The White Lotus Season 3 Can't Ignore Season 2's Explosive Ending


The White Lotus Season 3 Can’t Ignore Season 2’s Explosive Ending

One massive storyline that solved a mystery at the end of season 2 of The White Lotus can’t be ignored as the plot of season 3 develops.


  • The White Lotus season 3 needs to address the shocking death of Tanya in the season 2 finale, as it cannot be ignored.
  • The deaths that occurred at the Sicily White Lotus resort in season 2 should have consequences and be explained in season 3.
  • Portia and Greg, two characters from season 2, have loose ends that could factor into season 3, providing potential storylines and character development.



The season 2 finale of The White Lotus provided a shocking ending to the acclaimed HBO Max show’s second outing but left one storyline open that season 3 must explore as production officially gets underway. The popular resort dramedy changed direction from season 1’s Hawaii location, where the focus was on class and the hierarchy of power, to a Sicilian resort with a focus on relationships and transactions in season 2. The latest update about season 3 of The White Lotus promises it’ll be “longer, bigger, crazier,” as creator Mike White and the crew take the story to a White Lotus resort in Thailand.

It was recently announced by HBO that The White Lotus season 3 will be pushed to 2025, primarily due to the impact of this year’s writers’ and actors’ strikes, which are now both over. Only a small amount of information has been available during the strikes concerning what we know about The White Lotus season 3. Now, scripts and casting are furiously being finished so production can begin, but one loose thread from the season 2 finale must be addressed even as the show moves into a new location with new characters and a brand-new story to tell.

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The White Lotus Season 3 Needs To Give Closure To Season 2’s Ending

Season 2 of The White Lotus revealed that this show would be the format of an anthology where the resort — albeit in different locations — would be the main character, with different people being introduced to the story each season. The lone exceptions to this rule for The White Lotus season 2 characters were Tanya and Greg. They met in season 1 at the Hawaii location where the neurotic Tanya had gone to take her mother’s ashes out to sea. Tanya begins a reluctant relationship with Greg, who says he is a sports fisherman but that he also has a terminal illness.

Although season 2 picked up with very few references to season 1 and focused on an almost entirely new storyline, Tanya and Greg appeared, now in a strained marriage that has destructive undertones. When Greg has to return to the States, Tanya is seduced by Quentin and his lifestyle, but it is revealed that Greg and Quentin know each other and Tanya might be in an elaborate murder plot. She instead kills Quentin and his friends but dies while trying to escape his yacht, slipping and hitting her head, causing her to drown. This shocking death of one of the few holdovers can’t be ignored as season 3 gets underway.

The Deaths At The White Lotus In Italy Should Have Consequences

Season 1 of The White Lotus solved the mystery of one death that was introduced in the first episode. Hotel Manager Armond was accidentally killed by Shane after he was mistaken as an intruder. The ending of The White Lotus season 2 had a larger body count with at least four people turning up dead on the shore that belongs to the Sicily White Lotus resort. Tanya, Quentin, and several of his friends are discovered by Daphne in the ocean at the beginning of the season and their identities are revealed at the end of the finale.

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These deaths should certainly have long-lasting consequences for the individuals involved, but it remains unclear whether the show will explain what became of Shane from season 1 or the fallout from Tanya and Quentin’s deaths in season 2. As the show enters season 3, it certainly should explain the ramifications of at least Tanya’s death and how it impacts Greg or her personal assistant Portia, who accompanied Tanya to Sicily. If there are no consequences for the characters involved, the show should at least explain how the deaths are affecting the resort chain. No resort chain, no matter how elegant, could seemingly survive this level of horrific public relations.

The first two seasons of The White Lotus are streaming on Max.

How Season 2’s Ending Could Factor Into Season 3

Collage of Jack (Leo Woodall), Greg (Jon Gries), and Portia (Haley Lu Richardson) in The White Lotus season 2

There are at least two loose ends not tied up at the end of season 2 as the third season gets underway in Thailand. First, Portia was left behind in Sicily to deal with the fallout of her boss’s death and the murders she committed. Portia was seduced by Jack, Quentin’s friend and partner, so her story is far from over. It’s quite possible Portia, serving as a sort of Tanya proxy, could resurface in Thailand. She knows a lot of Quentin’s associations and the illicit things they were involved in. It’s possible Portia might be on the run from people trying to extract that information from her.

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The second loose end as The White Lotus season 3 begins production is Greg. It’s clear that his life is not what he portrayed it to be when he was first introduced in Hawaii, so the show could explore his background, his relationship with Quentin, and how he deals with the death of his wife and his business partners. While the show is certain to introduce an entirely new cast of characters, a number of intriguing possibilities exist that could expand the Tanya and Greg world within The White Lotus universe.

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  • The White Lotus new season poster The White Lotus Release Date: 2021-07-11 Cast: Alexandra Daddario, Fred Hechinger, Connie Britton, Murray Bartlett, Sydney Sweeney, Brittany O’Grady, Natasha Rothwell, Jake Lacy, Jennifer Coolidge, Molly Shannon, Steve Zahn, Aubrey Plaza, Theo James, Haley Lu Richardson, Michael Imperioli, F. Murray Abraham, Tom Hollander, Meghann Fahy, Adam DiMarco, Will Sharpe Genres: Comedy, Drama Seasons: 2 Summary: The White Lotus is a sharp social satire following the exploits of various employees and guests at an exclusive Hawaiian resort over the span of one highly transformative week. As darker dynamics emerge each day, this series gradually reveals the complex truths of the seemingly picture-perfect travelers, cheerful hotel employees, and idyllic locale itself.​ Each season follows a new cast of characters with a greater mystery lying at the center of each new location. Story By: Mike White Writers: Mike White Network: HBO Max Streaming Service(s): Hulu, HBO Max Directors: Mike White Showrunner: Mike White

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