How And Just Like That … Explained the Absence of Samantha Jones

TV’s Fab Four are now a Fab Three, but Samantha is still out there

Kristin Davis, Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon and Kim Cattrall (Getty Images)

HBO Max unveiled its “Sex and the City” sequel series “And Just Like That…” overnight and we finally learned what happened to Samantha Jones.

Kim Cattrall, who played the character, bowed out of the franchise before a proposed third movie, and didn’t sign on for the sequel, so the show had to tackle Samantha’s absence. And it did, almost immediately. 

Bitsy von Muffling ran into Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker), Charlotte (Kristin Davis) and Miranda (Cynthia Nixon) at a restaurant within the first few minutes of the new series and noted Samantha’s absence.

Here’s how it played out:

While Charlotte stutters in response (which ends up being a hint at a greater explanation), Carrie explains that Ms. Jones is in London, with Miranda adding, “She moved to the U.K. – for work.”

After the trio spend lunch together, Carrie and Miranda have a bit of a heart to heart while walking in New York City, and go into depth on the Samantha story line, finally revealing there’s a rift between the girls.

“It is kind of like she’s dead,” Miranda says. “We never even talk about her.”

What we then learn is that at some point since the second “Sex and the City” film, Carrie made the business decision not to have a publicist anymore, the book industry being what it is, and times being what they are.

“It didn’t make sense for me to keep her on as a publicist and then she fired me as a friend,” Carrie says.

“I understand that she was upset, but I thought I was more to her than an ATM,” she adds.

Miranda notes that Samantha was no doubt embarrassed.

We then learn that Samantha has stopped returning Carrie’s calls and left texts from Carrie, Charlotte and Miranda unanswered.

So there you have it. That’s how “And Just Like That …” explained Samantha’s absence.

Cattrall previously said she was done playing Samantha. In a 2019 interview with the U.K.’s Guardian newspaper, she explained that after the second movie, she’d finally “had enough” of playing the sex positive public relations maven and was ready to move on. “I went past the finish line playing Samantha Jones because I loved ‘Sex and the City.’ It was a blessing in so many ways but after the second movie I’d had enough,” she said at the time.

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