What’s next for the Endless’s King of Dreams?
The Sandman season one spoilers below.
The Sandman season 2: The Sandman may have only just arrived on Netflix but that doesn’t mean we can’t set our sights on a second season already. Those who have binged their way through the fantasy horror will already be chomping at the bit for someone to tie up the first season’s loose ends.
The adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s graphic novel series ended in victory for the dark and mysterious Morpheus. During his quest to reclaim his emblems stolen while in captivity, the master of the dreaming became more powerful than ever before.
He’s stamped out the threats that endangered him and his realm of dreaming so there’s nothing left to worry about, right? Wrong. So wrong.
Gwendoline Christie’s Lucifer hasn’t quite finished with this Endless being. In fact, she is hell-bent on destroying Morpheus. She’ll have to wait in line though as it seems the Endless siblings Desire and Despair are claiming first dibs.
So when and what can we expect from another season? Here’s everything we know about The Sandman season two.
The Sandman Season 2 potential release date: When’s it on?
The Sandman season 2: The Netflix jury has cast its votes and it is good news for The Sandman fans as the enigmatic Dream and his eclectic sibling herd will be back for a second season. The news was confirmed in a tweet which has now disappeared from social media.
The deleted tweet posted by the DC Comics Twitter account read: “The dream continues. [The Sandman] will return with new episodes based on multiple volumes of the Neil Gaiman graphic novel to explore even more stories of the Endless.”
This may come as a huge relief to fans who were unsure about the show’s future after a frank tweet from the writer Neil Gaiman.
Gaiman previously said: “Sandman is a really expensive show and for Netflix to release the money to let us make another season we have to perform incredibly well.
“So yes, we’ve been the top show in the world for the last two weeks. That still may not be enough.”
Well it seems like viewers came out in full force.
As for when it could hit screens, it could be a while. Efforts to transform The Sandman comic into a film began way back in the ’90s. There it remained stagnant until 2019 when Netflix announced the TV adaptation.
We mention those dark times so you can take comfort in the knowledge that when season two does come around, it won’t likely take nearly as long to arrive as the first.
If the subsequent series follows the same trajectory as the first we anticipate it will drop between early summer and early autumn 2023. Perhaps we should check in with The Fates for clues.
Season 2 cast: Who will be coming back?
The Sandman season 2: What would The Sandman be without Tom Sturridge bringing Morpheus to life through his deep, measured, dulcet tones and air of otherworldliness?
Of course his right-hand woman Lucienne would have to be by his side and so we expect the return of Vivienne Acheampong.
An Endless needs a foe and Lucifer Morningstar (aka Gwendoline Christie) fits the bill perfectly so chances are high for her return.
Speaking of foes, enemies come in all forms including sibling rivalry. Desire and Despair will likely be prepped to cause trouble which means the return of Mason Alexander Park and Donna Preston.
We also expect/hope the following will reprise their roles:
• Kirby Howell-Baptiste as Death
• Jenna Coleman as Johanna Constantine
• Vanesu Samunyai as Rose Walker
• Eddie Karanja as Jed Walker
• Patton Oswalt as Matthew the Raven
• Sanjeev Bhaskar as Cain
• Asim Chaudhry as Abel
• Razane Jammal as Lyta Hall
Sadly we’re unlikely to see the return of the slippery, evil Corinthian (played by Boyd Holbrook) as he was defeated by Morpheus. The King of Dreams vowed to re-make his faulty nightmare again with more thoughtfulness but if he does make a reappearance we doubt it will be in season two as his story arc came to a satisfying close.
Speaking on the character’s return, Holbrook told hollywoodreporter:
“Is he ever gone? Is anything ever gone?
He added, “He’s reincarnated later on [in the comics] as a different entity, as a good guy. So I think that’s something really fun to play with, to already know him as this dark entity, and to see what a lighter entity of The Corinthian would look like.”
Other characters whose stories have come to a natural end are Gilbert, aka Fiddler’s Green – who transformed into his true form as a meadow – and Hob Gadling, who will continue to bask in his immortality. We hope Stephen Fry and Ferdinand Kingsley will reprise their roles for cameos, but we wouldn’t anticipate anything larger.
One character we hope to see again is Nada (played by Deborah Oyelade). We only caught a glimpse of Morpheus’ former lover while trapped in the pits of hell. There she states only his forgiveness will free her from eternal damnation but despite loving her Morpheus cannot bring himself to let go of the past.
Surely the creators haven’t planted this seed here for it to remain in the ground. With that in mind we expect a Nada tale to unfold shortly.
Dream, Death, Despair and Desire will also likely be joined by a few if not the rest of the Endless clan. Well, at least if we’re to believe Gaiman.
In an exclusive interview with the creator admitted that more Endless beings could be on their way.
“If we do a season two, you will see more [of the family],” Gaiman told us. “Hopefully, by the end of season two, you will have encountered the whole family.”
Emphasis on ‘hopefully.’ Gaiman hasn’t confirmed yet whether he’s already in the process of tentatively cooking up the script for season two already but if all goes to plan we could be seeing the hotly anticipated being The Prodigal (aka Destruction to comic book readers).
The Prodigal has been name dropped a few throughout season one, most notably when Death refers to him as ‘still missing.’ Intriguing.
There are a few theories on why this may be and if the TV adaptation follows a similar trajectory as the comics then The Prodigal’s story promises to be an interesting one.
Another intriguing Endless sibling who could also join the season two ranks is Delirium, formerly known as Delight. The youngest Endless transformed into Delirium some time ago, the reason for which was never fully explained on page. Her screen debut may answer the question of why she came to be Delirium once and for all.
This just leaves the eldest Endless, Destiny.
It’s too early as of yet to discuss casting choices but no doubt the creators will have some great names in the running.
Season 2: What will happen?
The Sandman season 2: As mentioned earlier Desire and Despair are sure to remain a thorn in Morpheus’s side. It was made clear that Desire would double down on their efforts to bring Morpheus to his knees so a plot definitely is brewing.
A possible team up between them and Lucifer would make complete sense as they too intend to destroy the king of dreams.
If we are to take inspiration from the source material, however, Rose’s character is in for a rough ride. Having given her heart to her grandmother to get rid of the vortex within she is left unable to love. If this is slowly unfolding it is likely to wreak havoc in her life in unimaginable ways.
The relationship between Nada and Morpheus could also be explored further. In the comics he saw her suicide as a betrayal and sentenced her to hell as penance. An extremely harsh punishment, but it’s to be taken with a pinch of salt as the show may deviate from the comic book origins. It would be interesting to see how their onscreen story unfolds.
There is also the fate of Lyta’s newborn son to contend with. When the veil between the real world and the dreaming was made unstable by the Vortex, Lyta was able to conceive the child with her dead husband during a dream.
Morpheus made claims on the child as one of his creations and vowed to return for him once born.
While Morpheus agreed that Rose had suffered enough and that he would not pursue her, it is unclear whether that ‘generosity’ extends to her friend Lyta and her child.
His attempts to remove the baby from Lyta could have devastating consequences for the Endless being, who underestimated the might of a grieving human once before in Roderick Burgess.
Season 2 trailer: When can I watch it?
When can you see a trailer? In your dreams, of course. We kid, sort of. You won’t always have to rely on the land of dreaming to feed your The Sandman fix.
We will update you the minute a new trailer arrives.
The Sandman is now available to stream on Netflix.