While plenty of Sex and the City fans and Carrie and Big ‘shippers loved how the two — spoiler alert! — ended up together in the end, there was one important person who didn’t love it: series creator Darren Star. He revealed that the conclusion, which basically put a giant red bow on Carrie and Big’s roller-coaster ride of a relationship, isn’t how he imagined it to end. At all.
“For me, in a way — and I didn’t [write] those last episodes — if you’re empowering other people to write and produce your show, you can’t … say certain things,” Star said in a Kindle Singles interview. “At a certain point, you’ve got to let them follow their vision.
“But I think the show ultimately betrayed what it was about, which was that women don’t ultimately find happiness from marriage,” Star explained. “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.”
Star added: “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.”
While Star doesn’t reveal what his ideal ending would’ve been, two alternate versions had been filmed: one that had Petrovsky (Mikhail Baryshnikov) going home after Carrie; and the other was Ms. Bradshaw heading home to New York alone.
Sure, Carrie and Big’s relationship faced tough times in both post-series movies but they always found their way back to each other. It wasn’t always happily ever after, which is probably what Star expected. In any case, a flawed relationship for Carrie and Big is better than no relationship, right?
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