In September 2021, Willie Garson, who plays Stanford Blatch, on Sex and the City and the reboot, And Just Like That, passed away from pancreatic cancer at 57 years old. As a result, the writers had to figure out what to do, as he was in the first couple of episodes.
Cynthia Nixon, who plays Miranda Hobbes, believes Stanford had the perfect send-off, as he decided to move to Japan and pursue his dreams.
“We just wanted, you know, people to not be distracted or already feel, certainly with the death of Willie Garson, [which is] such a painful thing and already [something] viewers had to contend with. We didn’t want them to be distracted from the fictional characters,” the red-headed beauty noted.
After Garson died, the cast posted several special messages about the late actor.
“So deeply, deeply sad we have lost @Willie.Garson. We all loved him and adored working with him,” Nixon wrote. “He was endlessly funny on-screen and in real life. He was a source of light, friendship and show business lore. He was a consummate professional — always.”
Sarah Jessica Parker added, “It’s been unbearable. Sometimes silence is a statement. Of the gravity. The anguish. The magnitude of the loss of a 30 + year friendship. A real friendship that allowed for secrets, adventure, a shared professional family, truth, concerts, road trips, meals, late night phone calls, a mutual devotion to parenthood and all the heartaches and joy that accompany, triumphs, disappointments, fear, rage and years spent on sets (most especially Carrie’s apartment) and laughing late into the night as both Stanford and Carrie and Willie and SJ.”
The season finale of the HBO Max series airs on February 3, and it’s unclear if Carrie (Parker) and the gang will be back together in the future.
Sarita Choudhury, who plays Seema Patel, would love for the show to continue.
“Just the other day, I was thinking, ‘I wonder.’ Because there’s a point where they let you know if there is or not and we’re not at that point yet,” she spilled. “I was thinking, ‘God, I hope there is,’ And also, I was thinking, you know when you bring in new characters and you just start establishing and everyone’s getting used to all of us having grown up, Carrie’s grown up. I feel like the second [season] would be able to just jump into who they really are as opposed to getting the audience used to seeing what they’re seeing. So I would love a second season, but I really don’t know.”