That’s it for Tanya to be the connective tissue between each season of the anthology series. White Lotus. It’s obviously spoilers ahead for the season 2 finale, where Jennifer Coolidge’s character finds herself on a non-party boat.
The seventh and final installment of the HBO Max series was a masterclass of social commentary, humorous writing, and great footage from screenwriter/director Mike White. It has completed almost every unfinished business while leaving a dangling thread that included Ethan and Daphne, and the point is to keep this mystery unsolved.
Warning: Contains spoilers for the season 2 finale of The White Lotus.
But first, Tanya. The death of one more person at a White Lotus resort would always challenge the naivete, but White chose the most craziest and most bizarre option. Rich Tanya is indeed a picture of her husband Greg and bankrupt British immigrant Quentin together in cowboy hats. (Although this is not openly confirmed.) He and his sidekick, Portia, conclude that Greg is collaborating with his ex-girlfriend, Quentin, to kill Tanya because their prenuptial agreement prevents Greg from getting her money if they get divorced.
In a truly frightening scene, a trembling Tanya loses Portia on the phone and is forced to confront a boatload of people who want to kill her. She lingers for as long as possible before Quentin’s man arrives to take her to shore and possibly kill her en route. Seizing an opportunity to save herself, Tanya brazenly grabs her killer’s gym bag and locks herself in a room. She finds a gun in the bag. With the door kicked in, Tanya braces herself and squeezes the trigger, hitting anyone who comes to her.
In one of the many instances of absurd joy, Tanya fails to ask Quentin if Greg was cheating on her with another woman before she coughs blood and dies. Quentin stares at him in disbelief before putting it on (also known as dying in the English language). Unfortunately, as Tanya tries to get off the boat and escape in a boat, she slips and hits her head on the railing of the boat before hitting the water where she drowns. Her colorful dress made the corpse we partially saw in episode 1 look like she was wearing shiny shorts.
Many thought that Tanya would be the only character to appear in every season of The White Lotus, which was renewed for the third time last month. White eliminated that possibility in one of his many smart carpet pulls. Why would Tanya spend all her time at the White Lotus resorts if they are a hotspot for murder?
He can also use one of the new characters introduced in season 2 as a familiar connection. Let’s pray for Aubrey Plaza’s Harper, although that seems unlikely. In a bittersweet turn of events, his at first extremely principled attorney, rolling his eyes, absorbs the same performative marriage facade that Cameron and Daphne are wearing. Now it’s the only way she and Ethan can move forward – it doesn’t matter whether they believe each other’s cheating stories or not. They’re both willing to spark a happy marriage and let each other carry a degree of mystery. As they rest in each other’s arms at the airport, they look at the picture of peace and solidarity.
This all happened after Ethan and Cameron’s inevitable showdown at sea, but perhaps it would have been too obvious and extreme if one or both had died. In a more unexpected turn of events, Daphne took Ethan to the nearby island of Isola Bella – the shot looks like one of the Instagram photos of the couple dragging each other down a road. Whether anything happened between them is left open to interpretation, but it seems unlikely as Daphne was unmoved by Ethan’s concern that Cameron and Harper might have cheated together. He obscenely tells Ethan: “You don’t have to know everything to love someone. A little mystery? A little sexy…”
In a similarly dispersed situation, the Di Grasso men leave Sicily for 50,000 euros poorer, yet all seem surprisingly unaffected. Young Albie is momentarily distraught by the revelation that Lucia has been playing with him from the beginning, but she quickly moves on to the next opportunity: a changed Portia who has now had her fair share of excitement and is willing to settle for anything but her safest. the most boring romantic option possible. (At least he seems briefly embarrassed about the fact that his boss just choked to death.)
Finally, in a nice 180-degree turn, no deaths in season 2 and an optimistic outcome for the White Lotus staff in Sicily. Unlike season 1, this time it’s the rich guests, the ones without privileges. Lucia has had a great payday, Mia is fulfilling her dream as a singer, and hotel manager Valentina has embarked on her sexual awakening. He’s already suffering less in life by letting Isabella, who he previously fell in love with, work at the concierge desk with his thankful fiancee, Rocco.
Best friends Lucia and Mia swirl Elena Ferrante-style whirlpools down the cobblestone streets and bask in the sparkle of their success. Lucia briefly says hello to the now smiling waitress who was chasing her and the Di Grasso family in a car, and reveals it was all a ruse to convince three generations of men that she’s just an injured puppy that needs to be rescued.
It was a super satisfying end to an even better season of the show, even with Italy’s fountains and volcanoes erupting in a perfect climax. It might have been interesting to see Albie’s father’s reaction to his son being played, just as he predicted, but other than that, he’s been the perfect captain for this season.
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