How that ‘White Lotus’ scene changed the trajectory of the season
A character’s actions can affect the entire series.
Are you a fan of a Social satire in an exclusive Hawaiian resort? The white lotus accompanies the holiday of various hotel guests for a week while relaxing and recuperating in paradise. But with every day that goes by, a darker complexity emerges in these beautiful travelers, the cheerful hotel staff, and the idyllic place itself.
Mike White’s devastating show is the story of privileged families on vacation who grapple with personal crises that weigh on those around them. It’s full of amazing characters and incredible surprises. If you’re a fan of the series then you know the pilot begins with Jake Lacy’s character admitting that someone died while vacationing at the White Lotus Resort. For the rest of the show, we’ll try to find out who died and why.
Well, without spoiling anything, there is a scene where I think if things had gone differently nobody would have died. It happens early in the series, and as a result, someone dies and everyone gets into trouble.
Let’s graph this scene together and talk about how it sets everything in motion towards a point of no return. Check out the clip from HBO and we talk afterwards.
Spoilers for white lotus Follow.
In this scene Shane’s romantic dinner with Rachel is awkwardly interrupted by Tanya’s funeral speech. It seems easy to set up and withdraw. But it’s so much more complicated.
See, if Shane got his romantic dinner perk, he might have let Armond off the hook for the room. Shane is a terrible person, but his dinner might have caused him to find a flaw in something other than Armond. That would keep him from making Armond suffer, which leads to a relapse and sets out the course of action that led him to poop in Shane’s room and be stabbed to death.
Let’s not forget Tanya by the boat. When Shane and Rachel aren’t around, who says she won’t find the courage to let her mother go? Or at least throw away the ashes. That could clear her mind and give her time to focus on Belinda later. But instead, it tarnishes everything she does from then on.
Think of Rachel too. Because of the way Shane treats Tanya, with contempt and anger instead of compassion. Rachel’s real feelings for him are starting to crumble and have considerable support.
I know what you’re thinking, the Mossbachers aren’t even there, so how could this scene affect them? That’s a good point. Her bows all depend on a large part of the trauma – her guest leads a hotel employee to steal a bracelet set. This theft drives them to a battle royale steeped in forgiveness everywhere. It doesn’t save them as humans, but it does explain them as families.
I don’t think I can link her to Tanya’s boat funeral, but if you remember, a crazy Tanya came up to the girls and shooed them away from her drugs. That was in the episode before the ashes. If she had thrown away the ashes, she might have left the resort and never saw the girls again. Seeing them again, she tells them Armond has her bag (with the drugs in it).
After failing to get their drugs, the girls quarrel and Paula becomes so angry with the family that she manipulates Kai to take the bracelets. Even with their hearts in the right place, if they were still looking for the drugs, they and Olivia might have been too busy to fight and start this chain of events. But that’s just speculation.
All of this proves that history beats matter. Make sure to plan your story so that the choices your characters make have ripple effects that change the plot and how we perceive them.
Let me know what you think in the comments.