On Sunday night, HBO released the explosive finale of The White Lotus. By now you probably heard that Tanya McQuoid, the ditzy heiress played by Jennifer Coolidge, didn’t survive. In a devastating (… but also kind of funny) series of events, Tanya is seemingly set up by her husband Greg. His suspected lover, Quentin, kidnaps Tanya and traps her on a yacht. Before the credits roll, she manages to kill her captors—but accidentally kills herself while trying to escape.
Despite the absurdity of it all, it seemed like a fairly cut and dry scene. Tanya finds a gun and uses it to defend herself. Then, in an adrenaline-fueled exit, she jumps off the yacht, knocks herself out on a pole, and drowns. While some viewers, like myself, processed her untimely demise, others were busy asking questions—like, where the hell was Greg during all of this? Was he hiding somewhere on the yacht?!
Well, Reddit user Large-Outside-9511 seems to think so. While watching the show, they spotted Greg’s name pop up on screen, which means he could have been one of the many voices yelling at Tanya before she began shooting. Check it out:
The closed captioning said Greg yells, “Tanya,” while she is locked in the room on the yacht. Then we heard people running upstairs and a door slamming at one point. Hugo was hiding behind the couch and the other two were shot. The captain was on the top of the boat so he was one of the footsteps. I’m thinking Greg was on the boat waiting for Tanya to be taken back to the hotel so he could stay the night on the boat and celebrate with Quentin while his wife floats away to her demise.
From there, the user suspect Greg ditched the boat and swam his sorry ass to safety.
He would have had enough time to escape to shore before the morning when Tanya’s body was discovered…Absolutely furious Greg won in this situation. I’m thinking next season he will be at the next White Lotus looking for his next con but gets caught.
As wild as it sounds, I’m on board with this is a theory. First of all, the Reddit fan was right— Greg’s name does appear in the closed captions. It’s quick, sure, but maybe we have a clue for Season Three. Speaking of, if the next chapter of The White Lotus is anything like this one, we can expect one returning character. In Season Two, it was Tanya, but now that she’s dead, Greg could be the throughline for round three. After all, Greg’s story is the only one without a neat little bow—and even if he did manage to escape, he has quite the mess to clean up.
Not to mention: series creator Mike White teased that Season Three will tackle death and eastern religion. What if Greg travels to a new location to “grieve” Tanya’s demise. In that case, I would be thrilled to see what karma has in store at the next White Lotus resort.
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