Nate and Ted: the mirror of the same problem

Ted Lasso is back for the last time and we have to celebrate and enjoy it because it’s our farewell. And we will, of course, have a problem with Nate (Nick Mohammed). It’s the show’s dilemma as we were led to believe in the goodness and rise of the weak assistant, but what we saw was the destruction of a vulnerable soul that suffered from what many call Ted’s (Jason Sudeikis) “toxic happiness”. That’s right, the brilliance of the series’ narrative can never fail to be praised. Everything that seems to be and is not: light, simple, cliché. We can easily flip Nates.

Yes! It is the theory of mirrors, defended by the psychiatrist Jacques Lacan, who says that we can only see characteristics in other people that also exist, or once existed, within ourselves. If Ted is all positive and “good”, Nate reacts in the opposite way. At heart, it’s still about acceptance, recognition, and love. That’s right folks, Ted Lasso is anything but shallow.

In the first episode, Coach Beard (Brendan Hunt) is reading the book “The Inverted Pyramid”, which is the name of the final episode of the second season. The book, written by the British Jonathan Wilson and traces the history of football and the tactics of the game. The “inverted pyramid” is the scheme that has only one man at the forefront. And is this man? Sure, Ted Lasso, but Nate considers himself worthy.

How did we get there? Nate is an emigrant’s son, with an oppressive father and who deals with racism and a lot of bullying, but when he has some attention, it gets even worse. Among those who bully – albeit unconsciously – is even Ted himself. The fact is that often the lack of sensitivity is not accompanied by a lack of attention and the need and expectations hinder the process.

Ted has his problems, which are very serious, but he doesn’t share them. First, the divorce. Second, the reason he cares so much about the well-being of others: is the fact that he failed to identify his father’s signs of depression before he took his own life. Secrets make all of Ted’s initiatives more meaningful, but ineffective at times. He helped Rebecca Welton (Hannah Waddingham), Roy Kent (Brett Goldstein), and Jaime Tartt (Phil Dunster), but rightly underestimated Nate.

The signs of his turn to evil were there, but it’s hard to see them, as the actor has warned in interviews. We know his pain, and we identify with it, but for the most part, we deny the possibility of becoming what he became. But I understand.

More than not paying attention to Nate’s needs and putting him in his place, Ted went on carelessly with the work, still getting the basic rules wrong even after so long. It’s very disrespectful to Nate, who always saves the day with strategies that should have come from Ted himself. Tired of the popularity of a person he considers “fake”, Nate exposes Ted in the worst way, revealing the former mentor’s panic attacks and not pausing to try to help him or discover the reason for the crisis.

To make matters worse, Nate accepts a coaching position at AFC Richmond’s fiercest competitor, the team bought by Rebecca’s ex-husband. He’s in pain and he wants to see the eternally positive Ted in pain because it’s the only form of power he understands and learned at home. The bomb he throws at Ted demonstrates that Nate knows more than he appears: “why don’t you go back home [United States] and stay with your son?”. This is really the question that will plague Ted in Season 3.

The downfall of a good person doesn’t always go down well, Daenerys Targaryen’s widowers say so, but in Ted Lasso, there were no shortcuts. There was a certain relapse, I don’t understand how Roy and Beard didn’t give Ted a real insight into what was going on behind the scenes. But anyway, in the first part of the story was about the dynamics within the clubs, the second season moved on to the personal problems of each one, and finally, how they act as a team.

We can’t wait!!!


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