New HBO comedy drama, The White Lotus, has received rave reviews since it first aired in the UK on Monday August 16.
The six-part series is set in the fictional White Lotus resort in Hawaii which has an eclectic mixture of VIP guests, played by a star-studded cast including Nashville’s Connie Britton, Jennifer Coolidge (from American Pie and Legally Blonde amongst many other things) and Euphoria’s Sydney Sweeney.
The resort’s different holidaymakers face an array of life-changing events all the while, the script runs satirical commentary on many of society’s more questionable aspects such as maltreatment of service industry worker and tourism as a neo-colonial tool.
Season one ends ominously, as a dead body is transported off the island and hotel staff still sport smiles as they wave hello to the next batch of visitors.
If you’re wondering how the story might continue, we have all the details you need:
Will there be a second season of The White Lotus?
The first season has barely been out for a month but HBO Max have already confirmed that The White Lotus season 2 will definitely go ahead.
In what form? We have no idea. HBO bosses are already referring to it as “a second instalment” of the limited series rather than a sequel, so there’s much speculation about what the second season storyline might entail.
Who will be in the White Lotus season 2 cast?
The casting directors for Season 2 of the White Lotus have a big job on their hands if they’re going to top the ingeniously comical rapport created by season 1’s all-star cast.
The White Lotus writer, Mike White, has recently revealed that the second season will feature a brand new cast and group of characters at a different White Lotus hotel than the Hawaii resort of season 1.
It’s almost certain that the Mossbachers, Pattons and Tany (Jennifer Coolidge) won’t be returning, White also hinted in this TV line interview that a few of the first season’s most beloved characters could make an appearance next time.
When will The White Lotus season 2 air?
As of yet, pre-production for The White Lotus season 2 hasn’t begun, so there isn’t a release date at the moment.
Filming for season one took place over three months between October and December 2020 and it was originally released in July 2021 so we have at least another year to wait until season 2.
If the show comes out 2022, audiences will hopefully be able to relate back to their own holiday experiences, assuming pandemic travel restrictions have eased a bit more by then (fingers crossed!).
What to expect from The White Lotus season 2
The internet is already abuzz with theories on The White Lotus season 2 might be about. The most commonly asked question is which White Lotus location the new story will be set in.
The Hawaii location of season one allowed for poignant coverage on colonialism and the culturally constraining nature of tourist economies so it’s likely that the setting choice for season 2 will be carefully considered for the societal commentary it pertains to.
A good guess is that the second season will take place in another popular American holiday destination like the Caribbean Islands of Jamaica or The Bahamas. Mike White has eluded to the fact that it might be The White Lotus: Saint Tropez, but we’ll have to wait and see.
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