It’s not a White Lotus vacation without a body bag.
HBO’s The White Lotus is back – which means viewers are once again in for a murder.
Season 2 begins with Daphne (Meghann Fahy) going for a swim on the last day of her vacation in Sicily when she comes across a dead body (or body). Part of a body?) and swims screaming back to shore. Daphne isn’t the victim, but who in this adorable, mysterious, calculating cast of characters is swimming lifeless in the ocean at the end of the season?
The second installment in Mike White’s vibrant limited series explores the tight-knit sexual politics of one of the world’s most romantic and historic settings, all built around not one death, but multiple deaths. As White Lotus Sicily manager Valentina (Sabrina Impacciatore) learns in the cold, there are more bodies out there, which definitely qualifies this death as a homicide — unlike the accident in question in Season 1.
With a mostly new cast and so many choices, IndieWire breaks down the odds of life and death each week and updates them to reflect the developments of the latest episode. Here’s who we think is most likely to die or kill in The White Lotus season 2 finale.
Most likely die
1. Cameron (Theo James)
Things have pretty much changed for our favorite bickering millennial couples. The innocent con artist and known dork Cam is now his best friend’s enemy number one, thanks to a night of illegal parties, Harper’s (Aubrey Plaza) resulting anger, and years of pent-up resentment from Ethan (Will Sharpe) that Cam is after every woman ethan wants Cam is conspicuously absent from the opening scene, although he and Daphne are usually inseparable and her face is obscured as they pack the body bag. The only thing that keeps Cam from certain death in the finale is how likely it looks in the trailer – but it’s not a twist-free White Lotus finale.
It only took Harper one episode to go from our most likely killer to a prime victim. If she dies, it’s more likely to be Cam’s fault than Ethan’s or an accident if things escalate between the men or the group as a whole. For now, she’s certainly wreaking psychological revenge on Ethan, but at what cost?
2. Portia (Haley Lu Richardson)
Portia is currently stranded miles from everyone she knows with a man she knows very little. She doesn’t know the truth about Jack (Leo Woodall) and Quentin’s (Tom Hollander) relationship, but Jack probably won’t remember how much he said or didn’t say to her while drunk either. Even in the Episode 7 previews, Portia is still trying to come back and hasn’t actually reunited with Tanya (Jennifer Coolidge). Are you feeling alive yet, Portia?
Along with the White Lotus Hotels themselves, Tanya is the show’s main connective tissue between seasons, but the writers might kill her to pull that rug out and bring uncertainty to possible future seasons. It’s obvious Quentin and his henchmen are using them, but will this alleged financial grab go awry to the tune of murder? Her current saving grace (and Portia’s) is that she isn’t actually in the White Lotus Sicily where the bodies are found in Episode 1.
4. Lucia (Simona Tabasco)
Statistically, the odds of murder for a young, lonely sex worker are not good. She poses a liability to several men throughout the season, and the easiest way to cover her tracks, or solve one of her many problems, is to take her out of the picture.
5. Mia (Beatrice Granno)
No longer tied to Lucia, Mia has her own machinations at work and has become involved with the most powerful person in White Lotus Sicily: Valentina (Sabrina Impacciatore).
6. Bert (F Murray Abraham)
No disrespect to Nonno, who is mostly minding his own business – he’s just old and unlikely to recover from physical injuries, like the concussion he suffered in Episode 1. He also loves stirring the pot, especially with his son who’s inches away from a meltdown (more on that below).
7. Isabella (Eleonora Romandini)
It would be deeply uncool of Valentina to murder her employee just because she’s engaged to a man, but it’s not impossible.
Most likely to kill
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Many clues in White Lotus season 2 point to the menace of supposedly nice men snapping around to reveal something more sinister, and Harper’s husband is one of them, now detached from their holiday dynamic. He wouldn’t kill her on purpose, but he directs his anger and confusion at their tumultuous history as friends on Cam.
2. Jack (Leo Woodall)
Jack clearly kept Portia away from Tanya and the party during Episode 6, and when drunk he mentions having to do things for Quentin that he didn’t want to do. This could relate to their sexual relationship, but it could also relate to anything else, including hit jobs and cover-ups.
The White Lotus is Valentina’s turf, and if anyone could get away with murder on the property, it’s probably the person with the master key, who knows every room inside out. Valentina may keep a steely exterior, but she wears her emotions on her sleeve. Impacciatore described her encounter with Mia in Episode 6 as “epiphanous,” so who knows what the new Valentina is capable of? It would also be a clever twist on the ending of The White Lotus season one.
Dom has tried his best to avoid “a situation” with Lucia and his family, and he was successful in not sleeping with her, but unsuccessful when his son did. Dom keeps his cool in tense situations, but he gives the impression that someone is holding on to a very thin thread – and by Episode 6 even Bert believes that thread is frayed.
A rich, powerful white man who could totally get away with it? Now there’s someone who might not lose sleep over murder. Quentin is struggling financially, somehow connected to Tanya’s husband, and is probably anxious to keep his relationship with Jack a secret given how vocal they are about being uncle and nephew. He might not be the one to physically get his hands dirty in the act, but Quentin is very capable of killing.
Greg supposedly left Sicily, so he has an alibi, but he has secrets from Tanya, including his connection to Quentin. Did Greg hire Quentin and his friends to scam money from Tanya since Greg has a prenup? Will she die as a direct or accidental result of his plans?
The Episode 7 preview shows Dom finally confronting Albie about his feminist savior complex. It could be the breaking point in a season building father-son tensions, but is it enough to drive him to murder? When Albie kills someone, it’s the man he thinks is threatening Lucia – and anyone else who gets between them.
“The White Lotus” airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET on HBO.
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