The White Lotus: Quentin’s Rip-off In opposition to Tanya, Defined

The finale of “The White Lotus” season two has to do quite a bit in only one episode. It must tie up the dramatic storylines of the central two {couples} (Aubrey Plaza, Theo James, Will Sharpe, and Meghann Fahy); resolve no matter’s occurring with Lucia (Simona Tabasco), Albie (Adam DiMarco), and her supposed pimp; and reveal who dies — and it wants to substantiate what’s actually occurring with Quentin.

Viewers have been launched to the smarmy Quentin (Tom Hollander) midway by means of the season when he is noticed eyeing Jennifer Coolidge’s Tanya throughout the White Lotus eating room. He shortly sweeps Tanya off her ft by evaluating her to the tragic heroine of an Italian opera and simply manages to influence her to return with him to his lavish villa in Palermo along with her assistant, Portia (Haley Lu Richardson), in tow.

From Quentin’s first moments on display screen, viewers have been suspicious of his motives. However over the course of the previous three episodes, followers have steadily honed in on one theory about what Quentin is absolutely as much as.

Is Quentin Scamming Tanya on “The White Lotus”?

From the get-go, Quentin clearly is not telling the reality about all the pieces. Firstly, there’s the truth that his supposed “nephew,” Jack, positively is not his nephew — as Tanya finds out on the finish of episode 5 when she catches them having intercourse in Quentin’s bed room. As a substitute, Jack is almost definitely a intercourse employee, which makes it look like his nascent relationship with Portia would possibly truly be an effort to distract Tanya’s assistant from being attentive to her boss. Tanya warns Portia about Jack in a roundabout approach, telling her, “While you’re empty inside, and you don’t have any course, you may find yourself in some loopy locations, however you may nonetheless be misplaced” — although she does not appear to comprehend she could be in peril as nicely.

On the finish of episode six, Jack has one too many beers and winds up saying just a few issues that make it clear Quentin is scamming Tanya. He tells Portia that his uncle almost went broke after spending all his cash on refurbishing the villa and throwing elaborate events however says he is coming into cash quickly. The query is, are extra folks concerned within the rip-off than simply Quentin and Jack?

Is Greg Concerned in Quentin’s Rip-off on “The White Lotus”?

Quentin provides the clearest trace about his potential true motivations in episode 5, when he asks Tanya if she’d be prepared to “die for magnificence” and tells her he is solely ever been in love as soon as — with a straight cowboy from Wyoming. Followers immediately began speculating that the cowboy could be Tanya’s husband, Greg, who we all know works for the Bureau of Land Administration within the western United States. In episode six, Tanya discovers a photograph that appears to indicate a younger Quentin alongside a person in a cowboy hat who appears to be like suspiciously like a youthful Greg, indicating that her husband could certainly be the cowboy Quentin fell in love with all these years in the past.

Greg, in fact, departs from his trip with Tanya early after claiming that he has pressing work enterprise again in america. He guarantees to be again in two days — which is a really unrealistic timeline, although Tanya does not appear to comprehend this. Even earlier than that, the present started stoking suspicion about Greg, beginning when Tanya overhears him describing her as clueless in a secretive telephone name (although the truth that he has the nerve to criticize Tanya for consuming too many macarons initially of the present was additionally a significant crimson flag for a lot of). Some fans even believe Greg has been plotting towards Tanya from the second he met her in season one, when he tells her he was on trip with a gaggle of buddies who go deep-sea fishing yearly. We by no means truly see the buddies, although, and he appears instantly taken with Tanya, whose room simply so occurs to be subsequent to his.

Instantly after Greg’s sudden departure from Sicily, Quentin conveniently exhibits up and makes a beeline for the lonely, gullible Tanya. Due to all this, followers imagine Greg could have employed Quentin to swindle Tanya out of her huge fortune, both by persuading her to cheat so their prenup could be annulled by a possible infidelity clause — or by killing her. On the finish of episode six, Quentin does efficiently get Tanya to cheat by setting her up with an Italian man (who could or might not be within the mafia) and an entire lot of white powder, making it look like the previous state of affairs could be the case.

Alongside together with his longtime love for Greg, Quentin’s lack of cash and his love for his lovely villa and opulent way of life give him a reasonably stable motive for pursuing Tanya’s fortune. This additionally explains why Greg was so offended that Tanya introduced Portia alongside along with her within the first episode. Jack efficiently manages to get Portia far-off from the villa on the night time of the celebration, the place Quentin introduces Tanya to her new Italian lover, so the potential plan appears to be going easily. Given Tanya’s ominous dream and much more ominous tarot studying from earlier within the season, issues do appear to be headed in a darkish course for her.

Nevertheless, each Tanya and Portia seem like getting increasingly suspicious within the closing scenes of the sixth episode, and whereas we’re no nearer to realizing which our bodies will wash up on the shore within the finale, it appears that evidently an explosive ending is inevitable. Finally, like so many different White Lotus company, Tanya, Portia, Quentin, and Greg’s thirst for magnificence — and the distraction it gives from their very own interior vacancy — could be all or any of their downfalls.

The finale of “The White Lotus” season two airs on Dec. 11 on HBO.

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