Who dies in 'White Lotus' season 2?

The HBO hit is a classic whodunit but exactly who dies in 'White Lotus'? Fans have theories

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We're not just excited to meet the cast of The White Lotus season 2—we're also excited to see which one of them dies. 

Like the first The White Lotus season, The White Lotus season 2 is a social satire wrapped in a murder mystery, a 2022 Agatha Christie-style whodunit where the tycoons are of the tech-bro sort and look like Theo James, the rich heiresses are played by Jennifer Coolidge (as they always should be), and the dead bodies are far from hidden. 

“You know, it’s such a trope at this point. All of these limited series where there’s a dead body at the beginning,” show creator Mike White told The New Yorker (opens in new tab). “I was like, ‘You want your dead body? Here’s your dead body.’” And we can expect more of the same in the second season, with White revealing to TV Insider (opens in new tab): “There will be blood on the floor...we tease that out at the beginning.”

So who dies in The White Lotus season 2? Here's what we know so far. 

Who dies in 'White Lotus' season 2?

In the first episode of The White Lotus season 2, hotel guest Daphne Sullivan (Meghann Fahy) goes for a swim on the last day of her stay at the luxury Sicilian resort. It's looking very much like a swimsuit commercial until she horrifically comes upon a dead body floating in the water. 

"One of the guests has drowned," one of the Italian staffers alerts hotel manager Valentina (Sabrina Impacciatore), who flippantly replies: "It's fine, the ocean is not hotel property." 

"Salvatore says other bodies have been found...Other guests have been killed," she is informed, to which she incredulously asks: "Rocco, how many dead bodies are there?!"

We then see law enforcement carrying the corpse off the beach in a body bag, before we flash back to the beginning of the trip one week earlier. You didn't think they were going to reveal the identity in the first episode, did you? As for now, we don't know who's the owner of the body, or the culprit behind their death, if there even is one, but knowing The White Lotus, there will be plenty of twists and turns before any of our questions get answered. 

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Fans theorize who dies in 'White Lotus' season 2:

There are a lot of theories floating around social media about which character could possibly be the casualty of season 2. Is it our sweet Sicilian sex workers, Mia (Beatrice Grannò) and Lucia (Simona Tabasco)? Is it any of the members of our awkward love triangle, Albie (Adam DiMarco), Porta (Haley Lu Richardson) or Jack (Leo Woodall)? Or, god forbid, will we be saying goodbye to Queen Coolidge herself? 

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Who died in 'White Lotus' season 1?

A mysterious death also put a damper on the Hawaiian vacation of the guests in The White Lotus season 1. Through all six episodes of the first season, tensions were high between hotel manager Armond (Murray Bartlett) and endlessly high-maintenance guest Shane (Jake Lacy), culminating in episode six where Shane gets Armond fired. In a bitter, not-sober act of revenge, a pissed-off Armond breaks into the Pineapple Suite where Shane and his wife Rachel (Alexandra Daddario) are staying and defecated in Shane's suitcase. 

When Shane later returns to his room and hears someone trespassing, he grabs a pineapple knife, thinking that it's an attempted robbery like what happened earlier to the Mossbacher family. Trying to catch the intruder off-guard, Shane accidentally stabs Armond in the chest, killing him. 

Since the act was out of self-defense, Shane isn't arrested and is able to leave the island with Rachel. We see him at the airport post-vacation, telling fellow passengers that a dead body is also being transported on their return flight back to the mainland—that body being Armond's.

The White Lotus season 2 airs on Sundays at 9 pm on HBO and HBO Max. 

Christina Izzo is the Deputy Editor of My Imperfect Life. 

More generally, she is a writer-editor covering food and drink, travel, lifestyle and culture in New York City. She was previously the Features Editor at Rachael Ray In Season and Reveal, as well as the Food & Drink Editor and chief restaurant critic at Time Out New York

When she’s not doing all that, she can probably be found eating cheese somewhere.