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The White Lotus, season 2, spoiler free review

Aubrey Plaza, Will Sharpe, Meghann Fahy, and Theo James in The White Lotus

The White Lotus, season 2, had everyone hanging on, holding their breath, to see who died in the first episode. That secret wasn’t revealed until the last minute of the last episode. Just in case you haven’t watched season 2 yet, I’m going to write a spoiler free review so you can enjoy the suspense for yourself.

A lot of season 2 of The White Lotus makes you cringe. The guests at the resort are full of toxic masculinity, privilege, infidelity, stupidity and jealousy. Everyone was either having sex with someone they shouldn’t or getting none at all. Either way, the emphasis was on sex.

The Italian/Sicilian people working in and around the resort were the most likeable characters. I’ll get to them in a minute.

The Guests

Jennifer Coolidge in The White Lotus
Does Tanya even know how to drive a scooter?

Jennifer Coolidge as Tanya is the only star returning from season 1. She arrives at the resort with her husband Greg (Jon Gries) and her assistant Portia (Haley Lu Richardson). Greg doesn’t want Portia around but Tanya needs lots of hand holding, so she tells Portia to hide in her room.

Haley Lu Richardson in The White Lotus
Assist you by staying out of sight, is that the plan?

Greg has to go home, so Tanya heads off an adventure with some “high-end gays” lead by Quentin (Tom Hollander). Portia meets a hunky fellow named Jack (Leo Woodall) who wants to show her all around Sicily. She’s willing.

F. Murray Abraham, Michael Imperioli, and Adam DiMarco in The White Lotus
Three generations of cringe

The DiGrasso men are the patriarch, Bert (F. Murray Abraham), his naive grandson, Albie (Adam DiMarco), and the man in the middle generation, Dominic (Michael Imperioli). These guys aren’t the only examples of men who think any woman they want is theirs to have, but they are outstanding in the pursuit.

Finally we have the two young married couples vacationing together. Daphne (Meghann Fahy) and Cameron (Theo James) have been married a while, have two kids, and have always been rich. Newly rich Harper (Aubrey Plaza) and Ethan (Will Sharpe) are with them. The relationship between these four is dramatic and dysfunctional in many ways. Their activities draw you in again and again as they search for meaning, answers, love, or how to make something last.

The Locals

Simona Tabasco and Beatrice Grannò in The White Lotus
These rich people are here for us to fleece!

Two hookers, Lucia (Simona Tabasco) and Mia (Beatrice Grannò) worked the resort in several ways. Lucia used her skills on the DiGrasso clan.

Mia wanted to sing and play the piano in the resort lounge, so her approach was a little different. First she went after the current singer. When that didn’t work she went after the resort manager, Valentina (Sabrina Impacciatore).

Sabrina Impacciatore in The White Lotus
I’m the boss!

Valentina was vulnerable because she was a repressed and frustrated lesbian who didn’t know how to get what she needed. Mia saw the need and took advantage.

I don’t know any rich people. I haven’t been exposed to how naturally awful they are. But the working girls and the striving manager felt like real people – genuine, authentic, and understandable. The rich people felt like somebody you want to stay away from.

Tanya’s assistant Portia was among the servant crowd, too. She started off seeming to do everything wrong but I thought she redeemed herself by the end.

All these characters got equal time in the spotlight. The actors were all outstanding. Jennifer Coolidge, who walked away from season 1 with all the awards was outstanding once again. But everyone else was brilliant, too.

The way the story is told and the episodes unfold you’re never really sure what’s happening. There are surprises and questions and a totally unexpected twist at the end. The suspense is so well held.

Sicily is beautiful, the people are beautiful, it’s a gorgeous series. I reviewed season 1 of The White Lotus here, and I’m sure when season 3 arrives in 2023, I’ll be hanging on to every word with the same fascination I’ve felt for the first two seasons. Mike White created this television masterwork.

What did you think of season 2?

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6 responses to “The White Lotus, season 2, spoiler free review”

  1. I thought season 1 was depressing, I didn’t find much to enjoy – too many narcissistic people. The acting was good, but I didn’t care for the sad and depressing story. Therefore I’m passing on season two.

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