In startling news on a Tuesday, Sex And The City script-makers have revealed Mr. Big was meant to die in the canned third instalment of the Sex And The City film franchise. Origins podcast host James Andrew Miller interviewed the stars and creators of the cult television show and uncovered one extremely poignant SATC 3 spoiler: Big would pass away “relatively early” in the screenplay due to a heart attack.

According to Miller, the focus on Big’s death – and the narrative surrounding restoring heroine Carrie Bradshaw’s heart yet again – was a big reason Kim Cattrall (who played Samantha Jones) didn’t want to sign onto the film. The actress was reportedly uninterested in reprising her role given the focus on Sarah Jessica Parker’s Bradshaw and was reason the film never got off the ground.

“People close to Kim believe that the script didn’t have a lot to offer the character of Samantha,” said Miller. “They point to the fact that it calls for Mr. Big to die of a heart attack in the shower, relatively early on in the film, making the remainder of the movie more about how Carrie recovers from Big’s death than about the relationship between the four women.” The first SATC film surrounded the three women (Cattrall’s Jones, Cynthia Nixon’s Miranda and Kristen Davis’ Charlotte) helping Carrie repair her broken heart after Big left her at the altar.

Chris Noth (who played Big) did weigh in on the first two film’s scripts and admitted he didn’t particularly love them. “I really hate corny stuff and it could be because I’m a little bit of a cynic. Like, the whole thing at the end of the movie in the shoe closet, hated it,” he said, calling out the final scene from 2008’s first Sex and the City film. “Hated the thing at the end of the movie after I felt she deceived me and then I say, ‘Well, it’s time I give you a bigger diamond ring.’ Hated it. I just hate the cornball shit and I thought it was just really sentimental and overly romantic without any feet in realism.”

Willie Garson who played Carrie’s best friend Stanford Blatch told Miller the cast were meant to begin filming in October of 2017.

The podcast is a really interesting listen for SATC fans. Download it here via iTunes.