We never expected a friend to fall out.

This is the HBO Max’s premiere episode Sex and the City revival, renamed Just Like That…Samantha Jones’s absence was promptly addressed and explained. Carrie and Samantha were long-time friends.Sarah Jessica Parker), Miranda (Cynthia NixonCharlotte (Kristin Davies) ran into an old acquaintance—shout out to the return of Bitsy Von Muffling (Julie Halston)—they were asked about their missing “fourth musketeer.”

Carrie and Company explained to Samantha, “no longer here” in what seemed at first glance like a throwaway explanation. It’s not that simple. Samantha Jones (played by) Kim CattrallIn the original six seasons of the series, the star was living in London.

After decades of friendship, it was obvious that there was much more to the story and the program made every effort to explore it. Carrie and Samantha apparently had a falling out following the departure of Samantha’s publicist.

“I told her that because of what the book business is now, it just didn’t make sense,” Carrie reflected in one conversation with Miranda, “for me to keep her on as a publicist. I was fired as friend by her after she said “fine.”