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Dreams Come True: The Sandman Season Two Confirmed!

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Dreams Really Do Come True for Fans of The Sandman

Dreams came true for The Sandman fans when Netflix confirmed a second season of the beloved fantasy series is on its way with an intriguing teaser, as seen on the streaming platform’s official Twitter page.

Inspired by Neil Gaiman’s DC comic books, The Sandman series follows Morpheus, aka Dream, as he tries to retrieve his lost sources of power and bring stability back to his kingdom after being freed from captivity. The talented cast, including Tom Sturridge, Gwendoline Christie, Kirby Howell-Baptiste, Mason Alexander Park, and Jenna Coleman, kept viewers engaged in the first season.

The Sandman, a 75-issue series released from 1989 to 1996, was published by DC Comics under the Vertigo imprint, specializing in adult-themed content. The comic tells the story of Dream of the Endless, a supernatural ruler of the dream world.

The anticipation for the second season of The Sandman only grew with the release of a bonus episode, which included two additional stories from The Sandman universe: “A Dream of a Thousand Cats” and “Calliope.” These releases increased excitement about the series, especially since Neil Gaiman hinted at the possibility of spin-offs. Currently, there is limited information available about the second season, but there have been some intriguing hints, such as Netflix avoiding using the term “season two”. 

What We Know so Far

Despite being over 30 years in the making, the show’s first season only drew from two out of ten volumes of the original source material. This means there are still plenty of stories to tell in further installments.

The initial episodes are set firmly in a fantasy realm, quickly drawing you into its world and launching Dream’s journey as the Sandman. The story starts in 1916 when Lord Morpheus, played by Tom Sturridge with a gaunt and sullen demeanor resembling that of famous English musician Robert Smith, is erroneously captured by the menacing Lord Magus, portrayed effectively by Charles Dance.

Lord Magus aims to harness Death’s power for necromancy and revive his beloved son who died at war, but instead ends up with Dream, whom he traps naked in a glass sphere in his basement. Initially, the period setting may resemble a darker version of Downton Abbey, but it soon becomes evident that the series transcends eras and genres. Throughout its run, the pace shifts from fast to slow, and we encounter different periods, cities, and realms. Despite its seemingly complex nature, the show succeeds due to its meditative pace, allowing for thorough scene-setting and world-building. Fans will likely appreciate its fantastical elements, such as a battle of imaginations with Lucifer (Gwendoline Christie) and a charming mythical creature named Gregory. Jenna Coleman shines as the flawed and tenacious Johanna Constantine, a descendant of John and Johanna, whose nightmares are only rivaled by her exorcist responsibilities.”

The large ensemble cast is remarkably outstanding, exhibiting a superb talent in delivering lines that could have otherwise sounded overly convoluted with ease, making them sound neither vague nor forced. An example would be the siblings Cain (Sanjeev Bhaskar) and Abel (Asim Chaudhry). Cain and Abel are dream entities embodying the characters from the Biblical tale of the same name: Cain being the first murderer and Abel being the first victim. As a result, Cain continually kills Abel, who never remains dead. The relationship between the actors, the arguments, the delivery, the intent to kill, the execution, are all seamless and believable acting.

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Second Season Release Date

Production of the first season of The Sandman took nearly two years, beginning in October 2020 and finally releasing on Netflix in August 2022. The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic during filming likely contributed to the extended production timeline. Cast member, Mason Alexander Park, has announced that filming for the second season is scheduled for the summer of 2023.

In addition to the creation of practical sets and costumes, the visual effects in a fantasy-based series such as The Sandman must undergo a lengthy post-production process to look attractive and polished for audiences. Therefore, we expect the second season will likely take 18-24 months to produce, with its release date in the spring or summer of 2024.

What Could Happen Next?

There is a chance that everyone on the season would be returning as themselves, some possibly from the dead, and we may witness an entirely interesting character arc or development for some characters. 

Neil Gaiman took to making an announcement on Netflix Brazil’s official twitter page page where he mentioned the youngest member of The Endless, Delirium, being a part of the next season.

Based on The Sandman‘s conclusion, the upcoming season will primarily center around the fourth and fifth volumes of the graphic novel, Season of Mists and A Game of You.

The first volume, Season of Mists, features Dream’s return to Hell, where he encounters Lucifer Morningstar. The latter has caused chaos by giving up her throne and beginning a new life on Earth, releasing her demons in the process.

The second volume, A Game of You, focuses on the return of Barbie (Lily Travers), a supporting character from season one, to her fantasy world in the Dreaming. This is triggered by an intervention from the mythical Martin Tenbone.

Given how faithful the first season was to Preludes & Nocturnes and The Doll’s House, we’d expect a potential follow-up to stick relatively closely to the source material. Viewers are excited to be getting a return of the fantasy show and are patiently waiting for it to premiere.

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The Sandman (2022) Official Netflix Trailer

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