‘Ted Lasso’: What Rupert Whispered to Nate at the End of the Season 2 Finale

The season 2 finale of Ted Lasso, titled “Inverting the Pyramid of Success,” premiered on Apple TV+ on Oct. 8. In the episode, Nate’s (Nick Mohammed) betrayal against Ted (Jason Sudeikis) and AFC Richmond grows. The episode of Ted Lasso ends with Rebecca Welton’s (Hannah Waddingham) ex-husband Rupert Mannion (Anthony Head) whispering something ominous to Nate. In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, Mohammed revealed what Rupert whispered to Nate.

[Spoiler Alert: This article contains spoilers for season 2 episode 12 of Ted Lasso.]

Nate sits at a desk in season 2 of 'Ted Lasso'
Nick Mohammed in ‘Ted Lasso’ | Apple TV+

Nate teams up with Rupert in ‘Ted Lasso’

Ted Lasso is typically a positive show, but the series has a main villain in Rupert. While married to Rebecca, Rupert was emotionally abusive and constantly cheated on her.

In season 2 episode 10 of Ted Lasso, “No Weddings and a Funeral,” Rupert attends the funeral of Rebecca’s father and tells Rebecca that he wants to give back the shares he still has for AFC Richmond. As he leaves the funeral, he whispers something in Nate’s ear which causes Nate to smile.

Flash forward to “Inverting the Pyramid of Success” and Rupert is the new owner of West Ham United. The episode ends with Nate as a coach for the team. As Nate watches the players for West Ham United train, Rupert walks up to him and once again whispers in his ear.

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Nick Mohammed reveals what Rupert whispered to Nate in the ‘Ted Lasso’ finale

In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, Mohammed discussed Nate’s arc in season 2 of Ted Lasso. Toward the end of the interview, Mohammed revealed what Rupert told Nate at the end of the show’s season 2 finale.

“But for Episode 12, Anthony said to me, ‘You’re welcome.’ It wasn’t scripted; Jason was on set, and he and Anthony were talking about the kind of thing Rupert might say. I think it was Anthony who came up with the line, and I don’t think you can hear him say it. The first time I heard it was when he whispered it in my ear, and then obviously he kept doing it as we reshot it,” Mohammed said.

The actor continued, “But it felt very, very fitting — it’s just so patronizing, so smug and self-important, all matters of horrible. Hats off to Anthony for coming up with that because he gave real motivation for me to then turn around and walk towards the camera and do that little raised eyebrow.”

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What did Rupert whisper to Nate at the funeral?

For fans who are curious about what Rupert told Nate at the funeral in “No Weddings and a Funeral,” Mohammed does not know for sure, but the actor has a theory.

“In Episode 10, we can guess that maybe he’s gonna offer him a job or ‘Keep up the good work, I think you’re doing great.’ Who knows,” Mohammed told the Los Angeles Times.

He added, “[While filming that scene,] Anthony said some very, very funny and obscure things. He was basically trying to make me laugh.”

Both seasons of Ted Lasso are available to stream on Apple TV+.