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Who Dies in The White Lotus Season 2? What We Know as of Episode 3

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HBO Max’s smash hit The White Lotus, which follows every week within the lifetime of the vacationing wealthy, is technically billed as an anthology sequence. Meaning season 2, which premiered in October, stands alone and does not have a ton of connective tissue with the primary season. However the two seasons do have a couple of issues in widespread.

Warning: Spoilers forward for The White Lotus seasons 1 and a couple of.

Each seasons happen on the fictional White Lotus resort chain, though at two totally different places (first Hawaii, now Italy). Each seasons are absolute catnip for Jennifer Coolidge devotees. And, in fact, each seasons start with the promise of a lifeless physique, earlier than zooming again seven days to disclose how we acquired right here. 

In season 1, that lifeless physique ended up belonging to resort supervisor Armond (Murray Bartlett). However what about season 2?

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Here is what we all know as of episode 3

Season 2 episode 1, “Ciao,” opens with Daphne (Meghann Fahey) making use of sunscreen on a seaside chair, alone. She’s taking one final dip within the glowing Ionian sea earlier than getting on a aircraft to go dwelling. Whereas she splashes round, she comes throughout — what else? — a lifeless physique, and runs to shore, screaming. 

Then resort supervisor Valentina arrives on the scene. She’s season 2’s Armond, and she or he’s promptly knowledgeable by Rocco, one other resort worker, that there is been a loss of life. “Salvatore says different our bodies have been discovered,” he says. What number of friends are lifeless? “A number of.” Who’s Salvatore? Unsure.

So we have now three characters who positively survive the week: Daphne, Valentina and Rocco (4 in case you depend Salvatore.) On the most, everybody else is lifeless. And at least, one of many different principal characters is lifeless, together with “a couple of” others we’ll by no means know. It is also doable that the physique depend might even improve after the occasions of the primary scene. Let’s take a more in-depth look.

Meghann Fahy performs Daphne in season 2 of The White Lotus.

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Which characters are most (and least) more likely to die in The White Lotus season 2?

Almost certainly

Showrunner Mike White is aware of the way to stick the touchdown, so not less than one of many deaths needs to be a personality we care about. Whether or not meaning somebody we love or somebody we like to hate is immaterial. And since Daphne is alone within the opening scene, that raises an apparent query in regards to the whereabouts of her three journey buddies.

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 is not clear whether or not she is aware of the person, nor will we see his face. Is it her husband, Cameron? Perhaps, 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 look like Cameron’s type. 

Different clues in favor of Cameron’s demise: 

  • Episode 1’s ubiquitous “Testa di Moro” motif, the mistress-severed head of a person who was stepping out on his household. 
  • Daphne’s affinity for true crime exhibits about girls who kill their husbands .
  • “You are gonna die,” Daphne gushes to some resort newcomers on the seaside. “They’re gonna have to pull you outta right here.” 
A couple poses for a photograph at an outdoor table while another couple takes their photo, with the ocean in the background.

Will Sharpe, Aubrey Plaza, Meghann Fahy and Theo James in season 2 of HBO Max’s The White Lotus.

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Then once more, The White Lotus loves a crimson herring — and it appears to hate a comeuppance.

Ethan (Will Sharpe): Like Cameron, Ethan is absent from the primary scene, regardless of being one among Daphne’s journey companions. He is additionally not less than contemplating adultery at this level. Ethan’s nonetheless a little bit of a cipher. It is powerful to say whether or not that is as a result of he is not well worth the viewers’s allegiance sufficient to kill off within the first place, or as a result of he is about to launch the kraken on us all and exit in a blaze of glory. (Perhaps these squid-print trunks are his??) 

Harper (Audrey Plaza): Harper observes and adjudicates the leisure class in a lot the identical means the couchbound popcorn-cruncherati does. That makes her this season’s viewers surrogate, and thus the de facto principal character. Final season’s everyman determine was Armond, whose tight-lipped smile is recognizable to anybody who’s ever had prolonged contact with “the general public.” And look what occurred to him. 

Harper sits at the dinner table with a glass of wine.

Aubrey Plaza as Harper 


However, Daphne tells the newcomers particularly that “we” go away in a couple of hours. If somebody from her get together survives, it might very properly be Harper in a Testa di Moro-powered gender solidarity twist.

Exterior Daphne’s get together, there are different potential victims to think about.

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? Both means, perhaps he’ll fall unwell as soon as once more, or perhaps the well being stuff was foreshadowing and he’ll die in a distinct, unrelated method. And does he have adultery on his Bingo card? It kinda looks like it.

Bert (F. Murray Abraham): Bert is “fairly outdated” (Valentina’s phrases,) and he already took a tumble on the pool. Now’s pretty much as good a time as any.

The staff of The White Lotus stands on the pier and greets the arriving guests.

The White Lotus workers could or could not survive the week.

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Extremely seemingly

One the one hand, if there are a number of lifeless our bodies, it is smart that one or two would doubtlessly belong to smaller characters, like resort employee Isabella, pianist Giuseppe or intercourse staff Lucia and Mia. However, Rocco does specify that it was a visitor who drowned. He additionally says, “different friends have been killed.” That mentioned, the jury’s out on whether or not Lucia and Mia depend as friends, since their names had been technically added to the Di Grasso reservation.

Isabella (Eleonora Romandini): Episode 3 hinted at a frisson of romance (or lust?) between Isabella and her boss Valentina. If this pans out, it would be The White Lotus’s second time displaying a queer tryst between resort supervisor and underling. We noticed what occurred to the final resort supervisor, and there is a lengthy, disappointing precedent for queer love tales ending in loss of life. So Isabella is unquestionably on the chopping block.

Mia and Lucia walk with arms around each other.

Beatrice Grannò and Simona Tabasco play Mia and Lucia, two locals who cling across the resort.

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Lucia (Simona Tabasco) and Mia (Beatrice Grannò): One other lengthy, disappointing precedent: the lifeless intercourse employee trope. To date Lucia has not technically earned the title, however together with her musical aspirations she has extra to lose than Mia, when it comes to viewers allegiance. 

Giuseppe (Federico Scribani): There’s one thing creepy in regards to the resort bar pianist, and I do not simply imply the truth that he propositioned Mia. If he died, perhaps Mia might snag his job.

Considerably seemingly

After solely three episodes, it is anybody’s guess the place the season goes subsequent. Might these different White Lotus friends go away the resort in a physique bag come day seven? Positive. However they may simply as seemingly survive the week.

Portia and Albie sit on pool chairs in the evening, facing each other and talking.

Haley Lu Richardson and Adam DiMarco as Portia and Albie.

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Portia (Haley Lu Richardson): Like Harper, Portia is a little bit of an everywoman, simply peeking behind the scenes of how the opposite half lives. Her story appears to be trending towards the standard love triangle, although. This may increasingly imply somebody is killed on her behalf, however she’ll seemingly survive.

Dominic (Michael Imperioli): Whereas I would like to see the “feminist” lech kick the bucket, at this level I do not see any cause to imagine he’ll do something apart from both flip his life round or, properly, not flip his life round. Dying earlier than he provides monogamy a good shake can be an actual cop out.

Dominic and Bert stroll down the street arm in arm.

Michael Imperioli and Murray Abraham play father and son Dominic and Bert.

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Albie (Adam DiMarco): The present’s aversion to comeuppance suggests to me that the privileged Stanford grad “good man” might be not going to be proven the door. Plus, he is virtually a baby, and that’d be… darkish.

Quentin (Tom Hollander): As of episode 3, all we find out about Quentin is that he exists, and that he is acquired his eye on Tanya. I might go both means on him.

Least seemingly

Wilder issues have occurred on this planet of tv, however it will take a Dallas season 9-level twist to kill off these confirmed-live characters.

Tanya (Jennifer Coolidge): Tanya could 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 concept of bringing Coolidge alongside for season 3. Until it is a prequel season, I am guessing she survives Italy.

Greg drives a Vespa while Tanya holds on behind him

Jennifer Coolidge and Jon Gries as Tanya and Greg

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Daphne (Meghann Fahey): Within the season’s first scene, Daphne says she has “a couple of hours” earlier than leaving the White Lotus resort. So she positively has time to additionally fall prey to no matter mysterious presence killed the opposite friends, I suppose…

The identical 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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