Although ‘Ted Lasso’ boasts of several fascinating characters, it does not deeply delve into their individual backstories. The primary focus is on their dynamic with Ted (Jason Sudeikis), with many of them being introduced to him during the course of the show.
However, there is one major exception: Coach Beard (Brendan Hunt). While Ted’s reason for moving to a new country is clear, Beard came along with no explanation besides the fact that he and Ted work well together. The intelligent and easy-going assistant coach tagged along with his friend, uprooting his life to coach an entirely different sport without the slightest complaint. The two American coaches are an unlikely duo, but they use it to their advantage. Beard and Ted’s friendship began long before the series, and they have never wavered in their loyalty to one another. Though Ted treats everyone that way, Beard tends to be more closed off, making his dedication to Ted an eye-catching exception.
While many fans have wondered about Ted and Beard’s backstory, the show has dropped no hints. Yet, as Season 3 nears an end, their relationship is finally revealed. Ted, being who he is, was there for Beard in a way few would have been, explaining why Beard was willing to move across an ocean with his friend. Now, Beard can officially be added to the long and ever-growing list of people Ted offered a second chance. Though the backstory is perfectly in character for Ted, it shines a new light on Beard, proving Ted’s affinity for second chances is not in vain.
Written by: New Generation Radio