Vacation time! 'The White Lotus' season 2 just got an official release date

'The White Lotus' season 2 is about to welcome Jennifer Coolidge and a new crew of weird, wealthy vacationers

Jennifer Coolidge in The White Lotus, season 2 to premiere in October
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Are you ready to venture back to paradise? The White Lotus season 2 has been a hot topic of conversation since the dark comedy's summer 2021 debut. 

White Lotus season 1—a sudden HBO Max success, and rightfully so—follows a group of vacationers at an exclusive Maui resort. But with each episode, fans learn their lives are anything but luxurious. 

We witness a doting mother-in-law, an obnoxious husband, family health scares and, thankfully, a Jennifer Coolidge renaissance. Oh, plus there's a murder to top things off. 

So when will we see a sophomore installment of the breakout hit? Grab your suitcases from the closet because it's sooner than you think. 

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When is 'The White Lotus' season 2 release date?

Good news, everyone! The White Lotus season 2 is definitely happening—Variety (opens in new tab)revealed that the series will return in October 2022. 

We learned of the show's second-season pick-up right before the season one finale, and we're certainly glad that the travel-related shenanigans will continue.

"Mike [White] has once again delivered a quintessential HBO show, and it’s the talk of the town," Francesca Orsi, executive vice president, HBO Programming, said in a press release. "We were thrilled to hear where he wanted to go next, after closing this epic chapter in Hawaii, and can’t wait to keep following him wherever he takes us.”

This time, however, we won't be venturing back to Maui. 

Where was 'The White Lotus' filmed for season 2?

Speaking of locations: while The White Lotus season 1 was set in Hawaii and filmed at the Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea, season 2 is heading to Europe—Italy, to be specific. Ciao, bella! 

Another Four Seasons property will stand in for the luxe, fictional White Lotus hotel chain, this time the Four Seasons San Domenico Palace, located in the Sicilian resort town of Taormina. 

Intriguingly, the actual hotel's website previously announced: "Please note that the Hotel will begin its seasonal closure on November 1, 2021, and we look forward to welcoming guests from April 1, 2022, onwards." 

This could mean that it was closed for filming. Now, however, the website reads: "Escape into a Four Seasons world of timeless beauty—with the charming town of Taormina at our doorstep and the best of Sicily waiting to be explored."

Naturally, we have a feeling our characters are going to have a blast in Italy. 

Is there a 'White Lotus' season 2 trailer yet?

Not an official trailer just yet but HBO did give us an ever-so-slight glimpse into life in Italy, and our favorite leading lady is seen on the back of a motorcycle. Have a look below! 

Who is in 'The White Lotus' season 2 cast?

In January 2022, viewers learned that Parks and Recreation funny lady Aubrey Plaza will be joining the series as a regular cast member in season 2. She is set to take on the role of Harper Spiller, a woman who's visiting the glamorous White Lotus hotel with her husband and his group of buddies.

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In addition to Plaza, The Sopranos actor Michael Imperioli is set to make an appearance. He will play Dominic Di Grasso, who is traveling with his son and elderly father. Rounding out the cast are actors F. Murray Abraham, Tom Hollander, Adam DiMarco and Haley Lu Richardson.

Will Jennifer Coolidge be in 'The White Lotus' season 2?

There was one cast member that fans were clamoring for a possible return in season 2, and it looks like our wishes were answered! Jennifer Coolidge, who played heiress Tanya McQuoid in season 1, will be returning for the show's sophomore season. 

In case you couldn't get a good look, she is the one in the teaser on the back of Greg's Vespa. Jon Gries played Greg in the debut season and will reprise his role in Sicily. Considering Tanya (Coolidge) developed feelings for Greg while in Maui, it's safe to say that the union is going well! 

"I do think people will like [the new season], based on the scenes that I’ve witnessed of other people,” Coolidge told TVLine (opens in new tab). "I think people are really going to be riveted."

The actress—as well as season 1 cast members Murray Bartlett, Jake Lacy, Steve Zahn, Alexandra Daddario, Connie Britton, Natasha Rothwell and Sydney Sweeney—received an individual Emmy nomination for her performances in the show. The White Lotus reached 20 noms in total, though no word yet on whether the aforementioned actors, aside from Coolidge, are set to return. 

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Where to watch 'The White Lotus':

Missed out on season one? Catch up on the episodes (there are only six, so it'll be a quick binge!) on HBO Max. Not a subscriber? You can watch the first episode online for free (opens in new tab) or if, like us, you get hooked quickly, you can sign up for a subscription below.

In the meantime, do be sure to add other HBO Max hits to your lineup, including Mind Over Murder, a true crime doc about the Beatrice Six, and one of our go-to odd reality dating shows, FBoy Island, which just started season 2.

Christina Izzo
Christina Izzo

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.