Love it or hate it, it’s been hard to avoid the hype surrounding the SATC reboot series, And Just Like That…, with Sarah Jessica Parker, Kristin Davis and Cynthia Nixon all reprising their roles (sans Kim Cattrall) from the hit 90s/00s TV show.
The new series has stirred up many cultural conversations, from flash periods to sexuality in your mid-fifties, but it has not come without its dramas, both on and off screen. However, the most heartbreaking news was when beloved actor Willie Garson, who played Stanford Blatch in the original series and was set to reprise his role in AJLT, sadly passed away from pancreatic cancer before filming had finished.
As Willie had already shot many scenes for the first few episodes, the storyline had to be rewritten, with Stanford asking Anthony for a divorce before moving to Japan to manage a TikTok star.
In an interview with Vulture a few months ago, Sarah Jessica Parker said that she wouldn’t reveal what Stanford’s original storyline was, in fear of ‘hurting people’s experiences of the story we are now telling.’ However, executive producer, writer and director Michael Patrick King recently divulged the details in an interview with Variety.
‘He was in all 10 episodes,’ he said. ‘Before I knew that Willie was sick and couldn’t complete it, Stanford was going to have a midlife crisis. Stanford’s character always had a borderline career as a manager, and we were like going to explore the fact that it wasn’t a real career. It was going to be Carrie and him, feeling the shifts. Anthony and him were probably going to have split anyway.
‘Then we would keep both of them in, and everybody would be relieved that they were divorced because it was not pleasant for anybody. But there was a series of really fun, flirty, hilarious confidante scenes with Carrie that I loved. That old, old, very specific chemistry that Carrie and Stanford have, which is based totally on the uniqueness of Willie and Sarah Jessica’s history.
He added: ‘Life and death is one thing in fiction: When it’s real, it’s not funny or cute. I didn’t want to even flirt narratively with cute business about where he is. I knew the audience would never invest in it, because they knew he was never coming back. It’s the most threadbare writing I’ve ever done just to move him along without much maneuvering, because it was just so sad. There was no way I could write myself out of that in any charming, cute way.’