Our favorite PR queen, Samantha Jones (Kim Cattrall), is making an unexpected return in the “Sex and the City” revival series, “And Just Like That”. After her noticeable absence from the first season, Cattrall confirmed her cameo in the upcoming second season. Now, the question that lingers is: how will her return play out, and why does the cast think fans might be left a bit disappointed?
The Journey of Samantha in “And Just Like That” So Far
In the first season, we saw our favorite New York trio – Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker), Charlotte (Kristin Davis), and Miranda (Cynthia Nixon) – continue their city life adventures without the sass of Samantha. The famed PR maven had moved to London for work, severing ties with her former friends due to a professional fallout with Carrie.
Showrunner Michael Patrick King emphasized that Samantha’s absence in the series wasn’t just a plot point but carried emotional weight for the characters and the audience. Samantha, while physically absent, was still made part of the story.
The first season ended with a potential reconnection between Samantha and Carrie, and fans are eager to see where this leads in season two.
The Reasons Behind Kim Cattrall’s Absence in Season 1
Cattrall had previously declared her departure from the role of Samantha. Despite an ongoing tension among the cast, as reported by Davis, Cattrall’s decision seems to have been based on a personal desire for new ventures. However, Sarah Jessica Parker has always maintained that there’s no animosity and that Samantha will always be part of the “Sex and the City” family.
Cattrall’s return in season two was facilitated by filming her scenes separately, maintaining her detachment from the main cast while still contributing to the storyline.
The Cast’s Thoughts on Kim Cattrall’s Return
The news of Cattrall’s return leaked earlier than the cast would’ve liked, leading to some disappointment. Cynthia Nixon expressed frustration, as the surprise reveal could have left fans “blown off at home, out of surprise.” Showrunner King echoed these sentiments.
However, despite the leak, Davis expressed that Samantha’s return was a decision made in service of the fans. “The fans miss Samantha. The fans love Samantha. Samantha’s a fantastic character,” she said. “We get it.”
The return of Samantha Jones, while an exciting surprise for fans, may not play out as expected. However, her cameo in season two is a testament to the enduring popularity of this beloved character and a tribute to the franchise’s 25th anniversary.