Carrie Bradshaw and John James “Mr. Big” Preston were not meant to wind up married at the end of Sex and the City, according to the show’s creator.

Carrie And Big

If Sex and the City creator Darren Starr had his way, Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker) and Big (Chris Noth) would never have been end game. According to Starr, the idea that the independent New York City writer’s happiness would have been wrapped up in being with Big strayed from the original message behind the show.

“I think the show ultimately betrayed what it was about, which was that women don’t ultimately find happiness from marriage,” Starr said in a Kindle Singles interview. “Not that they can’t. But the show initially was going off script from the romantic comedies that had come before it. That’s what had made women so attached.”

Ultimately, Starr would have preferred Carrie’s story to culminate with her still behind single – and happily so. While Starr had wanted such an ending all along, other writers and producers on Sex and the City disagreed, believing that the Carrie-Big story arc was essential to the series.

After Sex and the City‘s six-year year run on HBO, the four main characters – Carrie, Samantha (Kim Cattrall), Charlotte (Kristin Davis) and Miranda (Cynthia Nixon) – got a second life on the big screen. By the end of Sex and the City 2, only one of the women remained unmarried, Samantha.

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