In case you didn’t know, Aidan was one among Carrie Bradshaw’s two most important love pursuits within the SATC franchise, alongside Chris Noth’s Huge.
Huge was launched within the very first episode of the present again in 1999, whereas Aidan made his debut in Season 3. Carrie’s relationship with Aidan was continually examined by her incapacity to maneuver on from Huge, who she ultimately cheated on Aidan with.
Then, within the 2010 film Intercourse and the Metropolis 2, Carrie shocked followers when she kissed Aidan after they ran into one another in Abu Dhabi — regardless of her being married to Huge by this level.
Huge ended up forgiving Carrie for the indiscretion, and this was the final time that we noticed Aidan on our screens. Till this week.
Season 1 of And Simply Like That premiered in 2021 and revealed that Carrie and Huge had remained collectively within the years because the second film, and have been having fun with a contented marriage.
However tragedy struck on the finish of the primary episode when Huge died suddenly of a coronary heart assault, with the remainder of the season exploring Carrie coping with her grief.
In Season 2, nonetheless, Carrie was prepared to maneuver on and reached out to her former lover through e-mail in final week’s episode of the present, with John making his much-anticipated return as Aidan on Thursday.
Following the onscreen comeback, And Simply Like That’s government producer, Michael Patrick King, opened up about the way in which that he approached John to reprise his notorious function — and he didn’t maintain again.
Actually, Michael instructed the actor that earlier than filming started he wanted to have a full makeover, which included getting in form — to which John apparently acknowledged that he had gained weight in recent times.
“We gave him a makeover,” Michael mentioned on the Writer’s Room podcast. “We lower his hair, we took the turquoise jewellery away, we instructed him he needed to be rock exhausting when he got here again.”
Michael was talking with fellow government producers Julie Rottenberg and Elisa Zuritsky, and supervising producer Samantha Irby on the time, and once they questioned whether or not that was what Michael had truly mentioned to John, he doubled down.
“No, it’s true, I mentioned it to John, John is aware of,” he instructed them. “He was consuming fried rooster once I instructed him and he dropped the fried rooster on the plate and fell down within the sales space that we have been sitting in and mentioned: ‘I knew I used to be a fatty.’”
However the actor dutifully took Michael’s notes on board, with the showrunner including: “Then he got here again rock exhausting with quick hair.”
Regardless of the way it could appear, Michael then insisted that the modifications to John’s look weren’t for aesthetic causes, arguing: “It’s not an aesthetic selection to come back again in a different way as a result of I assumed he was perfection, it was a narrative selection. If we’re bringing anyone again we’ve to search out some strategy to carry them again in a brand new manner.”
“So right here we are actually, bringing Aidan again once more, and we’ve tips up our sleeve as to how he’s new and what we are able to truly do with the storyline contemplating all of the water beneath the bridge,” he concluded.
And Michael’s podcast company praised him for the agency stance that he took with John as they acknowledged that historically it’s girls who face strain to vary their look.
“I simply wish to give Michael Patrick King props,” Elisa started. “You is likely to be among the many few showrunners who truly clamp down on males to hit the health club and really put slightly strain on their look, which most girls would say tends to fall onto feminine laps.”
Michael responded by referencing the way in which that ladies are the extra sexually empowered characters on And Simply Like That and saying: “As I say, we’ve flipped the swap on this present!”
When Aidan’s return was first introduced, not everybody was impressed — particularly when pictures of Aidan and Carrie kissing emerged on-line.
The choice to rekindle the previous romance divided followers, with many stating that the connection had already failed a number of occasions greater than 20 years in the past.
Others have been upset that Carrie would bounce again to her previous flame after her husband’s demise, and that Aidan would let her. One remark read on the time: “he shouldn’t be going again to her simply because the person she cheated with died!!!”
However the workforce stood by their choice to carry Aidan again on the podcast, with Julie saying: “Within the dialogue about bringing Aidan again for Season 2 of And Simply Like That, for me it needed to be about what would actually occur and I imagine it. I feel that’s what occurs after we are older, particularly after a tragedy like Carrie has suffered.”
“Let’s face it, you will have fewer and fewer actually powerfully sturdy individuals in your life who’ve identified you for a very long time,” she added. “So I imagine that she would have reached out to him.”