The White Lotus is one of those shows that captured the conversation. Over six weeks in 2021, both critics and audiences lapped up the complexities and characters of this dark comedy and it has multiple Emmy awards to prove it.
If you’re feeling there’s a White Lotus-shaped gap in your life right now, you’ll be glad to know season 2 has finally arrived.
What do we know about The White Lotus Season 2?
HBO officially renewed the show early in August 2021 and revealed the second series would follow a different group of vacationers at a new White Lotus property.
That means we can say goodbye to the beachfront Hawaii hotel and its cast of characters and jet-set off to a new fancy holiday spot.
It’s since been confirmed The White Lotus season 2 will take place at an exclusive Sicilian resort in Italy and follow the exploits of a new group of travellers and employees.
The White Lotus Season 2: Cast
With the second series of The White Lotus following an anthology-style, we’ll be saying goodbye to Connie Britton, Natasha Rothwell, Alexandra Daddario, Steve Zahn, Jake Lacy and our other favourites from the first season. That is if you can call them ‘favourites’.
It has been confirmed, however, that absolute queen Jennifer Coolidge will be reprising her role as Tanya McQuoid, the drunk and grieving woman who visited Hawaii in order to scatter her deceased mother’s ashes, in the next season. Jon Gries will join her as her husband Greg and Haley Lu Richardson as Portia, Tanya’s assistant who is travelling with them, much to Greg’s disapproval.
The new cast of characters includes F. Murray Abraham as Bert, who is visiting with his son Dominic (Michael Imperioli) and grandson Albie (Adam DiMarco), as they explore their family’s ancestral roots.
Meghann Fahy and Theo James play husband and wife, Daphne and Cameron, who are travelling with another couple, Ethan (Will Sharpe) and Harper (Aubrey Plaza).
Tom Hollander is Quentin, an English ex-pat vacationing with his nephew Jack, played by Leo Woodall.
Beatrice Grannò is Mia, a local Sicilian working on her singing career and Simona Tabasco is another local named Lucia, who frequents the resort in search of work.
On the staff side, Sabrina Impacciatore is The White Lotus Taormina’s passionate and dedicated manager, Valentina. Here’s hoping things work out better for her than they did for Murray Bartlett’s Armond.
Do we have a trailer yet?
HBO finally gave us our first trailer for The White Lotus only a few weeks ago.
In the 2-minute sizzle, we’re introduced to a whole cast of new, and no doubt horrible, people and their first-world problems.
Everyone’s favourite Aubrey Plaza appears front and centre as a spouse on an unusual couples trip. Queen Jennifer Coolidge is also on holiday with her husband Greg, who she suspects might be cheating on her.
The White Lotus season 2 release date
We’ll be able to see the new season on Binge here in Australia on October 31. Episodes will release weekly on Mondays at 12:00 pm AEDT.
There will be seven episodes in season 2, which is one more than the first season.
Is season 2 good?
With the release of Season 2 of The White Lotus imminent, the first reviews have hit the internet.
The new season currently has a score of 93% on Rotten Tomatoes.
New York Post critic, Lauren Sarner, wrote:
While Season 2 doesn’t quite capture the same magic as its predecessor, it’s still got an addictive mixture of sharp writing, a stellar cast and beautiful scenery that will surely boost Sicily’s tourism industry.
Meanwhile, Mashable said of the new season:
The White Lotus’s shortcomings as a concept are certainly on display this season, but the performances and the outrageous plot twists are so compulsively watchable it’s impossible not to keep tuning back in.
Sounds like we might be in for another wild ride.
Where can you watch the first season?
If you haven’t yet indulged in The White Lotus, or just need to rewatch it a few hundred times more, you can find all six of its episodes streaming on Binge in Australia.
If you need something to watch after that, here’s a list of White Lotus-like shows that will entertain you.
This article has been updated with additional information.