The White Lotus was one of the best shows on television in 2021 — and it’s returning for season 2 in 2022! Mike White created the HBO comedy-drama series which follows guests and employees at the fictional White Lotus resort. The first season was set in Hawaii and featured an all-star cast including Jennifer Coolidge, Connie Britton, Sydney Sweeney, Murray Bartlettand Molly Shannon. It scored huge ratings for HBO and won ten Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Limited or Anthology Series. Following the surprise success of the show, HBO renewed The White Lotus for a second season.
The White Lotus is now an anthology series and each season will feature a new cast playing characters on vacation in a new place. The second season will take place in Italy and is titled The White Lotus: Sicily. Here’s everything you need to know about season 2 of The White Lotusincluding the cast, release date, and more.
The White Lotus Season 2 Premiere Date
Season 2 of The White Lotus will premiere in October 2022 on HBO. The exact premiere date has yet to be announced. The show returns over a year after season 1 debuted in July 2021. It’s unclear how many episodes season 2 will have. The first season featured six episodes that were released weekly on HBO. The show is also available to stream on HBO Max.
The White Lotus Season 2 Filming
Production on The White Lotus: Sicily began on February 28, 2022. The cast filmed at the Four Seasons San Domenica Palace in Taormina, Sicily in Italy. Filming officially wrapped in July 2022. The following month, HBO announced that season 2 would premiere in October. The first season of The White Lotus filmed at the Four Seasons Resort Maui in Hawaii in late 2020, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Season 2 Cast
Of the original main The White Lotus cast, only Jennifer Coolidge is returning for the second season. She’s back as Tanya McQuoid-Hunt, who traveled to Hawaii in season 1 to spread her late mother’s ashes. Jon Gries is also returning as Greg, who was Tanya’s romantic interest in Hawaii. The rest of the season 1 cast, which also includes Alexandra Daddario, Jake Lacy, Natasha Rothwell, and Steven Zahnwon’t appear in the second season.
Now it’s time to talk about the famous faces joining The White Lotus: Sicily. F. Murray Abraham is starring as an elderly man, Bert Di Grasso. Michael Imperioli will play Bert’s father, Dominic Di Grasso, while Adam DiMarco will play Dominic’s son Albie Di Grasso, a recent college graduate. Theo James and Meghann Fahy are playing husband and wife duo Cameron and Daphne Babcock. Aubrey Plaza and Will Sharpe are playing Harper and Ethan Spiller, who are married, and are vacationing with Cameron and Daphne. Rounding out the cast is Tom Hollander as Quentin, an English expat traveling with his friends and nephew; Haley Lu Richardson as Portia, a young woman working for Tanya; and Sabrina Impacciatore as Valentina, the manager of the White Lotus resort in Sicily.
What Will Happen In Season 2?
Season 2 of The White Lotus is going to be “totally different” than season 1, according to Aubrey Plaza. “I know it’s a lot to live up to, but Mike is so good about making the second season different,” the actress told Entertainment Tonight in August. “It’s still ‘The White Lotus,’ but now it’s in Italy, so it has a totally different vibe and so, I think people are going to be surprised.”
Creator Mike White, who also directs and produces the series, told Deadline that The White Lotus: Sicily will deal with “a new mystery” that involves “sexual politics.” In an interview with Vulture, Mike confirmed that a major storyline will involve the frenemy relationship between Aubrey and Meghann’s characters. He also said he wanted to stray away from “colonialism” in the second season. “I didn’t know that I had the gumption to wade into those waters again, knowing I was going to get sniper fire from every direction,” he said. “Maybe the classic sexual politics, the naughty subversive stuff we’re getting into, will take the edge off a little bit from that.”
Fans are hoping that there will be many more seasons of The White Lotus. Before the show got renewed for season 2, Mike White told TVLine how more installations of the franchise could work. “It would have to be a different hotel, like, say, The White Lotus: San Tropez or something,” he said. “I don’t think you can credibly have [all the Season 1 guests] on the same vacation again. But maybe it could be a Marvel universe type thing, where some of them would come back.”