1 ‘Sex and the City’ Staple Was Notably Absent From the Series Finale

Sex and the City ran for six seasons on HBO from 1998 until 2004. During the show’s six-season run, the cast filmed 94 episodes. Fans of the series grew increasingly comfortable with Carrie Bradshaw, Miranda Hobbes, Samantha Jones, and Charlotte York. Still, Carrie’s narration was the most enjoyable part of the series. Superfans may have noticed that one element of the series was missing from the finale. If you didn’t see it the first time around, you wouldn’t be able to ignore it now. 

Carrie Bradshaw injected a signature question into every episode of Sex and the City

Carrie served as Sex and the City’s narrator from the pilot episode until the series’s finale moments. While the story followed four women’s lives, Carrie was the real main attraction because she was the glue that kept her friend group together. In each episode, the famed sex columnist offered up a rhetorical question related to the episode’s main theme. In season 1, she wondered if monogamy was too much to expect. Season 2 found her questioning whether you could change a man, and in season 3, she asked if women just want to be rescued. As the series progressed, the questions got deeper. 

Kristin Davis, Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon and Kim Cattrall on the set of "'ex In The City: The Movie' in New York City
The cast of ‘Sex and the City’ | James Devaney/WireImage

Season 4 found Carrie questioning the legitimacy of soulmates, and in season 5, she wondered why we always believe the worst that people say about us. Season 6, the show’s final season, had Carrie questioning everything from her future self to finances. Every episode brought a question for fans to mull over, except for two. 

Carrie’s signature pondering was missing from the series’ two-part finale 

In total, Carried asked herself and her audience 92 questions during Sex and the City’s illustrious run. But, wait, weren’t there 94 episodes? Yes, there were. Carrie’s questions were missing from the finale’s two parts. The very last question she asked herself came in episode 92, “Splat!”. 

Sarah Jessica Parker as Carrie Bradshaw and Chris Noth as Mr. Big stand outside of her brownstone apartment in 'Sex and the City'
Sarah Jessica Parker as Carrie Bradshaw and Chris Noth as Mr. Big in ‘Sex and the City’ | Debra L Rothenberg/FilmMagic

Carrie’s final question was poetic. After watching a former socialite fall to her death, she wondered, “is it time to stop questioning?” The answer was clearly yes. In the following episode, Carrie lept blindly and followed Aleksandr Petrovsky to Paris. While the relationship didn’t work out, fans did get to end the series on a high note. Carrie and Mr. Big finally found their way back to each other. 

Will And Just Like That, the Sex and the City reboot bring back the question? 

In January 2021, Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon, and Kristin Davis revealed that they would be returning for a 10-part limited series on HBO Max. The reboot news was met with mixed feelings. After all, the reboot would be missing one of its stars. Kim Cattrall, who spent six years portraying Samantha Jones, has opted out of returning to the series. Another question lingers, will Carrie bring back her signature question? 


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It’s hard to say. Parker and her castmates have been incredibly tight-lipped about the upcoming series. If the teaser is any indication, though, Carrie’s ponderings will be back. The teaser, which included shots of busy Manhattan streets and Carrie’s computer screen, seems to have the same feel and style as early Sex and the City episodes. Those episodes all included Carrie asking her audience a rhetorical question.