Fans have been speculating about Colin’s sexuality since the first season. On Reddit, u/Aggravating_Cake_309 noted that when Roy Kent (Brett Goldstein) ambushed Jamie Tartt (Phil Dunster) and his teammates at a bar in Season 1, Episode 3, Colin is seen laughing very closely to another man. In the comments of this post, another user notes that the footballer is curiously aware of the gay dating app Grindr.
Critics have lamented the disappointing lack of queer representation on “Ted Lasso” for some time, especially after Season 2 stopped very short of confirming Colin’s sexuality. In 2022, Natalie Fisher of Subjectify Media theorized that the series may just be building the foundation for queer characters to come out of the closet later on — especially since doing so would be a momentous occasion in the footballing world.
Fisher wrote, “If Season 3 sees Colin choosing to publicly come out, he would be the first player to do so while playing in the Premier League, and it would immediately elevate him to being probably the most high profile gay male athlete in the entire world, in terms of being openly gay while currently competing in the top level of their sport.” As such, Colin’s arc this season may be one of the most important in the entire show.