Everything We Know About 'The White Lotus' Season 2

Yes, there will be more, but not it won't be at the Hawaiian resort from Season 1.

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'The White Lotus: Sicily' | HBO
'The White Lotus: Sicily' | HBO

The Mossbachers (except Quinn), Tanya McQuoid, and the Pattons all left the resort, but The White Lotus is continuing. Yes, even though the popular—and now 20-time Emmy nominated—HBO limited series written and directed by Mike White ended with a near perfect Season 1 finale, there's more of the show on the horizon. Will any of your favorite terrible people return? Where will it take place? Let's answer those questions and more.

Will there be a Season 2 of The White Lotus?

Yes. HBO announced that the show will be back before the first season's finale. However, there's a catch. First of all, HBO is deeming it a "second installment" rather than a second season. That's because The White Lotus is taking on the form of an anthology series. The next season will be written by series creator Mike White again, but it won't take place at the Hawaiian location of The White Lotus, it will take place at one of the other resorts owned by the same company, just in a different destination. According to the press release: "The next chapter of The White Lotus leaves Hawaii behind and follows a different group of vacationers as they jet to another White Lotus property and settle in temporarily amongst its inhabitants." White had previously suggested in an interview with TVLine that it could be "The White Lotus: San Tropez or something," but turns out it's an Italian vacation these folks are taking. 

So, where will The White Lotus Season 2 take place? 

Back in February 2022, a photo of the slate from the first episode on social media revealed Season 2 would be set in Sicily. That's since been confirmed, with the installment officially titled, The White Lotus: Sicily. Ciao, Season 2! 

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Will any of the Season 1 cast of The White Lotus be back?

Yes! Jennifer Coolidge is officially returning. After she received one of the many Emmy nominations for the show, she told the New York Times: "I just did five months on it in Sicily. I got back like two weeks ago. I've been instructed that I'm not allowed to leak anything, but I have to say, from what I've witnessed, watching what some of the new actors are doing, people will not be disappointed."

A brief glimpse at the season in an HBO Max ad also proved that Tanya will be joined by the beau she met at the end of Season 1 Greg, played by Jon Gries. Here's to them looking blissful on a Vespa. 

Who are the new cast members in The White Lotus

The first new cast member announced was The Sopranos veteran Michael Imperioli, who, according to Deadline, will be playing: "Dominic Di Grasso, a man traveling with his elderly father and recent college-graduate son." Turns out that elderly father will be portrayed by none other than Oscar winner F. Murray Abraham, while Albie DiMarco will play the son. Another guest includes Aubrey Plaza, who is said to be playing a woman named Harper Spiller who is on vacation with her husband and his friends. In February 2022, The Hollywood Reporter announced her hubby, named Ethan, will be portrayed by Will Sharpe, and their friends, Cameron and Daphne Babcock, are being played Theo James and The Bold Type fan favorite Meghann Fahy. It's also been announced that Haley Lu Richardson will be "Portia," a pregnant woman on a trip with her boss, and Tom Hollander is Quentin, a Brit at the White Lotus with his friends and his nephew. Leo Woodall will be Jack, a so-called "magnetic guest." Even though the details are scarce, you can already sense the tension.

When will The White Lotus Season 2 premiere?

Right now, it's unclear when The White Lotus Season 2 will premiere. We can do a bit of speculating, though. Considering that it began shooting in February 2022 and wrapped in the summer (per what Coolidge mentioned to the New York Times in mid-July), it's possible we could see new episodes by late 2022. That seems especially possible since the clip HBO Max dropped in July 2022 previewing a handful of its upcoming series included titles all scheduled for this year—The White Lotus being the only one undated. So, while it's not confirmed, let's hope we're in store for a late 2022 vacay. We'll keep updating this post as more information is released.

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Esther Zuckerman is a senior entertainment writer at Thrillist. Follow her on Twitter @ezwrites.