Biggest shock of And just like that…The last one is Miranda (Cynthia Nixon) decided to give up Brooklyn, Brady (Niall Cunningham), and her friends to keep an eye on Che’s love and care (Sara Ramirez) to California. It was a decision Miranda would never have made in any previous iteration Sex and the city because it defies all of Miranda’s virtues.
The episode’s screenwriters were fully aware of the discord between Miranda and the finale’s non-Miranda-like plot. Because, until about a week before filming the episode, they asked Miranda to make the logical choice of Miranda staying in New York.
“It was a belated decision,” said Julie Rottenberg in her Latest interview with Vanity Fair. “From January to June 2121, we were all very sure that Miranda was not going to LA. That is not the problem.”
But after that Sarah Jessica Parker, Kristin Davisand Nixon started filming — revive Sex and the city character for the first time in 11 years.
“You’re seeing the actors live in the characters and it’s starting to feel real to you. The “of course she won’t go” problem suddenly became “why won’t she go,” says Rottenberg.
But when the cast and crew gathered to read the final table, Miranda’s romantic plot was different.
“We had two or three more beats in the Che-Miranda story,” says Rottenberg. “Che will show up at their detention center on the way to LA. They will talk about whether or not they will be able to meet other people. There is a completely different sequence in their story. And it would end with Miranda staying. “
Zuritsky said: “At the reading table it sounded contrived. Rottenberg added that the crew immediately knew that something with that script “was off. What did we not believe in? We all know something is wrong. “
The crew correctly identified Miranda’s backstory as needing to be changed, for a number of reasons.
“We had a very lively conversation and debate about what Miranda should do and what she should do,” Zuritsky said. “Those things are not always the same. So we talked about it over and over again, even in draft. At the end of the day, it would be reassuring – even for us as writers – to let Miranda do the Miranda things and stay in the internship and not leave New York. That should reassure us that this Miranda we’ve always relied on to be a reasonable slicker is still there. But there’s also something really fun about letting that character go beyond what we all expected her to do. ”
“At a certain point in our internal conversations, it became very clear that we were all judgmental voices in her head.
And on the show, what would make Carrie feel satisfied and Charlotte feel grounded? Perhaps at this stage in her life she has the right to follow another voice in her head. So that’s exciting to be explored as a team. “
There are also other factors:
“It would feel contrived to create a rift between starters as a couple,” says Rottenberg. “It proves to both Sara Ramirez and Cynthia that we believe they are a couple. They have a chemistry as the actors feel alive. ” said Rottenberg, in making such a bad decision for Miranda, “it was both terrifying and liberating.”
The authors determined fairly early on that Che would be seduced by “LA”. Rottenberg said. “It is the aspiration to stand up that LA will call for. So we knew pretty early that we liked it as a destination for Che. And we felt it was the perfect conflict for Miranda. (However, in both versions of the draft, Che has the musical number. Rottenberg says: “As soon as we found out we had Sara, like that, how could you not give it to them? “)
Rottenberg and Zuritsky — writing partner, friends since the age of 9 and Sex and the city veteran– liken the show’s writers room to a panel of judges’ discussion as they were defining lines for each character.
“We all consider it, and if someone really hates something or has a problem with it, we massage it or deal with it. [in the script] Rottenberg said. For example, if they’re going to let Miranda go to LA, they’ll need a scene in which Miranda can explain to Carrie (and to the viewer) why she’s doing it. So in the final shot of “nail-biter,” the screenwriters also created a bathroom scene at Charlotte’s last name-mitzvah so the characters could hash out their differences.