Now that we have now met the principle gamers who will likely be becoming a member of us on this 12 months’s HBO-sponsored household trip, it’s time to get to the duty at hand—sussing out who the killer could possibly be. The White Lotus has by no means been thought of a real murder-mystery, however slightly a darkish comedy that, for 2 seasons now, has opened with the shot of a useless physique. The present’s creator, Mike White, has mentioned the homicide component was not his “precedence as a author” final season, but as soon as once more, he made the choice to introduce the story with it. So, after all, we’re going to give attention to the query of “who killed who?” all through the seven episodes. Whereas we could neglect about that plot for a minute whereas we get wrapped up in, say, Mia and Lucia’s Fairly Lady-esque antics, any time that ominous music begins taking part in once more, or a personality makes a subtly aggressive remark, the homicide pops proper again into the entrance of our minds. So, two episodes into the character-building sequence, is there anybody who stands out as able to cold-blooded homicide? I believe so.
Daphne finds the useless physique and appears genuinely distressed when she does—so it’s most likely secure to say she isn’t concerned within the thriller sufferer’s demise. Nonetheless, her husband, Cameron, may have performed it with out her data (Daphne does appear pretty clueless and in her personal world, bless her). Cam has many moments on this episode that despatched my assassin alarm bells ringing. Once we first see him, he’s screaming on the telephone, arguing with the airline about his baggage. Now, anybody who has handled misplaced baggage is aware of it’s a ache within the ass, however I’m going to want you to cool down somewhat, Cam. Daphne then informs the justifiably surprised Harper that Cam “Has a really lengthy fuse, however then, the entire sudden, he’ll simply go loopy. I imply, he’ll lose it.” Daphne admits she finds it humorous, however I’m searching for a assassin right here, so I most definitely don’t.
The nail in Cameron’s coffin, nonetheless, comes when he follows up his tantrum with one of the vital haunting traces of the episode: “Incompetence makes me homicidal.” Famous.
I’ll admit that it’s doable there isn’t a assassin in our midst, and the loss of life was merely the results of an unlucky accident. In line with lodge employee Rocco, there may be multiple physique, however to this point the viewer has solely seen one (perhaps there’s a purpose why Valentina doesn’t belief that man). So, for now, let’s assume Rocco doesn’t know what he’s speaking about and the remark regarding a number of victims is a pink herring. In that case, wouldn’t it make sense for the only sufferer to be Bert? He’s seemingly the oldest man on the resort, and he may have a minor concussion from that fall in episode one. Plus, he’s not taking it straightforward on this journey. I’m not going to fake I do know something about neuroscience, however perhaps a giant wave simply took the man out whereas he was going for a day swim? It’s positively not essentially the most thrilling idea, however maybe it’s essentially the most real looking.
Dom is a little bit of a wild card. He doesn’t appear to be an aggressive man, however we don’t actually know him that properly. What if Lucia threatens to inform his spouse that he very a lot has not been getting “a deal with on” his points throughout this journey? He may simply take some drastic measures…
I consider Dom’s estranged spouse is called Abby, however she’s going to at all times be Laura Dern to me. Anyway, it’s doable she may say, “Screw it, I deserve a visit to Sicily and I’m not going to let my asshole of a husband wreck that for me.” If she have been to take a last-minute flight and present as much as the lodge, solely to see Dom, as soon as once more, indulging in his vices, she may simply snap. Michael Imperioli did indicate that Laura may make one other cameo later within the season, and what higher method to formally introduce her to the forged than as a murderess?
Up to now, Lucia appears very nice, simply making an attempt to make her cash and benefit from the finer issues in life whereas she will be able to. However it could possibly’t be a coincidence that the one scene we see from Bert’s The Godfather viewing was a Sicilian man whispering to a younger Al Pacino, “Sicilian girls are extra harmful than shot weapons.” That must be foreshadowing, proper?
Portia simply doesn’t appear to be she’s in an excellent place. She has a dead-end job, pretty low self price, and he or she appears trapped on the earth of the Web with no concept of learn how to escape. When a lady says they might be content material courting a caveman, you realize she’s in bother. Is she able to homicide? Seemingly not, however we do have to contemplate all of our choices, right here. Now who Portia would kill is up for dialogue. There’s Tanya, after all—perhaps she simply pushes Portia one too many occasions….or Albie, for being candy, however actually, fairly annoying. At this level, I most likely wouldn’t be too upset about that one.
Tanya opens up the episode the one manner Tanya can, by trying on the lovely view on the breakfast terrace and pondering aloud, “I ponder if anybody’s ever jumped from right here?” Possibly not, however has anybody ever been pushed? It’s unclear. After episode two, nonetheless, I can consider one man whom Tanya would most likely be greater than happy to shove off a balcony.
Sure, I’m speaking about Greg—who, at this level, appears extra more likely to be a sufferer than a assassin. I imply, this man is the worst. Sure, he makes some good factors about Tanya’s excessive lack of empathy for others, however that doesn’t imply she deserves to be handled with such contempt. Nonetheless, it’s apparent there’s not a lot love in that relationship; perhaps Greg needed to signal a prenup, however it’s doable Tanya’s life insurance coverage coverage may land in his favor.
It’s me, I’m the assassin. I killed Greg for treating my woman Tanya so terribly. Significantly, although, this man has some explaining to do, or else he may find yourself swimming with the fishes (and I imply that within the mafia context, not the enjoyable, scuba-diving-in-a-tropical-vacation context—although each would technically work right here).