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‘The White Lotus’ Episode 5 Will Leave Your Jaw on the Ground

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The White Lotus continues to prove that everything isn’t as it seems. But you weren’t expecting that twist in Episode 5, were you?

After Tanya (Jennifer Coolidge) and Portia (Haley Lu Richardson) visited Quentin (Tom Hollander) and Jack (Leo Woodall) – Quentin’s nephew – in Palermo, Tanya heard suspicious noises coming from an area of their mansion.

Upon investigating what it is, she discovers that Jack and Quentin are in a very awkward position for their uncle and nephew. The episode ends with this OMG event. Seeing the two of them sleeping together, Tanya’s face was stained with shock.

This isn’t the first time HBO has depicted incest in a [Game of Thrones] drama. However, this shocking development raised questions in the minds of viewers: Are Quentin and Jack actually related? Is Jack a hired companion for Quentin? And were they lying to Tanya and Portia the whole time? 

Plus, Portia has left Albie (Adam DiMarco) alone for a wild vacation with Jack. And she also has no idea that he always sleeps with Quentin.

“Oh boy, Portia. Sweet Portia. Poor Portia,” Richardson said in an interview with EW. 

“Oh man, she was finally getting what she wanted, on paper, just to find out that he’s f—ing his uncle. And it’s not what it seems. You never want to find out that the guy that you’re dating and who has whisked you away is f—ing his uncle! You don’t want to find that out.” 

DiMarco jests: “I honestly hate when that happens.” 

“I hate it. It’s too often. Like, again?! From Portia’s perspective, it’s a very extreme example of how you can’t really rely on this external excitement or male-centered validation. Because he’s going to end up f—ing his uncle,” Richardson laughs. 

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Incest in The White Lotus

In addition, DiMarco says: “Yeah, you have to find true happiness and peace from within – because someone might be f—ing their uncle.” 

Again, both actors laugh at the situation and how Portia is learning this big life lesson.

“That’s the moral of season 2. You’ve got to look inward, you’ve got to go to therapy, or else whoever you’re f—ing is also going to be f—ing their uncle,” Richardson states. 

“I mean, people love Game of Thrones for this very reason,” DiMarco jokes. 

Richardson adds another statement they laughed off. 

“Oh my god, HBO loves something about uncle f—ing.” 

DiMarco then reveals she hasn’t watched the Thrones spin-off yet. So, Richardson instantly filled her in. 

“It’s hot! I’m sorry, but on that show, House of the Dragon, it is,” she said. “And I’m sure Tom and Leo are also hot in [The White Lotus] scene.” 

So, now that Tanya knows about Quentin and Jack’s controversial affair, Richardson cautions that the last two season 2 episodes will get “way crazier, believe it or not.” 

“Yeah, it’s a slow burn that gets kicked into high gear,” DiMarco continued. 

“[Creator] Mike [White] is so great at crafting these slow burns, and then at a certain point it just explodes, and we’re at that point now. It’s just explosions everywhere, explosions at the fireworks factory.” 

The White Lotus premieres every Sunday at 9 p.m. ET/PT on HBO and HBO Max.

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