White Lotus Creator Already Has An Idea For Season 3

The White Lotus creator Mike White already has a plot and tone in mind for a potential season 3 of the dark comedy. The White Lotus season 1 was adored for its rich and original take on vacation calamity, while the much-awaited season 2 debuts on October 30. The series has established the line of in-world White Lotus resorts, which serve as the setting for both seasons.

Set in Sicily, The White Lotus season 2 will continue the series' examination of wealth, marriage, and identity through the lens of families on a luxurious trip. With work mode switched off, the characters find trouble during a situation meant to be stress-free. The new season will again feature a star-studded cast that includes F. Murray Abraham, Tom Hollander, Aubrey Plaza, and Theo James.


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A pivot from wealthy folks vacationing may be in order for future seasons of the show, if they come to fruition. In an interview with EW, White hinted at a potential idea for The White Lotus season 3 that he originally considered for season 2. Read White's comments below:

I might still do it down the road maybe, if they give us a third season, so I don't know if I should say. Originally, it was more of like a Bilderberg conference, more about getting into some of the bigger power dynamics there. But Sicily was a totally different vibe than the idea I pitched. That didn't seem right.

How The White Lotus Season 3 Could Raise the Stakes

Sabrina Impacciatore waving in front of dock in The White Lotus season 2

The Bilderberg meetings are invite-only geopolitical conferences featuring aristocrats, diplomats, and representatives from major corporations. Hosted annually at a luxury hotel, the gathering of high society's most influential and indulgent is a scene ripe for the type of shocking disruption The White Lotus is known for. If the anthology series is to continue after season 2, viewers could be in for a less family-orientated storyline with more worldly implications. However, the discord between the attendants and attendees of a flashy resort would likely remain. It's not yet clear if White would bring along the only recurring characters from the series, Jennifer Coolidge's Tanya McQuoid and her husband Greg (Jon Gries), for a potential season 3. But McQuoid's wealth is of unknown origins, and Greg does work in bureaucracy, so including the two at an exclusive conference should be feasible for White and his team if they choose.

The show has previously demonstrated an ability to extract thoughts on politics, colonialism, and power from the audience. During The White Lotus season 1, Olivia Mossbacher (Sydney Sweeney) and her mother Nicole (Connie Britton) hotly debate the merits of idolizing Hillary Clinton. Their on-screen discussion serves as a generalization of a conversation had between two generations of observers. If The White Lotus season 3 is green-lit, viewers could get a look at White's interpretation of how these power brokers operate when they are the ones met with personal and group crises.