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The White Lotus season 2: cast, location and everything we know about the HBO show

The White Lotus
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After the first season of the HBO limited series The White Lotus was a big hit in the summer of 2021, The White Lotus season 2 is here for another stay at a luxurious resort that is bound to go off the rails.

The White Lotus was created by Mike White, who also wrote the movie and TV series School of Rock, HBO’s Enlightened, Nacho Libre and Brad’s Status. The first season earned 20 2022 Emmy nominations, including for Outstanding Limited Series.

Here is everything we know about The White Lotus season 2.

When is The White Lotus season 2 release date?

We finally know when we can check for The White Lotus season 2, or at least what month. Variety (opens in new tab) has reported that the show returns with its brand new season in October, though an official date was not shared.

Season 1 released new episodes on Sundays, so that'll likely be the same case here, which does help us narrow it down. Based on that, The White Lotus season 2 could premiere on October 2, October 9, October 16, October 23 or October 30.

What is the plot of The White Lotus?

Per HBO, The White Lotus is a social satire that follows various resort guests and staff as they interact over the course of the week. While the goal is to have a relaxing and rejuvenation experience, with passing day a darker complexity emerges between the guests, the staff and even the idyllic location.

Season 1 took place at The White Lotus Hawaiian resort. The season 2 will change things up, as Variety (opens in new tab) has reported that the story will take place a different White Lotus location in Sicily (specifically, the Four Seasons San Domenica Palace).

Further plot details have not been shared at this time.

Who is in The White Lotus cast?

Again, The White Lotus season 2 will be a completely new experience, which means new guests and new employees to focus on. There will be at least one familiar face.

Jennifer Coolidge, who was a standout among the season 1 ensemble as Tanya McQuoid, has officially been confirmed to return for season 2.

However, it still looks like we have to say goodbye to the rest of the stellar cast from season 1, which included Murray Bartlett, Connie Britton, Steve Zahn, Alexandra Daddario, Fred Hechinger, Jake Lacy, Brittany O’Grady, Natasha Rothwell and Sydney Sweeney.

The new guests for The White Lotus season 2 will include F. Murray Abraham (Amadeus, Mythic Quest), Michael Imperioli (The Sopranos) and Adam DiMarco (The Order, The Magicians) as a grandfather, father and son.

Aubrey Plaza (Parks & Recreation), Will Sharpe (Sherlock), Theo James (Sanditon, The Time Traveler's Wife) and Meghann Fahy will play a pair of couples traveling together.

Tom Hollander (The King's Man, Pirates of the Caribbean, not to be confused with Tom Holland) will play an English ex-pat vacationing with his friends and nephew.

Haley Lu Richardson (Five Feet Apart, The Edge of Seventeen) will play a young woman traveling with her boss.

Leo Woodall (Cherry) has been cast as a hotel guest named Jack.

Also, per Variety (opens in new tab), Italian stars Beatrice Grannó, Sabrina Impacciatore and Simona Tabasco all join the cast as well. Impacciatore will play the White Lotus Sicily resort manager, Valentina. Grannó and Tabasco will play two local Sicilian girls who hang around the hotel.

When is The White Lotus season 2 release date?

HBO gave no hints as to when we can expect the second season of The White Lotus to premiere, but we can make an educated guess based on track record.

HBO ordered the first season of The White Lotus to series on Oct. 19, 2020, per Variety (opens in new tab), and production started that same month. So from approval to air for season 1 was about nine months.

Add in the fact that White may still be working on the scripts for season 2 and they have to go through the casting process, our best-case scenario is for a summer/early fall 2022 return for The White Lotus. It's very possible we’ll have to wait until 2023 for new episodes.

On the plus side, if you need to catch up with The White Lotus season 1, or just want to rewatch it, you’ll have plenty of time. 

Is there a The White Lotus season 2 trailer?

We're still waiting on an official trailer for The White Lotus season 2, but HBO Max has debuted the first footage of the new season as part of a Coming Soon to HBO Max teaser. Watch the teaser, which also includes looks at House of the Dragon, below:

How to watch The White Lotus

For US audiences, since The White Lotus is an HBO show it's available to stream, in its entirety, on HBO Max. You'll need an HBO Max subscription, which costs either $14.99 per month (for the ad-free version) or $9.99 per month (with ads).

HBO Max is not available in the UK yet, but the series is available for British viewers to watch, on Sky Atlantic.

Michael Balderston
Michael Balderston

Michael Balderston is a DC-based entertainment and assistant managing editor for What to Watch, who has previously written about the TV and movies with TV Technology, Awards Circuit and regional publications. Spending most of his time watching new movies at the theater or classics on TCM, some of Michael's favorite movies include Casablanca, Moulin Rouge!, Silence of the Lambs, Children of Men, One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest and Star Wars. On the TV side he enjoys Peaky Blinders, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Saturday Night Live, Only Murders in the Building and is always up for a Seinfeld rerun.