The Sandman Season 2: what’s going on with it? The series has been a massive hit on Netflix already, but for some reason, the streamer still hasn’t officially announced whether a Season 2 is in the works or not. That’s not all that unusual. However, the lack of any new information about a possible season two has got the fans all worked up. So, what we’ve done is done all the research we could possibly do on The Sandman Season 2 to try and figure out whether it’s happening or not.
Right, without any further ado, here is everything that we know so far about the next season of The Sandman Netflix series that’s based on Neil Gaiman’s excellent comic books. Before we get into all of that, however, I just wanted to make it perfectly clear that not all the information is out there. So, this means that there will be some guesswork in this article.
The Sandman Season 2 confirmed?
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OK, so let’s try and answer this first question for you. Is The Sandman Season 2 happening on Netflix or not? Well, the official word on it is, we don’t know. However, we have it on very good authority from sources close to Netflix that they are already working on the second season and that it has been greenlit by the streamer. Here’s what our source had to say on the matter:
It’s happening. The writer’s room’s been set up and Netflix has given them the greenlight to start working on S2.
So, this is a pretty good start. This means that it shouldn’t be too long before Netflix officially reveals that they are making the second season. However, this official announcement might not come for some time. Why, you ask? Well, Netflix seems to enjoy keeping the audience guessing on whether they’ll greenlight upcoming seasons of people’s favourite shows. I do not understand why they do this, but it’s just how they operate.
Netflix also has a reputation for cancelling a lot of projects way before their time. However, The Sandman Season 1 did perform very well on the streaming platform. The series debuted in the number one spot on Netflix’s Top 10 TV shows list around the world. It was a worldwide hit and ended up staying in that position for three weeks until it was knocked off the number one spot by another new show called Echoes.
How Is The Sandman performing on Netflix?
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However, The Sandman is now back on top and was August’s most-watched series on the streaming platform. It was a huge hit, and I do believe releasing the two bonus episodes they did at the end of the first season really helped the show gain some more viewers. That was a very good tactic on Netflix’s behalf.
Incidentally, I have long been an advocate for weekly releases on Netflix as I feel it would help to drum up more interest in their news shows. I think some of the shows they ended up cancelling would have benefitted from having news episodes released weekly. It would have given these shows better word of mouth and sites like ours would have written about them for longer – thus drumming up enthusiasm and bringing in news viewers.
But, that’s just me. I might be totally wrong. However, I do think Amazon Prime Video’s The Boys is a really good example of this working. The show’s first season was released all at once, and they switched to a weekly release schedule for Season 2, and that was when the show exploded in popularity.
Here’s what the series’ showrunner, Allan Heinberg, had to say about Season 2 when he was asked about it during a recent interview with Rolling Stone:
Well, we had a writer’s room for 20 weeks to talk about Season Two and to break stories and generate outlines and first drafts. And now I’m having early talks with production design and VFX and getting everything into position, so that if we are lucky enough to have a Season Two, we’re ready to go, ideally with the same team who made Season One.
When could The Sandman Season 2 Netflix Release Date be?
What about The Sandman Season 2 release date? This isn’t such an easy question to answer, especially since we still don’t know 100% whether the second season is happening or not. However, knowing how these shows tend to be made, I’m pretty confident that we should see the second season end up on Netflix towards the end of 2023. These shows tend to take about 18 months from start to finish. This means that 18 months from now, we should be watching The Sandman Season 2 on Netflix.
But, what could happen in Season 2? This is actually a much easier question to answer because creator Neil Gaiman has already answered it for us. During an interview on the Happy Sad Confused podcast with Josh Horowitz, Gaiman was asked what fans could expect from a season two. Here’s what he had to say on the matter:
No. I mean basically. Honestly, the answer to everything is ‘It’s an awful lot like the comics’. Just like in season one. The answer is, we don’t always take exactly the same route to get to the same place we did in the comics. Sometimes, you may get a little more than you were expecting.
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Gaiman then continued to talk about a potential second season. Here’s what he had to say:
Honestly, as long as Netflix are good with us, writing us the check to keep going, we will keep going and well will continue to reinvent the ways that we’re doing things. I’m really excited about some of the stuff that we planned for season two. We have, I mean, we really have planned how we’re going to do season two. And it’s an awful lot of fun because we’re taking some of the short stories and building them into the body of the main thing. And we’re taking… we’ve got ways of flowing from one storyline into the next storyline that we didn’t necessarily have. So, it’s built, and it’s shaped, and it’s constructed.
The author then went on to talk about the possibility of using animation again, just like they did in the surprise additional episode of Season 1. Here’s what he had to say on that matter:
We’re already talking about things like, places that you could use different kinds of animation. Would we want to use animation again? It’s really expensive. I mean, it cost us a lot of money for that sixteen minutes. People are coming to me and saying, “Woah! Could you do the whole thing animated?’ And it’s like, ‘Yes, I could!’ If somebody wanted to give half a billion dollars, we could absolutely do the whole thing animated!
As for which actors will be returning for the second season, we already know that Tom Sturridge will be back as Morpheus, a.k.a Dream of The Endless, the king of dreams and nightmares, and ruler of the Dreaming. Boyd Holbrook could also return as the Corinthian. However, it does seem as though that character’s story has come to an end.
We then have the likes of Vivienne Acheampong as Lucienne, the librarian of the Dreaming who is a race-and-gender–flipped version of Lucien and Patton Oswalt as the voice of Matthew the Raven, Dream’s emissary, who could both return for the second season.
Other actors from the first season that might return include Jenna Coleman as Johanna Constantine, Joely Richardson as Ethel Dee, Niamh Walsh as young Ethel Cripps, Nina Wadia as Fate Mother, Souad Faress as Fate Crone, Dinita Gohil as Fate Maiden, Asim Chaudhry as Abel, David Thewlis as John Burgess / Johnny Dee / Doctor Destiny, Gwendoline Christie as Lucifer Morningstar, Mason Alexander Park as Desire, Cassie Clare as Mazikeen, Kyo Ra as Rose Walker, John Cameron Mitchell as Hal Carter, Stephen Fry as Gilbert and Mark Hamill as the voice of Mervyn Pumpkinhead.
Honestly, given what happens in the comic books, none of these characters could return for the second season, but I have a feeling that many of them will be back. Now, you can head on over to The Sandman Season 2 Reddit page for even more information if you so wish.
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