This Fan-Favorite Character Is Returning for ‘The White Lotus’ Season 3

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Viewers are still reeling over the White Lotus season 2 finale (and Jennifer Coolidge's iconic performance), which aired in December 2022 on HBO Max. (You can stream the full series on HBO Max by subscribing for $9.99 a month.) In the epic season finale, audiences anxiously watched Coolidge’s character, Tanya McQuoid, meet (*ahem*) an untimely fate.

Since then, fans have been wondering what other characters will return to the series. In recent news, Variety just reported that a fan-favorite character from season one is returning for the third installment—and guys, we couldn’t be *more* excited.

Here’s everything we know (so far) about The White Lotus season 3.

Tanya McQuoid from 'The White Lotus' season two.

1. What Is The White Lotus Season 3 About?

Pack your bags White Lotus fans, because it looks like our next cast will be catching the first plane to Thailand. According to an exclusive report by Variety, multiple sources attached to the production of the HBO show teased that the third season will take place in the Southeast Asian country.

Per the recent report, the upcoming season could be set in any of the four luxury hotel giants throughout Thailand, which are located in Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Koh Samui and the Golden Triangle. But for now, the exact hotel still remains unconfirmed.

Creator, writer and director Mike White previously teased the possibility of traveling to Asia. “I think it’d be fun to maybe go to a whole different continent,” he said, according to Deadline. “You know, we did Europe, and maybe Asia, something crazy like that, that would be fun.”

Most recently, HBO executive Casey Bloys got fans excited at the Series Mania Festival, where he teased the season 3 plotline, as reported by Variety. “[White] just pitched us the idea and it’s great,” Bloys told the audience. “It’s a really fun idea and he’s shown it’s possible.”

2. Did HBO Renew The White Lotus for Season 3?

That’s correct. In a statement, White revealed that it was a no-brainer to renew The White Lotus for season 3, and only a few episodes into the second season, HBO gave the anthology series the green light.

“There’s no place I’d rather work than HBO, and there’s no people I’d rather partner with than Casey Bloys, Francesca Orsi, Nora Skinner and their incredible team,” White said. “I feel so lucky to get this opportunity again and am excited to reunite with my amazingly talented collaborators on The White Lotus.”

Natasha Rothwell from The White Lotus.
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3. Are There Any Suprise Characters Returning for Season 3?

While history indicates there will be an almost entirely new cast for season 3 of The White Lotus, fans will be happy to hear that another fan-favorite character from season one is returning for the third season: Belinda Lindsey, who is portrayed by talented actress, Natasha Rothwell.

Variety exclusively reported that the actress is going to reprise her role as the beloved spa manager in season three. Although her involvement in the new season still remains a mystery, The White Lotus series creator Mike White previously teased that the third season will be “a satirical and funny look at death and Eastern religion and spirituality.” Could this be a subtle hint to Lindsey’s role in the new installment? For now, we’ll just have to wait and see.

The White Lotus Staff S1 CAT
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4. Who Else Will Be in the Cast?

This is the tricky part. Since the second season follows a different group of vacationers staying in an Italian White Lotus resort, it’s hard to tell who will return for future installments. For the second season, Coolidge returned as Tanya McQuoid (but, *spoiler*—based on that season 2 finale, we have a feeling Coolidge won't be returning for the third installment). And now, we know Rothwell will return to play Belinda Lindsey in the third installment. But the big question is: Who else will be joining season three?

Besides Rothwell’s return, the casting for season three still remains a mystery. During the Series Mania Festival, Bloys said that White is “casting people you know.” However, the HBO exec added that White is writing them “[in a way that] allows you to rediscover them or see them in a new light.”

5. Well, Is There a Trailer?

As of right now, there is no trailer for The White Lotus season 3 (*wipes tear*). But when it becomes available, you’ll be the first ones to know.

So far, all we have is the teaser clip that was posted to the official Instagram account for the series.

In the video, an underwater scene plays in the background before text appears that says: “Another vacation is in your future.” Then it says, “The White Lotus season 3.” The caption along with the clip read, “At #TheWhiteLotus, we manifest the things our guests desire into existence. We can’t wait to welcome you to our next White Lotus property.”

6. Is There a Release Date for The White Lotus Season 3?

Sadly, there is not. The first season premiered in July 2021 and aired through August of that same year. Then, season 2 premiered in October of 2022 and aired its finale in December. So, if we had to guess, we're betting that season 3 will air at some point in late 2023.

All we know is that it’ll be worth the wait.

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