Editor’s Note: The following are spoilers for the third season of Ted Lasso.How good is the show Ted Lasso So season 3 struggled with its obsession with an outdated and predictable plot twist: the love triangle. The whole dilemma of “Will they?” did not stop in the third season with Rebecca (Hannah Waddingham) a potential romance with Ted (Jason Sudeikis) or a possible reunion with Sam (Tohib Jimo). A more obvious example of a love triangle can be seen between Keely (Juno Temple), Roy (Brett Goldstein) and Jamie (Phil Dunster), which continues from the 1st season. The love triangle even briefly turned into a love square when Keely had an affair with her boss Jack (Jody Balfour), although this affair, fortunately, was short-lived.



The fire of romance is still strong in the trio, which implies that Keely and Roy are likely to get back together. One would think it would be crushing for Jamie, but the once arrogant football star has matured to the point where he is completely comfortable with their relationship. The penultimate episode of Season 3 is particularly good at showing how far the three have come since Season 1.

Jamie Tartt has grown bigger than any character in the history of Ted Lasso

Phil Dunster as Jamie Tart in Ted Lasso
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If someone ranked Ted Lassocharacters on the show from most to least likable, Jamie Tartt would have been at the very bottom of this list in the first season. He was once unimaginably cocky – in the first season, he treats his teammates and AFC Richmond staff horribly, and he didn’t show his then-girlfriend Keely the respect she deserves. He appears to be reaching a point of no return when he leaves the team entirely, although his loving coach Ted does plant the seeds of redemption in a promising young man.

These seeds begin to germinate in Season 2 when Jamie briefly gives up his football career to star in a reality show instead. Ultimately, this doesn’t go well for Jamie as his infamous attitude catches up to him so quickly that no one wants to work with him. That’s all but Ted, who welcomes Jamie back to AFC Richmond with open arms despite misgivings from the rest of the team and staff. After a humiliating experience of embarrassment and rejection, Jamie’s transformation into a benevolent team player officially begins.

At the end of the second season, Jamie began to reconcile with his longtime rival Roy Kent. This develops further in the third season when Roy offers to take Jamie under his wing and train him to become a better player. Not only do they succeed in achieving this goal, but they unexpectedly become best friends in the process. Since then, Jamie has become incredibly kind and professional, almost a mistake as he gets emotional faster than usual. Luckily, with the help of his best friend, ex-girlfriend and mother, Jamie was able to complete his evolution by playing fair and square while playing against his home team.

Roy Kent has also matured a bit

Brett Goldstein as Roy Kent in Ted Lasso.
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While Jamie was certainly more immature at the beginning of the series, Roy also had to mature a bit to take care of himself. Sometime in his first season, he was a star athlete for AFC Richmond, being one of the most loved players on the team. However, even the best players are not ahead of the times, and years of injury and struggle have finally caught up with the team captain. He struggles to prove otherwise, even with Ted’s support and approval, but ultimately his time in the spotlight is officially over. Fortunately, with the help of his new girlfriend Keely, he was able to overcome this.

In the second season, Roy is in limbo after leaving the team, not knowing what to do with his life. He doesn’t get much pleasure out of coaching the football league or being a sports commentator. Just like Jamie returned to the team, Roy also returned to the fold, but as an assistant coach rather than a player. Leadership proves to be the perfect outlet for Roy, and his role as a coach is arguably even more effective than his time as a player.

Roy’s journey in Season 3 begins with a heartbreak as he and Keely part ways amicably after deciding they are both too busy with their careers. Roy finds unexpected solace from this grief in Jamie’s training, unexpectedly bonding with his former rival. We see that caring really pays off in the most recent episode, where Roy shows genuine concern for his emotionally overwhelmed friend. Both Roy and Keely follow Jamie as he walks alone to get some air, seeing first hand the level of pressure he’s under as he returns to his hometown. They also both celebrate with an injured player when he gets a well-deserved victory after a big game.

Keely Jones has been delightfully consistent throughout ‘Ted Lasso’.

Juno Temple as Keeley Jones in Ted Lasso Season 3 Episode 8
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Unlike Roy and Jamie, Keely has remained fairly consistent throughout the series. She has always been a delightful, confident and fun person, constantly showing empathy for her friends on the staff and team at AFC Richmond. That’s not to say she’s not in trouble, starting with the first season with the realization that Jamie cheated on her, and continuing with her new best friend Rebecca using her to discredit Ted. She also finds someone to rely on along with Roy, someone who ends up being a much better match for her in the long run.

Keely is one of the subjects of a love triangle in the second season. Although she stays with Roy the entire time, Jamie still takes the time to express his feelings for her. He does this not maliciously or manipulatively, but purely honest and sincere, which Roy admits, who eventually forgives him. At the end of the second season, Keely sows the seeds of separation from Roy and sees it through in the third season.

Although she is no longer with Roy or Jamie (although she and Roy have certainly warmed up to each other again), she is actually the thread that binds the three of them together. The petty love triangle that existed in the first season is no longer here. Instead, he was replaced by three people who love each other and want to help others succeed. When one of them falls, the other two run up to pick up their friend. This is a wonderful undermining of expectations, which we hope will achieve even greater results in the upcoming final.