Pack your bags, because it’s time for another trip to a White Lotus resort. The White Lotus was officially picked up for a Season 3 on HBO weeks before Season 2 even finished airing. That means fans should get ready for a lot more ugly behavior in beautiful locales.
The White Lotus was a series born out of pandemic necessity. When the lockdowns forced film crews to pare down shooting locations, series creator Mike White came up with the idea for a series set entirely at one resort. Season 1 of The White Lotus was such a success that it was renewed for a second season, which premiered Oct. 30, 2022. A few weeks later, on Nov. 18, HBO announced the series will come back for a third season.
“Reflecting on The White Lotus’ humble, run-and-gun origin as a contained pandemic production, it’s impossible not to be awestruck by how Mike orchestrated one of the buzziest and most critically acclaimed shows,” Francesca Orsi, executive vice president of HBO programming, said in a statement. “And yet, he’s only continued to reach new heights in Season 2, which is the ultimate testament to Mike’s raw, unparalleled vision. His courage to explore the uncharted waters of the human psyche, paired with his signature irreverent humor and buoyant directing style, have us all dreaming of more vacation days at the resort we’ve come to adore. We couldn’t be more thrilled to get the chance to collaborate on a third season together.”
While the update is exciting, there’s also a bit of bad news. The new season isn’t going to air anytime soon, as HBO’s boss recently confirmed.
Read on for everything to know about The White Lotus Season 3 so far.
The White Lotus Season 3 Predicted Release Date
There’s no official release date for The White Lotus Season 3 yet, but we do know that it’s going to be a long wait. HBO exec Casey Bloys confirmed on Nov. 2 that while the season was originally slated for a 2024 release, due to the ongoing actors’ strike it’s been moved to 2025.
The White Lotus Season 3 Cast
Warning: Spoilers for The White Lotus’s Season 2 finale follow. A whole new cast was brought in for The White Lotus Season 2, except for Jennifer Coolidge and her iconic character Tanya McQuoid. But don’t expect that exact same formula in Season 3, since Tanya shockingly died during her trip in Sicily. It’s possible Season 3 could bring back a different Season 2 character or characters for another trip — maybe the travel-loving couple Cameron and Daphne? — but fans should expect a whole new ensemble cast with whole new issues.
There will be at least one returning fave, though. Variety reported on April 19 that Natasha Rothwell will return as Belinda Lindsey in the third season. Belinda was the Hawaiian resort’s spa manager in Season 1, who got strung along by Tanya’s unfulfilled promises to fund her own practice. It’s unclear if Belinda will be part of the resort’s staff once again in Season 3, or finally taking a well-earned vacation of her own. Hopefully, it’s the latter.
The White Lotus Season 3 Trailer
There is no trailer yet, but the official HBO Twitter account posted a dreamy video with the message, “Another vacation is in your future.”
The White Lotus Season 3 Setting
Showrunner Mike White dropped a hint about where the next White Lotus resort will be located in the official post-show following the Season 2 finale. “The first season kind of highlighted money, and then the second season is sex,” White said. “I think the third season would be maybe a satirical and funny look at death and Eastern religion and spirituality.”
That hint led to several theories about which Asian country could be the next destination. Finally, on March 27, Variety reported that Season 3 will be set in Thailand. This dashed the main fan theory about the Maldives, but it didn’t catch everyone completely off-guard, since White had shared a video from a Thai resort a couple months before the Thailand confirmation.
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