Even though we logically know it was one of the most dysfunctional relationships of all time, we ladies can’t help put idolize the story of Big and Carrie. It gives hope to all of us who are hoping that someday the bad boy we can’t let go of will eventually grow up and realize that we are everything he ever wanted, à la Big. And if it happens on a bridge on a gorgeous night in Paris, well, that’s just the icing on the cake.
But what if SATC had ended a little more realistically? What if Big continued to string Carrie along for years and years, and she eventually wound up living all by herself, staring at her phone waiting for him to text with only her (albeit, gorgeous) wardrobe to keep her warm? Or what if, in the ultimate testament to girl power, Carrie finally realized that Big was essentially the biggest douche ever and walked away, because she sure as hell deserved better? Well, it turns that out series creator Darren Star had something like that in mind for the ending of the series, but instead the show’s writers went in another direction.
According to Harper’s Bazaar, Darren Star said in an interview with Kindle Singles, “I didn’t break those last episodes. 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.” He continued, “But 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 unless you’re there to write every episode, you’re not going to get the ending you want.”
Imagine if Star had gotten his way, and instead of walking down the street talking to John James Preston on her pink bedazzled flip phone in that last scene, Carrie was strutting alone with her Manolo Blahnik bag, secure in herself? Maybe, just maybe, it would have meant that a few of us would have ditched the jerk we can’t let go of just a little bit earlier. .
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[via Harpers Bazaar]