HBO Max’s smash hit The White Lotus — which follows every week within the lifetime of the vacationing wealthy — is billed as an anthology collection. That means season 2, which premiered in October, stands alone and would not have a ton of connective tissue with the primary season. But the 2 seasons do have a couple of issues in frequent.
Warning: Spoilers forward for The White Lotus season 1.
Both seasons happen on the fictional White Lotus resort chain, though at two completely different places (first Hawaii, now Italy). Both seasons are absolute catnip for Jennifer Coolidge devotees. And, in fact, each seasons start with the promise of a useless physique, earlier than zooming again seven days to disclose how we acquired right here.
In season 1, that useless physique ended up belonging to resort supervisor Armond (Murray Bartlett). But what about season 2?
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Here’s what we all know as of episode 4
Season 2 episode 1, Ciao, opens with Daphne (Meghann Fahey) making use of sunscreen on a seaside chair, al one. She’s taking one final dip within the glowing Ionian sea earlier than getting on a aircraft to go house. While she splashes round, she comes throughout — what else? — a useless physique and runs to shore screaming.
Then lodge supervisor Valentina arrives on the scene. She’s season 2’s Armond, and he or she’s promptly knowledgeable by Rocco, one other lodge worker, that there is been a dying. “Salvatore says other bodies have been found,” he says. How many visitors are useless? “A few.” Who is Salvatore? Not positive.
So we’ve three characters who undoubtedly survive the week: Daphne, Valentina and Rocco (4 if you happen to rely Salvatore.) At essentially the most, everybody else is useless. And as a minimum, one of many different most important characters is useless, together with “a few” others we’ll by no means know. It’s additionally doable that the physique rely might even improve after the occasions of the primary scene. Let’s take a more in-depth look.
Which characters are most (and least) prone to die in The White Lotus season 2?
Harper (Audrey Plaza): Harper observes and adjudicates the leisure class in a lot the identical manner the couchbound popcorn-cruncherati does. She appeared at first like this season’s viewers surrogate, however after episode 4, she’s wanting increasingly more like a tragic determine. Her failures each to confront Ethan concerning the errant condom wrapper and to maintain Daphne’s confidence (the place’s the “girl code”?) recommend she is probably not lengthy for this world. At this level, I would not put it previous Daphne herself to finish Harper’s life. So a lot for gender solidarity amid “Testa di Moro.”
Jack (Leo Woodall): Officially launched this week, Portia’s new love curiosity is the proper candidate not solely to meet her rag-doll intercourse fantasies, but additionally to meet Nice Guy Albie’s inevitable flip to murderous incel. If Portia’s love triangle conjures up against the law of ardour, my cash’s on creepy Albie to kill and himbo Jack to be killed.
Lucia (Simona Tabasco) and Mia (Beatrice Grannò): The useless intercourse employee trope has an extended and disappointing precedent, and Lucia is aware of this: “All whores are punished in the end,” she laments to Mia throughout a drug comedown disgrace spiral. Both ladies have formally earned the job title, now that Mia has taken Giuseppe to the pews. The jury’s out on whether or not Lucia and Mia rely as visitors — Rocco was clear in episode 1 that the deaths had been particularly visitors — however their names had been technically added to the Di Grasso reservation. Between the church intercourse and the Catholic guilt, it is clear the 2 ladies have many sins to atone for. Plus, now that Lucia is “with” Albie (without cost?), Dominic may very well be the one to snap, punishing her for coming between him and his son. Or, on the very least, making certain her silence.
Cameron (Theo James): When Daphne comes operating and screaming out of the ocean within the season’s first scene, simply after her brush with the drowned corpse, a tanned, shirtless man in squid-print swim trunks catches her on the seaside. It’s not clear whether or not she is aware of the person, nor will we see his face. Is it her husband, Cameron? Maybe, however then why wasn’t he sipping an Aperol Spritz together with her earlier than she took a dip? All I do know is the squid-print trunks have but to make a second look, although they do seem to be Cameron’s fashion. Daphne most likely would not kill Cameron herself — she’s principally inured to his infidelity at this level, plus she appears genuinely stunned by the floating corpse — however I am unable to think about there’s anybody at this resort who would not need him useless by the tip of the week. Then once more, The White Lotus loves a pink herring — and it appears to hate a comeuppance.
Giuseppe (Federico Scribani): After over-dosing on one thing that was undoubtedly not Viagra, Giuseppe collapses, leaving his put up on the piano bench open. For all we all know, this man’s already kicked the bucket.
Didier (Bruno Gouery) and Matteo (Francesco Zecca): If a number of White Lotus visitors should die, it is smart that no less than one or two can be minor characters. Quentin’s coterie of males with little hats and mustaches simply screams collateral harm.
Quentin (Tom Hollander): We know even much less about Jack’s Uncle Quentin than we do Jack. One factor we do know is that his life is one huge distraction and, in keeping with subsequent week’s teaser, he’d die for magnificence. Quentin appears extra like a star that burns too brilliant than a possible homicide sufferer. Either manner, for now, the physique bag’s an actual chance.
Ethan (Will Sharpe): Like Cameron and Harper, Ethan is absent from the primary scene, regardless of being one in every of Daphne’s journey companions. Last week’s jet ski antics appeared to foreshadow some hazard within the water, particularly since Cameron made positive to voice his curiosity in renting them manner again in episode 1. Perhaps the dynamic duo is not fairly achieved operating waves. And maybe these waves will not be as calm the subsequent time round. Or we could also be in for a little bit wife-swapping motion subsequent week. And Daphne tells the newcomers in episode 1 particularly that “we” go away in a couple of hours. If somebody from her celebration survives, perhaps it is Ethan?
Bert (F. Murray Abraham): Bert is “quite old” (Valentina’s phrases,) and he already took a tumble on the pool. Now’s pretty much as good a time as any.
Greg (Jon Gries): Was all that dialog about Greg’s poor well being final season a ruse? Or was he actually cured by no matter fancy physician Tanya acquired him in contact with? Either manner, perhaps he’ll fall unwell as soon as once more, or perhaps the well being stuff was foreshadowing and he’ll die in a unique, unrelated method. Or perhaps I’m a sucker for believing we’ll ever see Greg again in Sicily once more.
Portia (Haley Lu Richardson): Portia must be killed solely for her crimes towards style. More doubtless, although, she’ll survive the journey and go away Sicily with a suitcase of crocheted Gilligan hats and outsized shorts and dwell out the remainder of her life in sartorial sin. However, Portia’s little stunt with Jack on the lodge bar wasn’t very thoughtful of poor Albie’s emotions. At least, he most likely sees it that manner. If Albie’s about to snap, it is as a result of he did not get the lady he “deserves,” and that lady simply may need a goal on her again now.
Dominic (Michael Imperioli): While I’d like to see the “feminist” lech chunk the mud, at this level I do not see any cause to consider he’ll do something apart from both flip his life round or, nicely, not flip his life round. Dying earlier than he offers monogamy a good shake can be an actual cop out. Then once more, his entanglements with Lucia and Mia are getting messier every single day, and Mia no less than is now a identified potential manslaughterer.
Albie (Adam DiMarco): The present’s aversion to comeuppance suggests to me that the privileged Stanford grad “nice guy” might be not going to be proven the door.
Isabella (Eleonora Romandini): There’s undoubtedly one thing happening between Isabella and her boss Valentina, who buys her a romantic no-reason broach in episode 4. If this pans out, it might be The White Lotus’s second time displaying a queer tryst between lodge supervisor and underling. We noticed what occurred to the final lodge supervisor. And alongside the useless intercourse employee trope, there’s one other lengthy, disappointing precedent for queer love tales ending in dying. So Isabella is certainly on the chopping block. However, if she does meet her maker, her dying will not rely towards the useless visitor rely since she’s an worker.
Tanya (Jennifer Coolidge): Though Tanya actually looks like she’s getting arrange for a spooky demise by becoming a member of Quentin’s ragtag group of vacationing gays for a distant off-site celebration, a little bit of extratextual proof suggests in any other case: Tanya may very well find yourself being the connective tissue throughout all future seasons of The White Lotus. Mike White hinted to Deadline on the season 2 premiere that he is toying with the thought of bringing Coolidge alongside for season 3. Unless it is a prequel season, I’m guessing she survives Italy.
Daphne (Meghann Fahey): In the season’s first scene, Daphne says she has “a few hours” earlier than leaving the White Lotus resort. So she undoubtedly has time to additionally fall prey to no matter mysterious presence killed the opposite visitors, I suppose…
The similar goes for Valentina (Sabrina Impacciatore) and Rocco (Federico Ferrante): They’re each very a lot alive within the first moments of the season, however who is aware of what’s in retailer for the finale. We’ll have to attend and see.
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