Tom Brady is delaying last episode of ‘Man in the Arena’ so he can ‘reflect’ on what happened last year

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One of the overriding themes of Tom Brady’s “Man in the Arena” series is the importance of perspective. Throughout the first nine episodes, Brady speaks repeatedly about his journey of self-reflection, whether it’s his role as a father or evolving relationship with Bill Belichick.

In that spirit, the series’ final episode will be delayed until the spring. Gotham Chopra, Brady’s documentary collaborator and friend, made the announcement Tuesday night.

“There will be a 10th episode of #ManintheArena, but it’s still in production and likely out in Spring,” he wrote. “As @TomBrady said in #Episode9, perspective comes with time and space so he wanted that to really reflect on what went down in Tampa last year. Be patient - it’ll be worth it!”

The last episode, which chronicles the Patriots’ 2018 Super Bowl run, ends with Brady ruminating about how he knew his time in New England was probably coming to an end.

“Obviously, I had one year left on my contract. I probably knew that was going to be my last year. I was hoping things were changing, but at the same time recognizing if they didn’t, it might be,” he said. “And that was OK. I think there was a lot of perspective gained on a lot of years over how difficult it was to win, and that perspective helped me in the aftermath of that game to see how much joy football brought to my life.”

Of course, Brady signed with the Buccaneers in March 2020, and proceeded to lead them to their first Super Bowl win. Episode 10 promises to cover the Buccaneers’ incredible season, through the heart of the coronavirus pandemic and all the way up to Super Bowl LV.

Notably, Brady also recruited buddies Rob Gronkowski and Antonio Brown to join him in Tampa Bay. There's no word on whether AB will survive the edits, however, or if they'll be an episode 11. The Buccaneers play the Rams Sunday in the Divisional Round.

Interestingly enough, Seth Wickersham recently predicted Brady will retire at the end of this season. Maybe that will be part of Brady's reflection, too.