The White Lotus is sure to end with a bang – but who will it kill off this time?

The White Lotus is sure to end with a bang – but who will it kill off this time?

Series two of Mike White’s intricate social satire draws to close against a backdrop of Sicily and carnage

Haley Lu Richardson as Portia, the grumbling assistant having an existential crisis in The White Lotus.
Haley Lu Richardson as Portia, the grumbling assistant having an existential crisis in The White Lotus. Photograph: Stefano Delia/HBO

The White Lotus has blossomed into the most talked-about television of the year. The HBO series, shown on Sky Atlantic in the UK, concludes its second series on Monday night, with a much-promised high body count, and a whodunnit almost as highly anticipated as Dallas’s who-shot-JR reveal.

The creator and showrunner Mike White has been a screenwriter for 25 years – he wrote the Jack Black film School of Rock, episodes of Dawson’s Creek and created the underrated Laura Dern vehicle Enlightened – but The White Lotus is his biggest hit to date. Its viewing figures have more than doubled since series one, thanks to a combination of online fan fervour and high-intensity, satirical drama that promises a rare unhappy ending against a backdrop of gorgeous scenery and excessive wealth.

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