The third season has been over for several weeks now Ted Lasso, yet we can’t and can’t stop thinking about the epilogue of the great Apple TV+ TV series, certainly one of the best products of recent years. Among the main points addressed in the third chapter of the production starring Jason Sudeikis was the fate of Nate Shelley, Ted’s right hand man in the first two seasons and then real “villain”at least in expectations, of this third act of the series produced by the apple platform.
In reality, things went very differently from what could have been expected on the eve of this latest roundup of episodes of Ted Lasso. Nate Shelley was very little a “villain” during the third season, and we continue to use quotation marks because this term makes little sense in a series of this type, however it is still useful to define a character with negative connotations in theory and above all opposed to the protagonist. Nate was supposed to be Ted’s great foil and their rivalry was supposed to mark the season in an important way, but as usual Ted Lasso surprised us, giving us a very different parable for the famous “prestigious boy” who became manager of West Ham. Despite everything that happened, Nate Shelley ultimately, as we’ve seen, got his own happy ending and the question at this point is legitimate: did he deserve it?
Nate Shelley and Ted Lasso: a rivalry without comparison
The second season finale of Ted Lasso it was shocking in its own way, with the great about-face of Nate, who resents Ted and abandons Richmond in a thunderous way to say the least, to accept the court of Rupert and his West Ham. As mentioned in the introduction, the third season had paved the way for a sort of showdown between the American coach and the new coach of the London team, but this long-awaited confrontation, from week to week, has always been postponed. In the end, in fact, it just never comes and what goes on stage is more of a soliloquy by Nate Shelley, who lives his clash with Ted internally, however channeling his anger more towards himself than towards his former coach, refusing to face the weight of what he has done and realizing, deep down, that he has acted without much reasoning.
In fact, it must be said that the development of this theme has experienced a few difficultybecause Nate’s evolution, by virtue of a certain frenzy of narrative times that characterized the entire third season, seemed not very harmonious, especially for the very high standards to which he had accustomed us Ted Lasso. There is, therefore, a sort of lag in Nate Shelley’s path, relating to how he gets from the starting point, i.e. the anger towards Ted and his departure, to that of arrival, forgiveness and return to Richmond. In any case, what is important to underline, net of the difficulties of gestation, is how the prestige boy has accomplished this maturationconfronting Ted without confronting Ted, but delving into himself through this potential confrontation.
By rationalizing the break with the, for all intents and purposes, was the great father figure of his recent past, Nate has made peace with all the folds of his life. First of all with him, his father, with whom he finally manages to have a dialogue, and with his own feelings, finally opening up to the relationship with Giada. The confrontation with Ted remains alone at the end potentialbut it is still extremely significant because it leads Nathan to take certain steps to fix his life and to realize what really matters to him.
ll lieto fine di Nate Shelley
At the end of the third season, therefore, we see a very different Nate Shelley, in pace with himself and with his family and ready to go back to where it all began for him: in the Richmond family. All at the expense of his career, because as West Ham coach Nathan returns to work on the staff of his old team, but the basic lesson lies precisely in giving up selfish ambitions to build a family fabric within which to live one’s happiness. Nate finally manages to do it: returning to the Richmond he is finally serene and his life has resumed the right direction.
In short, at least from an emotional point of view, Nate Shelley had a perfect ending, and he reached it, as pointed out, without ever confronting Ted, at least directly. A resolution that clash in the second season finale never happened and even for a large part of the third chapter the West Ham coach continued to irrationally take it out on his old superior, without however ever having the courage to face him openly. In light of this, therefore, it would seem that Nate did not deserve the ending that he had, because there was no resolution of the conflict, at least outwardly. Yet, is that really the case?
The extraordinary kindness of Ted Lasso
According to this writer, Nate Shelley absolutely has deserved the ending he had. Not for personal merits, because in fact the coach has done little to redeem himself, but because his trajectory is tremendously and inexorably in line with the ultimate meaning of the entire TV series. Ted Lasso, since its first episode, it has built its narrative on values such as kindness, sweetness and humanity and this ending by Nate Shelley is yet another demonstration of everything that the Apple TV+ production has always advocated: a tireless trust in people.
Nate made a lot of mistakes both with Ted and with Richmond, and perhaps, indeed almost certainly, he didn’t even deserve forgiveness with his actions, but everyone deserves a second chance regardless of what they do: he taught us that Ted Lasso himself and it’s only fitting that he proves it first. Everyone makes mistakes, but everyone can redeem himself and they must have the possibility to do so: shutting the door in Nate’s face would have made no sense, on the contrary it would have gone against the grain of the TV series and the ways of the Richmond coach himself. This ending, on the other hand, is imbued with all the extraordinary humanity of Ted Lasso and in this sense it has absolute value and meaning.
Nate Shelley deserved the ending he got because he inherited his g from Tednaive look at life, only it took him longer to figure it out. She had to experience breakup, selfishness, abandonment, but then she rediscovered true values, love and family, and finally serenity. The way he got there may make you turn up your nose, but the ending that Nate had has all the extraordinary kindness of Ted Lasso.