When The Sandman debuted this summer, it appeared to be a hit. It received overwhelmingly positive reviews from critics and viewers, and we thought it was a welcome change from some of the recent Marvel and D.C. comic book fare.
However, suspicions soon spread that The Sandman season two was not a sure thing. Even though it appeared from the outside to be a tremendous smash, executive producer Neil Gaiman, who wrote the contemporary adaptation of The Sandman, went on Twitter to explain why Netflix did not renew the program.
Now we can put such concerns to rest. Due to Netflix’s decision to renew The Sandman for a second season, you can soon see more of Dream, Death, and Lucifer on television. We outline what to anticipate, who to expect, and when one of the best Netflix shows will return below.
The Sandman Season 2: Release Date Speculation
Netflix renewed The Sandman(opens in new tab) for a second season without a release date. Netflix may not know when the show returns. Netflix may have delayed filming season two while it considered renewing the show since episodes of The Sandman season one were rumored to cost $15 million each.
The Sandman’s first season was filmed from October 2020 to August 2021. Season two’s schedule precludes The Sandman in 2023. The first season it premiered a year after filming in August 2022. Since production is expected to begin in the summer of 2023, it might end in April 2024 and premiere in April 2025. We’re optimistic. They could cut season two’s production time if they’ve learned from season one or if Netflix gave them a deadline.
Netflix says it’s committed to further episodes of The Sandman but hasn’t set a release timeline. Netflix’s head of U.S. and Canada scripted TV, Peter Friedlander, told Variety(opens in new tab) that the streaming T.V. show’s episodes are still being considered for batching. “Sandman’s inventive. Everything’s on the table.” Don’t be surprised if The Sandman’s subsequent episodes don’t follow a full-season binge strategy.
In a Fan Expo San Francisco interview, actor Mason Alexander Park confirmed that Netflix is not calling the upcoming set of episodes “Season two,” but there is good news. Filming should commence in the summer of 2023. A leak from What’s on Netflix and comments from The Corinthian actor Boyd Holbrook suggest a June 2023 film start. Netflix shouldn’t wait until April 2025 for fresh episodes.
It’s unlikely we’ll get an entire season at once. If Netflix switches to a “Volume” release schedule, we may only get five to six episodes. The comic book adaptation could release in August 2024, two years after season one.
What Happened In Season 1 Of The Sandman?
The Sandman follows the strong Endless figure of Morpheus. They’re immortal and powerful like gods yet meant to live with gods and men. Morpheus rules the Dreaming, where he rests beings. Season 1 of The Sandman followed Neil Gaiman’s first two D.C. Comics 75-issue collections. The season’s first six episodes cover Preludes and Nocturnes. After Roderick Burgess kidnaps Morpheus/Dream (Tom Sturridge), he recovers his tools (Charles Dance).
Morpheus and Matthew (Patton Oswalt) confront Lucifer (Gwendoline Christie) in Hell. Morpheus defeats Lucifer and regains his helm, but he angers him, which will affect season two. When he returns to life, Morpheus must face John Dee (David Thewlis), the son of Burgess and Ethel Cripps (Joely Richardson). Dee destroys him with Morpheus’s powerful ruby. Morpheus wins the Dreaming after Dee makes a deadly blunder.
Rose Walker (Kyo Ra) and her friend Lyta Hall (Razane Jammal) visit Rose’s grandmother, Unity Kincaid, in London in The Doll’s House (Sandra James-Young). Rose and Lyta use Unity’s money to find her brother Jed (Eddie Karanja) in Florida.
Vortex Rose attracts and controls dreams. Morpheus’s siblings Desire (Mason Alexander Park) and Despair (Donna Preston) and the Corinthian (Boyd Holbrook), a nightmare created by Morpheus who becomes a serial killer earlier in the season, aim to use Rose’s Vortex status to kill him. Another twist: the Corinthian found Jed and invited Rose to a serial killer convention.
The Corinthian concludes a serial murderer conference. Rose, reunited with Jed, helps Morpheus unmake the Corinthian. After Morpheus sends the serial killer conference attendees to reflect, Rose and Jed escape. Rose meets Morpheus in the Dreaming that night and vows to save it from her Vortex position. Unity Kincaid protects Desire’s granddaughter. Morpheus realizes Rose, his grandniece through Desire, tricked him into pouring blood. He confronts Desire and advises them against future scheming advice we know Desire would refuse.
Season one features two different stories. In episode six, “The Sound of Her Wings,” Morpheus helps his sister, Death, take humans to the afterlife. Morpheus grants Hob Gadling’s (Ferdinand Kingsley) longing to live. Episode 11 features two Dream Country stories. “Dream of a Thousand Cats” portrays a Siamese cat (Sandra Oh) who encounters Morpheus as a cat and learns how cats can reclaim the Earth. Writer Richard Madoc (Arthur Darvill) trades with imprisoned muse Calliope (Melissanthi Mahut) for inspiration. Morpheus, Calliope’s ex-partner, breaks Madoc’s mind to liberate her.
The Sandman Season 2 Plot: What To Expect
Neil Gaiman wrote The Sandman for D.C. Comics from January 1989 to March 1996. Show source content isn’t guaranteed. Return immediately to avoid spoiling The Sandman season two. Season two should conclude Dream Country’s fourth and fifth volumes. Game of You/Season of Mists. Gaiman told Variety Season two would be dominated by Mists (opens in new tab).
We will assume Netflix labels the following Sandman episodes “season two,” as Gaiman has suggested Season of Mists and A Game of You(opens in new tab) as possible season two tales. Sandman’s stories vary. Sandman fans may enjoy Season of Mists. Morpheus must choose a successor once Lucifer leaves Hell.
Dream gods beg Morpheus. The winner surprises D.C. fans. Season of Mists ends with Lucifer on a beach, retiring from Hell, and starting the Netflix comic book series. A Game of You unexpectedly features Barbie. Rose Walker and Barbie (Lily Travers) shared a Florida B&B in season one. Barbie likes Martin Tenbones (Lenny Henry). A Game of You’s Cuckoo kidnaps Barbie.
The Sandman tweeted that The Sandman will return to Netflix. You can see below:
Neil Gaiman told Logo(opens in new tab) that The Sandman season two will include A Game of You. Wanda, Barbie’s transsexual best friend, was asked about Alvin Mann. Gaiman enjoyed Wanda’s casting. You may delay. What’s on Netflix reported a tentative start of filming in Summer 2023, suggesting A Game of You has been postponed (opens in new tab), and the latest episodes may focus on Neil Gaiman’s Sandman volume 7: Short Lives. Netflix may include Destruction of the Endless from Short Lives. “The Prodigal” in The Sandman season one describes disaster.
This season stars Wanda from A Game of You. She could portray Ruby DeLonge in Short Lives instead of her A Game of You character. Wanda may appear shortly. The Sandman may revive a favorite early. The Corinthian’s first season was successful and emphasized the surface of the comics. In James Tynion IV’s Sandman Universe: Nightmare Country, Dream recreates the Corinthian.
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Holbrook may return for season 2 or 3. “I heard. I’m guessing summer 2023, but I don’t know when they’ll call me for season 2 or 3.” Episodes vary—non-chronological comics. Dream Country ends in season two, episode 11. William Shaxberd (Samuel Blenkin) performs “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” for a limited audience. Element Girl struggles in “Facade” after a terrible heroic career. Anthology is Sandman. “Dream of a Thousand Cats” and “Calliope” from season one may be episode 11s.
The Sandman Season 2: Cast
Regarding casting, The Sandman season two has not yet been officially announced.
For season two of The Sandman, a few characters and the actors playing them are all but guaranteed to be back:
- Tom Sturridge as Lord Morpheus/Dream, the ruler of the Dreaming and one of the Endless
- Kirby Howell-Baptiste as Death, one of the Endless and Dream’s sister
- Mason Alexander Park as Desire, one of the Endless and Dream’s sibling
- Donna Preston as Despair, one of the Endless and Desire’s twin sister
- Gwendoline Christie as Lucifer Morningstar, the ruler of Hell
Based on our plot speculation, these characters could return for The Sandman season two:
- Patton Oswalt as Matthew the Raven, Dream’s emissary
- Vivienne Acheampong as Lucienne, the librarian of the Dreaming
- Samuel Blenkin as Willam Shaxberd (Shakespeare)
- Deborah Oyelade as Nada, a prehistoric African queen who Morpheus sent to Hell
- Roger Allam is the voice of Lord Azazel, a Duke of Hell
- Munya Chawawa as Choronzon, a demon and a Duke of Hell
- Lily Travers as Barbie, a former guest of Hal’s Bed and Breakfast in season one
- Lenny Henry as the voice of Martin Tenbones, Barbie’s companion in the Dreaming
These characters could appear in season two and have yet to be cast:
- Destiny, the oldest of the endless and Dream’s brother
- Delirium, the youngest of the interminable and Dream’s sister (Neil Gaiman has confirmed this character will be cast)
- Destruction, fourth eldest of the Endless — also referred to as “The Prodigal.”
- Odin, leader of the Norse gods
- Thor, the Norse god of Thunder and Odin’s son
- Loki, the Norse trickster god
- Susanoo, the Japanese storm god
- Anubis, the Egyptian god of the dead
- Bast, the Egyptian goddess of protection, pleasure, and the bringer of good health
- Bes, the Egyptian god of music, merriment, and childbirth
- Merkin, the Mother of Spiders and part of Lord Azazel’s demon horde
- Cluracan, a representative of the Quen of Faerie
- Nuala, the sister of Cluracan
- Duma, the angel of silence
- Remiel, the angel of hope
- Wanda/Alvin Mann, a transgender woman who is Barbie’s best friend (Neil Gaiman has confirmed this character will be cast)
- Thessaly, a witch from ancient Greece
- The Cuckoo, a mysterious villain
- Element Girl a superhero who can transmute her body into elemental compounds at will