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‘The White Lotus’ Season 2 Ending Explained: We All Got Played
Tanya McQuoid was supposed to serve as the connecting element between the two seasons of The White Lotus, but that clearly didn’t work out. Warning: the following paragraph contains spoilers for the conclusion of Season 2, in which the character played by Jennifer Coolidge finds herself on a party boat that is most assuredly not a party.
Mike White, who wrote and directed the seventh and final episode of the HBO Max series, delivered an outstanding demonstration of social commentary, humorous writing, and breathtaking shots in this episode. It very much tied up every loose end, but it did leave one thread hanging, and that was the one concerning Ethan and Daphne. The point is that the enigma should not be solved in any way.
But first, Tanya. It was always going to be a stretch of belief to have yet another person die at a White Lotus resort, but White chose the alternative that was the craziest and strangest while still being the most realistic. Tanya, who is rather wealthy, did, in fact, discover a photograph of her husband, Greg, and Quentin, a bankrupt British ex-pat, wearing cowboy hats together.
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(Although this has not been definitively established.) Because of the provision in their prenuptial agreement that bans Greg from receiving any of Tanya’s money in the event that the couple divorces, she and her secretary, Portia, come to the conclusion that Greg conspired with his ex-lover Quentin to have Tanya murdered.
In a series of events that were extremely terrifying, a trembling Tanya is forced to face a boat full of people who want to kill her after she is separated from Portia over the phone. She stalls for as much time as she can until the man sent by Quentin to take her to shore and most likely kill her on the way there arrives.
Tanya seizes her one and only chance to save herself by shamelessly taking the duffle bag that belonged to her would-be murderer and locking herself in a room. She opens the bag and discovers a gun inside. Tanya braces herself as the door is kicked in and quickly pulls the trigger on her gun, shooting everybody who approaches her in the process.
Tanya makes sure to ask Quentin, before he coughs up blood and dies, whether Greg was cheating on her with another woman. This is only one of many moments of surreal comedy that occur throughout the film. Quentin looks at her in disbelief for a moment before laughing it off (dying, that is, in British English).
Tanya’s tragic death occurs when she loses her footing while attempting to climb down from the boat and escape through a dinghy. She hits her head on the dinghy’s railing before falling into the water, where she ultimately drowns.
The vibrant colors of her attire gave the impression that the dead body that we only see in part in the first episode was wearing colorful boardshorts. There were a lot of people who believed that Tanya would be the only character to appear in each and every season of The White Lotus, which was just extended for a third run. White has removed all doubt by making one of many astute moves, which eliminates the chance.
If the White Lotus resorts are such dangerous places, there is no need for Tanya to spend all of her time there in the first place. Harper and Ethan have reached the point where they are completely comfortable with one another and are shown here sitting in each other’s arms while a volcano erupts in the background. Aubrey Plaza and Will Sharpe play Harper and Ethan, respectively.