‘The White Lotus’ Season 3: A Possible Location & All The Latest Updates

After the epic season 2 finale of 'The White Lotus,' everyone wants to know: what is going on with season 3? Here are all the latest updates.

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Another trip to a White Lotus is in the books. Following the jaw-dropping season 2 finale, The White Lotus season 3 is on everyone’s minds. Don’t worry, White Lotus mastermind Mike White is already working on it.

The show was renewed back in November 2022 and recently received four Golden Globe nominations for its second season. From a possible location to returning cast members, HollywodLife has all the latest about The White Lotus season 3.

Is The White Lotus Season 3 Happening?

Yes, The White Lotus season 3 is happening. HBO confirmed season 3 back in November 2022. The third season will follow a “new group of guests at another White Lotus property.”

Creator, writer, and director Mike White will be helming the third season. “There’s no place I’d rather work than HBO and there’s no people I’d rather partner with than Casey Bloys, Francesca Orsi, Nora Skinner, and their incredible team. I feel so lucky to get this opportunity again and am excited to reunite with my amazingly talented collaborators on The White Lotus,” he said in a statement.

Francesca Orsi, the executive vice president of HBO Programming and head of HBO Drama Series and Films, added: “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. 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.”

Where Will The White Lotus Season 3 Take Place?

It hasn’t been confirmed where exactly The White Lotus season 3 will take place, but Mike White has hinted that traveling to Asia is likely in the cards. “We just turned in our last episode to the network yesterday, so it’s hard to think about the next race,” Mike told Deadline in October 2022. “But if we did, 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.”

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Will Sharpe and Aubrey Plaza in the season 2 finale. (HBO)

In an interview with Vulture, Mike also teased the idea of setting season 3 in Japan. The previous two seasons took place in Hawaii and Sicily.

The White Lotus Season 3 Release Date

The White Lotus season 3 does not have a release date yet. With the cast and location also not confirmed, a premiere date isn’t on the horizon just yet. Given the track record of the previous seasons, The White Lotus season 3 will likely begin filming in 2023, which would set up a 2024 or early 2025 release date.

Meghann Fahy recently told Glamour that Mike White “writes so quickly and he doesn’t do many revisions.” Season 3 could arrive earlier than we think!

The first season premiered in July 2021. The second season followed a little over a year later in October 2022.

What Will The White Lotus Season 3 Be About?

Mike White already has an idea of what The White Lotus season 3 would be about. “The first season kind of highlighted money, and then the second season is sex,” Mike said in the Unpacking featurette after the season 2 finale. “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.”

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Adam DiMarco and Haley Lu Richardson as Albie and Portia. (HBO)

He also hinted that Greg and Quentin’s conspiracy to kill Tanya may not be a secret forever. “It’s possible that Portia [Haley Lu Richardson] is scared enough to just leave it alone, but the fact that all of those guys die on the boat, it feels like there’s gotta be somebody who’s gonna track it down to Greg. But maybe you’ll have to wait to find out what happens,” he said.

The White Lotus Season 3 Cast

While the cast of The White Lotus season 3 hasn’t officially been unveiled, there are a number of characters from previous seasons that could return. Notably, Mike White brought up Portia in the Unpacking video following the finale. He talked about Portia’s connection to Tanya, Greg’s plot to kill his wife, and how that could resurface.

Mike also pointed out that Cameron is “one of those guys that’s not really gonna change. Some of the unspoken things between them, you wonder if that’s gonna ultimately catch up with them. It is somewhat of a happy ending, although there’s dark clouds in the horizon, too.” Daphne does mention going on vacation to the Maldives, which is located in South Asia.

“Oh my God, of course,” Meghann told ET about returning. “I mean, I would pass out water on the third season. It’s such an amazing set to be on. Like, just to witness everybody working. The cast is so amazing and watching Mike work is so cool. I mean, I would totally be there, of course.”

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Connie Britton in ‘The White Lotus’ season 1. (HBO)

Connie Britton, who played Nicole Mossbacher in the first season, is hopeful that her character returns in season 3. “He [Mike White] wanted me to be in the second season, and there was an idea that I loved for the character. Our intention is to do it in the third season. A piece of casting didn’t work in the second season and we’re hoping to [do] that in the third season. I would love to see a spinoff on every character in that show,” Connie told Deadline.

Alexandra Daddario and Jake Lacy, who played newlyweds Rachel and Shane Patton, revealed they would be down to return in the future. “Shane and I would be on a boat, talking about other people, annoying everyone around us,” Alexandra told Deadline. “Mike’s brain is always working. That’s the whole thing with his commentary on the world around him: He’s always observing.”

Jake added, “Mike texted Alex and I with this idea for an episode where the two of us are talking for a half hour; it’s just the banality of rich people on a boat.” He also floated this idea, “I had hoped that Molly Shannon and I would be in the back of a shot; the two of us on vacation in another location, chewing out a concierge. It’s like, ‘That guy is still out there. He’s not even on trial; the dude is still going on vacation!’”

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Jennifer Coolidge as Tanya in the season 2 finale. (HBO)

One character that will likely not be returning is Tanya McQuoid, played by Jennifer Coolidge. After taking out the men who had been hired by her husband, Greg, to kill her, Tanya fell off the side of the yacht and drowned in the season 2 finale.

However, Mike did tell Deadline that “maybe you can’t go to Japan without Jennifer.” The Emmy winner could return as a totally different character. Jennifer told ET that she would absolutely return. “I mean, I don’t know what Mike has in mind. But yes, I would love [to come back],” she said.

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