The White Lotus is back and juicier than ever, and even though the series was only supposed to be a mini, meaning it was a one-and-done situation, the HBO gods decided we all deserved more murder mysteries. This season takes place in Sicily, and there’s a whole new cast of characters checking in with their literal and figurative baggage.
The fun part about White Lotus is that it’s a murder mystery that focuses on *who* is murdered, and less on who did the murdering. It adds a whole new level of questions viewers need to be asking themselves. And season 2 is presenting people with the exact same dilemma. But this time, it looks like multiple guests (at least two, maybe more?) have been murdered. Here are all the best theories for who died, based on what we know so far. [There are spoilers ahead for the first five episodes of White Lotus season 2.]
Who dies: Harper Spiller and Ethan Spiller (Aubrey Plaza and Will Sharpe)
Based on the tension between Harper + Ethan and their “friends” Daphne (Meghann Fahy) + Cameron (Theo James), this seems like a solid option. Even in episode 1 it’s clear they’re really not comfortable around each other, and because it looks like multiple people have died, wouldn’t it make sense for it to be a couple? And because Daphne is the one to find the first body, doesn’t that feel super apt? Creator Mike White has also said this season really focuses on sexual politics. IDK, the math is mathing for me.
Who dies: Cameron Sullivan
Okay, the plot between Cameron and Harper has definitely thickened since the premiere, and based on last night’s episode, there is some sexual tension brewing. What if Harper and Cameron have a hate-filled tryst, Ethan finds out about it, and murders Cameron? There’s already major resentment between these two guys. Ethan’s whole mimetic desire monologue… it does not look good for Cameron.
Who dies: Tanya McQuoid (Jennifer Coolidge)
I love Jennifer Coolidge so much so I would never want her to die because I want there to be infinite seasons of this show and I want her to be in every one of them. But her checking into the White Lotus again is very, like, “fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me.” There’s no way her character could escape another murder, right? Who is that lucky!?
And based on what we saw last night, there is something VERY weird going on with these men she’s found herself with. I mean, Tanya has just witnessed something she was definitely not supposed to witness, and Quentin (Tom Hollander) gave her that whole speech asking her if she would die for beauty. Ominous!
Who kills them: Valentina (Sabrina Impacciatore)
[Spoilers ahead for White Lotus season 1] I don’t think the show would actually do this, but they already killed off one hotel manager as another comment on the havoc rich people wreak wherever they go. We know Valentina survives because she arrives at the beach scene where the bodies were found. So what if instead of the hotel manager being the dead one, the hotel manager is… the killer?
Who kills them: Daphne
I’m going to put it out there right now: Daphne is the best character in this season. But, like, in an unhinged way. The way she basically confessed to Harper last night that her son may or may not even be Cameron’s kid? She’s going off the rails, and she is the one who finds a body at the end of the show. The rules of Hollywood are that the person who finds the body ends up being suspect number one.
Who kills them: Dominic (Michael Imperioli)
The triangle of Dominic, Lucia and Mia has suddenly become more complicated, with Albie and Lucia becoming romantically involved. Dominic definitely doesn’t like that Lucia is hanging out with his son. Could things escalate and this be the end of Lucia? Idk!
Cosmopolitan will continue to update this post as more theories reveal themselves.
Emma Baty Emma Baty is the Entertainment Editor at Cosmopolitan, where she shapes TV, movie and music coverage, writes celebrity profiles, edits stories across both print and digital, and generally obsesses over all things pop culture.