After telling viewers that several guests wouldn’t make it out of Italy alive, the new season of The White Lotus ended with a shocking twist that lived up to the show’s ominous premise.
The last chapter of Mike White’s satirical anthology series, “Arrivederci,” went out with a bang. The stakes were higher than in the first chapter, and it showed the one death we all saw coming but wished we hadn’t.
The last part of The White Lotus Taormina, which lasted 81 minutes, started on a much more serious and sad note than the rest of the show. With the help of a creepy, ominous score, religious symbols, and the ever-present Sicilian teste di Moro, the episode slowly showed how the characters had been lying.
Four people died in the season two finale of The White Lotus. This shows how quickly a dreamy place can turn into a nightmare. Unfortunately, the episode killed all hopes that Tanya McQuoid, played by Jennifer Coolidge, who was the link between seasons one and two, would be in the already-approved third instalment. In this one, the self-centred heiress dies, making good on a prophecy that hung over the whole season.
We had left Tanya in the not-so-loving care of Quentin (Tom Hollander) and his group of gay, party-loving, mafia-connected friends. In episode six, “Abductions,” Tanya sees a picture of a younger Quentin with a cowboy who looks suspiciously like her equally suspicious husband Greg (Jon Gries).
Arrivederci proves that Quentin is working with Greg, who may have been his ex-lover, to get out of his prenup with Tanya. Her mobster boyfriend Niccol (Stefano Gianino) is going to get his hands dirty by killing the rich woman. Greg, Quentin, and the others will then be able to split the money.
Tanya’s assistant, Portia (Haley Lu Richardson), has been separated from her boss and is now stuck with Jack, who is getting more and more violent and out of control (Leo Woodall). The English boy works for his “uncle” Quentin, and his job is to take care of Tanya’s PA and keep them from talking to each other.
Portia uses Jack’s phone to make a quick, panicked call to Tanya, telling her that she might not be safe. When Niccol joins them for dinner on the Englishman’s yacht, Quentin’s true intentions become clear to him. As we saw in the last episode, the Italian thug carries the bag where he keeps his gun. This Chekhovian weapon will be fired, and viewers don’t have to see it to know that.
Surprisingly, it’s Tanya who pulls the trigger in a tense showdown, killing Niccol, Quentin, and Didier (Bruno Gouery) while Hugo (Paolo Camilli) jumps into the Ionian Sea. Tanya is still alive, but she can’t leave the yacht to go back to the resort.
She also can’t call Portia because earlier in the episode she dropped her phone in the water by accident. She is about to jump on Niccol’s speedboat to get back, but she slips and hits her head. She ends up drowning, which shows that the dead body Daphne (Meghann Fahy) finds in the prologue is actually hers.
Tanya’s suicide is a reference to the third episode, “Bull Elephants,” in which she goes to a tarot reader for help and is told she’s in great danger and might kill herself. Her accident is both ironic and tragic, and it seems to be a play on the comparison to Puccini’s opera heroine Madama Butterfly which was hinted at in episode five, “That’s Amore.”
Even though their situations are less dangerous, the rest of the vacationers are still miserable in their own ways.
Will Sharpe’s crazy character Ethan thinks that his wife Harper has slept with his college enemy Cameron (Theo James). When he talks to her about it, she says that Cam kissed her. This new information makes it possible for Ethan and Cameron’s toxic friendship to turn into a fight. This is the climax of a conflict that has been building up for decades.
Ethan is surprised when Cam’s wife, Daphne, invites him to Isola Bella after he tells her about his doubts. The audience doesn’t see what the two are doing there, but it seems like it’s not a normal hike.
Daphne’s proposal is clearly sexual. She tells Ethan in a subtle way that she has found ways to deal with Cameron’s cheating (sleeping with her trainer, who is also her possible baby daddy), and that he should do the same. Her calm, unbothered wife act breaks for a second as Fahy shows Daphne’s heartbreak in a single close-up that is worthy of an Emmy.