Armond and Lani in 'The White Lotus'
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HBO Renewed 'The White Lotus' Ahead of the Season 1 Finale

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Aug. 11 2021, Updated 12:07 p.m. ET

The series premiere of The White Lotus sets the tone for the entire limited series. It's a murder mystery of sorts; it's revealed early on that one guest at the White Lotus resort in Hawaii dies by the end of the week-long vacation.

Because of the intimate setting and the intense storylines among the ensemble cast of characters, fans are already wondering about Season 2. The show was initially marketed as a one-off limited series, but HBO announced a surprising decision ahead of the Season 1 finale.

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Will there be a Season 2 of 'The White Lotus'?

Though The White Lotus was originally billed as a limited show, HBO announced that it had renewed the popular series for a second season.

"Mike [White, the show's creator] has once again delivered a quintessential HBO show, and it's the talk of the town. 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," Francesca Orsi, the HBO executive VP of programming, said in a statement on Aug. 10.

Olivia and Paula in 'The White Lotus'
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The renewal announcement came days before the Season 1 finale, which is a strategic move that will likely draw in more viewers.

The White Lotus isn't the first HBO show to expand from being a limited series.

Big Little Lies, based on a book of the same name, was originally supposed to be one season. But the fan reception was so great that the network ordered another season and brought back the original cast, with a few new faces.

The White Lotus was a quick success among critics and viewers alike following its release on HBO, and there are a number of ways the series could go on — Mike White already knows in what direction he'd take the drama.

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The creator of 'The White Lotus' has ideas for the show's future.

Before the Season 2 renewal news came out, Mike White told TVLine that he had some ideas of his own about what Season 2 might look like.

"It would have to be a different hotel, like, say, The White Lotus: San Tropez or something," he said of the show's setting.

Connie Britton on 'The White Lotus'
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He also revealed, much to the disappointment of fans, that the Season 1 cast only signed on for one season. He, therefore, probably couldn't realistically have all of the same characters back at a brand new resort anyway.

"I don't think you can credibly have [all the Season 1 guests] on the same vacation again," he said. "But maybe it could be a Marvel universe type thing, where some of them would come back."

Murray Bartlett, who plays Armond, the White Lotus manager, would almost have to return in some way. Season 1 sees his unfortunate descent.

If he's let go from his position at the Hawaii resort, he could be transferred to another one, thus making Mike's hypothetical The White Lotus: San Tropez with Armond believable.

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Who's dead in 'The White Lotus' Season 1?

By the penultimate episode of The White Lotus Season 1, viewers still don't know who's dead or how they kicked the bucket. But there are a few different characters whose deaths are possible.

Like Greg (Jon Gries), whose cough seems like some morbid foreshadowing. Or Tanya (Jennifer Coolidge). Hotel masseuse Belinda is this close to striking a business deal with Tanya. It would be horrifyingly ironic if Tanya dies before it happens.

The one character shown in the aftermath of the vacation is the trust fund mama's boy Shane (Jake Lacy). So he is, unfortunately, still very much alive. For now, viewers will have to wait and see.

Watch The White Lotus Season 1 finale Sunday, Aug. 15 at 9 p.m. EST on HBO.

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