Ted Lasso season three has finally premiered on Apple TV+.
The show made its long-awaited return on Wednesday after the season two finale aired in October 2021. Over the course of its two seasons, the show has been praised by fans and critics, winning numerous awards, including the Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series for both its previous seasons.
The series stars Jason Sudeikis as the titular American football coach hired to manage a struggling British "soccer" team despite knowing nothing about the sport.
Fans took to social media to welcome back the new season of the show with some users writing “Happy Ted Lasso day”.
Even the US men’s national football team shared their excitement about its return, tweeting: “You know we B E L I E V E” (a common catchphrase from the series) alongside a photo of actor Brendan Hunt as his character Coach Beard.
Meanwhile, other fans also were excited to see their favourite characters back on their screens, with one calling the reunion of Rebecca (Hannah Waddingham) and Keeley (Juno Temple) “chicken soup for the soul”.
Another praised character is footballer Jamie Tartt (Phil Dunster), who many disliked in the beginning, but fans of the show are warming up to him after his redemption arc.
Last year, Brett Goldstein, who is a writer for the series and stars as ex-footballer Roy Kent, said the third season was being written as its last.
“We are writing it like that,” he told The Sunday Times. “It was planned as three. Spoiler alert — everyone dies.”
We assume he’s joking about the last part.
However, this has yet to be confirmed by Apple TV.
What happened in season two of Ted Lasso?
For those who may need a recap, Ted Lasso ended with AFC Richmond winning promotion back to the Premier League after they had been relegated the previous season following a string of losses under Lasso.
However, it also ended in a shock twist, as Richmond's former kit man-turned-assistant coach Nate was seen accepting a new position with rival team West Ham United, who are now owned by Rebecca’s ex-husband, Rupert.
Other storylines included relationship troubles between Keeley and Roy, tech film billionaire Edwin Akufo courting Sam to join his new African football club and journalist Trent Crimm revealing that Ted suffers from panic attacks in a story after being leaked the information by Nate.