SPOILER ALERT: Do not read this if you haven’t watched the finale of Season 2 of Ted Lasso. The goal here is not to give a blow-by-blow recap, but light spoilers are inevitable.
Ted Lasso is back! Apple TV+ has released one episode of Season 2 per week. Look for Season 3, which will once again feature 12 episodes, next summer.
Below are links to the previous installments in this series:
- Ted Lasso Season 2, Episode 11
- Ted Lasso Season 2, Episode 10
- Ted Lasso Season 2, Episode 9
- Ted Lasso Season 2, Episode 8
- Ted Lasso Season 2, Episode 7
- Ted Lasso Season 2, Episode 6
- Ted Lasso Season 2, Episode 5
- Ted Lasso Season 2, Episode 4
- Ted Lasso Season 2, Episode 3
- Ted Lasso Season 2, Episode 2
- Ted Lasso Season 2, Episode 1
Ted Lasso Season 2 Finale Breakdown
I didn’t love the finale of Season 2 of Ted Lasso. My main gripe is that it meant no more Ted Lasso for a while. Still, I thought the show’s excellent second season ended with a letdown. It all started with everyone’s least favorite former equipment man, Nate.
While there were aspects of the finale I didn’t love – I would have loved to see more plot twists – I don’t mean to say that Season 2, Episode 12 was a total flop.
I was thrilled to see AFC Richmond shock us all (or something like that) and secure promotion. Surprise or not, the redemptive, promotion-sealing PK by Dani Rojas, and the celebration it sparked, were fun to watch. And there were plenty of other highlights, which we’ll get to soon enough.
But right now, it’s time to give this show’s villain all the hatred he deserves. At the same time, we can all admit that Evil, Bratty Nate does make Ted Lasso infinitely more interesting.
Nate completes his heel turn
I’m probably not the only viewer who thought Nate had possibly become a jerk as early as the first episode of Season 2. By the time he was berating Colin and Will, I knew he was a locker room cancer. Hence the “Does Nate just suck?” section of the Season 2, Episode 7 recap.
I can see why some people consider Nate sympathetic and/or complicated. Upon reflection, I think the only problem with asking whether he simply sucked after Season 2, Episode 7, was phrasing it as a question.
Even after his bullying throughout the season and his leaking of information about Ted’s panic attacks to Trent Crimm (The Independent) before the finale, Nate managed to reach an entirely new low in the Season 2 finale. We saw his falling out with Ted and AFC Richmond coming from a mile away, but it was still shocking – and devastating – to hear him lash out at Ted in his final moments with the Greyhounds.
A new low
Just before the team returns to the pitch for the second half of the biggest game of the year, Nate decides not to walk out to the field with everyone, then rips into Ted when his boss asks him what’s wrong. In one of the most captivating — and also infuriating — scenes of the series, Nate says that Ted made him feel like “the most important person in the world,” then “abandoned” him. Nate proceeds to call Ted an idiot who doesn’t belong. Somehow, he’s 100 times harsher than my paraphrasing here.
Huh? Is it because Ted … didn’t put the gift Nate gave him for Christmas up in his office?? What the hell is Nate’s problem?
OK, I realize he’s insecure, to say the least, etc., but his outburst is staggering, and it cements the once-lovable equipment manager’s heel turn. Nate then pouts in the dugout throughout the big second-half comeback against Brentford and storms off the field instead of celebrating. He even destroys the “Believe” sign in the locker room. The magnitude of Nate’s meltdown makes it hard to focus on any of the other elements of the episode, if not the entire season.
It makes perfect sense that the last thing we see in Season 2 is a flash-forward to the ensuing preseason, with Nate revealed as head coach of EPL side West Ham, which has been acquired by Rupert. We’ll have plenty more to say on Nate in Season 3, but let’s hit the episode’s highlights to wrap up our Season 2 coverage.
So maybe I’m not done with the Nate stuff quite yet. Two more quick things:
A) Nate’s “evolution” and its culmination in this episode is stunning, and incredibly compelling. This development unfortunately contrasts with the fairly predictable answers the Season 2 finale offers to most of the season’s other questions.
B) Nick Mohammed, who plays Nate, is outstanding. It’s hard to overstate how well he portrays the Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader of Ted Lasso. If you can find a way to bet on him winning an Emmy for his work this season, take it!
Sam and Edwin
Sam’s choice to remain with Richmond instead of helping Edwin Okufu (Sam Richardson) take the soccer world by storm with his Casablanca juggernaut hardly caught me off guard. But Okufu’s immediate transformation into a cartoonishly outraged bully after Sam tells him “no” provides arguably the biggest laugh of the episode. Richardson’s acting in that scene has rightfully gotten a ton of love.
One last thing: I can’t wait to see what Sam Obisanya’s future as an EPL star, and restaurant owner, holds in Season 3.
Keeley and Roy
These two seem well on their way to some sort of split. That would be a tough pill for most Ted Lasso fans to swallow, myself included.
But I consider the struggles they’re having (Roy offers her a six-week vacation with him, and she says she can’t in the last scene where we see them together) a highlight because their suddenly uncertain future is much more intriguing than Sam staying with Richmond or Keeley getting Rebecca’s blessing to go run her own PR firm.
Jamie Tartt’s redemption
If you thought his arc for this season was over after his big confrontation with his dad, you were wrong. The finale shows Jamie asking for, and receiving, Roy’s forgiveness for telling Keeley he loves (loved?) her.
In the biggest moment of the season, the now-selfless star gives the historic PK opportunity to Dani Rojas. One of the best things about Ted Lasso is that for every Nate who goes from good to bad to irredeemable, there’s a Jamie or Rebecca, who improve as people as the show goes on.