Does Mr. Big Die in 'Sex and the City' Reboot 'And Just Like That'?

The lead-up to the release of the Sex and the City HBO Max reboot And Just Like That has seen plenty of fans of speculating about what would happen – particularly, who would die when the series returned.

First, SatC fans shared rumors that Samantha (played by Kim Cattrall) would be revealed to have died (to explain her absence from the show). However, as the release date of the HBO Max show got closer, rumors about the death of another character started to emerge.

Based on the fact that Mr. Big (Chris Noth) was only very briefly in the And Just Like That trailer, fans speculated that he was set to die in the show. Now that the first two episodes of the show are streaming, we know how true those rumors are.

Warning: massive spoilers for the first episode of the Sex and the City reboot ahead.

Does Mr. Big die in And Just Like That?

A bit of set-up first about how we get to the end of Episode 1. After a romantic day listening to Tood Rundgren, Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker) and Big have different evening plans. Carrie is forced by Charlotte (Kristin Davis) to go to Lily's (Cathy Ang) piano recital. Big, meanwhile, has a hot date with his Peleton bike.

After his ride with instructor Allegra, he texts Carrie to say they should go out tonight. But then he starts to feel a tightness in his chest. He is having a heart attack. By the time Carrie comes home, he is dead. Or, as Carrie puts it in her inimitable style, "and just like that, Mr. Big was dead."

Just in case you thought that Episode 1 was a fake-out, Episode 2 confirms it. The episode begins with Carrie calling Miranda (Cynthia Nixon) to tell her the news. When Miranda arrives at Carrie's apartment, we see him being taken away in a body bag. Then, in the next episode, Carrie is googling crematoriums and funeral homes.

Episode 2 then sees the women preparing for his funeral. While Carrie is subdued in her grief, the one shedding all the tears is Charlotte: After all, she blames herself for forcing Carrie to go to Lily's recital when she and Big were supposed to be going to the Hamptons.

Per an interview with The Guardian, Noth initially did not want to return for the reboot, but was talked into it by show creator Michael Patrick King. He said of this: "It was a long conversation, it continued through the pandemic and he took in a lot of my ideas and we came up with a way for me to work into it."

As for the rumors about Samantha dying, these were less true. At the start of the episode, it was revealed that the character has moved to London for work after she fell out with Carrie, who dropped her as a publicist.

Samantha's presence, however, was felt in the episode. Though Carrie had said she did not want flowers for the funeral, she changes her mind when a huge bouquet of flowers arrive with a card reading "Love, Samantha."

And Just Like That airs Thursdays on HBO Max.

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Chris Noth and Sarah Jessica Parker in "And Just Like That." The "Sex and the City" reboot airs from December 9. HBO Max