in 2021, The white lotus brought us irony. It disgusted us. It brought us Jennifer Coolidge sobbing in a box of ashes and Alexandra Daddario which makes every journalist question his oeuvre. And while we have to say goodbye to the swaying palm trees and ominous yellow-tinged sky of the Hawaiian resort, HBO has confirmed that the vacation only needs to take a small detour: The social satire returns for a second season, this time in a new setting and with a new cast of VIPs.
Per TSTIMEseason 2 of The white lotus will leave the drama of the Maui murder mystery behind in exchange for a stay in Europe. But rest assured, the story follows another group of privileged globetrotters who check in to a White Lotus property. Here’s what we know about what comes next.
When will season 2 premiere?
The white lotus will return on October 30 at 9 p.m. EST, according to an official press release from HBO.
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What shall The white lotus season 2 is over?
The first season followed three groups of guests as they tried to enjoy a relaxing vacation in Maui, just for about everything go wrong and end in an unexpected death. Since showrunner Mike White will also be involved in the second season, we can expect it to follow a similar trajectory — though perhaps not with murder — and force its high-profile visitors to examine its moral flaws. Whether they actually learn from it this time around remains to be seen.
In an interview with VultureWhite sheds light on a few details about the new season, including:
- Expect more sex. The showrunner describes season 2 as “a bedroom farce with teeth.”
- The story of the second season will not focus as much on colonialism. “I didn’t want to get into colonialism,” White said, “because I felt we did in the first season.”
- Season 2 will also take on a slightly different tone from Season 1, and deviates from the first’s so-called “Twitterspeak”. “Some of the criticism of the first season, I was like, I get what you’re saying, but I don’t that,” he said. “I’ve written a whole body of work. I’ll stick with that season of the white lotus, but it is not the complete reflection of my interests.”
And in an interview with TV Guide, White clarifies how exactly the sophomore series will differ from its predecessor. “It’s a different atmosphere,” he said. “The latter focused on the guests versus the employees – who has the money, who has the power. This one is more about sexual politics, with elements of a bedroom farce where people sneak in and out of hotel rooms.”
Where will it take place?
White initially said: TVLine the show would shift locations of Hawaii saying “it should be a different hotel like, say, The White Lotus: San Tropez or something.” In an interview with Vanity Fair, he hinted at possible locations in France or Japan. Finally, in January 2022, Variety first reported that season 2 would be filmed in Sicily, specifically at the Four Seasons San Domenica Palace in Taormina.
Who will be in the cast?
Several major newcomers will headline Season 2, including Michael Imperioli (The Sopranos) and Aubrey Plaza (Parks and Recreation). Per Variety, Imperioli was the first new cast member confirmed for Season 2, and he will play Dominic Di Grasso, a vacationer traveling with his elderly father and young son, who has just graduated. Plaza will take on the role of Harper Spiller, another vacationer, but one who arrives with her husband and his friends.
F. Murray Abraham, Adam DiMarco, Meghann Fahy, Tom Hollander, Theo James, Haley Lu Richardson, Will Sharpe and Leo Woodall are also in the cast, per Variety.
Fortunately, there are plenty of Hollywood A-listers who are loved for their portrayals of entitled rich people. (Basically, the entire cast of Big Little Lies seems to fit well.) Our only request? Bring Natasha Rothwell back as Belinda and give her what she deserves: a huge, highly successful spa business. It will be time.
Who are the new Italian cast members?
Since the new season takes place in Italy, some real Italian actors have been cast as characters who populate the Italian resort during the week that the season takes place. Actress Sabrina Impacciatore has been cast as a character named Valentina, TSTIME reports, which manages the White Lotus resort in Sicily. Beatrice Grannó and Simona Tabasco play two local young women named Mia and Lucia who spend time at the hotel.
Is there already a trailer?
Not quite, but an HBO Max sizzle reel shared on July 18 shared a glimpse of the new season. (Continue to 0:17 below.) The quick cut shows Coolidge’s Tanya enjoying a Vespa ride, Sabrina Impacciatore’s Valentina welcoming guests to the White Lotus, and Plaza’s Harper toasting other customers (presumably before their vacation goes downhill).
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On August 30, another not-quite trailer landed — a spoof ad showing the hotel in Sicily. Look below.
Lauren Puckett-Pope is an associate editor at ELLE, where she covers news and culture.