'The White Lotus': Mike White Clues at Asia-Set Season 3 Zeroed in on 'Death and Eastern Religion'

In the "Unpacking Season2 E7" clip at the end of the S2 finale, White hints that S3 may take place in Asia and focus on "death and Eastern religion and spirituality".

White said, "The1st season highlighted money, and then the s2 highlighted sex."

“I think the 3rd season will probably be a satirical and funny look at death and Eastern religion and spirituality. It looks like it could be a rich tapestry to do another round at White Lotus.

White previously hinted at an Asia-set 3rd season, telling Deadline before the s2 premiere,

"I think it would probably be fun to go to a different continent. You know, we did Europe, and maybe Asia, Something crazy like that, that would be fun.

He added: "Jennifer [Coolidge] is my friend and everyone loved her in the first season, and I was like, 'I can't go to Italy without Jennifer.

' And that's probably still the case. Like, maybe you can't go to Japan without Jennifer."

A hint in the S2 finale could also point to the exact location of S3. As Ethan (Will Sharp), Harper (Aubrey Plaza), Cameron (Theo James) and Daphne (Meghan Fahey) eat their last dinner at the White Lotus in Sicily,

Cameron makes a toast to friendship, and Daphne chimes in is: "Next year, Maldives!"

White also unpacked the shocking death of Tanya (Coolidge) in the s2 finale, "At the end of last season, Tanya is sitting down with Greg in the last episode

he's talking about his health issues and She says, 'I've tried all kinds of treatments over the years, death is the last immersive experience I haven't tried.'"

White continued, "I was thinking, it would be fun to bring Tanya back because she's such a great character, but maybe that's the journey for her, the journey to death.

It's not that I really wanted to kill Tanya. because I love her as a character and obviously love Jennifer, but I felt like, we're going to Italy,

she's such a diva - a larger-than-life female role model - it felt like we could Create our own operative conclusions for Tanya's life and her story.

White said he thought Tanya dying "at the hands of someone else felt very sad," and that Tanya "needed to give back her best fight and that was kind of a victory,

whatever the plot to get rid of." Was doing her."