‘The White Lotus’: Mike White Hints at Asia-Set Season 3 Focused on ‘Death and Eastern Religion’

The second season of “The White Lotus” recently ended, but creator Mike White already has Season 3 in mind.

White makes a hint that Season 3 would take place in Asia and focus on “death and Eastern religion and spirituality” in the “Unpacking S2 E7” segment that is supposed to appear at the end of the Season 2 finale.

According to White, “the first season kind of focused money, and the second season is sex.” “I believe that the third season might take a humorous and satirical look at mortality as well as Eastern religion and spirituality.

A second visit to White Lotus seems like it would be a rich tapestry.

Prior to the Season 2 premiere, White told Deadline that he would like a third season to take place in Asia, saying, “I think it’d be fascinating to maybe go to a whole different continent. We did Europe and perhaps Asia; that kind of crazy stuff would be wonderful, you know?

The third season’s specific setting may have been hinted at in one particular scene from the Season 2 finale. At their farewell dinner at the White Lotus in Sicily, Ethan (Will Sharpe), Harper (Aubrey Plaza), Cameron (Theo James), and Daphne (Meghann Fahy) propose a toast to friendship. Daphne adds, “Next year, the Maldives!”

White explained Tanya’s (Coolidge) startling demise at the show’s finale, stating, “At the end of the previous season, Tanya is sitting with Greg in the last episode and he’s talking about his health difficulties. And she continues, “Death is the last immersive experience I haven’t done. I’ve tried every form of treatment throughout the years.”

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Since Tanya is such a wonderful character, White added, “I was thinking, it’d be such fun to bring her back. However, perhaps that is her path—a voyage to death. We’re travelling to Italy, and Tanya is such a diva—a larger-than-life female archetype—that I just felt like killing her, even though I love her as a character and obviously adore Jennifer.

White stated that he believed Tanya “needed to give her best fight back and that she, in a way, achieved some kind of win over whatever was scheming to get rid of her” since Tanya’s death “at the hands of someone else felt too terrible.”

He continued, “I just found it hilarious to think she would like take out this cabal of killers and, once she successfully achieves that, she just dies this derpy end, and it just felt like it’s just so Tanya.

Regarding Greg’s (Jon Gries) and Quentin’s (Tom Hollander) plot to murder Tanya, White remarked, “It’s possible that Portia [Haley Lu Richardson] is afraid enough to just leave it alone, but the fact that all of those guys die on the boat feels like there’s gotta be someone who’s going to track it down to Greg. However, it’s possible that you’ll have to wait to learn the outcome.

You can view the entire featurette on HBO Max.