“White Lotus” season two is here, and it introduces us to a new over-the-top resort and an almost completely fresh cast of characters. At the beginning of the very first episode, which premiered Oct. 28, Daphne (Meghann Fahy) goes swimming in the ocean one last time before her return flight to the US. But her last relaxing swim is anything but when she finds a dead body in the water with her, kicking off a mystery we’ll be wondering about all season.
However, it seems the mysterious person is not the only death this season. In the next scene, Rocco tells hotel manager Valentina (Sabrina Impacciatore) that one of the guests has drowned. “It’s fine, the ocean is not hotel property,” she says. “We can’t be liable for what happens in the Ionian sea!”
“You don’t get it,” Rocco counters. “Salvatore says other bodies have been found.” A baffled Valentina then asks, “What the f*ck are you saying, Rocco? What do you mean, other bodies?”
“Other guests have been killed,” he says, shaking his head. Valentina asks how many dead guests there are, and he answers, “A few?” Meanwhile, on the beach, someone is being carried away in a body bag.
So which guests die — and how many? It’s still unclear, but we do have some early clues. From Valentina and Rocco’s comments, it seems only guests will pass away during the show’s seven episodes, which means the staff is safe this time around. As for the body Daphne finds, we only see the person’s legs. She says, “Oh my f*cking God,” and runs back to shore, which maybe she wouldn’t have done if it was her husband, Cameron (Theo James) — but maybe she would have. When she gets to the beach, she screams for help.
Probably the most likely person to die is Bert Di Grasso (F. Murray Abraham), who’s the oldest one of the guests we meet this episode. The connections between him, his son Dominic (Michael Imperioli), and his grandson Albie (Adam DiMarco) seem tense. Then there’s the return of Tanya McQuoid-Hunt (Jennifer Coolidge), this time with her assistant Portia (Haley Lu Richardson) and husband Greg (Jon Gries) in tow. Could the series kill fan favorite Tanya off? It’s definitely possible.
Our other vacationing couple is Harper (Aubrey Plaza) and Ethan (Will Sharpe), who seem out of their depth during this luxe vacation with Daphne and Cameron. Then there are the two local girls, Mia (Beatrice Grannò) and Lucia (Simona Tabasco), who are working as sex workers at the hotel. Technically, they’re not guests, but maybe Rocco wasn’t speaking technically.
There are six more episode of “White Lotus” ahead, and we’ll have to wait and see who meets their demise by the end.