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Sept. 21, 2021 was a sad day for “Sex and the City” fans when we learned of Willie Garson’s (who played talent agent Stanford Blatch) death. Knowing that the actor reprised his role in the reboot series, “And Just Like That”, fans wondered how his story would play out since his death occurred while the show was still filming. The good news is Stanford does appear in the first three episodes of the reboot, but those are the only times he shows up.
During episode four, Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker) discovers a “dramatic note” Stanford leaves in her old apartment, and it reveals some shocking news about his whereabouts. “Dearest Carrie, by the time you read this I’ll be in Tokyo,” the letter begins. Carrie then calls Stanford’s husband, Anthony (played by Mario Cantone), to shed light on her discovery. Apparently, the agent is off in Japan managing Ashley — a 17-year-old Long Island TikTok star who’s “huge in Asia” — and accompanying her on tour. When Carrie asks why he couldn’t relay the message of his sudden travels in person, Anthony says, “He couldn’t bring himself to tell you he was leaving face to face after Big died.”
Stanford’s trip to Tokyo could’ve been the end-all solution to address Garson’s unexpected death, but it seems the show’s writers found another way to end his story. In addition to leaving for Japan, Stanford also asked Anthony for a divorce (coincidentally in a letter as well), closing the book on his character.
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