A good friend fallout we by no means noticed coming.

Within the premiere episode for HBO Max‘s Sex and the City revival, renamed And Simply Like That…, Samantha Jones’ absence was immediately addressed and explained away. When longtime buddies Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker), Miranda (Cynthia Nixon) and Charlotte (Kristin Davis) bumped into an previous acquaintance—shout out to the return of Bitsy Von Muffling (Julie Halston)—they have been requested about their lacking “fourth musketeer.”

At what first felt like a throwaway clarification, Carrie and firm defined that Samantha was “now not with us.” No, not in that means. As an alternative, Samantha Jones, performed by Kim Cattrall within the present’s unique six season run, was now off residing in London.

In fact, after a long time of friendship, there was extra to this story, and the present made certain to delve into it. Apparently, Carrie and Samantha had a fall out after the previous let her good friend go as her publicist.

“I advised her that due to what the ebook enterprise is now, it simply did not make sense,” Carrie mirrored in a single dialog with Miranda, “for me to maintain her on as a publicist. She stated high quality, after which fired me as a good friend.”