The White Lotus Season Three is shaping up to be just as fabulous as the absolute television GOLD that was Season Two.
From what we’ve heard so far, they’ve got some ‘yuge plans in place!
The show’s creator Mike White has been heavily under wraps on giving any goss for the upcoming season.
BUT, he was able to provide some details on his plans for the third season which he says is “going to be a supersized White Lotus.”
“It’s going to be longer, bigger, crazier. I don’t know what people will think, but I am super excited, so at least for my own barometer, that’s a good thing … I’m super excited about the content of the season,” White confirmed excitedly.
White’s cheeky tea spill about season three comes after HBO’s vice president of programming Francesca Orsi confirmed a third season earlier this year.
“Reflecting on The White Lotus‘ humble, run-and-gun origin as a contained pandemic production, it’s impossible not to be awestruck by how [White] orchestrated one of the buzziest and most critically acclaimed shows,” Orsi said, per Variety.
Orsi added the show had reached “new heights” in Season Two.
“We couldn’t be more thrilled to get the chance to collaborate on a third season together.”
Here’s everything we’ve learned so far about The White Lotus Season Three.
Who will star in The White Lotus Season Three?
Both seasons of The White Lotus so far have had an incredible cast, from Murray Bartlett as Season One’s tragic hotel manager Armond to Aubrey Plaza‘s cynical-of-the-super-rich lawyer Harper in Season Two. Plus, who could forget Theo James and his potentially prosthetic monster penis?
Since the show brought back Jennifer Coolidge‘s character for another stay at The White Lotus hotel, why not bring back another character?
As revealed by Variety, Natasha Rothwell, who played fan fave spa manager Belinda Lindsey, will return for the new season.
Variety deduced that since Season Three is going to be “a satirical and funny look at death and Eastern religion and spirituality,” according to Mike White, this could potentially be Belinda’s tie-in as a wellness guru.
And that’s not all. According to a sneaky email shared by goss queen Deuxmoi, two of your faves are returning for Season Three: Jennifer Coolidge and Season One’s Connie Britton.
Given the Season Two finale, I’m not sure how the former is possible, but stranger things have happened!
“Spoiler alert: I read that Jennifer Coolidge will be back and they want Connie Britton to return in S3,” the source alleged.
It has also been speculated that Danny DeVito may star in the new season as White was spotted having dinner with the famous comic.
There have also been calls for Pamela Anderson to join the gang.
Whether or not they actually get cast remains to be seen, but it’s fun to dream, isn’t it?
Speaking of dreaming: fans have also started drafting their dream cast list for the next season of the bonkers HBO series.
Writer Evan Ross Katz pulled together the following primo list of suggested stars that includes Lindsay Lohan, Keke Palmer, Sarah Michelle Gellar and Kim Cattrall.
Fans have also taken to Twitter to cast The White Lotus Season Three. Suggestions have included Rachel Sennot, Bill Hader, Evan Rachel Wood and Brenda Song to name but a handful.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, White confirmed a cheeky detail on his dream casting for the show’s long term future:
“If the show goes on for a couple of seasons, it would be fun to have an all-star season.”
The impact of the SAG-AFTRA strikes means that official casting has not been able to begin, and only Rothwell is absolutely confirmed.
What is the location for The White Lotus Season Three?
The White Lotus Season One was set in Hawaii and filmed at the Four Seasons Resort Maui. Season Two was set in Sicily and filmed at another Four Seasons hotel, the San Domenico Palace in Taormina.
And we’ve just learned that The White Lotus Season Three will be set in the gorg Thailand, per Variety.
Mike White himself previously teased that it would be set in Asia just after Season Two wrapped.
“I think it’d be fun to maybe go to a whole different continent. You know, we did Europe, and maybe Asia, something crazy like that, that would be fun,” he told Deadline.
What will The White Lotus Season Three be about?
White revealed in HBO Max’s Unpacking S2 E7 special that the third season will focus on “death and Eastern religion and spirituality.”
“The first season kind of highlighted money, and then the second season is sex,” he said.
“I think the third season would be maybe a satirical and funny look at death and Eastern religion and spirituality. It feels like it could be a rich tapestry to do another round at White Lotus.”
In terms of how this next instalment will play out, plot lines are light on. However, we’ve just got a sniff of intel that speaks to how the production of season 3 is shaping up. The composer of the iconic S2 theme song Cristobal Tapia de Veer has sat down to spill the tea on the score for the new season.
In an interview with Variety Tapia de Veer said he’s gleaning a lot of inspo from TikTok of all bloody places.
“I hear interesting things in TikTok or YouTube sometimes,” he said.
“I think that the best song I heard in the last few years that I can remember is people harmonising to a cat on TikTok. There’s a cat, and somebody put some piano and then some girls started harmonising, and then there’s all these versions harmonising this cat, it’s super moving and so spontaneous and fresh that this is grabbing a lot more my attention than super-produced pop music.”
Although this could be seen as a weird tangent to the untrained eye, if there’s anyone who can make magic out of cat harmonies it’s the composer of the White Lotus theme song. Strap in folks, it’s set to be another weird and wonderful ride.