The White Lotus Producer Basically Confirmed Season Three Will Film in Asia
The White Lotus season two came to its dramatic conclusion in December 2022, but Mike White is already looking ahead to the possibility of future seasons.
"We just turned in our last episode to the network yesterday, so it’s hard to think about the next race," White told Deadline during the red carpet premiere for The White Lotus season two. "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."
There's no confirmed word yet on the location of The White Lotus season three—but here's everything we know so far.
HBO officially renewed the show for a third season.
"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," Francesca Orsi, executive vice president of HBO Programming and head of HBO drama series and films, said. "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."
Creator Mike White is excited, too. "I feel so lucky to get this opportunity again and am excited to reunite with my amazingly talented collaborators," he shared in a statement.
It could take place in Asia.
"The first season highlighted money, and then the second season is sex. I think the third season will be a satirical and funny look at death and Eastern religion and spirituality," White said in the aftershow of the season two finale. "It feels like it could be a rich tapestry to do another round at White Lotus."
The first season shot at the Four Seasons Maui, and the second season filmed at San Domenico, a Four Seasons Hotel in Taormina, so there's a good chance the third season will also be shot at a Four Seasons property. (Here's our best guesses as to where White Lotus season three will film—the Four Seasons Hotel in Kyoto, perhaps?)
Johnny Knoxville (of all people!) maybe spoiled the location in a new interview with Vulture. When the interviewer asked him, "Just promise me that if The White Lotus season three comes your way, you’ll consider it," he replies, "Are you kidding? Mike White is a very close friend of mine. He and I had been in Tokyo together. I think that’s where the next … oh, I’m not giving anything away. I might call him again as soon as this is over."
Executive producer David Bernad, too, basically confirmed Asia as the location for season three. "We’ve tried to work in Asia a lot and hopefully season three will be our chance to make something happen there," he said.
Jennifer Coolidge almost certainly won't be back for season three—but other characters could return.
White said at the premiere, "Jennifer is my friend and everybody loved her in the first season, and I was like, ‘I can’t go to Italy without Jennifer.’ And maybe that’s still the case. Like, maybe you can’t go to Japan without Jennifer, either. There are so many fun actors we’ve worked with so far, so it’s just kind of like who’s available." However, it seems as though press about Coolidge needing to be in another season was a ruse to throw watchers off of the scent of who dies in the opening.
Jennifer Coolidge, and Jon Gries, who played her on-screen husband Greg Hunt, were the only actors to return from the first season of The White Lotus.
Ahead of season two, White shared an idea for Connie Britton's character, Nicole, to return to the show. "He wanted me to be in the second season, and there was an idea that I loved for the character," Britton told Deadline. "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."
In an interview in 2023, Britton said she has yet to be asked back for season three, but would love to return. "I have loved collaborating with him and I’ll say yes to him ’til the end of time," she said.
Season two's Michael Imperioli could return, too. "Who knows, maybe there’ll be another White Lotus season where Dominic comes with his wife and they patch it all up!" White told Esquire. Imperioli doesn't want to get his hopes up but, would love to come back. He said, "I don't want to think about it too much, because the idea of that makes me so happy. I don't want to be disappointed ... I would want nothing more than that. I just loved working with Mike so much."
No premiere date has been set yet.
Season one debuted in summer 2021, and season two in fall 2022, so hopefully we will see season three in 2023.
We'll update this as soon as we learn more.
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