Will the cult classic series that has gained immense popularity since its release resume its filming in October?
Let’s see what the aftermath of the WGA strike has in store for us.
Classic murders seem enthralling to you? It seems so because The White Lotus is back with its third Season, which is speculated to come to HBO soon, but has faced severe setbacks, much like its fellow series of HBO, due to the WGA and SAG AFTRA strikes. However, now that WGA strikes are out of the equation ever since reaching a deal with the AMPTP and SAG AFTRA still continues to strike out their rights, is it possible that the filming for the same will start in October?
Let’s not make you wait any longer and get the answer out of the way. The White Lotus Season 3 has gotten its revival far back in November of 2022 after a spectacular Season 2 on the HBO network. It had completed its scripts by the start of 2023 and had begun dipping its toes in the pre-production process before being interrupted by the WGA and SAG AFTRA, with the WGA signing a deal with AMPTP after 146 days. So, here is where we are at regarding the production process of Season 3.
Since the scripts were already done and the filming process had begun, the WGA strike ending will not have any effects on the filming sequence since they still need the actors to resume work, which won’t be possible until the SAG AFTRA strikes end. So, whether October will be the month filming begins for Season 3 of The White Lotus, we are yet to determine. The strike has to end first.
So, with the recent developments and an earlier promised 2023 end release 0f Season 3 of The White Lotus, when can we predict its premiere?
The White Lotus Season 3 Arrival Date: Best Case Scenario
The creator, writer, and executive producer Mike White celebrated the news in an official statement in November 2022.
“There’s no place I’d rather work than HBO, and there are no people I’d rather partner with than Casey Bloys, Francesca Orsi, Nora Skinner, and their incredible team,” he said. “I feel so lucky to get this opportunity again and am excited to reunite with my amazingly talented collaborators on The White Lotus.” Orsi 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 two, 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.” Check out the official X post for Season 3’s renewal.
— HBO (@HBO) November 18, 2022
By following recent updates post WGA strikes and ongoing SAG AFTRA strikes and an unsure state as to when pre-production will begin, it becomes difficult to predict an exact release date for the same. However, we can make a calculated guess based on past patterns followed by the show and can predict a definitive release window for the Season 3 premiere on HBO.
One interesting update reported by Deadline is that HBO has placed The White Lotus Season 3 as one of its top three priorities to resume its production after the strikes, which means that they will be getting back to it sooner than we anticipated. Earlier, we anticipated a late 2024 release to even a 2025 early release due to the uncertainty and volatility surrounding the strikes. However, now that we are etching closer to the end of the strikes, we can assume the arrival of the new season by 2024, more specifically, the fall of 2024. This prediction is made keeping in mind the time to complete filming and the post-production process, which is not as lengthy as a series with hefty VFX involved. All-in-all, the future of The White Lotus seems to be in the clear.
Now that we have cleared the nail-biting information out of the way let us focus on other areas of the series that you might be interested in picking up on. Starting with the cast members who will be joining us for the new Season on HBO.
The White Lotus Season 3 Cast: Characters Who Will Return And Who Won’t
It was confirmed that Natasha Rothwell will reprise her Emmy-nominated role as Belinda Lindsey, who was the spa manager of the Hawaiian White Lotus resort in season one. Additionally, whether this new season will feature Jennifer Coolidge’s character, Tanya McQuoid, after what happened to her in the second season’s finale, is up in the air, but we hope it is an affirmative positive since she is quite literally the backbone character of the series.
Connie Britton’s character, Nicole, will appear as teased by creator White, saying, “He wanted me to be in the second season, and there was an idea that I loved for the character,” Britton informed 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.”
During a conversation on Variety’s “Actors on Actors” series, Coolidge stated that she wants Greg back for “The White Lotus” Season 3 so that Tanya can indirectly get her revenge.
“My hope for Jon is that he’s not finished with Greg,” Coolidge elucidated. “I hope there’s some comeuppance for evil Greg. I think he should, I don’t know, end up in a meat-grinding machine.” “Mike was looking for a big Italian opera ending, and it was big and dramatic, so he wanted me to die for many reasons,” Coolidge said. “But I also think Tanya’s a lot. Maybe people would get sick of her in another season. Maybe people would be like, ‘Oh, my God. Get rid of Tanya!’”
This is all the information we have on the cast of The White Lotus so far. As production resumes, new reveals and first looks will be released leading up to its much-awaited premiere in 2024.
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You can catch the earlier two seasons of The White Lotus on HBO in the United States, and it is available to stream in 4K resolution on MAX (previously known as HBO Max. In the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland, the series premiered on Sky Atlantic. In India, you can access the series on JioCinema. You can also stream The White Lotus by renting or purchasing it on Google Play, iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, and Vudu. So catch up to the present events of the series before the new season drops on HBO, preferably every Sunday night at the same time slot of 9 p.m.
What developments have been revealed about Season 3 by the creator? Let’s take a look.
The White Lotus Season 3 Story: What Will Season 3 Bring?
It has been revealed that the upcoming season is all set to be in Asia, with filming likely to take place in one of the Four Seasons resort chains in Thailand!
Deadline reports Mike White’s quote, “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.” After these comments, Mike White also discussed the potential theme of the third season, quoting, “The first season kind of highlighted money, and then the second season is sex. I think the third season would be maybe a satirical and funny look at death and Eastern religion and spirituality. It feels like it could be a rich tapestry to do another round at The White Lotus.”
Executive producer David Bernad also confirmed Asia as the prime 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.”
Francesca Orsi, Executive Vice President of HBO Programming and head of HBO Drama Series and Films, also stated, “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.”
Developing on the plot left out in Season 2, what can the possible plotline be for Season 3? Use the comment section below to tell us your predictions. We would love to hear from you.
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