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What Does Aidan Shaw’s Return Mean For And Just Like That Season 2?

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In a nutshell

The flamboyantly styled, thrillingly divisive Sex and the City reboot following Carrie Bradshaw, Miranda Hobbes and Charlotte York Goldenblatt in their fifties will be back for a second season, presumably packed with more cosmos, podcasting and disastrous dates.

Will everyone from And Just Like That Season 1 return for Season 2?

Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon and Kristin Davis are all confirmed to be returning for Season 2. The teaser posted on the official Instagram account for And Just Like That confirming the news also featured Nicole Ari Parker as Lisa Todd Wexley, Sarita Choudhury as Seema Patel, Mario Cantone as Anthony Marentino, Karen Pittman as Dr Nya Wallace and Sara Ramirez as Che Diaz, suggesting that they, too, will reprise their roles.

It’s also likely that we’ll see more of Miranda and Charlotte’s respective families: Evan Handler as Harry Goldenblatt, Cathy Ang as Lily and Alexa Swinton as Rock, as well as David Eigenberg’s Steve Brady and Niall Cunningham’s Brady Hobbes. And as for Carrie’s significant other? The podcaster ended the first season of And Just Like That by kissing her dashing producer, Franklyn (Ivan Hernandez), who could feasibly return for the second instalment. “I know nothing about next season,” Hernandez told Vogue back in February. “I think those things are still being worked out. I had a wonderful time playing the character, so I wouldn’t mind coming back and exploring it, if that’s what they decide to do.”

If Franklyn does make an appearance, he’ll have to compete for Carrie’s attention with Aidan Shaw, whom HBO confirmed would be back for And Just Like That 2.0 on January 13. In an image posted to Instagram, the erstwhile New York Star columnist and furniture designer can be seen strolling hand-in-hand through the streets of Manhattan, with Aidan apparently having had a glow up since his turquoise ring days. “Shh, don’t tell anyone,” the caption instructed – a decree the internet did not, even for a second, consider following.

One character who almost certainly will not be returning – physically, at least – is Samatha Jones, as embodied by the effervescent Kim Cattrall. (She famously declined to be part of the reboot and doesn’t appear to have reconsidered.) However, showrunner Michael Patrick King recently told Variety that Samantha will remain a “text friend” to Carrie, as she was in Season 1. Prior to that, he’d told the publication that viewers shouldn’t get their hopes up about seeing the pair reunite on screen. “Magically thinking, it’s great to have Samantha,” he said. “[But] I have no realistic expectation of Kim Cattrall ever appearing again.”

What will be the plot of And Just Like That Season 2?

As with Season 1, the major plot points of And Just Like That Season 2 will be kept under wraps until release, but that hasn’t stopped fans from speculating about what could be explored. In the final episode of the first instalment, we see Carrie singlehandedly hosting Sex and the City, her new advice podcast, following the end of the Che Diaz-led X, Y, and Me. Will Carrie continue to impart her wisdom, will Franklyn continue to produce the show, and will the two of them actually get together? Or will she set her sights on emotionally devastating Aidan again? And what about Che and Miranda, after the latter decided to ditch her highly competitive summer internship to go to LA with the former, who’s doing a pilot?

When will And Just Like That Season 2 be released?

HBO Max has yet to announce a release date for And Just Like That Season 2, but production is currently underway, with the hope that the new series will begin streaming in the summer of 2023.

How should I entertain myself until And Just Like That Season 2 premieres?

If you’ve already rewatched the first season of And Just Like That since it concluded, make sure to devour the subsequent documentary next. After that, revisit the 15 best Sex and the City episodes of all time; catch up on Chelsea Fairless and Lauren Garroni’s Every Outfit podcast, which dissects the show’s most memorable looks and talking points; and work your way through our list of the most stylish films ever made.

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