If you loved Sex and the City and its follow-up films, you’ll probably remember the love triangle between Carrie, Big and Aidan.
Fans were divided when Carrie ended up with Big – and now the series’ creator Darren Star has revealed that the happily-ever-after ending that the two characters got at the show’s finale ‘ultimately betrayed what it was about’.
Speaking in a Kindle Singles interview six years after the release of Sex and the City 2, Star said the show had strayed from its original vision.
‘I didn’t break [write] those last episodes,’ he said. ‘If you’re empowering other people to write and produce your show, at a certain point, you’ve got to let them follow their vision. I think the show ultimately betrayed what it was about, which was that women don’t ultimately find happiness from marriage.
‘Not that they can’t,’ he added. ‘But the show initially was going off script from the romantic comedies that had come before it. That’s what had made women so attached.
‘At the end, it became a conventional romantic comedy. But unless you’re there to write every episode, you’re not going to get the ending you want.’
Star also revealed that House actress Lisa Edelstein could have played Carrie – if Sarah Jessica Parker had turned the role down.
In 2004, the show closed with Carrie and Big having been reunited in their beloved New York City after Big had travelled to Paris to declare his love for her – but the first film, four years later, showed Big jilting Carrie at the altar. Parker has previously revealed that two alternative endings to the show had been filmed – one in which besotted artist Petrovsky returns to New York to win back Carrie, and another where she returns to the Big Apple alone.
Meanwhile, Parker talked about the difficulties of playing Carrie, saying that it was hard when people thought her and her character were one and the same.
Speaking to the Wall Street Journal, she said: ‘I love the process of becoming somebody else, but the work to become so, and to be convincing, is still very challenging. Every project is brand new and scary.
‘People probably don’t realise that Carrie Bradshaw was radically different from who I was, who I continue to be. I think that sometimes because we look alike and live in the same city and haunt the same neighbourhoods, that it was sort of like I was playing in the sandbox, when in truth it took real work every day to be her, to understand her, to not judge her.
What do you think of Star’s comments? Was the ending of Sex And The City a betrayal to the show’s original direction – or could it not have ended any other way? Let us know @marieclaireuk