Here’s everything we know so far about season 3 of ‘The White Lotus’

Warning: This post contains spoilers from the Sunday Season 2 finale of ‘The White Lotus’.

With the second season of HBO’s “The White Lotus” in the record books, some fans are wondering what might happen in Season 3.

We don’t know much about it other than what creator Mike White said in a new HBO Max featurette, “The White Lotus: Unpacking S2 E7,” which plays after the finale.

What we know for sure is this: if you haven’t finished Season 2 yet, you probably don’t want to see any of the spoilers lurking below.

The third season of “White Lotus” continues with a focus inspired by the first two episodes, White said, noting that the “first season emphasized money and then the second season, sex.”

Indeed, in Season 1, a large number of wealthy guests stayed at an elite White Lotus hotel in a Hawaiian paradise, with some less wealthy characters as counterpoints. The holiday retreat for the 1% was portrayed as a cauldron of class conflict, environmental desperation and white privilege – a place where guests unravel rather than relax.

And, of course, the first episode hinted at a death that wasn’t fleshed out until the finale of what was intended to be a six-episode limited series.

However, the series became a little less “restricted” when a Season 2 renewal was announced in August 2021 shortly before the Season 1 finale dropped.

Then, last September, “The White Lotus” won 10 Emmys out of 20 nominations.

Season 2 returned in late October with the location moved to Italy and the focus shifted to sex. We watched as Tanya (played by Jennifer Coolidge, who won an Emmy for her performance in Season 1) was abandoned by her husband in Sicily and found solace – including sexual solace – in a group of new male friends with serious ulterior motives.

Then there were the three generations of men in one family who all have complicated relationships with women and sex. Add to that the Ethan-Harper-Cameron-Daphne dynamic, with its various sexual confusions, both known and implied.

The second season ended with another foreshadowed death, with the finale revealing the identity of a body floating in the water early on.

So what’s in store for the next visit to “The White Lotus”? Why, death of course. In another exotic location – maybe somewhere in the Pacific Rim.

“I think maybe the third season would be kind of a satirical and funny take on death in Eastern religion and spirituality — it feels like it could be a rich tapestry to do another round at White Lotus,” White said.

And while Coolidge’s beloved character made the journey from season 1 to season 2, so is she extreme Probably not a big focus of season 3. Just like hotel manager Armond (Murray Bartlett) didn’t make it to the Hawaiian season.

Death, it seems, will do that to a person.

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