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Mike White Hinted The White Lotus Season Three Could Take Place in Asia

Town and Country 7 hrs ago Emily Burack
Will there be a third season of Mike White's The White Lotus? Here's everything we know so far—included the rumored new location of the anthology series. © HBO Will there be a third season of Mike White's The White Lotus? Here's everything we know so far—included the rumored new location of the anthology series.

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?)

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.

Earlier this year, 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."

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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