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The Hollywood Insider White Lotus 2 Season Finale

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Though long-awaited, the bittersweet end of the second season trip to ‘The White Lotus’ in Sicily has arrived. Undoubtedly, the seventh episode and finale of 2022’s Emmy winner for Best Limited or Anthology Series is up for debate as the best in the entire series. With all the loose ends coming to a close, viewers of this season won’t leave this series wanting more as it came to be the perfect way to wrap up most of the plot lines. Finally, fans of the show got to see the revelation of who left the White Lotus resort in a body bag. 

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Whether viewers hate them or love them, the twisted tourists of the  White Lotus gathered the hearts and/or interests of fans to keep up for the past seven weeks. With its all-star cast, ‘The White Lotus’ can expect to see the show, the actors, and the production team up for many awards as it did last season. With how fresh this satirical dark comedy created by Mike White is, it deserves all of the accolades. Mike White solidifies his name as one of the best showrunners today. Luckily, fans can have high expectations for season three, as Mike White (did not confirm but) spoke very openly about his plot possibilities for the future. 

The Dysfunctional Quartet – ‘The White Lotus’

Plenty unfolds yet doesn’t for the married quartet played by Aubrey Plaza, Theo James, Will Sharpe, and Meghann Fahy. With the tension from the possibility of infidelity, the scenes between these four are some of the most intriguing to watch. It is just a matter of time before Ethan (Will Sharpe) explodes, demanding answers from his wife, Harper (Aubrey Plaza), but when he is going to do it, is the big question. Viewers have been waiting for the moment that Ethan will snap on his aggressively alpha-presenting ex-roommate Cameron (Theo James), as Cameron has been making passes at Harper throughout the series. From exposing his naked body to caressing Harper’s leg at the dinner table, when will enough be enough for Ethan to break his passiveness is one of the most enticing traits in this plotline. 

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Meghann Fahy, who plays Daphne (Cameron’s wife), gave her best performance of the season yet. Finally, viewers get to see through Daphne’s facade, which is the wife that is okay with everything. At the revelation of something unpleasant, Daphne finally snaps out of that mask for a bit, showing the mistreatment she claims to endure and how she distracts herself. Nonetheless, it was a short scene for Fahy, but so much was said with little dialogue. That scene alone puts Fahy as a high contender for the 2023 Emmy for Best Supporting Actress in a Limited of Anthology Series against Jennifer Coolidge, who won the 2022 Emmy for the same award. 

Jennifer Coolidge Shows Why She Won the 2022 Emmy and Might Take it for 2023

Tanya McQuoid, played by Jennifer Coolidge, quickly became the heart and soul of the series. Being the only character to return after season one (other than her husband, Greg, played by Jon Gries), it was a big question as to why she is the only character to have returned. Not to complain, as Jennifer Coolidge does a lot for the show’s tone and serves as a reminder that the show is a satirical dark comedy. Emphasizing the dark park of the dark comedy aspect, as viewers get to see Tanya in the darkest situation the series has shown. With the help of her unhelpful assistant Portia (played by Haley Lu Richardson), how Tanya and Portia will get out of their mess becomes the tensest plotline in the series. On the bright side, this situation that the airheaded heiress has gotten herself into has brought out the best performance from Coolidge that she has given in the series. If Coolidge took the win at the 2022 Emmy, it seems highly likely she will take the 2023 Emmy, or at least be one of the strongest candidates. 

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The Generational Trio, The Italian Duo, & Their Love Stories

The Di Grasso family, played by F. Murray Abraham, Michael Imperioli, and Adam DiMarco, gave one of the more relaxing plotlines of the finale. Not much has risen from these stories except for their bedroom steaminess. Adam DiMarco’s character, Albie, pertains to his good-guy role to the bitter end. Interestingly, fans get to see Lucia, played by Simona Tabasco, drop some of her business-only act and show some genuine affection for the sweetheart, Albie. It is a bittersweet ending for this couple, but most would agree that it isn’t something that nobody saw coming. Gladly, the Di Grasso family finds some affection in each other too, even if it is too bittersweet. 

As for the other locals of Sicily, Mia (played by Beatrice Grannò) and Valentina (played by Sabrina Impacciatore) bring the unlikely duo that the viewers may not have expected. Grannò and Impacciatore have lots of chemistry, so their scenes together always bring up the energy in the show in a positive manner. Finally being able to see Valentina let loose is a sight for fans and the characters on the show. Once Valentina was able to get something good in her life, it is nice how more good unfolds because of her. Luckily, Mia was there to give Valentina that weight off her shoulders to be the joyous resort manager the tourists always hope to have. 

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What’s Next for HBO?

With the end of ‘The White Lotus’ (for now), HBO prepares to roll out their next episodic series to take the Sunday night slot. From the popular gaming series that won awards for both of their installments, ‘The Last of Us’ is receiving a live-action adaptation of the same title. In the post-apocalyptic drama series about a world accustomed to being riddled with fungus-controlled zombies, Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey play Joel and Ellie, the famous duo that mascots the critically acclaimed gaming series that showed gamers the bond between father and daughter, despite the two having no blood relation. 

‘The Last of Us’ will premiere on January 15, 2023 on HBO. 

Actors: Jennifer Coolidge, Jon Gries, F. Murray Abraham, Michael Imperioli, Aubrey Plaza, Theo James, Adam DiMarco, Sabrina Impacciatore, Meghann Fahy, Tom Hollander, Beatrice Grannò, Haley Lu Richardson, Will Sharpe, Simona Tabasco, Leo Woodall

Director, Writer, Producer, & Showrunner: Mike White

By Nino Vongphachanh 

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  • Nino Vongphachanh is a Casting Director and aspiring TV Writer with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from New York University. Nino’s background in casting gives him an adoration for watching and reviewing performances, so journalism is another medium that allows him to voice his enthusiasm to a wider audience. Nino strives to enlighten to world of the importance of diversity on screen with his work, which aligns with The Hollywood Insider’s mission to be the most influential and progressive global entertainment network. Nino enjoys being up-to-date with all current events and trends, helping him create a fresh perspective on the topics he writes about. Keeping an open mind with the goal of promoting awareness in film and television, Nino writes passionately about projects he believes advance the world artistically and culturally.

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