Spoiler alert: This article contains spoilers for the first two episodes of And Just Like That.
Before the world was divided by Team Edward and Team Jacob, there was Team Big and Team Aidan. For decades, superfans of Darren Star's iconic late-'90s-to-early-2000s dramedy series, Sex and the City, have been split over who Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker) is truly meant to be with.
Is the shoe-loving sex and relationship columnist meant to be with Mr. Big (Chris Noth), a mysterious, commitment-phobic entrepreneur financier, or is she meant to be with Aidan Shaw (John Corbett), a down-to-earth furniture maker? If it were up to us, Carrie would have kicked Big to the curb in Season 2 and gone on to live her best, happiest life with Aidan — in a giant, fabulously furnished Manhattan apartment, of course. But Carrie can be just as toxic as Big at times, so here we are.
Even though the equally flawed lovers Carrie and Big wound up together in the end, the series premiere of the SATC reboot, And Just Like That, kills off Big in a dramatic, Peloton-induced heart attack. Diehard fans of SATC were floored as they watched a major character get written out of the show just like that. Now that Big's been gone for good for the entirety of And Just Like That Season 1, does this mean John Corbett's Aiden — aka Carrie's real true love — will return in Season 2?
John Corbett is returning (for real, this time) as Aidan in 'And Just Like That' Season 2
To say that SATC fans were disappointed when John Corbett failed to appear in Season 1 of And Just Like That would be an understatement. It turned out that John was simply joking when he teased Aidan's return to Page Six back in 2021.
However, And Just Like That Season 2 is reportedly delivering what the fans actually want this time around. A source told Deadline that John is slated to reprise his role as Aidan for a "substantial, multi-episode arc," in the second season.
Aidan's marital status, however, is still up in the air. In Michael Patrick King's highly criticized Sex and the City 2, a vacationing Carrie and a business-trip-bound Aidan run into each other in Abu Dhabi. Realism was obviously the main priority. At this point in the SATC universe, Carrie and Big had already wed, and Aiden was married to a designer named Kathy, with whom he had three children.
Even though Carrie stomped on Aidan's heart multiple times in SATC (take Aidan shouting, "You broke my heart!" in Season 4's "Baby, Talk is Cheap" as evidence), Sex and the City 2 sees the ex-lovers enjoy a candlelit dinner for old times' sake, which ends in a steamy kiss.
Carrie and Aidan's chemistry was clearly still there in 2010, but is it present in 2022? We'll have to wait and see.
You can stream And Just Like That Season 1 in the interim on HBO Max.