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‘White Lotus’ Creator Cast ‘Survivor’ Teammate on HBO Show



Mike White with Alec Merlino insetted.
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Warning: This story comprises spoilers from the Sunday, August 15, episode of The White Lotus.

Made you look! Fans can’t cease speaking about HBO’s White Lotus, particularly after studying one actor competed on Survivor.

Some diehard viewers of the fact collection could know that White Lotus creator, Mike White, appeared on Survivor: David and Goliath in 2018. The 51-year-old actor got here in second place throughout season 37.

Eagle-eyed followers then seen that Alec Merlino, who performs the resort bartender on the HBO drama, also looked familiar. Merlino, 27, isn’t a veteran TV star like a lot of his fellow costars — however he does have TV expertise after competing alongside White on Survivor: David and Goliath.

The California native was voted out on day 28 of the season after turning into friends with the School of Rock author when he was initially assigned to crew Goliath on day one. Merlino’s function as Hutch is his first appearing credit score.

Fans have been launched to Merlino’s Hutch in addition to resort goers Armond (Murray Bartlett), Nicole Mossbacher (Connie Britton), Mark Mossbacher (Steve Zahn), Tanya McQuoid (Jennifer Coolidge), Rachel Patton (Alexandra Daddario) and extra, on the present’s season premiere final month.

Throughout the drama’s six episodes, the question of who died whereas on trip grew to become exhausting to crack. The sufferer was finally revealed as Armond in the course of the Sunday, August 15, finale. While some followers had combined emotions about him perishing and why Shane (Jake Lacy) killed him, White is content material with the way it all performed out.

“I knew I wanted Armond to die. It came to me in a flash that his final act of retribution, of the put-upon existence he has serving these privileged people, was to take a crap in their bag, and that would be his last act, an operatic end for him,” the Enlightened producer advised Vulture forward of the White Lotus finale. “I’ve never seen that before, and it felt like that would be funny and have a surreal but impactful end.”

Merlino, for his half, thanked everybody who watch the hit present through Instagram and teased the second season.

“Cheers to an epic stay at the @thewhitelotus,” he wrote on Monday, August 16. “To everyone I met that made the experience unforgettable, mahalo. Now, as any great hotel employee would say … ‘I hope you enjoyed your stay and we’ll be right back with season 2.’”

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