Ted Lasso's Nate Shelly Drops a Hint - Are We Getting a Season 4 or a Nate-Centric Spinoff?
The Wonder Kind tantalizes us with food for speculation.
It's been less than a year (almost six months, to be exact) since one of the most high-profile sports dramas, Ted Lasso, wrapped its three-season run. Created by Jason Sudeikis, Bill Lawrence and Brendan Hunt—no newcomers to the comedy film and television production industry—the Apple TV+ series has immediately captivated viewers since its debut in August 2020. Spiced with sports terminology and comedic elements, the show is incredibly upbeat and therapeutic, telling a story of friendship and family, forgiveness and support, overcoming trauma and hoping for a better future.
It's no surprise that Ted Lasso has gained an incredibly loyal fan base that keeps dissecting every sequence and character's psyche in the hopes that one day we'll see the story continue. Season 3 gave some characters a very definitive closure, while leaving the fate of others up in the air. And it seems like it really makes sense for us to expect either a new season or a new spin-off, as actor Nick Mohammed, who played Nate, inadvertently dropped a hint about a possible follow-up.
Nick Mohammed Teases Potential Follow-up Story
Nate Shelly was a fairly controversial figure. Some genuinely loved him and were willing to forgive him for all his sins and misdeeds, while others hated him for his cynical attitude towards his teammates. 'The Wonder Kid' has come a long way in three seasons, from kit man to assistant coach, from betraying friends and the Darth Vader arc within West Ham United to a repentant return on his knees to AFC Richmond. All this ambiguity made the character vivid and memorable, especially with the help of his talented portrayer, Nick Mohammed.
The rushed storytelling made Nate's redemption less than convincing, so the possibility of a continuation of his journey that would finally unravel the character makes perfect sense. Perhaps the show's creators are thinking the same thing, as the actor himself has hinted at either a future season or a spin-off. In a new post on his personal Twitter account, he recalled accidentally spoiling a moment from last season a year ago and hinted at a possible Season 4 — as long as it's not some bizarre joke meant to troll fans.
'One year to the day since #TedLasso wrapped. And one year to the day that I accidentally posted this spoiler of Nate in AFC Richmond kit! Promise it won’t happen again on season 4- now wait,' Mohammed wrote.
There Is Always the Possibility of a Revival or a Spin-Off
Ted Lasso was conceived from the beginning as a three-season arc.
'I think we've always meant it to be three seasons. I think it would be pretty cool if, in the face of how much everyone likes this show, that we stick to our guns and really just do three seasons,' Brendan Hunt, series co-creator and Coach Beard portrayer, told Entertainment Weekly in 2021.
However, despite the original intent, the popularity of the show may be the impetus for a story revival.
'We're kind of in no man's land here, still being discombobulated by the response and I think that could make hard-hearted old Sudeikis soften up a little bit,' he continued. 'I will say that, whatever he decides, I will happily abide.'
At the release of Season 3, Sudeikis also commented that the possibility of a Ted Lasso spin-off might not be a bad idea.
'Yeah, I think that we've set the table for all sorts of folks…to get to watch the further telling of these stories,' he said.
Until then, all we can do is wait for the official announcements from Apple and the executive producers.