‘SATC’ Fans Know Exactly Why Aidan Can’t Go Into Carrie’s Apartment on ‘AJLT’

Carrie and Aidan are finally back together on ‘AJLT’ after years of going back and forth. Here’s how their living situation could change everything.

Elizabeth Randolph - Author

Aug. 3 2023, Published 3:01 a.m. ET

During Season 2 of And Just Like That, Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker) personified getting “that old thang back” when she reunited with her ex-fiance, Aidan Shaw (John Corbett).

Those who remember watching these two make up to break up on Sex and the City recall them never quite getting their relationship right. But now, Carrie and Aidan are older, a bit wiser, and ready to have the romance they possibly could’ve had all along.

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With the unfortunate death of Carrie’s husband, John “Mr. Big” Preston (Chris Noth), happening in AJLT Season 1, nothing seems to stop her from choosing Aidan once and for all. While Carrie is entirely on board to do so, a significant part of her and Aidan’s past is affecting their hopeful future.

After Big’s death, Carrie returned to the same apartment she had on SATC. Here’s why Carrie’s residence poses a problem for her and Aidan.

(l-r): Sarah Jessica Parker as Carrie talking to John Corbett as Aidan 'And Just Like That'
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Why doesn’t Aidan enter Carrie’s apartment on ‘And Just Like That’?

Many Sex and the City fans know Carrie and Aidan’s torrid history. The pair had many ups and downs, with several “downs” happening in Carrie’s likely formerly rent-controlled Manhattan apartment during seasons 3 and 4.

Carrie’s apartment was where the main SATC character dropped a bombshell to Aidan that she and Big were having an affair in Season 3, “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” The admission came after Aidan voluntarily stripped Carrie’s floors to give her home a much-needed update.

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Aidan and Carrie eventually reunited in Season 4 of SATC after reconnecting at his and Steve’s (David Eigenberg) bar, Scout. In their second shot at love, Carrie and Aidan get engaged, and Carrie vows to never cheat on Aidan again.

However, Carrie wasn’t ready to marry Aidan, and despite him buying an entire building for them to live in, Carrie and Aidan called their relationship quits again and spent one final night together on the other side of Carrie’s apartment.

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Understandably, the drama from Carrie and Aidan’s past proved too much for him to handle. At the end of episode 7 of AJLT, “February 14th,” Aidan vows never to enter Carrie’s apartment again once he discovers she lives in the same place.

But when Carrie convinces Aidan that she has changed, even if her address hadn’t, he decides to continue seeing her — anywhere else but her apartment.

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(l-r): Aidan and Carrie kissing 'AJLT'
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Carrie and Aidan figured out their apartment issues on ‘AJLT.’

After solidifying their new relationship with a kiss, Carrie and Aidan decided to compromise their living situation. In Episode 8, “A Hundred Years Ago,” Aidan, who lives in Virginia with his sons — Wyatt, Homer, and Tate — visits Carrie in New York and stays in a hotel.

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However, once they discovered his visits would become more frequent, Carrie hatched another plan. In the episode, she asked Che (Sara Ramirez) to rent out their apartment since they’ve been AirBnB’ing their space since losing their pilot earlier in the season. Che agrees to the house swap, but Aidan and Carrie’s plan is soon ruined after Che’s neighbor catches them leaving Che’s apartment.

(l-r): Sarah Jessica Parker as Carrie and John Corbett as Aidan.
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Following their AirBnB bust, Carrie takes up Aidan’s earlier offer for her to spend time with him in Virginia and meet his boys. Shockingly, Carrie agrees to stay in the countryside with her furniture-making boo.

While it’s unclear how long Carrie and Aidan will stay in Virginia, the change of scenery could be exactly what the couple — who still has googly eyes for one another after all this time — needs for a fresh start.

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