How ‘The White Lotus’ turned a $9000-a-night resort into the ‘hotel from hell’

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The six-episode series, which premiered in July, follows the guests and staff at the fictional White Lotus resort over the course of a particularly un-relaxing week of microaggressions, breakdowns, marital strife and death. But it has the same blind spots as its guests. Its knives would have been even sharper if it had spent more time on the staff. The seed for the series was planted last summer, when White, cooped up at home and pulling his hair out watching CNN, received a call from HBO.