The second season of Mike White’s delightful satire The White Lotus began the same way as the first: a corpse (this time: more than one) shows up at a luxury hotel. Both seasons use the murder mystery in the background as a gateway to the comedic, tragic and infuriating lives of the 1%, who do anything but have fun on vacation in the most beautiful places in the world.
Again, the HBO show The tension has increased with each new episode, leading to tons of fan theories about which body fails in the finale, and now we finally have the answers.
It was becoming apparent that Tanya (Jennifer Coolidge) and Portia (Haley Lu Richardson) were headed for danger on their trip to Palermo. Jack (Leo Woodall) had trapped Portia in a hotel away from the yacht they had been staying on in order to get Quentin (Tom Hollander) and his cohort of “upscale gays” alone with Tanya. When Portia wakes up, she realizes that Jack most likely stole her phone and takes the opportunity to use Jack’s to warn Tanya that they are in danger. Tanya, who remembers the photo she saw the night before of Quentin and her husband, Greg (John Gries), finally realizes that the two men are conspiring to take her money, possibly dead or alive.
As the yacht approaches the shores of Terramina, Quentin tells Tanya that they will stay afloat a bit longer and that Niccolo (Stefano Gianino), the handsome young cocaine dealer she partied with the night before , will bring her back alone under the moonlight – a “romantic”. gesture. As she watches With Options close in on her, Tanya tells the men she needs to go to the bathroom, quickly grabs Niccolo’s suspicious bag from the dining room table, and locks herself in. the room. Panicked, she rummages through the bag and finds a rope, duct tape and a gun. Quentin, Niccolo and the others find that they have been caught and go to confront Tanya, but in a state of pure desperation, she brings them all down in a burst of glory.
After a distraught Tanya surveys the carnage, she plans her escape only to find the lifeboat is out of reach. Wearing a dress and high heels, Tanya attempts to jump dozens of feet lower and successfully land on the boat, but she hits the boat’s railing and falls limp into the water.
And with that, season one’s standout character and season 2’s only returning White Lotus guest turns out to be its victim. It’s Tanya whose body washes in front of Daphne (Meghann Fahy) in a replay of the season opener. In White’s words, Tanya died a “moron death,” but at least on her own terms.
As for the other guests, Ethan (Will Sharpe) confronts Harper (Aubrey Plaza) about whether she and Cameron (Theo James) have been fooling around behind his back; she eventually admits that she kissed him, but refrained from having sex. Still angered by the incident, Ethan fights Cameron in the sea. They nearly drown, but are separated by another hotel guest.
After the fight, Ethan confides in Daphne about his suspicions. She takes him to a remote island, where what happens is left to the viewer’s imagination. Later, Ethan and Harper make passionate love on their hotel bed, seemingly reconciled.
Portia is driven by Jack to the airport, where he returns her phone. She tells him that she knows about his sexual arrangement with her “uncle” and asks him again what he knows about Tanya’s robbery plan. He advises her not to return to the hotel and ask questions because “there are powerful people” involved in the plot to steal Tanya’s money. He leaves, leaving her alone in the dark.
After Albie convinces his father to give him $50,000 in exchange for helping him win his mother back, he gives the money to Lucia. After spending the night together, she leaves him early the next morning and it is revealed that her story about her dangerous pimp was all a lie. She is joined by Mia, who becomes the new White Lotus singer after sleeping with the hotel manager, Valentina. Freed by her affair, Valentina is kinder and kinder to her co-workers.
As in the first season, everyone meets at the airport. Ethan and Harper and Cameron and Daphne all seem satisfied. Di Grasso’s men all line up and stare at a pretty woman passing by, suggesting they haven’t really changed. Albie sees Porta and strikes up a conversation. They exchange phone numbers and board the plane. The scene then cuts to a jubilant Mia and Lucia walking down a Sicilian street, filled with money and happiness as an Italian version of “The Best Things in Life Are Free” plays over the end credits.
RIP Tanya. Jennifer Coolidge will be missed in season three, but we can’t wait to see what Mike White has in store for the next set of guests.