Get ready to check in and possibly never check out at the White Lotus — this time in Thailand.
Creator Mike White, who also writes and directs the Emmy-winning anthology series, is reportedly scouting locations in Thailand.
A representative from HBO called Variety’s piece a “speculative story” and declined to comment further.
The first season of the series was filmed at a Four Seasons resort in Maui, while the second was shot at the San Domenico Palace, Taormina, a Four Seasons property in Sicily. As Deadline pointed out, if White decides to continue using the Four Seasons chain in Thailand, he can choose from four properties: Bangkok, Chiang Mai, the Golden Triangle, and Koh Samui.
(For what it’s worth, Thailand received 11% of the votes in a BuzzFeed News poll from November asking where the next season should take place, ranking lower than the Swiss Alps, at 13%, and an African safari, at 14%.)
In the “Unpacking Season 2: Episode 7” clip following the Dec. 11 finale, White hinted at the third season taking place in Asia to portray a “satirical and funny look at death and Eastern religion and spirituality.” He noted that the first season primarily focused on money, while the second focused on sex.
Season 3 is also set to be the first without Jennifer Coolidge, whose character Tanya McQuoid died in the Season 2 finale thanks to her gold-digging husband, the gay mafia, and her own lack of self-awareness. The new cast has not yet been announced, but there’s been plenty of discussion online about who fans would like to see on the roster.
The HBO show won 10 Emmy awards for its first season, including for Outstanding Limited or Anthology Series and Outstanding Supporting Actor for Murray Bartlett. Coolidge won her first Emmy last September for the first season and won a Golden Globe in January for Season 2. The show also took two SAG awards last month, for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series and another one for Coolidge. Season 2 will also compete at this year's Emmys in the drama categories after the TV Academy decided to no longer consider the show eligible for the limited/anthology series category.