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Who will die in Season 2 of The White Lotus?

It’s not a White Lotus vacation without a body bag.

HBO’s The White Lotus is back – which means viewers are once again in for a murder.

Season 2 begins with Daphne (Meghann Fahy) going for a swim on the last day of her vacation in Sicily when she comes across a dead body (or body). Part of a body?) and swims screaming back to shore.

The second installment in Mike White’s vibrant limited series explores the tight-knit sexual politics of one of the world’s most romantic and historic settings, all built around not one death, but multiple deaths. As White Lotus Sicily manager Valentina (Sabrina Impacciatore) learns in the cold, there are more bodies out there, which definitely qualifies this death as a homicide — unlike the accident in question in Season 1.

With a mostly new cast and so many choices, IndieWire breaks down the odds of life and death each week and updates them to reflect the developments of the latest episode. Here’s who we think is most likely to die, kill, and survive unscathed in Season 2 of The White Lotus.

Most likely die

A woman with short dark hair wearing a black swimsuit and sunglasses while lying in a lounger by the pool sipping an Aperol Spritz by the sea;  still from "The White Lotus" Season 2.

Simona Tabasco as Lucia in The White Lotus Season 2


1. Lucia (Simona Tabasco)

Statistically, the odds of murder for a young, lonely sex worker are not good. She’s on the wrong side of hotel staff and Valentina’s judgement, and she holds Dominic (Michael Imperioli) accountable if his father or son finds out about them.

2. Mia (Beatrice Granno)

I don’t want to confuse her with Lucia, but the two are often together, which means any trouble that comes in Lucia’s way could easily land her best friend. And again: MurderS! The only time Mia was alone she was mistaken for a sex worker by a creepy old man and threw a drink in his face! Wouldn’t be the first time a man takes a rejection badly…

3. Bert (F Murray Abraham)

No disrespect for Nono, who mostly minds his own business – he’s just old and unlikely to recover from an accidental wound (like the fatal stabbing in Season 1) or a physical altercation.

4. Portia (Haley Lu Richardson)

Like Lucia and Mia, Portia is in danger because she’s a woman who’s always alone – and that’s exactly what her boss Tanya (Jennifer Coolidge) orders in the first episode.

5. Cameron (Theo James)

Once Episode 1 enters flashbacks, it is revealed that Cam and Daphne are almost inseparable. But a week after her arrival in Italy, she is alone on the beach, not even an empty chair next to her. Her reaction to the body (body parts??) floating in the water could mean anything; She seems to collapse running back to the beach, but that’s just as justified for the corpse of a total stranger, vaguely recognizable fellow guest or her actual husband. As the police wrap up the body bag, umbrellas purposely obscure Daphne’s face and expression, and although she’s standing upright, it could still be Cam. Season 1 began with Rachel (Alexandra Daddario) at the airport, who grew to hate her husband as they traveled together, even though he lived long enough to fly home.

In the clear (for now)

Medium close-up of a young woman with wavy strawberry blonde hair wearing a red and orange floral print top and resting one elbow on an outdoor dining table;  Meghan Fahy in "The White Lotus" Season 2.

Meghann Fahy as Daphne in Season 2 of The White Lotus.


1. Daphne (Meghan Fahy)

Daphne was in the cold where the body was found, which means she gets this season’s Get Out of Death Free card. But that doesn’t mean she’s not in danger of physical harm, heartbreak, or whatever the madness of the White Lotus Sicily has in store for her.

2. Valentina

Valentina, also pictured in the opening, is more worried about the hotel’s reputation and her own job security than the growing pile of bodies washing ashore.

3. Tanya

Tanya has mostly kept to herself, and her character, along with the White Lotus Hotels themselves, is the show’s most important tie between seasons. That means the writers could kill them to pull the rug out from under fans’ comfortable, excited feet and add a thrill of uncertainty to potential future seasons.

4. Ethan (Will Sharpe)

Will is perhaps the most harmless and unproblematic character on this show right now, and we congratulate him for that. Enjoy it while it lasts, buddy.

5. Albie (Adam DiMarco)

Albie is focused on his family at the moment, but is already intrigued by Portia and ready to deviate from the plan to spend time with her. He’s a textbook good boy… but for how much longer?

6. Greg (Jon Gries)

Just because Greg didn’t commit the murder in Season 1 doesn’t mean he’s completely innocent. He and Tanya are now married, which means she trusts him, but Tanya isn’t known for her sharp judgment. Greg has a rich past, multiple marriages, and his own secrets, any of which could be revealed on this journey.

Most likely to kill

A middle-aged man and two young women at a hotel reception;  still from "The White Lotus" Season 2.

Michael Imperioli, Simona Tabasco and Beatrice Grannò in “The White Lotus”

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1. Dominic

Dom is holding it together pretty well while his wife yells at him on the phone — almost too well. His face is listless, bordering on emotionless, with shades of surprise, amusement, and anger — all of which are red flags on a show where a psychopath may have gone on a murderous rampage. He might end up killing Lucia and/or Mia to cover his tracks and ensure he returns home safely – and others who stand in his way.

2. Harper (Aubrey Plaza)

Harper hasn’t shown any murderous tendencies so far, but he doesn’t quite pass the vibe check. She’s the only character on this show so far to show any visible outward dissatisfaction — which she often and obviously does. Your initial irritation at Daphne, Cam and the whole journey could spiral out of control at any moment.

3. Cameron

It honestly feels too obvious. Cam might be the guy everyone looks at when someone mentions “Dateline” wife killers, let alone flashing his penis out here – but those are primarily symptoms that he’s an idiot, not a killer . and The supremely loving asshole husband already committed murder in Season 1! let’s mix it up

“The White Lotus” airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET on HBO.

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