After three seasons, Apple TV’s Ted Lasso ended after dropping its series finale yesterday (May 31). The producers have always said that it will end after three seasons. Jason Sudeikis, who stars as the title character, developed the series with Bill Lawrence, Brendan Hunt (who plays Coach Beard) and Joe Kelly, told Deadline that, “This is the end of this story that we wanted to tell, that we were hoping to tell, that we loved to tell.” But Sudeikis and his team have expressed being open to spinoffs. And surely Apple TV would love to continue the stories of at least some of the characters. On the other hand, Apple is a company that prides itself in innovation. Many streamers put a lot of work into bringing back old characters (Disney+ mostly lives off of new stories in the Marvel and Star Wars universes, Paramount+ has done well by spinning off The Good Fight from The Good Wife and preserving the Star Trek universe). But Apple is a company that the iPod revolutionized; and when the iPod became obsolete, they quietly said goodbye to it.
On the one hand, the finale neatly wrapped up the most compelling storylines. It may not have been perfect, but neither is life – that’s sort of Ted Lasso‘s message. But unless you’re a troll, it was a pretty satisfying ending. They nailed the landing in a way that few series have. On the other hand, they certainly left room for more stories to be told.
So we thought it would be fun to look at where our characters ended up, and how their stories can continue in potential spinoffs or specials. It should go without saying but we’ll say it anyway: There are spoilers ahead, so don’t read this unless you’ve finished the series.