Sex And The City fans, we’ve got some news for you. If you were massively disappointed by the show’s finale (if you haven’t seen it yet, you don’t deserve a spoiler warning) you definitely weren’t the only one.
Darren Star, who created the show based on Candace Bushnell’s best-selling books, just dished that he was definitely not into that final scene, where (not-so-spoiler alert) Carrie ends up with her on-off love, Mr Big. But now, Sarah Jessica Parker is having her say on whether finishing the series with a fairytale ending was right for Miss Manolo Blahnik. Let's get both sides of the story:
Speaking to Deadline, Darren said that the ending “betrayed” the whole concept of the show (ouch!), and that if he had his way, things would have ended differently.
For a show based on the almost entirely on the dating lives of the four strong women at the centre, Darren felt that a fairytale ending was too rom-com for the sitcom, which broke the mould back when it was first aired in 1998.
“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. 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 what does SJP have to say? Speaking to Yahoo Style, she spilled "As I recall, the way Carrie and Big married was something she wanted rather than a feeling that life was slipping away and she best settle quickly. I don't think of it as someone diminishing herself by letting a man marry her—it always felt that she had arrived at that on her own. But the beauty is we can all have lots and lots of opinions about lots of choices Carrie made that we object to or that we stand by. If that's Darren's feeling, I think it's interesting!"
We've still got one question... If Darren was so against the ending, why did he let it happen? “I didn’t write those last episodes” noted Darren. Nice sidestep, although Darren does have a legit reason for this. “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. But unless you’re there to write every episode, you’re not going to get the ending you want”.
The cast did shoot three endings to keep everyone on their toes, including one where Carrie ends up with Petrovsky and another where she ends up alone (on the flight back home, we mean, not forever). Maybe the writers were going off their own experiences, as apparently all the Sex And The City storylines were inspired by real life events.
How would this have changed the films? We couldn’t help but wonder… If you're feeling nostalgic, here are the best quotes from Sex And The City