‘And Just Like That’ Writers Respond To Storyline Backlash

Who's #TeamSteve?

The SATC reboot And Just Like That aired several weeks ago, leaving viewers with plenty of thoughts after each episode. There’s been a lot going on, a lot of praise for the show but yet a whole lot of criticism too. The majority of that criticism is being directed towards the Miranda/Steve/Che storyline, because, well… Of course it is.

If you can cast your mind back to the Sex and the City films, you’ll remember when Steve cheated on Miranda. He came clean, Miranda was understandably distraught, but eventually, the pair worked things through – agreeing to work on their relationship by ever so romantically meeting on Brooklyn Bridge.

This is what’s leaving many SATC fans confused while watching the new series, what happened to Miranda and Steve that led to Miranda cheating on him with Che?

While some are delighted to see Miranda exploring her sexuality, others just can’t look past her treatment of Steve, claiming he deserves better. So much so, that two writers from And Just Like That have felt the need to respond.

While speaking to Vanity Fair, writers Elisa Zuritsky and Julie Rottenberg explain the reasons behind the controversial plot.

“We love Steve. We are really invested in the Steve-ness of him. He’s so full of life, and the Steves out there are good guys,” Elisa shared.

Julie then added, “But Miranda’s journey is representing another reality out there, which a lot of people go through – the reevaluations and transitions in life. Grown couples grow apart, and people come to epiphanies about what their spouse is or isn’t fulfilling for them. Miranda’s story was very representative of a certain path that a lot of women find themselves on.”

Before Elisa explained that the writers “didn’t set out to make virtuous characters necessarily,” saying, “Even moral, generally wonderful people make choices that aren’t necessarily admirable or virtuous.” Before adding that the criticism behind the storyline could be rooted in a “lopsided gender issue…you feel angry at her and more protective of him.”


View this post on Instagram


A post shared by Acess Ramirez. (@ramirezupdate)

Later in the interview, Elisa further shared: “To me, it falls under the same umbrella of why are we coming back to do this show if it’s not going to be different? … Creatively, we wanted to see what happened to these women… Where are they? What have they gone through? What are new stories for these women? How are they rooted in the real-life experience of women in their 50s? What do women go through?”

While Julie added, “If we were going to come back, let’s come back and cover what we are really experiencing in our own lives and our friends’ lives, although that’s sometimes not as much fun.”

But not only are some fans not happy with Miranda cheating on Steve, but they’re also cringing HARD at Miranda constantly calling herself Rambo. Honestly, I knew I wasn’t the only one dying inside at the constant Rambo references. Read more on that here.


Have your say

More like this