Take, for instance, that unforgettable happy ending when Big (Chris Noth), encouraged by the women who hadn’t always been his biggest fan, jets off to the City of Light to rescue a miserable Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker) after she’d chosen to follow the Russian (Mikhail Baryshnikov) there to tell her that she was “the one.”
In a 2016 Kindle Singles interview, Star, who went on to create Younger and Emily in Paris, admitted that he felt that the show’s ending was a betrayal of what had come before it. “For me, in a way—and I didn’t [write] those last episodes—if you’re empowering other people to write and produce your show, you can’t … say certain things,” he said, before continuing to say certain things.
“At a certain point, you’ve got to let them follow their vision. But I think the show ultimately betrayed what it was about, which was that women don’t ultimately find happiness from marriage. 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.”
“At the end, it became a conventional romantic comedy,” he concluded. “But unless you’re there to write every episode, you’re not going to get the ending you want.”