We almost never learned Mr. Big’s first name in “Sex and the City,” and here’s why

It was one of the *biggest* mysteries on Sex and the City: Mr. Big’s first name. But the show’s executive producer Michael Patrick King has just explained why the reveal took so long to arrive, and how the writers decided to introduce it right at the show’s end.

Now, while the show might have ended in 2004, we’re pretty sure we’re not the only ones who, when in need of comfort, dust off our Sex and the City box sets and allow ourselves to be whisked away by Carrie Bradshaw and her romance with the enigmatic Mr. Big.

And even though we now know the answer, we remember waiting for years to learn Mr. Big’s first name.

Well, according to Michael Patrick King, the reveal came together at the last minute.

"In the last episode, in the last moment, I realized [I had] to say Mr. Big’s name and I just [mimes typing on a keyboard] ‘John,'" King told Entertainment Weekly"And then I told all the writers and they were like, ‘What the hell?’ And I was like, ‘We have to say his name because now he’s real!'

Of course, right at the end of SatC, Big travels to Paris to get Carrie back after he realizes that she’s the person who he’s meant to be with. It’s a pretty romantic ending, and one that the show was working towards for six seasons.

Yet, letting viewers in on Big’s name wasn’t always on the cards. In fact, King said that, for him anyways, Big didn’t have a name.

“It was just one of those things where it’s like, ‘Oh, it’s happening right now’ and you didn’t plan it,” he admitted.

And why did he choose the name John? Well, it was the most normal and generic name he could think of.

While Carrie and Big went on to get married in the first movie, and find peace in their relationship in the second, we do feel that the ending of the show was pretty perfect, and proved how their relationship had grown. We love hearing about how all these things came together, and we’re especially amazed that something so important could have been decided so last-minute.

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