

The best way to go over what has happened in Ted Lasso through its first two seasons is by watching the series on Apple TV Plus. If you’d rather have an in-depth refresher, you can read What to Watch’s recap of all Ted Lasso season 2 episodes. But, if you just want to quickly be reminded of the events of Ted Lasso season 2, we’ll sum up right here (FYI, spoilers ahead).

After Ted Lasso season 1, AFC Richmond was demoted but hope to earn their way back to the Premier League. Things get off to a rocky start with a long series of ties, though the team is in generally good spirits thanks to Ted’s leadership. However, feeling they are in need of a spark, there are two additions to the Greyhounds team — sports psychologist Dr. Sharon Fieldstone and Jamie Tartt (available again after focusing a bit too much on reality TV and not his football career).

Ted is initially hesitant of Dr. Sharon though learns to trust her as he deals with a series of panic attacks. Jamie, meanwhile, has to earn the respect of his teammates back after his past actions, but ultimately shows that he has grown.

Off the field, Roy Kent is struggling to find what he is meant to do in retirement, trying coaching his niece’s football team and commentating, but ultimately is brought back as an assistant coach for AFC Richmond. Roy and Keely’s relationship meanwhile, appears to be in a good place for most of the season, though as Keely becomes more and more successful, Roy fears he no longer fits and they appear to be in a complicated position at the end of the season (if not officially broken up).

Another relationship involves Rebecca and Sam. After not knowing who each other was while chatting on an anonymous dating app, the two have to figure out how to make it work. Rebecca is nervous about the dynamic as she is his boss, while Sam is tempted to go back to his home country and play for a team there. Though Sam ends up staying, he says it wasn’t about Rebecca (at least not entirely) and like Roy and Keely, their relationship is a bit up in the air.

The biggest character arc of the season, however, was with Nate. After being elevated to assistant coach last season, Nate tries to become more confident and assertive in his position and everyday life. However, he appears to take it too far. Though he continues to prove himself as a valued member of the team, he feels slighted by Ted and ultimately takes a head coaching job at a rival club that was purchased by Rebecca’s ex-husband, Rupert.

Michael Balderston

Michael Balderston is a DC-based entertainment and assistant managing editor for What to Watch, who has previously written about the TV and movies with TV Technology, Awards Circuit and regional publications. Spending most of his time watching new movies at the theater or classics on TCM, some of Michael's favorite movies include Casablanca, Moulin Rouge!, Silence of the Lambs, Children of Men, One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest and Star Wars. On the TV side he enjoys Only Murders in the Building, Yellowstone, The Boys, Game of Thrones and is always up for a Seinfeld rerun. Follow on Letterboxd.