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The Sandman Season 2 - What We Know So Far

"The Sandman" is one of those adaptations that seemed like it might be locked away in development hell for all of eternity. Neil Gaiman's comic book series has the kind of depth, scope, and shifting genres that made it seem almost impossible to bring to the screen without losing something in the process. However, Netflix provided the means, and with Gaiman himself helping to develop the adaptation the beloved series has come to life.

The show follows Dream (Tom Sturridge), a.k.a. Morpheus, as he escapes from the clutches of a sorcerer (Charles Dance) in hopes of setting things right and regaining his powers along the way. Of course, "The Sandman" goes to all manner of different places from this jumping-off point, including medieval England, the bowels of hell, and even a cozy diner-turned-murder scene. While Netflix has been relatively quiet about the specifics for a second season of the series, the streamer has finally confirmed that "The Sandman" will continue for another season.

When will The Sandman Season 2 be releasing?

No release date has been announced as of yet, but, as tweeted by Gaiman, much of the work has already been done to put things in place for Season 2 of "The Sandman." "Scripts for Season 2 were written this year, so we would be ready to go if we get another season," the tweet read. Gaiman continued in an official statement from Netflix, saying "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." 

With many of the scripts already completed and Gaiman seemingly ready to go, fans can possibly look forward to seeing a second season of the series come along much quicker than the first, especially with COVID-19 appearing to be less and less of a threat to large-scale productions at this point in time.

What is the plot of The Sandman Season 2?

As mentioned above, "The Sandman" follows the metaphysical trials and tribulations of Morpheus The Dream Lord. While this initial premise goes in all kinds of interesting and unexpected directions throughout the comic series, it's already clear that certain aspects of Season 1 will be key to the plot of Season 2.

As confirmed by the official Netflix account on Twitter, "The Sandman" will be back for Season 2 on the streaming service. Neil Gaiman was quoted in the tweet as saying: "There are some astonishing stories waiting for Morpheus & the rest of them ... Now it's time to get back to work. There's a family meal ahead ... And Lucifer is waiting for Morpheus to return to Hell."

This last bit is a reference to an upcoming storyline that will feature Lucifer (Gwendoline Christie) getting her revenge on Morpheus in the most delectable and insidious manner imaginable. The incredible story is collected in Volume 4 of "The Sandman" comic, which is called "Season of Mists," and paved the way for Lucifer's own spin-off comic series.

Other storylines we can probably look forward to in Season 2 of "The Sandman" will include Barbie's (Lily Travers) adventures in the land of the dreaming with her beastly companion Martin Tenbones. Viewers will recall briefly seeing the two wandering the dreamscape during Rose Walker's (Kyo Ra) dream vortex storyline in the second half of Season 1. The fifth volume of the comic, "A Game of You," features Barbie heavily and begins right after the "Season of Mists" arc.

Who is starring in Season 2 of The Sandman?

While the first season of "The Sandman" introduced viewers to four of The Endless already, they will meet two more of the seven powerful beings in Season 2. Of course, fans will recall seeing Dream, Death (Kirby Howell-Baptiste), Desire (Mason Alexander Park), and Despair (Donna Preston) in Season 1, but Season 2 will almost certainly feature Destiny and Delirium as well.

This is because the "Season of Mists" storyline involves both characters, and per Neil Gaiman's statement above, a family dinner between six of the seven Endless is almost certainly going to appear in Season 2 of "The Sandman." As for the seventh sibling of The Endless, Destruction, he has left his post and disappeared even before the events of the first season, and likely will not be seen until Season 3, should a third season come to pass.

Also set to return are supernatural detective Johanna Constantine (Jenna Coleman), cocky sidekick Matthew the Raven (Patton Oswalt), Dream's librarian Lucienne (Vivienne Acheampong), and wistful beauty Barbie (Lily Travers).

Who are the showrunners for The Sandman?

Though Allan Heinberg is overseeing "The Sandman" as its showrunner, Neil Gaiman, who created the characters and wrote the plot for the original comic book series, has been helping to develop and oversee the series as well. Also heavily involved in the development and production of the series is David S. Goyer, who fans will know as the screenwriter behind other comic-related films like "Blade," "The Dark Knight," Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice," and "Man of Steel."

Even with the high benchmark of the source material and the many strange, often psychedelic places that storylines go in "The Sandman" series, so far the trio of Gaiman, Heinberg, and Goyer have been able to keep the many plates of the series' many plots spinning successfully and, hopefully, their skills will only improve with subsequent seasons. Either way, fans will be more than happy to see "Season of Mists" and " A Game of You" brought to the screen.

What else do we know?

According to a statement from Netflix, we can expect more episodes in Season 2 of "The Sandman," as well as a broader scope with regard to the many stories that take place in Neil Gaiman's universe (via What's On Netflix). The statement included information for the next season, stating that "The Sandman" world will continue to expand, and the iconic series will return with even more episodes and stories to be adapted from multiple "The Sandman" graphic novels. However, the episode count and story details are being kept under wraps.

The first season included ten episodes in its initial release, with a bonus episode added shortly after the release of Season 1. With this in mind, fans can expect at least 12 episodes in Season 2 of "The Sandman," though there could be even more. The fact that Netflix is being clear to reference "multiple" volumes of the comic book series also seems to suggest that some of the more standalone stories from future volumes of "The Sandman" may be coming out of order from where they fall in the original comic run.