Turns Out, The Ending Of ‘The White Lotus’ Was Just As Anxiety-Inducing And Confusing As We Expected

Allow us to explain.

Warning: This article contains spoilers for The White Lotus.

It’s clear that since the majority of Australia has descended into yet another lockdown, there’s been a sudden urge to binge-watch every streaming giant’s offerings in order to pass the time.

And for those who have Binge or Foxtel, The White Lotus has been the TV series taking up the majority of our spare moments at-home.

The White Lotus follows a group of travellers headed to a Hawaiian retreat of the same name. The six-episode series offers a “glimpse into the vacations of various hotel guests over the span of a week as they relax and rejuvenate in paradise. But with each passing day, a darker complexity emerges in these picture-perfect travellers, the hotel’s cheerful employees and the idyllic locale itself”, as per the show’s synopsis.

Naturally, the internet caught wind of the series pretty early on and became captivated with each passing week’s new episode. But it was the season’s final episode that fans have been waiting with bated breath for, after the first episode hinted at the death of a character. And of course, the finale certainly revealed who met their untimely fate.

Below, we break down everything that happened in the season finale of The White Lotus—from who left the island in a body bag and what happened to the rest of the holiday-goers.

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Who Died At The End Of The White Lotus?

Ever since the first episode of The White Lotus, fans have been left wondering which member of the retreat will unfortunately die, given that viewers witness a body being transported via plane at the Hawaiian airport. And come episode six of the bizarre, yet hilarious, series and the mystery body was identified once and for all as Armond, the resort manager.

Despite fan theories speculating otherwise, it turned out that Armond met his tragic fate after getting high and heading to Shane’s room. One there, he proceeded to defecate in the resident’s luggage and ran to hide within the hotel room upon Shane’s unexpected arrival. 

Finding the mess Armond had left, Shane armed himself with a knife, called hotel security and attempted to protect himself from an intruder. But sadly, as Armond was trying to escape from the room unseen, the pair accidentally turned the same corner and Armond was stabbed by Shane, with a pineapple carving knife, after he assumed the jewellery thief roaming the resort was coming for him next.

Many viewers want to know why Armond died. It looked like a minor stab wound, and he fell over into the bathtub after. However, Shane’s knife might have struck his heart or an artery. The drugs and alcohol that Armond consumed before the stabbing also probably played a role in his death.

Why Was Shane Not Arrested?

After the accident, Shane is seen talking to police officers about what happened and then a few scenes later, reunites with Rachel at the airport, seemingly getting away with what happened. And while that may cause confusion for fans, it’s clear why he never faced repercussion for the crime.
In case viewers were yet to understand the premise of the show, it centred around privilege and specifically white privilege. Meaning that given Shane’s social status as a wealthy, white male, there’s a good chance that he was able to claim the situation as self-defence.
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What Happened To Quinn At The End Of The White Lotus?

As for Quinn, and his soul-searching in the Hawaiian waters, he also made an exit of his own. Throughout the episode, the 16-year-old informs his parents that he doesn’t want to leave the island, and wants to join members of a canoe voyage to sail around Polynesia. However, over their last dinner on the island, Quinn is seemingly convinced to leave with his family.

But of course, when every resort member is handing over their boarding passes and walking onto their plane home, Quinn makes a run for it, escaping the airport and leaving his family behind to go on Hōkūleʻa with his new canoeing friends.

The last image of the episode shoes Quinn, paddling with his new friends, realising that he doesn’t need the life of privilege that he was born into.

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Will There Be A Season Two Of The White Lotus?

Yes, there will be. As confirmed by Deadline, the second season of The White Lotus will be headed to our screens, however, the anthology series will say aloha to the Hawaiian murder mystery and will welcome a completely different premise following another set of privileged travellers checking into a White Lotus resort.

As of now, there is no official word on where the next batch of guests are headed next, but it does seem like it won’t be Hawaii.

“It would have to be a different hotel, like, say, The White Lotus: San Tropez or something,” Showrunner Mike White told TVLine. And in an interview with Vanity Fair, he hinted at possible locations in France or Japan.

In the meantime, you can rewatch season one of The White Lotus on Binge or Foxtel here.

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