- Sex and the City -The 'Sex And The City' Reboot Will Include COVID, But How Would Carrie & Friends Handle Quarantine?
Sex and the City has never been particularly realistic when it comes to the life of a single woman in New York City. And yet, the newly announced HBO Max reboot will feature one very real fact of modern life: coronavirus. Sarah Jessica Parker confirmed that the Sex and the City reboot would include COVID-19 in a new interview, saying that the show's NYC setting demanded it.
"[COVID-19 will] obviously be part of the storyline, because that's the city [these characters] live in," she told Vanity Fair. "And how has that changed relationships once friends disappear? I have great faith that the writers are going to examine it all."
What year the reboot will be set in remains unclear. The realities of life during the coronavirus pandemic of early 2020, summer 2020, and late 2020, were all very different, so, unless there's an episode that focuses more heavily on flashbacks, it seems likely that the show will focus on the second year of the pandemic and its aftermath. After all, you can't have Sex and the City without cosmos, and you can't have cosmos without a bar. But, just because the reboot might not actually show what Carrie, Miranda, Charlotte, and Samantha are up to in quarantine doesn't mean we can't imagine it for ourselves.
Here's what I think the ladies of Sex and the City would have been up to in quarantine when the pandemic first hit in March of 2020.
When quarantine first starts, Carrie sees it as an opportunity to try her hand at being a homemaker. Once she realizes she can't cook like the Barefoot Contessa — after all, she still uses her landline (!) to order delivery — she puts that to bed and focuses on spending time with Big (who is not dead, contrary to some popular fan theories). He, however, is also busy figuring out his work-from-home set up, so Carrie ends up organizing and reorganizing her closet a good 10 times before finally sitting down to write. (I couldn't help but wonder... if I put off my work, will my work be put off by me?)
Unfortunately, after the first few weeks, The New York Star feels financial pressure and wants to renegotiate her fee. Unwilling to take the pay cut, Carrie decides to try her luck self-publishing, but she can't remember the password to the blog on her author website, so she decides to bathtub tie-dye her wedding dress.
Samantha will not appear in the Sex and the City reboot which leads me to this unnerving conclusion: she dies after contracting the coronavirus from a Bumble hookup mid-lockdown. Parker seemed to hint at this possibility when she told Vanity Fair that the reboot would explore how the pandemic "changed relationships once friends disappear." An ominous statement given how anxious fans are to see how Samantha will be written off the show.
Samantha dying from COVID would be tragic, yes, but it would also reflect the realities of the pandemic. However, if the powers that be deem this twist darker than the time the show compared Carrie's computer crashing to Miranda's mother dying, they could also just have Samantha become obsessed with COVID safety. She'd be hiding out in her Malibu mansion, enjoying her private beach mask-less, and hooking up with men only after seeing their negative COVID test results.
That, or she's just at home getting off on Bridgerton.
Charlotte wanted quarantine to be a magical time of bonding with her daughters, Lily and Rose, but having two teenagers in lockdown is harder than she imagined. She's also gotten into the habit of hovering behind them during zoom school giving them the answers, and, concerned about the kids' amount of screen time, she institutes a no-TV on weeknights rule. Harry protests, so much so that he disregards her rules. And, at the end of her rope, Charlotte unplugs all the televisions and throws them out onto the street.
Oh, and Charlotte is the queen of of the sourdough starter.
Miranda was looking forward to becoming an empty nester in 2020, with Brady turning 18 and going off to college, but with the coronavirus pandemic, her son decided to defer for a year and stay in Brooklyn instead. Steve is thrilled. He had to temporarily close his bar due to the pandemic and, with nothing else to do but worry about how he'll remain open, he's loving spending a lot of time watching sports and playing video games with his son. Miranda, however, is less amused. She's had to take on a lot more work to compensate for Steve's business troubles, and the noise in the house is slowly driving her insane.
She also can't stop complaining about her neighbors, who bang on pots and pans for 10 minutes every day to show their appreciation for healthcare workers. Don't they have work to do? She does love working in sweats though, and threatens to never wear pants again.
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