There is a lot of criticism being raised against it And just like that … But one of the missing elements of the series is no one else’s fault, but damn cancer.
Of course, we apologize for the sudden death Willie Garson, who died in September last year of pancreatic cancer while Sex and the City revival was still filmed.
Willie played the beloved Stanford Blatch, longtime GBF and advisor to Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker). In the show, his absence was explained in episode 4, as he leaves a note for Carrie explaining that he is traveling to Japan – apparently to cope with a TikTok star. He was even divorced from her husband Anthony via note – a real Berger trait, tbh. It was an exit showrunner Michael Patrick King admitted at the time was “as light and as silly as possible” because no one wanted to “lean into” Willie’s death – a tragedy all too real for the cast who loved him.
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But what should his story be?
In a new interview with Variety, King finally revealed what was going to happen to Stanford. First of all, he was supposed to be in the whole season, all ten episodes. He had planned a rather large arch. King said:
“Stanford should have a midway crisis. Stanford’s character always had a cross-border career as a manager, and we wanted to explore the fact that it was not a real career. It should be Carrie and him who could feel the changes. “
He then explained that the divorce did NOT come out of nowhere either!
“Anthony and he should probably have split up anyway. Then we would keep them both in, and everyone would be relieved that they were divorced because it was not comfortable for anyone. “
It’s heartfelt. We guess they were never meant to be together after all (as many fans complained all the time!). King added that what he missed most without Willie were the scenes with his real OTP – Carrie:
“But there were a number of really funny, flirty, funny intimate scenes with Carrie that I loved. The old, old, very specific chemistry that Carrie and Stanford have that is completely based on the uniqueness of Willie and Sarah Jessica’s story. “
Awww! We really miss that! Between losing these scenes and one-on-one Carrie / Samantha conversations, it’s a huge loss for what makes the show special.
In the interview, King reiterated that he never entertained killing Stanford in the show:
Life and death are one thing in fiction: when it’s real, it’s not funny or sweet. I would not even flirt narratively with sweet business about where he is. I knew the audience would never invest in it, because they knew he would never come back. It’s the most threaded writing I’ve ever written, just to move him on without much maneuvering, because it was just so sad. There was no way I could write myself off of it in any charming, sweet way. “
Oh. He still sounds so crushed! And so are we …
[Image via HBO Max.]