The White Lotus Season 2 Ending Explained: Viewers of HBO’s The White Lotus Season 2 should expect to see at least three deaths by the series’ conclusion. Daphne (Meghann Fahy) makes it through, and we know it because she is the visitor who stumbles onto the strange body when she is taking her last swim. The hotel manager, Valentina (Sabrina Impacciatore), is a known resident.
She is shown dealing with the body that Daphne discovers in a state of panic, and she is also visibly shaken by the news that two more “guests” were found dead on the resort grounds, which she learned from her archenemy Rocco (Federico Ferrante). Who, if anyone, dies in the Season 2 conclusion of The White Lotus? To what extent will locals like Lucia (Simona Tabasco) and Mia (Beatrice Grann) once again be at the mercy of the tourists, and will creator Mike White actually kill off his muse Tanya (Jennifer Coolidge)?
In their official trailer for Season 2, HBO’s The White Lotus hinted at some terrifying possibilities for this year’s cast. After witnessing Ethan (Will Sharpe) lose his temper over Cameron (Theo James) possibly sleeping with Harper (Aubrey Plaza), it appeared that they got into a fight in the pool. We also found out that Albie (Adam Di Marco) thinks it’s his job to “rescue” Lucia from her life in Sicily and that Tanya is in grave danger without her aide Portia (Haley Lu Richardson).
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The White Lotus Season 2 Ending Explained
The White Lotus Season 2 Ending Explained: Tanya does pass away, but she doesn’t go quietly. Tanya and Portia, independently, discover throughout the episode that Greg has been conspiring with Quentin to arrange her murder. So that mobster Niccoló (Stefano Gianino) may kill Portia at sea on his way back to the hotel, Quentin has hired Jack (Leo Woodall) to keep Portia away from Tanya.
In spite of Jack taking Portia’s phone, she is still able to use his to get in touch with Tanya, who is aboard the yacht with Quentin and the others. The two women figure out what’s going on. But now both ladies are in the hands of Greg and Quentin.
Upon getting close to Taormina, Quentin tells her that Niccoló is coming on board and will be the one to return with her to land. Tanya has a darkly funny encounter with the yacht’s driver when she loses her phone while trying to call the mainland and screams, “These gays, they’re trying to murder me.” (What an honor for Lucille Bluth!) Tanya tries to postpone her inevitable journey to the grave when that fails.
She notices that Niccoló is carrying a black bag. She snatches it on her way to the “powder room,” and then shuts the door. A rope, duct tape, and a revolver are all found inside the bag, proving that this is indeed the plan. It dawns on Quentin and Niccoló that Tanya has solved the mystery, so they pound on the door. Tanya channels “Final Girl” energy to help them push through. She’s scared and crying as she fires her way out of the building.
She ends up shooting Quentin in the back after she has already killed Niccoló and Didier (Bruno Gouery). In order to get away, Hugo (Paolo Camilli) jumps into the ocean and swims to safety. Tanya presses Quentin for information about Greg’s possible infidelity, but he remains silent. The reality hits Tanya that she can’t leave the yacht. She sees the dinge and questions if she can make the jump.
After a few uncomfortable efforts, she declares, “You’ve got this.” In reality, she does not. She smashes her head as she plunges into the water. A dramatic underwater death scene set to Puccini reveals that she was the body Daphne found. What are the rest of the “guests” who have already passed on? Corpses were found on board the yacht after a murder. Everyone else survives.
After Jack sends Portia off to a Catania airport, he tells her she shouldn’t go back to the hotel or ask any questions. The next time we see her, she’s wearing a hideous disguise at the biggest airport in Sicily, when she runs with Albie again and learns that Lucia did, in fact, extort money from him. At least one good thing occurs when Portia asks Albie for his number.
Elsewhere Mia will continue working at the White Lotus. Valentina now embraces her sexuality with greater ease and assurance. It turns out that Dominic (Michael Imperioli) and his wife are on good terms again. Ethan f*cks Harper after beating up Cameron and spending the day with Daphne. While making out, they accidentally smash a statue of a Moor.