The White Lotus costume designer Alex Bovaird reveals The Godfather connection to THAT finale death


HBO aired the Season 2 finale of The White Lotus on Sunday, which finally revealed who had died, as teased in the opening moments of the season premiere.

The season opens with Daphne (Meghann Fahy), on the last day of her trip, taking one last swim in the sea, where she discovers a dead body who was not identified until Sunday’s season finale, when it was revealed to be Jennifer Coolidge’s Tanya McQuoid.

Costume designer Alex Bovaird reveals to Page Six there was a big hint to Tanya’s death with her dress… which also has a connection to the 1972 classic The Godfather. 

Tanya: The season opens with Daphne (Meghann Fahy), on the last day of her trip, taking one last swim in the sea, where she discovers a dead body who was not identified until Sunday’s season finale, when it was revealed to be Jennifer Coolidge’s Tanya McQuoid

Dress: Costume designer Alex Bovaird reveals to Page Six there was a big hint to Tanya's death with her dress... which also has a connection to the 1972 classic The Godfather

Dress: Costume designer Alex Bovaird reveals to Page Six there was a big hint to Tanya’s death with her dress… which also has a connection to the 1972 classic The Godfather

Season 2 was set at a fictional White Lotus resort in Sicily, with one of the families staying at the resort – the DiGrasso’s (Michael Imperioli, F. Murray Abraham and Adam DiMarco) – arriving to explore their families roots on the island.

Back in the third episode, the DiGrasso clan also visited some of the sets where The Godfather was filmed… which turned out to be foreshadowing the death of Tanya McQuoid.

Part of the set featured a mannequin representing the character Apollonia (Simonetta Stefanelli) sitting in a car, just before the iconic scene in the film where she’s killed by a car bomb.

Family: Season 2 was set at a fictional White Lotus resort in Sicily, with one of the families staying at the resort - the DiGrasso's (Michael Imperioli, F. Murray Abraham and Adam DiMarco) - arriving to explore their families roots on the island

Family: Season 2 was set at a fictional White Lotus resort in Sicily, with one of the families staying at the resort – the DiGrasso’s (Michael Imperioli, F. Murray Abraham and Adam DiMarco) – arriving to explore their families roots on the island

Many internet sleuths – including writer Evan Ross Katz – noticed that the colorful floral print dress the mannequin was wearing was the exact same dress Tanya wore in the season finale, appropriately entitled Arrivederci, with many correctly speculating online that Tanya would not make it out of the season alive.

While she didn’t die via a car bomb like Apollonia, she managed to kill her would-be killers on a yacht… only to slip and fall off the boat, hitting her head in a fatal blow before falling into the sea… to be discovered the next morning by Daphne.

‘I was pretty surprised by the internet sleuths’ ability to put things together. When I saw the Evan Ross Katz tweet showing Tanya’s death dress on the Godfather dummy, I was very impressed,’ Bovaird said.

Evan noticed: Many internet sleuths - including writer Evan Ross Katz - noticed that the colorful floral print dress the mannequin was wearing was the exact same dress Tanya wore in the season finale, appropriately entitled Arrivederci, with many correctly speculating online that Tanya would not make it out of the season alive

Evan noticed: Many internet sleuths – including writer Evan Ross Katz – noticed that the colorful floral print dress the mannequin was wearing was the exact same dress Tanya wore in the season finale, appropriately entitled Arrivederci, with many correctly speculating online that Tanya would not make it out of the season alive

Surprised: 'I was pretty surprised by the internet sleuths¿ ability to put things together. When I saw the Evan Ross Katz tweet showing Tanya¿s death dress on the Godfather dummy, I was very impressed,' Bovaird said

Surprised: ‘I was pretty surprised by the internet sleuths’ ability to put things together. When I saw the Evan Ross Katz tweet showing Tanya’s death dress on the Godfather dummy, I was very impressed,’ Bovaird said

However, he revealed that moment almost wasn’t paid off properly, since the dress was accidentally sent to Rome before they filmed the episode.

‘We were towards the end of the show, and it got sent back to Rome the previous night by mistake! Somebody had to catch a plane with it back in the early morning and it made it to camera,’ she added.

Bovaird also discussed the various costumes worn by Haley Lu Richardson’s Portia, which were quite divisive on social media.

Rome: 'We were towards the end of the show, and it got sent back to Rome the previous night by mistake! Somebody had to catch a plane with it back in the early morning and it made it to camera,¿ she added

Rome: ‘We were towards the end of the show, and it got sent back to Rome the previous night by mistake! Somebody had to catch a plane with it back in the early morning and it made it to camera,” she added

Portia's looks: Bovaird also discussed the various costumes worn by Haley Lu Richardson's Portia, which were quite divisive on social media

Portia’s looks: Bovaird also discussed the various costumes worn by Haley Lu Richardson’s Portia, which were quite divisive on social media

‘At first I was a little taken aback by the reaction online to her costumes, but I’m happy that my and Haley Lu’s work on her character has gotten so much attention,’ Bovaird added.

She added Portia’s style was inspired by various Los Angeles ‘it girls’ such as influencers Ruby Bryant and Lou Rebecca, ‘who are continuously mashing up clothes and styles’ in ‘audacious and uniquely creative ways.’  

‘Portia is not nearly as cool or self-possessed, and the idea was that she wouldn’t always succeed with her styling,’ she added.

It girl: She added Portia's style was inspired by various Los Angeles 'it girls' such as influencers Ruby Bryant and Lou Rebecca, 'who are continuously mashing up clothes and styles' in 'audacious and uniquely creative ways'

It girl: She added Portia’s style was inspired by various Los Angeles ‘it girls’ such as influencers Ruby Bryant and Lou Rebecca, ‘who are continuously mashing up clothes and styles’ in ‘audacious and uniquely creative ways’

‘We loved putting her in different moods and modes according to her state of mind and circumstance, and making her a bit “off,”‘ Bovaird added.

She also revealed that she took inspiration from Audrey Hepburn’s look in Roman Holiday for the costumes worn by Aubrey Plaza’s Harper.

‘She arrives in a pristine white suit, very guarded and sharp … When she starts to unwind, her costumes get more lively,’ Bovaird says.

Aubrey: She also revealed that she took inspiration from Audrey Hepburn's look in Roman Holiday for the costumes worn by Aubrey Plaza's Harper

Aubrey: She also revealed that she took inspiration from Audrey Hepburn’s look in Roman Holiday for the costumes worn by Aubrey Plaza’s Harper

Lively: 'She arrives in a pristine white suit, very guarded and sharp ¿ When she starts to unwind, her costumes get more lively,' Bovaird says

Lively: ‘She arrives in a pristine white suit, very guarded and sharp … When she starts to unwind, her costumes get more lively,’ Bovaird says

‘We actually had her mirror a Daphne (Meghann Fahy) look at the winery, and she did wear one of Daphne’s dresses at the Noto villa — the white-and-blue printed Poupette St Barth dress,’ she continues.

Portia’s potential paramour Jack (Leo Woodall) had his look influenced by the hit British series Love Island, with Bovaird saying she considered putting him in Love Island-esque skinny jeans, but she opted for short shorts, since, ‘Leo has really muscular legs!’

She also addressed one controversial love scene between Albie and Lucia (Simona Tabasco), where Albie wouldn’t take off his tube socks during sex.

‘It seemed to make sense and was a visual gag and lent a bit of levity to an otherwise pretty intense scene,’ she added.

Muscular: Portia's potential paramour Jack (Leo Woodall) had his look influenced by the hit British series Love Island, with Bovaird saying she considered putting him in Love Island-esque skinny jeans, but she opted for short shorts, since, 'Leo has really muscular legs!'

Muscular: Portia’s potential paramour Jack (Leo Woodall) had his look influenced by the hit British series Love Island, with Bovaird saying she considered putting him in Love Island-esque skinny jeans, but she opted for short shorts, since, ‘Leo has really muscular legs!’



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