‘The White Lotus’: Should the Series Pull an ‘American Horror Story’ With Its Season 2 Cast?

The White Lotus drew in 1.9 million viewers when its finale aired on HBO, highlighting the appeal of Mike White’s latest project. The dramedy followed a lineup of mostly white, wealthy characters staying at a high-profile resort in Hawaii. Through their stories, the series commented on class and privilege and how they impact a person’s ability to navigate their world. The talent HBO brought on to portray its vacationers and the resort’s staff no doubt helped the show become a hit. From Murray Bartlett to Jennifer Coolidge, the actors gave a number of standout performances. With that in mind, should The White Lotus Season 2 follow American Horror Story‘s lead and keep its ensemble cast?

Was ‘The White Lotus’ renewed for season 2?

Murray Bartlett, Jolene Purdy, Natasha Rothwell, and Lukas Gage in 'The White Lotus' premiere, which is paralleled in the finale. They're standing on the beach and waving. Will any of them make an appearance in 'The White Lotus' Season 2?
Murray Bartlett, Jolene Purdy, Natasha Rothwell, and Lukas Gage in ‘The White Lotus’ | HBO/Mario Perez

Those hoping to see The White Lotus return for season 2 are in luck: HBO renewed the series for another outing ahead of its season 1 finale. In the announcement posted on HBO Max’s press site, the network revealed that the next chapter will take place at another White Lotus resort and follow a completely new set of characters:

“The next chapter of The White Lotus leaves Hawaii behind and follows a different group of vacationers as they jet to another White Lotus property and settle in temporarily amongst its inhabitants.”

Of course, a new group of vacationers doesn’t mean The White Lotus can’t tap into its season 1 cast in anticipation of season 2. In fact, White’s show could definitely get away with following in American Horror Story‘s footsteps and casting the same set of talent in all-new roles.

Should the HBO show follow ‘American Horror Story’s lead with its season 2 cast?

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There’s no denying fans of The White Lotus got attached to the show’s characters, even with their many shortcomings. Indeed, it’s hard to envision a White Lotus resort running without Bartlett or Natasha Rothwell present. Likewise, it will be difficult for fans of the show to bid farewell to stars like Coolidge, Jake Lacy, and Alexandra Daddario.

But what if they didn’t have to? American Horror Story has proven that anthology series can keep their ensemble casts for multiple seasons, reusing the same talent to tell different stories. In fact, the FX show has built its entire brand on it. The White Lotus is arguably self-aware enough to do the same. Because it never takes itself too seriously, it wouldn’t seem too farfetched for the same faces to show up in multiple seasons.

Not only would following in American Horror Story‘s footsteps give the cast of season 1 a chance to show off their acting range, but it would offer HBO a common thread to tie each season of White’s dramedy together. Given that White told The New Yorker he might take a different approach to the show’s themes in season 2, similarities like this could help merge the old and the new:

“My hope is that maybe HBO will want to do another round of White Lotus. 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.”

When does ‘The White Lotus’ return?

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Whether The White Lotus Season 2 brings on an entirely new cast or keeps the actors from its first season, viewers aren’t likely to receive updates for a while. With the second outing just greenlit, casting decisions likely haven’t even begun. Then season 2 will need to move through all stages of production before it finally returns to the small screen.

With that in mind, the second outing of the HBO show could take a year or more. Thankfully, there are always new details to catch in the episodes currently out — so fans can rewatch those when they’re missing all the chaos.

All episodes of The White Lotus Season 1 are currently streaming on HBO Max.