A part of the enjoyable of a present that resets itself with each season — like HBO’s The White Lotus, a drama that takes place at a brand new luxurious resort with a brand new forged of characters every time — is the hypothesis about the place it’ll go subsequent, and who will land there. On the primary rely no less than, Selection has now put us out of our distress (or, alternatively, spoiled our enjoyable): it studies that creator Mike White has settled on Thailand as the placement for his subsequent tragicomic roundelay of depressing wealthy individuals.
This tracks with the theme White has stated he needs to discover subsequent. “The primary season sort of highlighted cash, after which the second season is intercourse,” White stated in an HBO featurette after the finale of The White Lotus’ second season. “I believe the third season could be perhaps a satirical and humorous take a look at loss of life and Jap faith and spirituality. It feels prefer it may very well be a wealthy tapestry to do one other spherical at White Lotus.”
In keeping with Selection’s sources, White has been spending time in Thailand, scouting potential places. Final week, HBO head Casey Bloys stated that he’d heard White’s pitch for the plot of the following run of episodes of the present already. “He’s simply pitched us the thought for the third season, and it’s nice, a very enjoyable thought,” Bloys, who was talking at a French TV pageant, stated.
There’s no phrase on casting but, although Bloys stated that White was “casting individuals you realize” however in a means that “lets you rediscover them or see them in a brand new mild.” Between the primary and second seasons of the present, just one character returned — Jennifer Coolidge’s Tanya, whose complicated, absurd, and shocking second-season arc is without doubt one of the present’s highlights. White has given no indication if any earlier characters will function within the third season.
To this point, each season of The White Lotus has been shot on location at an precise 4 Seasons lodge. The primary season occurred on the Hawaiian island of Maui, and the second on the Italian island of Sicily. The 4 Seasons has 4 resorts in Thailand: within the metropolis of Bangkok, amid rice rice fields at Chiang Mai, by sandy seashores on the island of Koh Samui, and the Golden Triangle, a tented journey camp within the jungle. Koh Samui suits the White Lotus system one of the best, maybe — though, who doesn’t need to see some existentially confused one-percenters dropping it on a journey to the guts of the darkness within the jungle, like some sort of five-star Apocalypse Now?