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After the 10 wins at the 2022 Emmy Awards, The White Lotus will return for a season 2 in another heavenly destination. In the same way that the previous season featured a group of wealthy families enjoying a vacation getaway at a star resort, this next round will have a new group of wealthy guests who become embroiled in another tragic incident. With the success that Mike White‘s project collected in Season 1, viewers can only hope for an equally intriguing dynamic in the Sicily resort town. To add to the high expectations, the Emmy winner Jennifer Coolidge will return to her role as Tanya McQuoid in this next chapter. In order to keep you up to date with all the latest information regarding The White Lotus Season 2, here’s a breakdown of the release date, plot, and everything we know so far.
Does The White Lotus season 2 have a release date?
Yes, and the premiere is near. Starting October 30, viewers will be able to stream all seven episodes of Season 2 via HBO Max. Similar to Season 1, the events that unfold in Season 2 take place over a week. HBO has announced that the limited series will become an anthology in August 2021, alongside the following message from the company executive Francesca Orsi:
“Mike has once again delivered a quintessential HBO show, and it’s been the talk of the town. We were thrilled to hear where he wanted to go next, after closing this epic chapter in Hawaii and we have looking forward to continuing to follow him wherever he takes us.”
The official trailer was released on October 6 and reveals some of the main points of Season 2. After the bloody outcome of the vacation in Hawaii, guests arriving at the resort in Italy are eager to enjoy the romantic atmosphere and to interact with each other in some superfluous matters. Tanya McQuoid opens the trailer by saying she has nothing but fond memories of her time at The White Lotus hotspots. Given her pleasant experiences, Tanya decides to book her accommodation and that of her husband at the seaside resort in Sicily. This time around, she’s joined by her husband, her assistant, two other lovebird couples, and three male family members enjoying a boy’s trip. As suspicions of deception, fake friendships, and a mysterious weapon come into play, the trailer indicates that another dramatic story awaits fans.
What is the plot of The White Lotus Season 2?
As mentioned earlier, guests and employees alike will appreciate the perks of being in a luxury hotel in Sicily. Although families who travel to the resort have different reasons behind their stay, their travels intersect as elitism, adultery, and a potential crime scene dictate much of what happens during their vacation.
According to Mike White in a interview for Entertainment Weekly, the new season will have a different focus than its predecessor. Since Hawaii has different social concerns than Sicily, Season 2 will target the dark undertones related to its surroundings.
“The Sicilian genre of mythology, at least from an American perspective, is the archetype of the sexual politics and role-playing that you associate with opera, mafia, and Italian romance. I felt like it should be more about men and women, relationships and adultery and have an opera feel, so I pivoted.
Who is part of the cast of season 2 of The White Lotus?
Although the majority of cast members from Season 2 did not appear in Season 1, Jennifer Coolidge and Jon Gries return to the series as husband and wife. The pair met while at the Hawaii resort in Season 1, and they’ve been together for a while now since the trailer implies they’re no longer in the honeymoon phase. The two are heading to Sicily to spend some quality time, but it seems that external factors are interfering with their goal. One of them is the presence of Portia, Tanya’s personal assistant, played by Haley Lu Richardson.
In addition to these characters, two college friends (Cameron Babcock played by Theo James, and Ethan Spiller played by Will Sharpe) decide to travel with their wives (Daphne Babcock played by Megann Fahy and Harper Stiller played by Place Aubrey) to celebrate a successful business venture. Although they are on a getaway, it seems that there will be fights and intrigues between the spouses.
Three generations of men also decide to go on a men’s trip because the women in the family were not on good terms with one of them. Bert Di Grasso (F. Murray Abraham) is the grandfather, Dominic (Michel Imperioli) is the father, and Albie (Adam DiMarco) is the grandson.
English expat Quentin (Tom Hollander) and his nephew Jack (Leo Woodwall) also reserve time for a relaxing stay in Sicily. Mia (Beatrice Granno) and Lucia (Simona Tabasco) are the two locals who also spend the week at the station and seek to use their hotspot connections to their advantage.
Sabrina Impacciatore will take the place of Valentina, the perfectionist manager of White Lotus in Sicily.
Is the White Lotus renewed for season 3?
As of now, there’s no confirmation that there will be a season 3. Still, that hasn’t stopped White from mulling over a possible follow-up story. In the same interview for Entertainment Weekly, he shared the statement below:
I might still be able to do it later, if they give us a third season, so I don’t know if I should say that. Originally it was more like a Bilderberg conference, more about getting into some of the biggest power dynamics out there. But Sicily was a totally different vibe than the idea I had floated. It didn’t seem right.