Things are already heating up for And Just Like That… Season 2. HBO Max seems to be delighting in releasing increasingly scandalous photos of Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker) and Aidan’s (John Corbett) reunion, heightening anticipation among all the shippers of that relationship. Other hints have dropped, too, giving us clues to who will be in the new season and what stories may be covered. Before trying to decipher what’s to come, here’s a look at where all the characters stand after the Season 1 finale.
By the end of Season 1, all three of the main women had gone through some big changes. Carrie, who thought she was being haunted by Big (Chris Noth) via a lamp, finally gots closure when she spread his ashes in Paris. While there, she got a text from Samantha, seemingly the first step to repairing their friendship (but don’t get too excited, that doesn’t mean Kim Catrall will be returning). She returned to New York to start her own podcast called, you guessed it, Sex and the City. In the final moments of the season, she was in an elevator kissing her podcast producer, showing that she’d truly moved on.
Miranda (Cynthia Nixon) was shocked to find out that her partner Che Diaz (Sara Ramirez) is moving to Los Angeles to film a pilot. Despite being up for an internship after going back to school, Miranda dyed her gray hair red again and got on a plane to follow Che to L.A.
Charlotte (Kristin Davis) did her best to be supportive of her non-binary child Rock (Alexa Swinton), pushing them to participate in their “They-Mitzvah.” Ultimately Charlotte realized that the biggest show of support was to not push her kid, and she ended up participating in the ceremony herself, a nod back to her conversion to Judaism in the original series.
Heading into Season 2, Miranda is still friends with her professor Nya (Karen Pittman), and Carrie is getting closer than ever to her real-estate-agent-turned-friend Seema (Sarita Choudhury). Anthony (Mario Cantone) is running a new bakery business, and Steve (David Eigenberg) is somewhere being very sad about his divorce from Miranda.
HBO Max has not yet announced a premiere date for the new season, which seems to still be in production.
Parker, Nixon, Davis, Ramirez, Choudhury, Cantone, Evan Handler, and Eigenberg are all returning for the new series. Noth will not be appearing — not only because his character is dead, but also because sexual assault allegations caused HBO Max to cut ties with the actor. A Big cameo was removed from the Season 1 finale after allegations surfaced, so there likely won’t be any flashbacks to Carrie’s ex. Also still out is Kim Catrall, who has made it clear that she will never return to the Sex and the City universe.
Tony Danza is rumored to be joining the cast as himself after being name-dropped by Che in the Season 1 finale. Grammy winner Sam Smith confirmed their time on set on Instagram, and of course, Corbett will be making his highly anticipated (and detested) return as Aidan Shaw.
HBO Max hasn’t released any details about the new season, but the streamer has been dropping hints on its Instagram page. Miranda’s hair is still red (and Nixon is stepping behind the camera to direct at least one episode), there’s a Valentine’s Day episode in the works, and Aidan and Carrie seem to be very much a couple.
There are posts of the two, not only holding hands but full on making out in the middle of a busy New York City street. Carrie’s fling with her podcast producer must be over, and we’ll see if that becomes a difficult dynamic to navigate in the upcoming season. How Carrie and Aidan reconnect will be one of the biggest revelations in Season 2, and there will certainly be plenty of callbacks to all their big relationship milestones from Sex and the City’s past along the way.
Carrie and Aidan first meet in the Sex And The City Season 3 episode,
By the end of the season, however, Carrie is cheating on Aidan with Big, and tells him about her infidelity in the Season 3 finale, which also happens to be the day of Charlotte’s wedding to Trey (Kyle MacLachlan). Aidan understandably leaves Carrie at that moment.
In Season 4, Carrie forces her way back into Aidan’s life, and throughout their second shot, he holds her indiscretion over her head, hinting that he might cheat on her to make it even. Still, he decides to propose, but Carrie’s anxiety over that kind of a commitment ends up tearing them apart again.
In Season 6, Carrie runs into Aidan and sees he has a kid and a wife, which seemingly closes the door on that relationship. But then he for some reason ends up in Abu Dhabi at the same time as the core four in the movie Sex and the City 2. By then Carrie is married to Big and Aidan is still married, now with three kids. However, that doesn’t stop him from being a total dirt bag and going in for a kiss.
The pair’s reconnection in And Just Like That… marks 23 years since they first met, and 13 years since that cursed meeting in the Middle East. It’s hard to imagine how things could possibly go right this time around, but we’ll just have to wait to watch to find out.
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Brianna Wellen is a TV Reporter at Primetimer who became obsessed with television when her parents let her stay up late to watch E.R.
TOPICS: And Just Like That, HBO Max, Sex and the City, Cynthia Nixon, John Corbett, Kristin Davis, Sam Smith, Sarah Jessica Parker, Tony Danza