Now, Michael Patrick King is opening up about the original storyline intended for Blatch in the revival series. During a Q&A session with Variety, King revealed that the writers had bigger plans for Garson’s character.
“[Garson] was in all 10 episodes. Before I knew that Willie was sick and couldn't complete it, Stanford was going to have a midlife crisis," he explained. “Stanford's character always had a borderline career as a manager, and we were like going to explore the fact that it wasn't a real career. It was going to be Carrie and him, feeling the shifts. Anthony [Marentino, Stanford's husband played by Mario Cantone] and him were probably going to have split anyway.”
King continued, “Then we would keep both of them in, and everybody would be relieved that they were divorced because it was not pleasant for anybody. But there was a series of really fun, flirty, hilarious confidante scenes with Carrie that I loved. That old, old, very specific chemistry that Carrie and Stanford have, which is based totally on the uniqueness of Willie and Sarah Jessica's history.”
Once King and the writers learned of Garson's illness, they had to rewrite the storyline and, unfortunately, write off his character. The showrunner shared that writing off Blatch was the “most threadbare writing” he’s ever done.