“Season one highlighted money, and then season two is sex. I think the third season would perhaps be a funny satirical look at death and Eastern religion and spirituality. It feels like it could be a rich tapestry to do another round on White Lotus.” These were words issued by Mike White, the mastermind behind the series. The White Lotus which can be seen through HBO Max.
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With this statement, everything would suggest that the third season would be set in some Asian country, after having taken Hawaii as locations in the first installment and in Sicily, which has just finished airing. Speaking to Deadline ahead of the season two premiere, White also touched on shooting new episodes, saying that “it would be fun to maybe go to a completely different continent. You know, we did Europe, and maybe Asia, something crazy like that, that would be fun.”
In the episodes that have just been broadcast, a comment about where the third could take place also slips. It is during a toast between Ethan (Will Sharpe), Harper (Aubrey Plaza), Cameron (Theo James) and Daphne (Meghann Fahy) that they make a wish about the next destination of these friends: “Next year, The Maldives! Daphne is heard saying.
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Only one actress returned to be part of this new season. This is Jennifer Coolidge as Tanya McQuoid, who won an Emmy for best actress in the last installment, and here she returned to repeat her character. The synopsis of the second season set in Sicilian summarized the actions of the new characters, all interesting and with a complexity that made them as interesting as those of the first installment. “It presents a vacation in which the guests —father, son and grandfather who seek to reconnect with their origins; two friendly married couples; a married Tanya with her husband and assistant—will be seen navigating between sexuality, passion, jealousy and, incidentally, a good touch of power play between the sexes”, said the synopsis that tried to answer this great question: How is the people when they are on vacation away from home and obligations?.
The White Lotus it had been conceived to be a miniseries, that is, it would not have a continuation. But the success and good reviews were so interesting that the producers and White himself decided to resume the project. The truth is that it works like an anthology where the characters are renewed and the location is modified (except for the repetition of the character of Tanya). “Jennifer is my friend. Everyone loved her in the first part of it and I was like, ‘I can’t go to Italy without her. Maybe that will still be the case and maybe I can’t go to Japan without Jennifer either,” said Mike White.
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For now, HBO Max has not yet confirmed the premiere date of the third season as well as the start time of the recordings.
You can watch the first two seasons of The White Lotus on HBO Max.