Warning: The following contains spoilers about Season 3, Episode 12 of Apple TV+’s Ted Lasso.
Well, that was just barbecue sauce.
Wednesday’s Ted Lasso finale — a series finale, if I’ve ever seen one — culminated in Coach Lasso’s return to Kansas, where he was reunited with his son Henry. His inevitable trip home was preceded by a miraculous end to AFC Richmond’s season, which saw the Greyhounds defeat West Ham United but come in second to Manchester City.
In a moment, we’ll want to hear what you thought of the 75-minute sendoff — but first, let’s break down the fate of more than two dozen characters….
Coach Lasso returned to Kansas City, where he was reunited with Henry. In the final scene, he stood on the sidelines of Henry’s soccer game and offered him the same advice he once gave Sam: “Be a goldfish.”
Though she and Ted weren’t romantically linked in the end, there was also no sign of Dr. Jacob at Henry’s soccer game. Suffice it to say, the marriage counselor might’ve blown it with Michelle when he showed a complete lack of interest in football.
His first name is Willis! But more importantly, he stayed in London and married Jane at Stonehenge, surrounded by his Richmond family. Also in attendance for Beard and Jane’s nuptials: Red, her menacing boyfriend Darren and their baby!
The club matriarch decided to hold on tight to her 51-percent ownership stake, having realized that the Greyhounds gave her the family she always wanted. As an added bonus: She was reunited with the Dutchman and his daughter, giving her an actual family outside of Nelson Road.
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Rebecca gifted each Baz, Jeremy, Paul and pub owner Mae one share of AFC Richmond.
Roy succeeded Ted as the new manager of AFC Richmond. He also started seeing a therapist.
In the end, it was up to Keeley to choose between Roy and Jamie and she chose… neither of them. She also built back up her public relations firm and pitched Rebecca on starting an AFC Richmond women’s football club.
After letting go of his anger, Jamie reconnected with his father James, who was still in rehab.
Following Ted’s exit, Will’s assistant (!) reclaimed his former position as assistant coach. He also introduced Jade to his family over dinner at Taste of Athens.
The director of communications was last seen hosting a cookout attended by all the Greyhounds.
After being called out in the press for sexual impropriety, Rupert was at risk of losing everything. Then he went and pushed his coach to ground and sealed his fate. Who’s the wanker now?
After kicking Rupert to the curb, Bex inked a book deal.
Following in Jamie Tartt’s footsteps, Rupert’s ex-mistress was cast on Love Island ripoff Love Conquers All.
Coach Lasso’s predecessor replaced Nate as coach of West Ham United. It was the last hire Rupert made before he was banished from the club.
Following Ted’s advice, Trent changed the title of his book from The Lasso Way to The Richmond Way: The Unbelievable Season of a Premier League Underdog. And he even managed to get Roy to write a very brief forward.
Sam went on to achieve of lifelong dream of playing for his home country of Nigeria. Suck it, Edwin Akufo!
We might not have gotten the Keeley/Jamie/Roy throuple we were hoping for, but Dani lived happily ever after with the two women we last saw sleeping in his bed in the Season 2 opener.
The goalkeeper decided to go by Zorro, once and for all.
The team captain stepped up and took the penalty kick of his career, kicking the ball through the net and tying the match against West Ham United. Without that penalty kick, AFC Richmond wouldn’t have stood a chance in the second half.
After a miraculous 3-2 win against West Ham United, Colin reunited with Michael and kissed him in front of everyone, for the whole world to see.
Went on to start his own avocado farm… in Los Angeles, where he came out of retirement to play for Los Angeles Football Club.
Keeley’s former modeling friend managed to get her Starf–ker dating app off the ground. She even made the cover of Entrepreneur magazine.
Doc returned to Nelson Road as AFC Richmond’s Head of Mental Health and Emotional Well-Being. Among her patients: new head coach Roy Kent.
OK, let’s hear it! What did you think of the Ted Lasso finale? Grade the episode — and Season 3 overall — via the following polls, then hit the comments to leave a review… and to tell us if you still want the show to continue.