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'And Just Like That' Creator Explains Why [SPOILER] Dies in First Episode & Why Peloton Was Involved

'And Just Like That' Creator Explains Why [SPOILER] Dies in First Episode & Why Peloton Was Involved

The creator of the new Sex and the City sequel series, And Just Like That, is speaking out to explain why that main character died in episode one.

Michael Patrick King is also opening up to explain why a Peloton bike was used in that death scene.

Click inside for the spoilers and to find out what he said…

Mr. Big, played by Chris Noth, died from a heart attack in episode one. Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker) arrived home from a piano recital for Charlotte’s daughter to find Mr. Big collapsed on the bathroom floor. He had a heart attack after riding his Peloton bike. He died in Carrie’s arms as she comforted him in his final moments.

“Dying was the origin story,” Michael told Vanity Fair. “Nobody wanted to come back if [the show] was not going to be different. When I told Chris that Mr. Big dies in the first episode, he definitely knew it wasn’t [going to be the] same. And we had to talk about it. He really wanted to talk about why he’s dying and what it does for this series. The more we talked about it, the more he understood that it was for Carrie—and Carrie’s storyline is it’s better to have loved and lost than never have loved at all.”

“Once Chris really understood that it would be amazing for Carrie, he made a sacrifice for us, and because he loves Sarah Jessica so much. The legacy of that character wouldn’t diminish, but would increase his legend by leaving. If you can find someone who loves you, that’s fabulous. But this really lets us test out that thesis—the voiceover we end the series with in Sex in the City—that the most significant, challenging, difficult, and rewarding relationship of all is the one you have with yourself,” he added. “It’s also really interesting to me, because 55 and single is a whole new ballpark. You thought 35 and single was a story. 55 and single is a story as well.”

Michael was also asked why a Peloton was used for the death scene instead of a generic spin bike.

“Well, we knew he was gonna have a heart attack. So the Peloton had nothing to do with the heart attack. The Peloton is a thing [though] that people have now, right? It reflects [modern] society. I wanted something to show that Mr. Big was current. Everybody kept coming and saying, ‘Oh, [the characters] are old. They’re old.’ These characters are alive and vibrant,” he said. “And I thought, what would Mr. Big be doing during the pandemic? He’d be listening to his record collection and exercising at home. So we built this enormously decadent, titan-of-the-world spa bathroom and put the signature item that you would have in that at home, which is a Peloton. I ride it all the time, not in a bathroom like that… When Carrie carried a Fendi bag, that was the bag of the moment. Peloton is the bike of the moment. The heart attack happened off the bike.”

Peloton has released a statement in response to that shocking moment.

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