And Just Like That: Seema Patel Is The New Samantha Jones

One of the successes of Sex and The City with women is easily explained by having separated the feminine archetypes in the three best friends of Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker) and leaving a mixture of them all in the protagonist, joining the sexual daring of Samantha Jones (Kim Cattrall), the cynicism and practicality of Miranda Hobbes (Cynthia Nixon) and the inveterate romanticism of Charlotte York (Kristin Davis). The chemistry was perfect and the success continued for over 10 years.

Given the backstage wear already explored, clarified, and lamented, the return of the group of women who enchanted us in their 30s and who are now in their 50s, came fractured and, And Just Like That and precisely in the element that added humor, daring and empathy, dearest Samantha Jones.

A lot was questioned before the series aired, a little more during, and now we are resigned. Though the writers chose not to kill off Samantha (who survived aggressive cancer in the series), the vacuum was undeniable. The alternative was to take the opportunity to bring more diversity to the group with a series of new names and faces, in addition to giving more space to friends Anthony Marentino (Mario Cantone) and Stanford Blatch (Willie Garson), but the unexpected death of actor Willie Garson left in the air what this dynamic would be like if he continued in the story.

Possibly it would be the same because among the “novelties”, we multiplied the team. From four, we now have six interesting women. Charlotte is friends with her hip and famous neighbor, Lisa Todd Wexley (Nicole Ari Parker), Miranda fell in love with Che Diaz (Sara Ramirez), and Carrie, widowed and grieving, found unexpected support and companionship in Seema Patel (Sarita Choudhury).

Of the three new women, only Seema had the privilege of sitting more than once in the “fourth chair” at the original friends’ coffees and lunches (Anthony and Stanford also occasionally took turns), and from the photos from the second season recordings we are sure to observe that Seema Patel is the new Samantha Jones.

Bravo to the And Just Like That production team. This substitution was the most delicate of all. Kill Mr. Big (Chris Noth) at the opening of the series proved to be a more daring alternative because, with the actor’s personal problems they were able to move away without having to position themselves within the story. Samantha, however, alive, was placed as the one who distanced herself from Carrie and the others due to financial disagreements, a petty argument for whom we follow in all narratives to overcome even greater problems with what she heard from the trio, but ok, it was a veiled message who wanted to pass.

Not eliminating Samantha was a clear position of ownership of the character, taking away from Kim Cattrall any say in the content. And although they have already said that she will not return physically, she was restricted to SMS and WhatsApp in the second phase of the story, showrunner Michael Patrick King said that recently she will reappear in some form in the 2nd season. Without giving spoilers or details, he said that “it’s all so new now. One of my big rules is not telling things until they’re real,” adding that “the goal is to bring all the characters together so they’re not on separate lanes.”

We already understood that the longing for Samantha is a fact and that any force to impose a substitute would be met with a rain of comparisons and criticism. With Seema’s arrival slowly, and discreetly, we started to want more from her without the scriptwriters exposing themselves. It worked.

Sarita Choudhury is a great actress and was perfect in turning the corner on the talented realtor whose professional relationship with Carrie Bradshaw blossoms into a rewarding friendship. Open and lived like Samantha, Seema is different in another way. He values ​​“stepping back and evaluating”, always being transparent, and always having fun. Seema is elegant and practical. A great and perfect successor.

With the images of the recordings in New York, we realized that she will have more space in this part of history. Who is least on screen is Miranda, but we see that Cynthia is taking over the direction of most of the episodes, which may signal that the romance with Che in California is going well.

Replace Mr. Big wouldn’t be easy either. Nothing better than bringing back the man who seriously rivaled him on Sex and The City, Aidan Shaw (John Corbett). We thought he would enter the plot earlier, but it marks the return now that Carrie is ready to move on with her life. It makes a lot of sense to get them back together, the scenes of the two buying kitchen stuff together minimally signal a friendship between the former lovers. Is Carrie now Mrs. Bradshaw Shaw?

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