If HBO Max was aiming to create hype for And Just Like That…¸the Sex and the City reboot, it has succeeded. For weeks, fans of the original series have been hyperfocused on a rumor that Mr. Big, Carrie Bradshaw’s big love, dies in the first episode of the upcoming limited series. There is evidence for and against the storyline, but fans point to three facts that make the rumor that Mr. Big dies rather compelling.
Images coming from the ‘Sex and the City’ reboot have fans questioning whether Mr. Big is alive or dead
The filming of the Sex and the City reboot is in full swing in New York City. Most days of the week, lucky fans can spot three of their four favorite pals on the streets of Manhattan. For those not fortunate enough to catch a glimpse of filming, the internet is their best friend. HBO Max and several cast members have been sharing cool behind the scene photos, and fans on the streets have been sharing them, too. Those shared images, fans are convinced, prove that Mr. Big dies early on in the series.
Sarah Jessica Parker, Chris Noth, and HBO Max have shared production shots of Carrie and Mr. Big on Instagram. Fans noticed something interesting about the photos, though. The pictures shared are largely bathed in golden light, as if the scenes have been filmed at sunset. A fan points out that the glow seems to be specific to photos involving Mr. Big. They theorize that the pictures could be from flashback scenes as Carrie deals with Mr. Big’s death. The theory suggests he dies in the first episode, and all those golden lit moments are Carrie thinking back on her time with the love of her life. It would be an interesting idea if it weren’t so heartbreakingly sad.
Fans point to the alleged funeral scene as proof Mr. Big is killed early on in ‘And Just Like That…’
Aside from the recently shared photos, fans point to a specific scene as proof that Mr. Big dies in the show’s early episodes. Recently, fans on the ground shared snippets of filming on social media. The videos and production stills show the cast attending what appears to be a funeral. At the very least, the extras milling about were all dressed in black. While the cast shot most of the scene inside, fans quickly noted that Mr. Big’s suit seemed to be a bit out of place.
While everyone milling about was seen wearing black, Mr. Big was dressed in a blue suit. Reddit users were quick to suggest that Big was dressed in blue because he was the one being buried. While it’s an interesting theory, it doesn’t seem to consider the outside scene Parker and Noth completed that day. The dialogue has Big calling for his driver, who is uptown. He mentions to Carrie that he wasn’t expecting them to be leaving so soon. It’s also important to note that Carrie was not dressed in all black, either.
A prior ‘Sex and the City’ script allegedly called for Mr. Big’s death
It’s entirely possible that all the rumors about Mr. Big’s potential death in And Just Like That… can be traced back to an alleged script for Sex and the City 3. The third movie was scrapped just days before production was set to begin. According to reports, the movie was set to start filming in 2017, but Kim Cattrall, the actor who played Samantha Jones, and Warner Bros. could not agree on contract terms. Instead of rewriting the script without Cattrall’s character, the network tossed the entire movie. Cattrall has vehemently denied the claims. Willie Garson, the actor who plays Stanford Blatch, threw serious shade at his former castmate about it, so clearly something happened there.
Either way, the storyline for that third movie allegedly centered around the death of Mr. Big. James Andrew Miller, a journalist and the host of Origins, was the first person to suggest a death storyline for Mr. Big was the focus of Sex and the City 3. While Miller claims to have seen the script, it has never been made available to the public. In 2018, Noth denied reports that Mr. Big died in the ill-fated flick. The famed actor told the Sun that the entire death storyline was a “big lie” and that Mr. Big would have made it through unscathed, at least physically.