Based upon the titular best-selling DC comic book series, The Sandman is an American fantasy drama series written by Neil Gaiman in 1989-1996. After taking 30 years to receive a proper adaptation, the book finally materialized in the Netflix library in August. Ever since its debut, fans of the dark fantasy series have been eagerly waiting for any news to drop on the release date of season 2.
Modeled around the titular character, who is also called Dream, reprised by Tom Sturridge, the series is developed by Gaiman, Allan Heinberg, and David S. Goyer for Netflix. Alongside Sturridge, the series also features Vivienne Acheampong, Gwendoline Christie, Charles Dance, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Boyd Holbrook, and Asim Chaudhary. The Sandman has become one of the most highly anticipated Netflix original shows.
The official synopsis of the series, according to Netflix, reads: “After years of imprisonment, Morpheus — the King of Dreams — embarks on a journey across worlds to find what was stolen from him and restore his power.”
With that said, The Sandman season 2 is unfortunately not releasing on Netflix in June 2023, which is, however, not a no-brainer because the second season was announced early in November 2022. If you’re wondering about the release date of The Sandman season 2, continue to read the article for more updates on that.
When was The Sandman officially renewed for a second season?
The Sandman was officially renewed for a second season on November 3, 2022, three months after its first season premiered on the streaming giant. The factors that determine the renewal of the show for a second season include its completion rate (i.e., the number of people who watch the entire season). In a now-deleted Tweet made on November 2, 2022, hinted at the arrival of the second season:
“The Dream continues. Netflix Sandman will return with new episodes based on multiple volumes of the Neil Gaiman graphic novels to explore even more stories of the Endless.”
Hours later, Netflix confirmed the renewal with an official statement. According to the official streamer, the Sandman world will continue to expand, and the series will return with even more episodes as it will continue to adapt stories from multiple The Sandman graphic novels.
Neil Gaiman, upon the renewal, made a statement:
“Millions upon millions of people have welcomed and watched and loved The Sandman on Netflix, from established Sandman fans to people who were simply curious, and then became obsessed with the Lord of Dreams, his family and their goings-on. It gives me unbelievable pleasure to say that, working with Netflix and Warner Bros., Allan Heinberg, David Goyer and I will be bringing even more of The Sandman stories to life. 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…”
Additionally, showrunner Allan Heinberg also expressed his gratitude to Netflix, saying:
“I’m profoundly grateful to Netflix and to Warner Bros. — to the artists and crew who made our first 11 episodes so magical — and to the extraordinary fans of The Sandman, who advocated tirelessly — endlessly — on the show’s behalf and made it possible for us to continue telling Morpheus’ story,”
What is the production status of The Sandman Season 2?
During the Fan Expo San Francisco, actor Mason Alexander Park puzzled the fans of the show with his confounding statement. He said (courtesy of ScreenRant), “Netflix has not gone on record as calling it a season two, on purpose. And so, I will, from now on and in the future, and possibly until the end of the universe not refer to it as season two until we know what it is.
“There is more Sandman coming in a really cool way, and it can take many forms, so we’re starting shooting in the summer, and we’re gonna tackle the next huge chunk of stories in however long that might take. And I’m really excited to share the format of what that might be with everybody eventually.”
So, is there a season two of The Sandman? No matter what, we know that something is brewing in this Gaiman’s cauldron, and we know whatever it is, the filming of it is beginning in 2023.
When will The Sandman Season 2 arrive on Netflix?
At the time of writing this article, Netflix has not revealed the exact release date of the show. Since the show received a green flag from Netflix for a second season in November, we can take an educated guess as to the release date of the show.
Considering that the casting is already complete, the filming for the second season won’t take that long. Resultantly, we expect the show to drop on the Netflix library in 2024, considering that such fantasy shows undergo a strenuous post-production process.
In conversation with ScreenRant, Ian Markiewicz, one of the VFX supervisors, mentioned the utilization of the special effects in season 2, saying:
“We have a really wonderful framework for what we think season 2 looks like. Allan is still touching up scripts and reworking things, but we have an arc. Up until pretty recently, I think maybe even two weeks or so, Gary, our production designer, myself and Allan meet over lunch, and we will do a script over that meeting. It’s like, “Okay, let’s look at 201,” and we’ll do our breakdowns together, where we do page turns on 201, and we say, “Okay, what do we think? Where can we film this? Can we film this in a real space? If not, what do we need to build, if we need to build it? Are we building this as a physical set, or can it be a building as a virtual set or a combination thereof? Is it physical to a certain extent, and then digital beyond that?” Just trying to break each one down to be like, “What’s the most value for this, what’s the most sensible way that covers the need for what we need it to be?” That process is happening now, which is great, and it’s really fun and exciting to be able to sort of have season 1 and behind us to know what we feel worked there, things that we wanted to sort of finesse further, and how that impacts our approach for season 2.”
Who are the expected cast members of The Sandman Season 2?
We expect the following members to reprise their roles in the second season of this fantasy horror:
- Tom Sturridge as Morpheus
- Lucienne as Vivienne Acheampong
- Lucifer Morningstar as Gwendoline Christie
- Desire as Mason Alexander Park
- Despair as Donna Preston.
- 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
Unfortunately, the malicious Corinthian, played by Boyd Holbrook, will not reprise the role in the second season as he was vanquished by Morpheus. In conversation with Digital Spy, Holbrook shed some light on his character, saying:
“Is he ever gone? Is anything ever gone?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.”
What can we expect to happen in The Sandman season 2?
In Season 1 Episode 4, Morpheus is escorted to Lucifer when he meets his old love, Nada, who is captured in Hell. Although the story seems trivial to the whole narrative, this storyline was not explicated in detail in season one. We expect this scene to be elaborated on in season two.
Additionally, the second season will presumably underscore the plot tangent of Season of Mists, one of the most popular storylines that begin with an Endless family meeting. In the story, every family member is seen together except for Destruction. In season one, we are only introduced to Dream (Tom Sturridge), Death (Kirby Howell-Baptiste), Desire (Mason Alexander Park), and Despair (Donna Preston).
The Sandman season one covered two volumes of the comic. Expectantly following the tradition of its predecessor, the second season will underscore the plot structure of A Game of You. In this volume, the story of Barbie is unraveled, who is seen living in Hal’s residence in season one. Additionally, she is seen living in her own fantasy realm, known by the name of The Land.
If you have seen season one, then you must have wondered why the last episode of the series is so unconnected from the rest of the episodes. Responding to a similar question on Tumblr, Neil Gaiman said, “Think of Episode 11 as the bridge into Season 2.”
That being said, on a scale of 1-10, how excited are you to stream the second season of The Sandman on Netflix? Don’t forget to stay tuned to Web News Observer for more updates on The Sandman season 2!