White Lotus: The Clues That Raised Tanya’s Death in Season 2

The White Lotus contained several clues that essentially revealed who would die in season two.

Throughout the season, viewers became sleuths trying to figure out which character’s body Daphne (Meghann Fahy) spotted in the opening scene.

Although multiple theories have been circulated, providing strong arguments for various characters, fans were ultimately heartbroken when it was finally revealed who the deceased was.

However, it turns out that creator/writer Mike White gave several clues throughout the season, making it clear retrospectively who the unfortunate character was.

*Spoilers to follow – you have been warned*

In the finale, it is revealed that Tanya McQuoid, the beloved character played by Jennifer Coolidge, was the one who died.

Tanya dies in a fall trying to escape a yacht on which she killed her captors, led by Tom Hollander’s Quentin, who were in cahoots with her greedy husband Greg (Jon Gries).

While attempting to jump onto a speedboat to reach the mainland, Tanya misjudged the fall and, after hitting her head on the side of the speedboat, fell into the sea.

The biggest clue that Tanya was going to die came early in the finale.

episode one

The first big clue came from Greg’s reaction to realizing that Tanya had brought her assistant, Portia (Haley Lu Richardson), to Sicily. “What the hell is she doing here?” he asks, fully aware that Portia will have a major snag in his plan to depose Tanya.

Pretending to be sad, Tanya tells Tanya that he hopes their trip will be as romantic as possible, and urges his wife to “get rid of her” and “put her on a plane.”

Jon Gries and Jennifer Coolidge in The White Lotus


episode two

In the second episode, when Tanya comes to breakfast with Greg, she is heard saying, “Oh god, that’s such a beautiful view. I wonder if anyone has ever jumped from here.”

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While Tanya tended to say hilariously strange things during her time on the show, it certainly seems to foreshadow her death scene.

episode three

In the sixth episode, Tanya wears the exact same dress seen earlier in the season in a scene in the third episode with Dominic (Michael Imperioli), Bert (F. Murray Abraham) and Albie (Adam DiMarco).

While the family is on theirs godfather Sightseeing with Portia, see a mannequin car set to recreate the death of Michael Corleone’s wife, Apollonia, who dies in a car bomb in the gangster classic.

A big “White Lotus” hint came in episode three


The mannequin wears Apollonia’s dress, which caught the eye of observant viewers (thanks to a preview of the finale), which Tanya would later wear.

“I was quite surprised by the cyber sleuths’ ability to put things together,” said costume designer Alex Bovaird Page six style.

This particular scene also seems to have a few additional clues as to Tanya’s fate. When Portia says the mannequin is a little “tasteless,” Albie tells her, “Oh, they’re just trying to make money,” which might be a reference to Greg’s money-grabbing ploy.

Also in the same scene, when Portia gets a call from a frantic Tanya, she has to leave – although Albie thinks his father and grandfather chased her away.

Dominic then tells Albie, “Her boss needed her. Do you think she just wanted to get away from us?”

Little did they know that later in the season, Portia will try to escape Quentin’s “nephew” Jamie (Leo Woodall) to save Tanya.

Haley Lu Richardson in The White Lotus


While White has explained why it was time to take down season two’s only returning character, he has also admitted that he unexpectedly felt “sad” after watching the episode starring Coolidge when it was broadcast live.

The White Lotus is available to stream NOW – find The Independent‘s recap of the finale here.

A third season has been announced by HBO.

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