Is the HBO series returning for another season? Continue reading to find out more.
The second season’s last episode will air in a few hours on December 11, 2022. Since then, the fans of the series have been wondering if the show would get an early renewal or not. A major TV network like HBO usually takes time to consider all the factors before approving another season. The great news is that the fans can be relieved, as the show has been greenlit.
On the other hand, the reviews of the series have overall been great, which makes it an easy decision for the network to continue the series for another season. The American Film Institute named it one of the ten best television programs of 2021 and 2022. It was reported that The White Lotus was met with a very positive response to critical acclaim from critics.
For the second season, Rotten Tomatoes reported an 89% approval rating with an average score of 7.8/10, based on 82 reviews. The website’s critics’ consensus states, “Swapping its tropical trappings for Euro chic while focusing primarily on the corrosive influence of carnal desire, The White Lotus remains a cookie full of arsenic that goes down smooth.”
On Metacritic, the season has a score of 81 out of 100 based on 40 critics, indicating “universal acclaim.” This is exciting as the holdup for the fans won’t last too long now because we have all the details to share! Take a look at this quick rundown of everything you need to know about the release date, plot, and cast, so you can get a head start on the next installment and be prepared before the series airs on the network.
Here’s all we know about The White Lotus Season 3 so far.
White Lotus Season 3: When will the new season premiere?
The exact launch date has yet to be determined, as the series was recently renewed by HBO for another season. However, it has been speculated that the forthcoming season would most likely have a release window suggested to be around mid-to-late 2023. On the other hand, you can likely expect it to follow a similar timeline, possibly dropping Sunday nights. Moreover, it is expected to have the same time slot of 9 p.m. (ET/PT) on HBO and be available for streaming concurrently on HBO Max.
In the meantime, fans can expect the series to go into production after the release of the final episode of the second season on December 11, 2022. Until then, we suggest that the viewers should be patient and follow all the social media platforms for the series to be updated with the latest information. The official Twitter handle also confirmed the renewal, quoting, “I can’t wait to welcome you to the next White Lotus property.#TheWhiteLotus has been renewed for Season 3.” Take a look at the official post below:
I can’t wait to welcome you to the next White Lotus property.#TheWhiteLotus has been renewed for Season 3. pic.twitter.com/T6xOpAK9Jj
— HBO (@HBO) November 18, 2022
White Lotus Season 3: What to expect in the new season?
Francesca Orsi, EVP, HBO Programming, Head of HBO Drama Series and Films added, “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. 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.”
White told Entertainment Weekly that he might return to the original idea he’d pitched for Season Two, which had to do with politics and power. “I might still do it down the road maybe if they give us a third season,” White said. After visiting Sicily, White decided to change the plot to fit the “vibe” of the country. “The kind of mythology of Sicily, at least from the point of view of Americans, is the archetypal sexual politics and role play that you associate with, like, opera and the mafia, and Italian romance. I felt like it should be more focused on men and women and relationships and adultery and have an operatic feel to it, so I pivoted,” White said.
Additionally, Mike White hinted at a potential storyline for Season 3 stating, he is already thinking about the HBO show’s Season 3, even on the red carpet for Season 2, quoting, “We just turned in our last episode to the network yesterday, so it’s hard to think about the next race,” White told Deadline. Further adding, “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.”
Mike White teases ideas for #TheWhiteLotus Season 3 pic.twitter.com/6qPZz9pqPj
— Deadline Hollywood (@DEADLINE) October 21, 2022
White Lotus Season 3: Who is expected to return?
The White Lotus is created, written, and directed by Mike White; executive produced by Mike White, David Bernad, and Nick Hall; co-executive produced by Mark Kamine. Although we won’t be surprised if Jennifer Coolidge reprises her role as Tanya McQuoid-Hunt. “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.”
Additionally, some of the new actors joining the ensemble in Season 2 include Aubrey Plaza, Will Sharpe, Sabrina Impacciatore, Theo James, Meghann Fahy, F. Murray Abraham, Adam DiMarco, Tom Hollander, Michael Imperioli, Haley Lu Richardson, Leo Woodall, Beatrice Grannó and Simona Tabasco it is rumored that some of them are expected to reprise their roles in the third season if their character arcs allow them to continue and explore more about them individually on new locations. We just have to wait and see for the final episode to get some kind of confirmation.
White Lotus Season 3 Episodes and Streaming Options
HBO is yet to confirm how many episodes there will be, but Season 3 is expected to include 6 to 7 episodes with an average runtime of 54 – 65 minutes, just like the prior seasons. In addition to this, if we take most of the HBO original series into consideration with a bit of speculation, then the new season is speculated to have the same premiere time as other shows on the streaming service, which is 9 p.m. (ET/PT) on Sunday nights on a weekly basis.
The series is available on steam on HBO in the United States and is available to stream in 4K resolution on HBO Max as it is an exclusive series developed for the digital streaming platform. Moreover, the membership of the platform costs $10 per month for the ad-supported plan and $15 per month for the ad-free option. The viewers can choose the membership plan according to their preference and stream the vast catalog that HBO Max has to offer its users with tv-series and movies ranging across different genres.
Stream the latest episode of The White Lotus on @hbomax.
— HBO (@HBO) December 6, 2022
White Lotus Season 2: A Quick Recap
The season is created, written, and directed by Mike White; executive produced by White, David Bernad, and Mark Kamine. The second installment, set in Sicily, debuted on October 30, 2022, and will conclude on December 11, 2022. The official tagline of the last season states, “The social satire is set at an exclusive Sicilian resort and follows the exploits of various guests and employees over the span of a week.” Take a look at the official episode guide below:
Episode 1: Ciao: On a couples’ trip in Sicily, Harper, Ethan, Daphne, and Cameron spend an awkward first day sizing each other up; Dominic fields questions from his father, Bert, about his wife’s absence, and his son Albie plays neutral.
Episode 2: Italian Dream: Tanya enlists Greg to help her live out her perfect Sicilian day; Harper questions Ethan’s friends.
Episode 3: Bull Elephants: While Daphne loops Harper into an off-resort excursion, Ethan and Cameron get in some bro time; Tanya seeks advice from a tarot reader.
Episode 4: In the Sandbox: Tanya and Portia spend a day with charming ex-pats Quentin and Jack; Harper is blindsided by shocking evidence from Ethan’s night out.
Episode 5: That’s Amore: Harper gets real during a wine-tasting trip with Cam and Daphne; Tanya and Portia go on an excursion with Quentin and Jack; Albie has a misunderstanding with Lucia; Valentina decides to make a staffing change to get Rocco away from Isabella.
Episode 6: Abductions: Ethan grows suspicious of Cam; Tanya gives Portia an opaque warning about Jack; Lucia helps the Di Grasso’s search for long-lost relatives.
Episode 7: Arrivederci: The exploits of various guests and employees at a tropical resort over the span of a week.
Catch up on all the previous episodes while you wait for more updates on White Lotus Season 3.