The second evening of broadcasting on TF1 of “And Just Like That”, the sequel to “Sex and the City”, is marked by the release of an emblematic character of the saga. Indeed, the interpreter of the protagonist unfortunately died of cancer…
On Wednesday January 11, 2023, TF1 continues to offer its viewers the first season of And Just Like That, the sequel to the Sex and the City saga. From 10:50 p.m., the front page will thus offer episodes 3 and 4 of the series. Components also marked by the last appearance of one of the historical actors of the franchise: Willie Garson, the interpreter of Stanford.
The death of Willie Garson
Indeed, on September 21, 2021, the 57-year-old actor died of pancreatic cancer. Scheduled to appear throughout And Just Like That, her tragic demise inevitably led to her character’s premature exit. In the last episode of the evening, we learn how Stanford leaves New York, Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker) and the others…
Warning, the following lines contain spoilers on how the writers decided to justify the definitive absence of the protagonist in the show. If you don’t want to know what’s going to happen, don’t read on!
Stanford leaves New York and her husband
Anthony (Mario Cantone), Stanford’s husband, visits Carrie at her apartment. He then gives her a letter from the principal concerned who reveals in the mail to her best friend that she flew to Japan for work… and that he is divorcing her husband on his way!
Michael Patrick King, the creator of the series obviously very affected by the death of Willie Garson, had declared to our American colleagues from Variety what he had initially planned for Stanford: “Before I learned that Willie was ill and couldn’t finish filming, Stanford was expected to be going through an existential crisis.
His character always had a career as a manager and we wanted to explore the fact that that wasn’t really his thing. He and Carrie would have coped with these changes. He and Anthony were probably going to part ways.”
Other intrigues planned at the start
He continued his explanations: “There was a series of really funny confidence scenes with Carrie that I loved. There was this old chemistry, very specific to their characters (…) Life and death in fiction are one thing: when it’s real , it’s neither funny nor cute.”
Finally, Michael Patrick King had concluded with bitterness: “I didn’t even want to try to put it in a charming way about where he was. It’s the most banal script moment I’ve ever written, but I wanted to move forward without too many maneuvers. Because it’s so sad. I had no way of explaining it in a cute or poetic way.“