(Spoiler alert, obviously.) For many invested in the Sex And The City reboot, And Just Like That, there's always been a slight glimmer of hope, that, maybe, Kim Cattrall might appear. But it became clear in the finale, the news really was true: apart from a few text messages, there wouldn't be a trace of Samantha.
At least not in season one anyway. If there is a season two - we hope so - then it looks like our favourite 'try-sexual' could return. One of the last scenes sees Carrie - in Paris, there to scatter Big's ashes - text Samantha, asking if she wants to meet in the city. 'How's tomorrow night?' Samantha responds.
So, you would think, if the rumoured second season does happen, it's likely that Samantha could return. Though we imagine - due to her feud with Sarah Jessica Parker - that Kim Cattrall would have to be paid a ridiculously large sum of money to even consider going back to the series she has so publicly distanced herself from.
On social media, she even recently liked a tweet branding AJLT 'trashy'. It's this - and what Kim has previously publicly said, including a 2017 Piers Morgan interview where she said SJP could have been kinder - which means that showrunner Michael Patrick King has spoken out, and said that, despite the storyline hints, Kim is not welcome back on the series.When asked by a journalist at Variety if Kim could ever reprise the role as Samantha, Michael said: 'No. Just like there was no thought that Kim would ever participate in And Just Like That, because she’s said what she had said.'
Still, Michael enjoys writing Samantha into the series. 'I found it interesting that Carrie would reach out to Samantha in certain specific times,' he said. 'And it’s kind of magical that all of a sudden on a text, Samantha makes a Samantha joke. And you feel like she’s there again.'
He continued: 'It’s the power of writing. It’s all make believe. It’s all pretend! There is an obstacle: Kim Cattrall doesn’t want to do the series. What do you do with that? It’s a normal writing problem. So I love the idea of the dance — the true love being the reach. Carrie says, “Do you want to talk?” And Samantha goes, “Soon.” Like, they’re getting ready. It might as well be Carrie and Aidan.' Aidan, another character who sadly didn't appear in the reboot, too.