“I couldn’t help but wonder…” didn’t apply when it came to Mr. Big’s first name, according to Sex and the City showrunner and executive producer, Michael Patrick King. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, King revealed that he never had a particular name in mind for Big throughout the iconic show’s six-year run. By the time of the series finale, King felt Big at last had to be given a proper moniker by the very end of the episode, after his reunion with Carrie, “because now he’s real!” His game-time decision: John.
Sex and the City: Showrunner Secrets
According to King, the character of Big on Sex and the City always, in his mind, “had no name.” The last-minute reveal came to him while he was writing the episode (“An American Girl in Paris [Part Deux]”), and he chose “John” because of how common it is.
King, who helmed the recently cancelled 2 Broke Girls as well as The Comeback, also shared his thoughts on making difficult character decisions. Referencing Carrie’s affair with a married Big in season three, King said, “At that time…women [on TV] weren’t allowed to be good and bad, noble and a failure, nice and selfish.” Though the decision sparked endless Big vs. Aidan debates among fans, King said the storyline also brought him some creative fulfillment. Speaking about his work in general, he said, “I’ve had a couple of—I would call them luxurious, dangerous character decisions.”
Sex and the City: Will There Be A Reunion?
The former stars of Sex and the City—Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Cynthia Nixon, and Kristin Davis—are often asked about continuing their Manhattan saga, and both Parker and King have stated that there’s at least a little more to be revealed about the lives of Carrie, Miranda, Charlotte, and Samantha. Speaking to Entertainment Weekly in 2014, King said, “Sarah Jessica and I both know what that final chapter is. That doesn’t mean it will or should be told, but I do think there’s one story left.”
One story and lots of crazy, fabulous shoes.