You think you know someone for 25 years, and just like that… it turns out you didn’t even have their name right the whole time.
That’s what many Sex And The City fans were left feeling during the most recent episode of the reboot, when it was suggested that Carrie Bradshaw isn’t actually the central character’s name.
In one scene from this week’s And Just Like That…, Sarah Jessica Parker’s character visited a bodega near her old apartment to treat herself to a coffee, where the owner greeted her as “Caroline”.
Over the course of their conversation, the man in question repeatedly referred to her as “Caroline”, while Carrie continued to update him on her life as if nothing was out of the ordinary.
“Alright,” you might be thinking. “Surely the joke here is that he’s known Carrie for years and has been calling her the wrong name all that time? Or it’s been so long since she paid him a visit he’s forgotten?”
And we weren’t the only ones perturbed by And Just Like That… producers’ decision to suddenly reveal Carrie’s real name after all these years…
— Matt ✪ (@mattyxlp) December 23, 2021
i was today years old when i learned carrie bradshaw's first name is caroline
— caroline (@carolinenycek) December 23, 2021
Is Caroline Carrie's real name, and I just never knew that?? Or just something the bodega guy calls her? #AndJustLikeThat
— Liz Parker (@yesnodetroit) December 23, 2021
— J Smith/Wilso (@JsEpicLife) December 23, 2021
Idk if I ever knew Carrie’s real name was Caroline. 🤯🤯🤯🤯 #AndJustLikeThat
— oh jose (@_vicpic) December 23, 2021
Wait Carrie’s real name is Caroline?! Was that widely known? #AndJustLikeThat
— Sagiterrorist 💁🏾♂️ (@BlkkGold) December 23, 2021
Okay onto episode 4 of #andjustlikethat… Is Carrie’s real name Caroline???
— Torry | Ready to Be Petty Podcast (@RTBPPodcast) December 23, 2021
Since when the fuck is Carrie's real name Caroline???#AndJustLikeThat
— ❤Corey the Hilary Duff stan❤ (@Bi_duffster1397) December 23, 2021
I’ve seen every single sex n the city episode and why I didn’t realize Carrie real name was Caroline this whole time 🤯
— King Jas🧘🏽♀️✨ (@exoticglow) December 23, 2021
— Charlie Bradshaw (@FinesssePrince) December 23, 2021
HuffPost UK has contacted HBO for comment.
Billed as “a new chapter” in the Sex And The City story, And Just Like That... debuted earlier this month, with SJP returning alongside Cynthia Nixon and Kristin Davis.
While they’ve been joined by a host of new cast members and some familiar faces, Kim Cattrall famously made the decision not to come back for the revival, claiming she was done playing Samantha Jones for good.
The character’s absence has been explained by having her move to London after an apparent fall-out with the rest of the group.
The first four episodes of And Just Like That... are available to watch now on Now and Sky, with a new instalment arriving every Thursday.
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This article originally appeared on HuffPost UK and has been updated.