Is Aidan back for And Just Like That season 2? Here's what we know so far

The latest reports suggest Carrie’s ex beau, Aidan, will be back in And Just Like That

Is Aidan back for And Just Like That?
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And Just Like That… we’re even more excited for the second season of the hit Sex and the City reboot.

Why? Because, if the latest reports are to be believed, it’s not just Samantha Jones who’s set to make a comeback. Carrie’s former flame Aidan could also be returning.

A Friday report from Deadline is sparking fresh speculation that Aidan, played by actor John Corbett, will once again step into the well-worn boots of the furniture making ex of Sarah Jessica Parker’s Carrie Bradshaw.

The report suggests that Aidan “is set for a substantial, multi-episode arc on the second season of the Sex and the City follow-up.” However, it also states that reps for HBO Max and John Corbett declined comment.

Aidan’s potential return has always been something of a tease for fans of the series, as John Corbett previously gave false hope back during the first season.

He said back in April 2021 that he would reprise his role as the ex-fiancé of Carrie Bradshaw in season 1 of the revival – alas, this never came to fruition.

John Corbett has teased Aidan's return in the past. Could season two make good on his promises?

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Following the finale, executive producer Michael Patrick King explained why Aidan did not, in fact, appear in the season, and it had a lot to do with what the core focus of the show was about.

The first season mostly dealt with the aftermath of Carrie’s husband, Big (Chris Noth), dying at the end of the first episode.

“It really just felt like this was a lot for Carrie,” he said. “This season was a lot. We wanted to get her through [Big’s death] and into the light—the last episode is called, ‘Seeing the Light.’ We wanted to get her out. [Aidan’s return] is a big storyline that everybody at home wrote that we had never intended.”

In that same interview, Sarah Jessica Parker did not rule out a potential Corbett appearance for Season 2.

“I think he would be… I mean, I’m not going, yes, all of it’s possible,” she said, somewhat coyly and unhelpfully.

Who was Aidan? A timeline of his and Carrie’s relationship

Aidan and Carrie, Sex and the City

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Aidan was first introduced in season three of Sex and the City. A roguish, laid-back furniture maker, he was seen by many as the antithesis of financial tycoon Mr Big.

He eventually wooed Carrie, but it wasn’t without its drama. Carrie ended up having an affair with Big whilst with Aidan, something which left Big’s wife Natasha in the hospital after a grizzly fall.

The pair would go on to rekindle their romance in the fourth season of the HBO series, and Aidan even proposed to Carrie.

However, not sure she was the marrying kind, she struggled setting the date or easing into being affianced. This led to the second, and final, breakup between the pair.

Aidan would go on to reappear in the second, and final, movie in the franchise.

With Big out of the picture in And Just Like That, Aidan could make a comeback

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Now both happily married, Aidan and Carrie bump into each other – of all places – in the middle of an Abu Dhabi market. While Kristin Davis’ Charlotte thinks Carrie is playing with fire, she goes ahead, taking it as a sign.

That dinner ultimately ended with a passionate kiss between the pair, causing Carrie to call Big back in the States to let him know.  

Of course, things worked out for Carrie and Big, but fans never saw what happened with Aidan and his wife. And now that And Just Like That season one ended with Carrie scattering Big’s ashes in Paris, kissing her podcast producer and indicating she was ready to begin dating again, this could be a perfect set-up to bring back Aidan.

Jack Slater
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