Filming for The White Lotus season 3 has been on hold due to the writers strike.
But now that the strike, which lasted 146 days — the second longest writers’ strike in the history of Hollywood — is over, fans will be thrilled to know that the next season of the HBO hit show is a top priority for the network.
The White Lotus, along with Euphoria and The Last of Us, are the three shows that HBO wants to start on right away, according to Deadline.
The new season of the satirical drama will be written, once again, by its creator Mike White, which is still allowed under the new WGA deal.
Find out when we can expect new episodes and everything else we know about season 3 so far, by reading on.
Top priority: The White Lotus, season 3, is one of three shows that HBO wants to start working on right away now that the writers strike is over; Jennifer Coolidge seen in a still
Has filming started for The White Lotus Season 3?
Filming for season 3 has not yet started.
Following the end of the strike, the highly-anticipated third season will first resume pre-production.
Given that information, filming will most likely begin next year, in 2024.
HBO officially renewed The White Lotus for a third season back in November.
The first season of The White Lotus made its debut in July 2021, while the second installment aired a little over a year later, in October 2022.
Another adventure: The highly-anticipated third season will first resume pre-production. Given that information, filming will most likely begin next year, in 2024
When will The White Lotus Season 3 be released?
It is not yet clear when the new installment of The White Lotus will premiere.
But given the length of the strike, the most likely release date will be in late 2024 or early 2025.
HBO’s head of drama Francesca Orsi gave an update on the show back in May, amid the strike.
At the time she revealed to Deadline that it was ‘too early to tell’ how the strike would impact the release date of the show.
She said ‘The White Lotus was ideally looking to go in 2024’.
‘We were looking at “The Last Of Us” for some time in 2025. And “The White Lotus” was ideally looking to go in 2024 but there’s some question about timing of the strike.’
Release date? Given the length of the strike, the most likely release date for the new season will be in late 2024 or early 2025
Where will The White Lotus Season 3 be filmed?
The black comedy is known for its lavish filming locations.
The first season was filmed in Hawaii, while the second season took place in Sicily, Italy.
Both seasons were filmed at Four Seasons resorts — Four Seasons Maui and Four Seasons Taormina — which have been rebranded as The White Lotus in the show.
The third season will continue with another exciting destination, which is reported to be Thailand, according to Variety.
It’s also most likely that the show’s partnership with Four Seasons will continue.
White previously teased that filming might take place in Asia, in an interview with Deadline.
‘I think it’d be fun to maybe go to a whole different continent. You know, we did Europe, and maybe Asia, something crazy like that, that would be fun.’
Executive producer David Bernad made a similar remark at the Berlinale Series Market in Germany saying, ‘We’ve tried to work in Asia a lot and hopefully Season 3 will be our chance to make something happen there.’
Where will it take place? The third season will continue with another exciting destination, which is reported to be Thailand
White also previously teased plans for a potential Australian edition of the hit series at a press conference at Sydney’s Vivid Festival.
‘My dream would be to hit every continent, so yeah, this is like its own continent basically,’ he said.
‘We kind of have to come to Australia if we keep going. It would be so fun. ‘
He added: ‘Obviously, there’s a huge wealth of talent here and the beauty is inarguable, so it feels like it checks all the boxes’.
What is the plot of The White Lotus Season 3?
Though the full plot of the new season has not yet been released, White gave fans some insight as he spoke in an HBO teaser earlier this year.
‘The first season kind of highlighted money, and then, the second season is sex. And I think the third season it would be maybe a kind of satirical and funny look at death and Eastern religion and spirituality.’
‘And it feels like it could be a rich tapestry to do another round at White Lotus.’
He also hinted that parts of the plot from season two could carry over to the new installment.
White spoke about the murder-for-hire plot that involved Greg (Jon Gries), Tanya’s husband, and Portia (Haley Lu Richardson), her assistant, who was beginning to solve the mystery.
‘I think as far as like, what happens to Greg and the conspiracy of Tanya’s death, it’s possible that I think Portia is scared enough to just leave it alone, but the fact that all of those guys die on the boat, it feels like there’s gotta be somebody who’s gonna track it back down to Greg.’
‘But maybe you’ll have to wait to find out what happens,’ he teased.
The plot: As for the plot, creator Mike White said it will be ‘a kind of satirical and funny look at death and Eastern religion and spirituality’
Who is in the cast for The White Lotus Season 3?
While Jennifer Coolidge’s beloved portrayal of wealthy heiress Tanya McQuoid-Hunt in season 1 and 2 appears to have come to an end, after she was murdered and left at the bottom of the Sicilian sea at the end of last season, a number of other stars will surely make the new installment just as exciting.
Natasha Rothwell – who played Belinda Lindsey in season 1 – has confirmed her return to the show.
In April she wrote on her Twitter, ‘Belinda is back baby!!!’
Connie Britton who starred on the first season as Nicole Mossbacher has said that she’d like to return to the show and that White wants her to be on the new season.
‘He wanted me to be in the second season, and there was an idea that I loved for the character,’ she told Deadline.
‘Our intention is to do it in the third season. A piece of casting didn’t work in the second season and we’re hoping to [do] that in the third season. I would love to see a spin-off on every character in that show.’
Michael Imperioli and Jon Gries from season 2 might also make a return, though it has not yet been confirmed.
Fans have also speculated that Danny DeVito might be appearing on the show, after he was spotted having lunch with White in West Hollywood.
Returning! Natasha Rothwell – who played Belinda Lindsey in season 1 – has confirmed her return to the show
Short but sweet: The number of episodes in season three is another mystery at the moment. The first season had six episodes, while the second season had a total of seven episodes
Jennifer Aniston has also revealed that she’d like to play Tanya’s sister in the third season.
Meanwhile White previously teased that if there is a prequel to season 1, Australian actor Murray Bartlett, who played hotel manager Armond, and Coolidge might make a return.
‘I absolutely think that’s possible, we were just talking about that,’ he said at Sydney’s Vivid Festival.
‘It’s a funny idea. And making Jennifer, you know, 20 years younger, that would be fun too. We can bring Murray Bartlett back.’
How many episodes will there be in The White Lotus Season 3?
The number of episodes in season three is another mystery at the moment.
Though judging by previous seasons, fans probably shouldn’t expect an extensive number.
The first season had just six episodes, while the second season was longer by one more, with a total of seven episodes.
Seasons 1 and 2 of The White Lotus are available to watch on HBO Max.