The news came a few weeks after the premiere of the second season, which stars Meghann Fahy, Haley Lu Richardson, Aubrey Plaza, and Theo James, as well as the inimitable Jennifer Coolidge, who won an Emmy for her role as Tanya in season one.
The show’s creator, Mike White, also took home an Emmy for his work on season one of the show, as did outstanding supporting actor Murray Bartlett. Several members of the ensemble cast received nominations as well, including Sydney Sweeney, Connie Britton, Jake Lacey, Steve Zahn, Natasha Rothwell, and Alexandra Daddario. In total, the show earned 10 Emmys in 2022.
Following the bombshell season two finale, here’s everything we know about the third season of The White Lotus. (WARNING: Season two spoilers ahead!)
What will season 3 be about?
The next season of the acclaimed show will follow a new group of guests at a different White Lotus resort, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Seasons one and two took place in Hawaii and Sicily, respectively.
Where will season 3 be filmed?
In an HBO interview following the season two finale, creator Mike White teased a theme that had some fans thinking the show will be heading east to Asia. And now it’s confirmed: We’re headed to Thailand for season three!
Variety broke the news on March 27, 2023, and also speculated that as in seasons one and two, season three will be filmed at a Four Seasons resort. The chain has locations in Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Koh Samui, and the Golden Triangle, per Variety.
“The first season kind of highlighted money, and then the second season is sex, and I think the third season, it would be maybe a kind of satirical and funny look at death and Eastern religion and spirituality,” said White in the post-season-two interview. “It feels like it could be a rich tapestry to do another round at White Lotus.”
Which cast members are returning?
Only two characters from season one made it to season two—Coolidge’s Tanya and Jon Gries’s Greg Hunt—so we’re probably in for (mostly) new faces in season three. But thanks to Variety, we have confirmation that Belinda—the put-upon Maui spa manager played by Natasha Rothwell in season one—will return for season three in some capacity. Since the forthcoming season is slated to focus on religion and spirituality, it makes perfect sense that Belinda might pop up, given her background in wellness.
In White’s post-finale interview, the creator alludes to a storyline involving Greg’s whereabouts. “I think as far as, like, what happens to Greg and the conspiracy of Tanya’s death, it’s possible that I think Portia is scared enough to just leave it alone,” said White, “but the fact that all of those guys die on the boat, it feels like there’s gotta be somebody who’s going to track it back down to Greg. But maybe you’ll have to wait and find out what happens.”
What actors are joining the cast?
The first new cast list dropped on January 5, 2024, and it looks like a promising group. Per Variety, Jennifer Coolidge’s Best in Show costar Parker Posey is on board, alongside Jason Issacs, who played Lucius Malfoy in the Harry Potter franchise. HBO also announced the addition of Leslie Bibb, Dom Hetrakul, Michelle Monaghan, and Tayme Thapthimthong (Farang).
But wait, there’s more. On January 16, HBO revealed even more new faces who will be joining the show for season three, including Aimee Lou Wood (Sex Education), Walton Goggins (The Righteous Gemstones), Sarah Catherine Hook (The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It), Sam Nivola (Maestro), and Patrick Schwarzenegger (son of Arnold).
When will White Lotus season 3 premiere?
With the writer’s strike, which ended in September 2023, and the SAG-AFTRA strike, which ended in November 2023, it’s going to be a long wait until season three of The White Lotus. In fact, on November 2, 2023, HBO announced the series isn’t slated to make its return until 2025.
This post will be updated.
Originally Appeared on Glamour