What's going to happen to Stanford Blatch on 'And Just Like That'?

Episode four explains what happens to beloved character Stanford Blatch after actor Willie Garson's passing

Actress Sarah Jessica Parker and actor Willie Garson (Stanford Blatch) sighting filming a scene for the movie "Sex and The City" on location in the west village on October 01 2007 in New York City
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Willie Garson is probably best-known for playing Stanford Blatch, Carrie Bradshaw’s long-time best friend in the hit show Sex and the City.

We were ecstatic to see the fan-favorite actor filming alongside Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon, Kristin Davis and the rest of the SATC crew for the Sex and the City reboot, And Just Like That, in New York this year. However, Garson's untimely passing in September was a devastating shock to the cast and fans of the show.

Garson's son Nathen announced that his father had died from pancreatic cancer at the age of 57. Tributes came pouring in for the late actor, with Sarah Jessica Parker describing her grief over his death being "unbearable."

In an interview with The New York Times (opens in new tab), Michael Patrick King, the showrunner of And Just Like That and former executive producer on the original Sex and the City series, revealed that Willie Garson’s death will not be written into the show. So what's going to happen with the character of Stanford Blatch? Here's what we know.

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What happens to Stanford Blatch on 'And Just Like That'?

*Warning: spoilers ahead*

Since Garson’s death, there has been a lot of speculation about whether or not his passing will be written into And Just Like That, since he had been filming the HBO series at the time of his death. Reports came out earlier this year that the show would be killing off a main character, which we now know to be true, but that character death was Mr. Big in the show's first episode, not Stanford Blatch. 

So Stanford Blatch lives on, though his character is written out of the show's plot in episode four—the ep features Stanford leaving letters for both Carrie, in which he reveals that he's gone to Japan to tour with the teen TikTok star he manages, and his husband Anthony, from whom he declares he wants a divorce.

Whether the absent Stanford will be mentioned throughout the rest of the season à la Samantha Jones remained to be seen.

Michael Patrick King confirmed in his interview with The New York Times that it was an easy decision not to write Garson’s death into the show: “Because it wasn’t charming. And I knew that the audience would know.” King also talked to The Hollywood Reporter (opens in new tab) about Stanford's narrative arc: "We had a whole journey that we weren’t able to do, but what he did is fantastic." 

Mario Cantone, who plays Anthony, spoke to Entertainment Tonight at the And Just Like That premiere, revealing that because of that decision, some of the show had to be rewritten: "What Michael Patrick King did was brilliant. He knows what he’s doing. They were quick rewrites. We did them. You have to. It's a mixed bag, believe me."

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Cantone also revealed that while he was thrilled to be at the premiere, "I’m sad, too, 'cause I miss Willie. I’m really sad about this, so it's a weird thing, but we're doing this for him. This is for him, and I’m just happy we made it through. We all kind of huddled together, and held onto each other, and we did it."

Garson appeared in three episodes of the show, in an on-screen relationship with Anthony that Cantone describes as a "turbulent yet clingy, loving, argumentative marriage." The actor also revealed about his co-star: "You would’ve never known that he was sick. [He was] in incredible spirits, and hilarious, and brilliant. He’s so alive on the first three episodes."

The fourth episode of And Just Like That paid respect to Garson twice, with tribute cards dedicated to the last actor appearing after the episode's end and after the credits rolled. 

And Just Like That airs on HBO Max on Thursdays through February 3, 2022. 

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Christina Izzo

Christina Izzo is the Deputy Editor of My Imperfect Life. 

More generally, she is a writer-editor covering food and drink, travel, lifestyle and culture in New York City. She was previously the Features Editor at Rachael Ray In Season and Reveal, as well as the Food & Drink Editor and chief restaurant critic at Time Out New York

When she’s not doing all that, she can probably be found eating cheese somewhere.