It’s Official: ‘And Just Like That…’ Showrunner Says Season 2 Will Include Samantha Jones

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It’s Official: ‘And Just Like That…’ Showrunner Says Season 2 Will Include Samantha Jones
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Calling all Samantha Jones stans. It’s time to rejoice because the iconic character will make an appearance in the second season of And Just Like That…! Well, kind of. So here’s the deal: During an interview with Variety, showrunner Michael Patrick King divulged a good bit of juicy intel about the HBO Max series’ second season, including just how involved Kim Cattrall’s iconic character would be involved.

A quick refresher: In the show’s first season, Samantha *was* featured—aka she made “appearances” via text message exchanges with Sarah Jessica Parker’s character, Carrie Bradshaw. So how’s it gonna be different for season 2, you ask? Well, the two ladies will have pretty much the same dynamic. When Variety asked Michael if the two old friends will still be texting in season 2, he responded with a resounding, “Yes!” So not the full Samantha Jones, but I’ll take it!

“My goal is to bring all the characters into the mix together so that they’re not so much on separate runways,” said Michael, who also confirmed that season 2 of the show is aiming to be on HBO Max by summer 2023. Sadly, after those deets, he didn’t really share more. “It’s all so new right now,” he said. “One of my big rules is don’t tell things until they’re real.” Fair!

Recently, Kim has been very vocal about AJLT moving on without her. During a May interview with Variety, she was asked about her feelings on the rest of the original cast reprising their roles for the Sex and the City spin-off, to which she mused: “This feels like an echo of the past.…I loved [Samantha]. I loved her so, so, so much. It’s tough competition. The original show is in all of our imaginations. But for me, it feels clean.”

Fast-forward to earlier this month when SJP opened up about the alleged rift between her and Kim. “It’s very hard to talk about the situation,” she said on the Hollywood Reporter’s Awards Chatter podcast. “I’ve been so careful about not ever wanting to say anything that is unpleasant because it’s not the way I like to conduct conversations that are as complicated as this, you know?”

Photo credit: James Devaney - Getty Images
Photo credit: James Devaney - Getty Images

She continued: “I just wish that they would stop calling this a ‘catfight’ or an ‘argument,’ because it doesn’t reflect, actually—there has been one person talking,” said SJP. “And I’m not going to tell her not to, or anybody, so that’s been kind of painful for me also.”

Well, one thing’s for sure: Whether it’s onscreen or offscreen, these ladies will truly always keep me on the edge of my seat!

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