Ted Lasso Season 3 is just around the corner, and promises to bring with it the nefarious ascent of a new antagonist – none other than the previously sympathetic equipment manager turned AFC Richmond assistant coach, Nate the Not-so-Great (Nick Mohammed).
In the last season, Nate was responsible for a series of transgressions, including objectifying Keeley (Juno Temple) and disclosing Ted’s (Jason Sudeikis) struggle with anxiety to the media, before finally leaving the team to join Rupert Mannion’s (Anthony Head) West Ham United.
The central theme of “Ted Lasso” is that people can always grow and improve if they choose to make the effort. Ted’s unabashed optimism transforms the AFC Richmond locker room from a snippy minefield to a true family, and every character gets a chance to better themselves.
That’s what the show is — a story where people change for the better. So it would be truly wild for Nate, who’s written with so much empathy and nuance, to go completely black hat for the remainder of the series.
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The “Ted Lasso” Season 3 trailer shows Nate in a few interesting situations. Though there’s almost no dialogue, we get a clear sense of his new life working for Rupert, and it hardly looks happy. In one shot, Nate dines alone at the restaurant window table that he coveted so fiercely in Season 2. He’s gained enough success to be granted the seat, but there’s no one there to celebrate with him.