Warning: This post contains spoilers for The White Lotus: Sicily.
The White Lotus is back, and this time, we’re in Sicily, baby!
This season, we open on Daphne (Meghann Fahy) telling two American tourists (Kara Kay and Angelina Keeley, from White Lotus creator Mike White’s season of Survivor): “Italy’s so romantic, you’re gonna die”.
We watch Daphne as she goes to take one last dip the Ioanian Sea before her Sicilian adventure ends, only to have a corpse bump into her. She screams, flees the sea, and runs into the arms of someone on the beach (we can’t see who it is).
Then, we see White Lotus manager Valentina (Sabrina Impacciatore) learn that there are bodies, plural, in the sea, as Rocco (Federico Ferrante) tells her that there are “a few” bodies in the ocean.
In an interview with Vulture, White said that The White Lotus: Sicily would be examining gender roles and jealousy to create what he calls “a bedroom farce with teeth.”
Over the course of the season, we’ve seen this play out, and knowing that it will end in death has us thinking: who’s going to die, and who’s going to be responsible?
The Di Grasso family is three generations of toxic masculinity at play. We have Bert, who’s busy preaching to Dominic about the importance of keeping the family together, while simultaneously hitting on every woman who crosses his path. We have Dominic, whose wife and daughter aren’t speaking to him as a direct result of his infidelity within his marriage, and then we have self-proclaimed “nice guy” Albie, who’s most attracted to “pretty, wounded birds” who don’t want him back.
Albie Di Grasso (Adam DiMarco)
Will he die? So far, there’s not much to indicate that Albie is going to meet his fate this season, but if he were to meet his fate, it would most likely be in an act of self-defence on the part of the killer. If this were the case, the killer would probably be Portia or Lucia.
Is he a killer? Maybe! Albie’s feminist persona seems to be slipping as the episodes progress, with him showing signs of being straight up jealous of Portia’s blossoming relationship with Jack. Is Albie going to drop the facade and reveal himself to be the worst Di Grasso yet? It’s possible.
Bert Di Grasso (F. Murray Abraham)
Will he die? If Bert dies, it will probably be an act of misfortune, rather than murder. Will he take one of Lucia’s random pills and kick the bucket while they’re having sex? Will he have another fall and meet his fate by accident? These are the only ways we can see Nonno going out at this point.
Is he a killer? Honestly? Nonno is mostly vibing and having a good time so far. It doesn’t feel like he has any real motive to add murder to his Sicilian adventure bucket list at the moment, so it seems unlikely at this point.
Dominic Di Grasso (Michael Imperioli)
Will he die? Maybe! Like Albie, though, if he dies it will most likely be at the hands of Mia and/or Lucia, and probably in self defence.
Is he a killer? Dominic’s made it pretty clear that he cannot be seen with Mia and Lucia, but Bert seems to be aware that there’s a connection between his son and the two women. He also specifically told Mia and Lucia to not “go crazy” racking up charges to his hotel room, a warning they did not heed.
Our chaotic duo of Sicilian sex workers have been getting up to all kinds of mischief, from shopping sprees on Dominic’s dime to hooking up with Cameron and nearly killing Giuseppe with a random pill that was not viagra.
If The White Lotus: Sicily is going for realism, then Mia and Lucia are very high on the list of candidates for who will die, because sex work is a notoriously dangerous profession, and the men that the duo are interacting with are a trio of walking red flags. But will creator Mike White want to follow the statistics, or flip the script? We highly suspect the latter.
Lucia (Simona Tabasco)
Will she die? Lucia has not only been spending Dominic’s money, she’s also been hooking up with his son Albie free of charge. The way things stand at the moment, it seems very likely that Dominic is going to take issue with this, but whether he’ll be successful remains to be seen. Alternately, she could meet her fate as the drama between Ethan, Cameron, Harper and Daphne bubbles up, with Ethan and/or Cameron trying to cover up the infidelity, or Daphne and Harper taking some very misdirected revenge. Basically, there are a lot of people who could have it out for Lucia and Mia.
Is she a killer? If Lucia kills anyone, it would likely be in self-defence, or by accident.
Mia (Beatrice Grannò)
Will she die? Of the pair, Mia is the one who doesn’t seem like she has a clue what she’s doing at any given moment, which leads to chaos, and chaos can definitely lead to death. Moreover, though, she also nearly killed Giuseppe in episode four, so he might be on the hunt for revenge once he recovers. Alternately, Mia could very well develop feelings for Ethan, which could result in Ethan and/or Cameron killing her to stop her from telling Harper about the infidelities.
Is she a killer? It’s possible, and here’s why. One of the recurring themes this season involved the legend of the Moor’s Head, which involved a Sicilian woman who is seduced by a Moorish man. When she later discovers that he’s married with children, she cuts off his head. The Moor’s Head busts are scattered throughout the rooms of the White Lotus, serving as a reminder that adultery comes at a cost. Being the more idealistic dreamer of the two, Mia seems more likely to take revenge on one of the men when emotions get heated.
An awesome foursome this is not. On the one hand, we’ve got Cameron and Daphne, a couple who don’t read the news, can’t remember if they’ve voted, and share approximately three braincells between them. On the other hand, we’ve got Ethan and Harper, who get off on being better than Cameron and Daphne, while ignoring the fact that they are incapable of holding a real conversation for fear that the facade of their perfectly curated selves will all come crashing down.
Furthermore, we have the toxic, “bro code” infused friendship between Cameron and Ethan, and the uneasy alliance between Daphne and Harper to unpack.
There are a lot of dynamics at play here, so let’s see who’s most likely to end up on the chopping block.
Cameron Babcock (Theo James)
Will he die? Oh, it’s likely, to be honest. After all, wouldn’t it make sense for Daphne to find her dead husband? There’s even a chance that Daphne will be the one to kill him, before setting it up so that she finds him. But there are plenty of people who could want Cameron dead. Ethan could kill Cameron in a bid to keep the truth of their night partying secret from Harper. Harper could kill Cameron for “corrupting” Ethan and bringing all their underlying marital issues to the surface. Or, Lucia and/or Mia could find out that Cameron is married, and kill him, making him the Moorish man.
Is he a killer? Given that so many characters have motive to kill Cameron, it actually seems pretty unlikely that he’ll be the one to kill anyone, mostly because it seems unlikely that he’ll have a chance to. That’s not to say that he won’t try, though. Cameron could attempt to murder Mia or Lucia, or even Daphne or Harper, only to be killed by them first.
Daphne Babcock (Meghann Fahy)
Will she die? No! As the character who has the misfortune of swimming into a corpse, she’s one of the few characters we can actually confirm will not die. Or at least… won’t die until we get to this point in the series. In theory, she could still die after finding the bodies, although it seems unlikely.
Is she a killer? Highly unlikely. Daphne has shown in episode four that she’s a little more switched on than she was presented as in early episodes, but ‘going swimming in the same ocean you just discarded a body in to establish plausible deniability’ does not seem in line with what we know of Daphne’s character just yet.
Ethan Spiller (Will Sharpe)
Will he die? Look, Harper was definitely looking pretty murderous in episode four, so Ethan’s pretty high on the list of potential deaths. Is Ethan the Moorish man who’s about to get his head chopped off? He could be!
Is he a killer? Something is going on with Ethan, in that he’s been actively brushing off every advance Harper has made, choosing to do pretty much anything but have sex with her, and refusing to open up to her on any real level. But does that make him a killer? It could, but we think it’s more likely a red herring, potentially one that could end up with him dead.
Harper Spiller (Aubrey Plaza)
Will she die? Unlikely! Given that Daphne is the character who finds the body, and Daphne has been building a rapport with Harper up to this point, it would be pretty wild for Daphne to not care that her new friend’s corpse just brushed up against her in the ocean. This means Harper is likely safe.
Is she a killer? Now, this is an interesting prospect. Episode four saw Harper discover the condom that Cameron used while cheating on Daphne with Lucia, but Harper doesn’t know that Ethan (mostly) rejected Mia’s advances. Will Harper be taking her revenge? We’re definitely not ruling it out.
On top of that, we also got a shot of Harper staring out over the ocean, the very same one that Daphne will soon be swimming in when she discovers the bodies. Foreshadowing? Will we soon see Harper tossing a body over that very same lookout? It’s possible!
Next up, we have the trio of Tanya McQuoid, back at the White Lotus after her Hawaiian adventure last year, alongside her distracted husband Greg, who may or may not be cheating on her, and her personal assistant Portia, who’s found herself in a love triangle.
Tanya McQuoid (Jennifer Coolidge)
Will she die? This feels unlikely, mostly because Coolidge is one of creator Mike White’s close friends in real life, and he’s hinted that she could be back for Season 3. On the other hand, those very facts could be all the more reason to have her beloved character go out with a bang, in a ‘Drew Barrymore in Scream‘-style shock death.
Is she a killer? Not intentionally, but accidentally? We could see it!
Greg (Jon Gries)
Will he die? If Greg dies, it will likely be in a chaotic mishap where Tanya accidentally offs him while trying to confront him about his perceived infidelities.
Is he a killer? Possibly. One thing about Tanya, she’s very, very rich, which means there’s a target on her head. Who stands to benefit most from Tanya dying? Well, that would be Greg, of course.
Portia (Haley Lu Richardson)
Will she die? Possibly! There are a few ways this could happen. Albie’s rage seems to be bubbling under the surface at the moment, but if it were to boil over, Portia would be the most likely candidate for being on the receiving end of it. Alternately, we could see a mishap where Greg has a plot to kill Tanya that goes awry, where he ends up accidentally killing Portia, instead.
Is she a killer? Doubtful. Sure, she hates her job, but not in ‘kill your boss’ kind of way. As for Albie, it seems more likely that Mia or Lucia would kill him before Portia did.
Finally, we have our hotel staff, in Valentina and Giuseppe. Valentina is our hotel manager, but unlike Armond, we know that Valentina will live to discover the bodies in the ocean. But could she be a killer? Let’s discuss.
Giuseppe (Federico Scribani)
Will he die? Giuseppe has already evaded death by mystery pill, so it seems unlikely at this stage that he’ll also be murdered. More broadly, he just doesn’t seem relevant enough compared to some of the other players for his death to pack much of a punch for viewers, so we think it’s fair to say he’ll live.
Is he a killer? For much the same reasons that Giuseppe won’t die, it’s also pretty unlikely that he’s a killer — he’s not involved in the story enough to be a killer.
Valentina (Sabrina Impacciatore)
Will she die? We know that Valentina survives because the series opens with her being informed that there are bodies, plural, in the ocean. Valentina lives.
Is she a killer? Valentina is a creep who’s also not very good at her job, but does she have it in her to kill? It’s possible, but not high on the list when we consider the broader themes of the series.
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