Is Keeley Jones Following In Alexis Rose's Footsteps?

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Is Keeley Jones Following In Alexis Rose's Footsteps?

Is Keeley Jones a little bit Alexis? As Ted Lasso Season 2 wraps its emotional second season, it continues to beg comparisons to Schitt's Creek, and not just because both provide a warm hug in the form of ever-quotable dialogue. One Ted Lasso character in particular is charting a journey that echoes another from the Pop TV juggernaut, making it easy to wonder if Keeley and Roy will end up like Alexis and Ted. I know — I hate myself for writing that too.

Keeley and Roy's coupledom has been a unique one for television — a relationship that that features two individuals who know and respect one another's flaws and space. (Or, at least, are trying to, in Roy's case.) Watching the duo navigate some of the mild grievances in an otherwise healthy relationship has led to one of the most realistic portrayals of love, which is perhaps why we are distressed about the possibility of the split.

Given the relationship is so strong, it's easy to wonder why exactly we're bracing for an end. But that's because we've seen the scenario play out before, across the pond from Ted Lasso and just a bit further to the north.

  • Like Keeley, Schitt's Creek's Alexis Rose started her character arc as comic relief that was as well-dressed as she was well-meaning.
  • Like Keeley, Schitt's Creek's Alexis Rose realized her calling was in public relations.
  • Like Keeley, Schitt's Creek's Alexis Rose entered into relationship with someone who adored her and saw her potential underneath the glitter.

But, by Schitt's Creek's finale, Alexis also realized independence was necessary to accommodate her career on the rise.

Given Ted Lasso established in Season 1 that Keeley Jones was "Keeley Jones, the independent woman," should we expect her to follow in Alexis' footsteps?

I think, actually, the answer is no. Ted Lasso isn't a series that operates in black and white. "Independent" and "single" aren't synonyms (that would imply "dependent" and "dating" are synonyms), and the entirety of Season 2 for Keeley and Roy has revolved around the former's desire for self-ownership within the bounds of a relationship. Breaking Keeley and Roy up in order for the newly crowned CEO to achieve independence seems lazier than what we've come to expect from the Apple TV+ series. Instead, we'll likely see a continuation of what's been teed up in Season 2: a man past his prime boosting his girlfriend on the rise.

So much of the series has broached the topic of toxic masculinity: Nate's "Nice Guy" tendencies, Jamie Tartt's overcompensation, and Roy rejecting his own physical weakness, to name just a few plot lines. And just as he managed to overcome his initial battle in Season 1, Roy will hopefully continue his journey to self-acceptance in Season 3. He doesn't have to rise alongside Keeley to be fit for her; he merely has to accept happiness within his own stasis.

And, in the process, discover "Roy Kent, the independent man." (There are worse places to find yourself than in a beachside villa in Marbella, right?)

It seems unlikely that Ted Lasso will claim you have to choose love or a career, and deprive its central characters the necessary growth required to achieve both. Plus, as Schitt's Creek proved, that's been done before. And while you can accuse Ted Lasso of being many things — sappy, cheesy, emotionally destroying — you can't accuse it of being rote.

Unless, of course, its writers are goldfish. But those would be some pretty impressive goldfish.

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