PACIFIC PALISADES, CA - NOVEMBER 14:  Actor Mike White atttends the 6th annual GO GO Gala on November 14, 2013 in Pacific Palisades, California.  (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
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This Was Mike White's Biggest Fear About The White Lotus' Season 2 Shoot-Out
Spoiler Warning!
This story contains spoilers for
Season 2 of "The White Lotus."
During the climax of “The White Lotus” Season 2 finale, Jennifer Coolidge’s character realizes she's been abducted to be killed, and in a panicked, terrified frenzy, she bursts out of a room, shooting at everyone in order to save herself. Creator Mike White feared the shoot-out would have too much “campiness” and didn't want the sequence to come across as “goofy.”
In an interview with The Ringer, White explained that the scene was shot for tonal consistency. He said, “If we stay with her panic and her fear and her pain — or the terror of it — it would still feel like the show in a way. The more it became a shoot-'em-up, you know, you need to hear all the things that are going on, but it's off camera and you're just staying with her crazy face.”
After her shoot-out frenzy is successful and she manages to safeguard her fate, Coolidge’s character attempts to escape the yacht where she’d been abducted by jumping into a smaller boat. Tragically, she ends up breaking her neck and floating away, only to be found by Meghann Fahy's Daphne on the resort's beach.