It wasn’t too difficult to become infatuated with Coach Lasso. Even though he was a fish out of water as AFC Richmond’s manager, his constant positivity and drive to inspire others made him instantly likeable. Taking it up a notch, Ted Lasso Season 2 might hold the most important message that humanity needs to hear at this moment.
One of the criticisms of Ted Lasso Season 2 is how the football seems to have disappeared into the background. If you were paying attention, though, it was never the real focus of the show from the beginning. The core has always been about the people and what they’re experiencing rather than AFC Richmond‘s fortunes on the field. This season, more than before, it’s evident that the writers wanted to explore what it means to be a human being—messiness and all.
In the latest episode, “No Weddings and a Funeral”, the show managed to take the Rickroll and turn it into a poignant tearjerker that left no dry eye among the viewers. It acknowledged the meme-worthiness of the Rick Astley classic, but it dissected what the song is really about and how it became a powerful vehicle for someone trying to find the words to say goodbye to a departed loved one. It took a song that most people laugh at and turned it into a coping mechanism for grief—which is ironically what laughter is utilised for as well.
— Rick Astley (@rickastley) September 25, 2021
This is the kind of moment that powers Ted Lasso Season 2. While it’s still a comedy at hear, the show forces its character to feel and accept they’re imperfect. They don’t know if they’re doing the right thing. They say the wrong things. They hurt each other. They make mistakes, but they’re merely trying to find their way in this mad world. If that isn’t the perfect summary for every single one of us, then what is?
In terms of Ted, you realise the happy façade is because of something much deeper. He experienced a tragedy in his life, and he made a promise to never let anyone else experience the pain he did again. His vow comes from the most innocent of places, but it’s an impossible ask for him or anyone else. With his marriage falling apart, he fears he’s betraying his promise, triggering his panic attacks. His path is ultimately about learning to let go and accept that he isn’t to blame for everything.
While these are not emotions and realisations that anyone wants to face, they’re necessary. The hardest part is sitting with your thoughts, as well as the anger of not being able to change something that’s already happened, and feeling it—both in your heart and head. However, once you understand the reason for the anger and learn to forgive yourself (and others), that’s where the healing starts.
Ted Lasso Season 2 isn’t a message about sadness but hope. No matter how much the world gets you down—whether it be through pain, heartache, or loss—there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Love and happiness will conquer all.