Warning! FORWARD SPOILERS for Ted Lasso Season 2. Get out and enjoy some nice cookies until you are completely caught!
You guys? I thought a lot about Nate Shelley. ME it was too late to Ted Lasso party (blame the need to subscribe, even briefly, to another broadcast service, okay?), but finally decided to watch the comedy during the New Year’s weekend and was immediately on board. I enjoyed the two full seasons in two days after I decided to watch because I kept hearing that a beloved character (yes, this is Nick Mohammed’s Night) had done something terrible by the end of season 2 led to some questions. Now that I have also fallen in love with Nate (and, indeed, many of them Ted Lasso cast), I can tell you that the show has to redeem Nate in season 3, and I have three reasons why it’s necessary. So let’s get down to business!
Nate is getting hurt
I, like many fans, saw what Nate did by revealing Trent Crimm to Ted’s panic attack in the middle of the shocking game. Of course, Nate really hurt Ted by doing this, but, of course, that was the goal. However, there is a saying that “hurt people, hurt people”, and this is definitely the case with Nate. For all matters (father) that were discovered or researched more fully Ted Lasso Season 2 regarding Ted, Rebecca and Jamie, not only is Nate going through something similar, but his problems seem to have been mastered in the worst way.
As much as that trio had to work hard to overcome the way their fathers’s death (Ted), abuse (Jamie) or selfishness (Rebecca) affected them, what we never saw from any of them was strong hatred for himself that Nate has turned into his father’s attitude towards him. Nate’s father is wicked, disrespectful, and surely has gently ruined him throughout his life. This is a big part of why the former footballer turned into assistant manager lacks so much confidence.
While Nate’s mother is loving and on his side (though she has never told her husband to mock and treat their son with some basic human respect), it is so clear that what Nate really wants is to finally matter to his father. Jamie became a teasing idiot because of the treatment he received from his father, but Nate completely hates him himself because of the way his father speaks to him. This is never clearer than the two times we see Nate spit his reflection in the mirror. Sure, Nate also started turning that hatred from the outside in Season 2 (Poor Colin and a young person, Will), but you can bet the person he hates the most in the world is himself. And, if this is not the picture of someone who is deeply hurt, I do not know what it is.
Ted knows Nate is hurting, but not so bad
Although I did not like Nate’s actions during season 2, I can applaud what he said to Ted about having problems with him, as soon as Ted finally realized he had a problem and asked him to tell the details in the final episode . . So Ted knows now, after that tearful exchange, that Nate felt abandoned by him and that it hurt him, but he does not know why.
You, I’m sure, will remember the season 2 episode where Richmond plays Man City at Wembley Stadium and suffers a complete and difficult loss. If this episode did just one thing, it left everyone on the team and every viewer, to know how bad Jamie has been when it comes to dealing with his father. While Nate’s father is not so openly abusive, he is still a high-level ass, but no one knows.
One of the reasons Ted gave Jamie another shot was because he saw his father scolding him after a game. I think if Ted knew about Nate’s father, he would be able to reunite that by listening to Nate and giving the assistant coach a push, he was giving Nate some of the support he needed from his father throughout his life, and understand why Roy’s behavior made the young man feel left out.
Nate may not be the only character who does not have a second chance
Last but not least, Nate just might not be the only one Ted Lasso character who does not have a second chance. whether Ted can forgive Rebecca for actively trying to use him to destroy the team, Rebecca can forgive Higgins for helping Rupert betray him, Roy can forgive Jamie for telling Keeley he was in love with him, and the whole Richmond team can thanks to Jamie who was a dick, Nate should also have another kick. Why? Because a show like Ted Lasso that gives us a warmer world, a little better that ours, simply can not put forward the idea that the only non-white person, who also seems to have serious mental health problems and has failed, is a lost cause.
Yes. I said it. Nati must be forgiven. Not just because of all the trauma he suffered at the hands of his father, but because if Ted Lasso will continue to offer itself as a picture of what we can be if we listen to each other, hold people accountable, admit our mistakes and apologize, then the show can not condemn Nate.
Believe me, any natural tendency for distrust that Nate already had, was exacerbated by his father, and also rACISM. Even very confident, committed to success, non-white people need to walk in a very good line when deciding how strong and with your face they will be when they do what they need to do to move forward and occupy the space they deserve. We often do not have a second chance (and the same can be true for those with mental health problems, especially if detected). We have no other chance offered by chance through the kindness of someone’s heart, and sometimes not even after apologizing when we know we have confused him. whether Ted Lasso wants to show us a better world, the characters have to find a way to apologize to the brown guy.
Now, I’m not saying this should come in right away Ted Lasso Season 3. Where things stand now, with Big Bad Nate transferring to West Ham United and working with Rupert, he will have a lot of changes to make. But, I’m eager to see him learn the mistakes of his fairytale ways, to begin to realize how much his father fired him, and to begin to regain some of his power by fixing things and eventually by became a good guy again.
Though, I hope it will lead to a stronger, fuller Night than one who was so insecure about himself that he barely spoke more than one whisper, or one who kept yelling at Will without any good reason. Coach Beard said that, but I know we all hope Nate can “do better,” and I do not worry when it comes to Ted LassoHis writers are finding a way to get him there.