The season 3 trailer for hit Apple TV+ comedy Ted Lasso is a total love-fest. Not a lot happens in it. But everyone’s so happy the show is back — if only for one final, fleeting season of humor and hope — that it doesn’t much matter, does it?
Just watch the trailer, which Apple released Monday, and be positive!
Curmudgeon Roy Kent gets a laugh in feel-good Ted Lasso season 3 trailer
The trailer for season 3 opens with Coach Lasso (played by Jason Sudeikis) walking through the locker room — in slow-mo, naturally — with The Rolling Stones’ “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” as a soundtrack.
The scene may be saying we can’t get any more seasons of the show than this one. Too bad. But we can get this one, and that’s what we need, right? One more hurrah with AFC Richmond football club and its seemingly naive American coach — previously experienced only with the other kind of football, in the U.S. Midwest — who spreads positivity wherever he goes, breeding success.
As the trailer moves along, the show’s familiar faces — Lasso, Coach Beard (Brendan Hunt), team owner Rebecca (Hannah Waddingham), former star player-turned-coach Roy Kent (Brett Goldstein), his girlfriend and marketing whiz Keeley (Juno Temple), key players — come back to work, returning to the office and the pitch.
The team bus arrives at a stadium. The AFC Richmond side stretches on the grass as coaches Lasso, Beard and Kent stride toward them. A press conference erupts in laughter.
The whole thing is really, really happy. Except for one guy who’s kind of a wanker.
Nate the nemesis
One figure returns over and over in the new Ted Lasso trailer: Nate (Nick Mohammed). He’s the assistant coach who got his big chance at AFC Richmond under Lasso, before leaving with an ungrateful sneer for greener, competing pastures. Now he works for Rebecca’s ex, Rupert (Anthony Head), at West Ham United.
In various shots, Nate sits alone in a cafe with a glass of wine. He watches his team work out. He takes direction (or maybe lands a promotion?) from Rupert. He glares across the pitch at foes (probably Lasso and friends).
And, unless it’s our imagination, Nate looks more and more worried each time he appears in the trailer, even as Lasso and his team look increasingly elated.
“I love you guys so very much,” one Richmond player gushes to his teammates as the trailer comes to a joyful climax. And then they all adopt it for the chant before they burst out of the locker room as a team, with the Stones tune swelling and the trailer going to its title screen about season 3.
But one funny bit — the trailer’s main joke — comes in the resolution after the title screen.
Watch the new Ted Lasso trailer
Roy Kent’s funny bit
At the trailer’s very end comes the bit with always-taciturn — and sometimes physically threatening — Roy Kent. Standing on the sideline with the other coaches watching a practice or maybe a match, he suddenly calls out to someone, “Great job!”
“Whoah,” Lasso exclaims. “Roy Kent just said ‘great job!'”
At that point, Coach Beard, standing in between those two, pretends to faint from shock.