The Sandman Season 2: What to Expect

The Sandman Returns: Neil Gaiman's Vision for Season 2

by Faruk Imamovic
The Sandman Season 2: What to Expect
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For years, fans of Neil Gaiman's acclaimed comic series, The Sandman, doubted that it would ever make it to the screen. However, Netflix took on the daunting challenge and recently premiered the first season, starring Tom Sturridge as Morpheus (also known as Dream).

The series follows Morpheus as he strives to regain control of his realm after being imprisoned for nearly a century. Given the original comic's expansive 75-issue run, there's plenty of material left to explore in future seasons.

Here's what we know about a potential Season 2 of The Sandman.

Confirmed Renewal and Future Prospects

After months of speculation and even a prematurely deleted tweet, Netflix has officially confirmed that The Sandman will return for a second season.

Neil Gaiman expressed his excitement in a statement: "There are some astonishing stories waiting for Morpheus and the rest of them (not to mention more members of the Endless Family to meet). Nobody is going to be happier about this than the Sandman cast and crew: they are the biggest Sandman fans there are.

And now it’s time to get back to work. There’s a family meal ahead, after all. And Lucifer is waiting for Morpheus to return to Hell…” Moreover, there are discussions about extending the series beyond a second season.

Gaiman revealed to Bustle that footage shot for Season 1 could be used as far ahead as Season 5, indicating that the showrunners have a comprehensive plan for the series. "We know how we would do the entire Sandman storyline up to and including the last one, Sandman Overture," Gaiman said.

Showrunner Allan Heinberg echoed this optimism at the show's London premiere, stating, "We’ve got as many [seasons] as they’ll let us have. If enough viewers show up, we can go for quite a long while. We want to do all of it, we want a spin-off miniseries.

We’d love to make it for as long as they’ll have us."

Plot Expectations for Season 2

The first season of The Sandman covered the initial two volumes of the comics: Preludes and Nocturnes (issues 1 to 8) and The Doll’s House (issues 9 to 16).

If renewed, the second season is expected to delve into the third volume, Dream Country (issues 17 to 20), and likely the fourth, Season of Mists (issues 21 to 28). Dream Country consists of stand-alone stories, including an encounter between Dream and Shakespeare.

On the other hand, Season of Mists is often hailed by fans as the series' best volume, setting up its plot perfectly at the end of Season 1, where Lucifer vows revenge on Morpheus. Season of Mists will continue the narrative of Dream and his former lover, Nada, and introduce beloved characters such as Destiny, Delirium, and Gaiman's interpretations of Norse gods Thor, Loki, and Odin.

With such rich material, fans have a lot to look forward to if Netflix greenlights another season.

New Cast Members and Characters

Season 2 promises to expand the universe further with the introduction of new characters. Among the most anticipated arrivals are members of Dream's family: Destiny and Delirium.

Netflix has officially announced the casting of Creed-Miles as Delirium, Adrian Lester as Destiny, and Barry Sloane as The Prodigal. This trio's inclusion hints at a significant family reunion and the unfolding of intricate new storylines.

Anticipated Release Date

While Netflix has confirmed The Sandman's return, the release date for Season 2 remains uncertain. Production is underway, but fans may need to exercise patience before the new season hits their screens.

In the meantime, enthusiasts of the Sandman universe can look forward to Dead Boy Detectives, another show set in the same universe, to keep them entertained until Morpheus returns. The Sandman's journey from comic book to screen has been long-awaited, and its successful first season has only heightened anticipation for what's next.

With a committed creative team, an expanding cast, and a treasure trove of source material, the future of The Sandman looks bright and promising. Fans can rest assured that Morpheus' story is far from over.