Pack your bags because we're heading back to The White Lotus, as season three of the HBO series has been confirmed!
The dark-comedy follows guests and employees at the fictional White Lotus resort chain, with each series featuring a star-studded cast (Theo James, Jennifer Coolidge Aubrey Plaza, shall we go on?) and highlighting a different moral conversation around money, sex or faith.
While we're still thinking about the ending of season two, let's turn our attention towards the new episodes. So, from the release date to the cast and more, here is everything you need to know about The White Lotus season three.
Who is The White Lotus season 3 cast?
Much like seasons one and two, a whole new bunch of The White Lotus guests and staff will star in the third series, thanks its new location.
Most recently, Lisa from K-Pop girl BlackPink has been confirmed as a new cast member! The Thai singer and rapper, whose real name is Lalisa Manobal, will make her acting debut in the HBO series and joins a seriously star-studded cast.
On 16th January 2024, it was reported that Aimee Lou Wood from Sex Education, Patrick Schwarzenegger, Walton Goggins, American Crime Story's Sarah Catherine Hook and Sam Nivola from Maestro will all also star. Eek!
Plus, Parker Posey, Jason Isaacs, Leslie Bibb, and Michelle Monaghan, Dom Hetrakul and Tayme Thapthimthong will all appear on our screens for season three.
One character who has been confirmed to be having a comeback is Belinda, who was left frustrated in season one after Tanya strung her along by suggesting she was going to invest in her wellness business.
In a tweet, actor Natasha Rothwell confirmed the news, writing, "Belinda is back baby!!!" Her role in season one earned her an Emmy nomination for Best Supporting Actress, so we can't wait to see more of Belinda.
Belinda is back baby!!! 😎😎😎 https://t.co/U3F5Q3uDwX
— Natasha Rothwell (@natasharothwell) April 19, 2023
Elsewhere, Sydney Sweeney, who played Olivia Mossbacher in the first season of the show, a spoilt teenage daughter experimenting with drugs on a family holiday, dropped a massive hint last year that she could be returning for the third season.
"The White Lotus - are you going to be in the next one [in] Thailand?" someone asked Sydney in a red carpet interview, to which she replied, "I can't say anything about the next season. I can't say anything." Fingers crossed for more Olivia!
What is The White Lotus season 3 release date?
Good news, The White Lotus fans as we've got an update on when season three is dropping, but, we have a while to wait for more episodes.
HBO has revealed that the series has been pushed to 2025, due to SAG-AFTRA strikes in the entertainment industry last summer. HBO and MAX Chairman Casey Bloys announced the delay via Deadline, saying: "The White Lotus season 3, that was going to be 2024 and that's likely moving into 2025".
Where is The White Lotus season 3 set?
The White Lotus creator Mike White previously said he was thinking about a new location for the third season, telling Deadline: "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."
Variety then confirmed the location, and revealed season three will definitely be set in Thailand. As per the exclusive, filming will take place around Koh Samui, Phuket, and Bangkok.
Thapanee Kiatphaibool, Governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), also released a statement regarding The White Lotus' decision to film in the country. It partly read: "We are honoured to have Amazing Thailand featured as the filming location for the highly anticipated upcoming season of The White Lotus.
"The kingdom's exotic natural beauty, rich historical sites and diverse landscapes are the perfect settings to share our fascinating culture, fantastic cuisine, top-notch wellness and luxury offerings, and most importantly our people and Thai hospitality," they concluded.
What might the plot of season 3 of The White Lotus be?
Speaking to HBO after the finale had aired, creator Mike White touched on the themes he's considering for the third season. "The first season kind of highlighted money, and then the second season is sex," he said.
"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."
When was The White Lotus season 3 confirmed?
HBO announced a third season was officially happening with a tweet on 18th November.
It read, "You already know The White Lotus is to die for. Book your next vacation now. #TheWhiteLotus has been renewed for Season 3."
— Max (@StreamOnMax) November 18, 2022
The White Lotus is available to watch on NOW TV.
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