Season 2 of HBO’s smash hit The White Lotus started with a lifeless physique, similar to season 1, earlier than zooming again seven days to disclose how we received right here. The query hanging over each episode: Who’s the lifeless physique floating alongside the shore within the prologue? And in addition, how did it get there? What number of different deaths have been there, and the way did they occur?
Warning: Spoilers forward for The White Lotus seasons 1 and a couple of.
There may be different connective tissue between the 2 seasons — each observe per week within the lifetime of the vacationing wealthy on the fictional White Lotus resort chain (first in Hawaii, now in Italy), and each characteristic Jennifer Coolidge at her most Jennifer Coolidge-y — however apart from that, it is technically an anthology sequence. This implies we are able to make some inferences about what’s to return primarily based on what occurred final season, however showrunner Mike White will not essentially retread acquainted territory.
In season 1, the lifeless physique ended up belonging to resort supervisor Armond (Murray Bartlett). However what about season 2? We’ll have to attend till the season 2 finale, which airs Sunday, for these solutions. Within the meantime, all we are able to do is speculate.
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This is what we all know as of episode 6
Season 2, episode 1, Ciao, opens with Daphne (Meghann Fahey) making use of sunscreen on a seashore 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. Crucially, her preliminary response to the physique is a real “What the fuck?” Since she’s alone within the water, there isn’t any motive to interpret her shock and shock as a efficiency. Nonetheless, as of episode 6, Daphne is beginning to appear increasingly more like a completely dissociated psychopath. Additionally, as we are going to quickly study, this isn’t going to be the one corpse.
Resort supervisor Valentina arrives on the scene, and she or he’s promptly knowledgeable by Rocco, one other lodge worker, that there is been a dying. “Salvatore says different our bodies have been discovered,” he says. What number of visitors are lifeless? “A couple of.”
So we have now three characters who undoubtedly survive the week: Daphne, Valentina and Rocco. On the most, everybody else is lifeless. And as a minimum, one of many different major characters is lifeless, together with “just a few” others we’ll by no means know. It is also attainable that the physique rely might even enhance after the occasions of the primary scene. Let’s take a better look.
Which characters are most (and least) more likely to die in The White Lotus season 2?
Bert (F. Murray Abraham): Bert is “fairly previous” (Valentina’s phrases), and he already took a tumble on the pool, adopted by a run-in with the distant management, which left him “concussed” and conspicuously bandaged. Now’s pretty much as good a time as any. Plus, what else is his “there is no such thing as a homecoming” speech however a self-eulogy?
Didier (Bruno Gouery) and Matteo (Francesco Zecca): If a number of White Lotus visitors must die, it is smart that a minimum of one or two can be minor characters. Quentin’s coterie of males with little hats and mustaches simply screams collateral injury.
Greg (Jon Gries): I do not know if all that dialog about Greg’s poor well being final season was a ruse, however what I do know is that Greg is as much as one thing, and it entails Quentin. Tanya finds an previous picture of a younger Greg and Quentin in episode 6, all however proving a well-liked fan concept that Greg is Quentin’s Wyoming cowboy. My guess is one thing goes awry with the plan to rip-off Tanya and, since we’re fairly sure she survives (see beneath), it is Greg — and possibly Quentin? — who does not make it dwelling alive. Then once more, The White Lotus loves a purple herring — and it appears to hate a comeuppance.
Quentin (Tom Hollander): It is clear by now that Quentin is non buono. Moreover possible being in cahoots with Greg, Quentin et al. have a excessive chance of death-by-drowning by the mere reality of their impending boat trip. To return to the White Lotus resort, the entire palazzo get together crew might want to hop aboard. It will be a becoming twist for this present if the dramatic dying reveal ended up being a run-of-the-mill marine accident. Or maybe Quentin will meet the identical destiny because the Isola Bella matriarch and his crumbling villa will finally confide in the general public, too.
Ethan (Will Sharpe): All three of Daphne’s journey companions are absent from the primary scene. However Daphne tells the newcomers in episode 1 particularly that “we” depart in just a few hours. If somebody from her get together survives, it is attainable it is Ethan. Then once more, episode 3’s jet ski antics appeared to foreshadow some hazard within the water. Maybe the dynamic duo is not fairly accomplished operating waves. And maybe these waves will not be as calm the subsequent time round. If the boat wreck concept does not pan out, possibly it will be a recreation of jet ski rooster as an alternative. Or possibly Ethan leaves the resort early in a match of despair and leads to a boating accident fully separate from the opposite visitors.
Harper (Audrey Plaza): Daphne could also be cool along with her husband’s infidelity, however in all probability not if Harper’s concerned. In Noto, Daphne explicitly invoked woman code and requested Harper if she was reliable. Now that Harper could have accomplished the deed with Cameron (or a minimum of made it seem like she did), I would not be shocked if Daphne have been to orchestrate Harper’s demise, within the spirit of “do what you need to do to make your self really feel higher about it.”
Portia (Haley Lu Richardson): As of episode 6’s final scene, Portia is on to Jack, which suggests she may have time to avoid wasting herself from no matter nefarious plot Quentin has deliberate. Nonetheless, she’s one other straightforward candidate for collateral injury, and she or he’ll possible spend a while on a ship subsequent week. Nonetheless, Portia has atoned for her earlier sartorial sins and thus will in all probability survive the journey and depart Sicily with a suitcase of Restricted Too knockoffs and crocheted Gilligan hats.
Jack (Leo Woodall): I might go both means on Jack, and I believe the arc of justice throughout the White Lotus universe might be equally ambivalent. (Is he a sufferer or a villain right here?) In favor of his dying: I see a ship in his future. In favor of his survival: He is too younger to die!
Dominic (Michael Imperioli): Dominic’s unhappy, lonely stroll on the seashore in episode 5 appeared a possible swan music for the “feminist” lech. His character arc can go one in every of two methods — he both turns his life round, or he does not. By this level, he appears to have made inroads on the previous, releasing Lucia from his payroll and even turning from porn. And this can be the place his character ends. We all know that Dom’s spouse was voiced by the inimitable Laura Dern in episode 1. What we do not know is whether or not Laura Dern will make one other look this season. In line with IMDb, we must always not anticipate additional Dern-age, which suggests to me that this trip could also be Dominic’s final.
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.
Giuseppe (Federico Scribani): After overdosing on one thing that was undoubtedly not Viagra, Giuseppe has left his publish on the piano bench open. For all we all know, this man’s already kicked the bucket. Both means, he isn’t technically a visitor, so I doubt he provides to the physique rely.
Lucia (Simona Tabasco) and Mia (Beatrice Grannò): The lifeless intercourse employee trope has a protracted and disappointing precedent, and Lucia is aware of this: “All whores are punished ultimately,” she lamented to Mia throughout a drug comedown disgrace spiral. However that appears too apparent and, truthfully, too cliché. I might moderately see the 2 native girls rip-off Albie all the way in which to Los Angeles and reinvent themselves distant from creepy Alessio, by no means to be seen in Sicily once more.
Cameron (Theo James): Between the “Testa di Moro” motif, Daphne’s affinity for dead-husband true crime exhibits, Ethan’s “mimetic need” concept and Cameron’s debt to intercourse employee Lucia, Cameron is basically beginning to seem like a goner. 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 seashore. It isn’t clear whether or not she is aware of the person, nor can we see his face. It might’ve been Cameron, however then why wasn’t he sipping an Aperol Spritz along 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 type. Nonetheless, there’s completely no means, given Daphne’s response, that the lifeless physique we see in episode 1 was Cameron’s. There’s additionally no means she’d be so chipper previous to discovering it, if her husband had already been discovered floating earlier.
Tanya (Jennifer Coolidge): Although 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 mafia-sponsored cocaine palazzo get together, 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. Until it is a prequel season, I am guessing she survives Italy.
Isabella (Eleonora Romandini): If Isabella does succumb to the crashing waves, it’d possible be Valentina’s doing. However this looks like a stretch, since, as an worker, she would not add to the lifeless visitor rely anyway. I additionally doubt Rocco would recount her dying as calmly as he does in episode 1, now that we all know they are not solely concerned, however engaged to one another.
Daphne (Meghann Fahey): Within the season’s first scene, Daphne says she has “just 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 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.