‘The White Lotus’ Season 2: Director Mike White Worries About Making It

Viewers who quickly became hooked on the new HBO limited series want to know if there are plans for The White Lotus Season 2. Director Mike White, who previously worked on HBO’s Enlightened, has some interesting thoughts about a possible second season. However, it’s not apparent whether the same White Lotus cast featuring Jennifer Coolidge, Steve Zahn, Rachel Daddario and so many others would appear in it.

Director Mike White and actor Steve Zahn smiling for photographers at The White Lotus Season 1 premiere
Mike White and Steve Zahn | Kevin Winter/Getty Images

‘The White Lotus’ on HBO is about privilege and class

The main point of The White Lotus on HBO is also the main reason that Mike White is unsure he wants to create a season 2. In a behind-the-scenes interview, the cast and crew gave their insight about privilege and class as it’s portrayed in the series.

White Lotus is about the problems that people think they have in comparison to real problems in the world,” Rachel Daddario explained in the YouTube video.

As the series continues, the Mossbacher family begins to show their true colors. Olivia Mossbacher (Sydney Sweeney) brought her friend, Paula (Brittany O’Grady), along with her family to Hawaii. However, Olivia’s family is white and doesn’t realize how offensive their comments are.

“Oliva’s family benefits from privilege and a system that oppresses other people,” O’Grady explained. “Their ignorance about it starts to rub Paula the wrong way.”

White added that to create the “contemporary show,” he needed to “touch on issues of gender, and race, and class.” The White Lotus does all of those things; however, the filmmaker wonders if he is a hypocrite for creating a season 2?

Why does Mike White worry about making ‘The White Lotus’ Season 2?

Director Mike White’s major problem with creating The White Lotus Season 2 is that he might be acting like the privileged characters in the series. The director worries that taking the limited series into another season might be greedy. The filmmaker compares it to the time he flew back to Maui to check into the Four Seasons to screen the new HBO Max series. The front desk staff told White his room wouldn’t be ready for several hours. He recalled to Vanity Fair that he wanted to scream.


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“I am the one that kept you guys afloat for months,” the director remembers thinking. However, he realized he might sound like the privileged characters he created for The White Lotus. “Oh, my God, I cannot be this guy,” he thought to himself. “You definitely don’t want to be that guy.”

His ideas for The White Lotus Season 2 include filming in another luxurious location, like France or Japan. However, the filmmaker doesn’t want to take advantage of his good fortune.

Will there be a ‘White Lotus’ Season 2?

If HBO gives White the greenlight, he does have plans for The White Lotus Season 2. Despite his worries over taking advantage of his privilege, he’s ready for another round of the limited series.

“My hope is that maybe HBO will want to do another round of White Lotus,” the director told The New Yorker. “I feel like it might take place at a sister hotel, a different kind of seasonal thing. I think there’s another season in me that kind of has a different way into this that I think would be cool if they’d let me do this.”