The Sandman Season 2: Release Date, Cast, Source Materials, and More

Netflix has picked up a second season of The Sandman, a show based on the popular DC comic book of the same name. It's just like a dream. 

The long-awaited adaptation of Neil Gaiman's Sandman comic book came out in August 2022. For a while, fans worried it wouldn't be renewed, and Gaiman himself said that the fact that it was at the top of the Netflix chart might not be enough for the expensive show to get a second season. But it turned out there was nothing to worry about, and earlier this month Netflix ordered more episodes. 

After being locked up for 105 years, Morpheus, also known as "Dream" (Tom Sturridge), set out in Season 1 to make things right in his realm, "The Dreaming." So what will the new episodes — which Netflix for some reason is being cagey about calling Season 2 — bring? Here's everything we know about The Sandman Season 2 so far. 

What's new? 

Neil Gaiman posted on Twitter on November 2 that the show would be back, along with a spooky teaser video. 

In a press release, Netflix didn't say that the show would get a second season. Instead, they said that "stories from multiple The Sandman graphic novels will be adapted into new episodes." It's possible that instead of putting out a full season, the show could have more episodes like the two-part "story collection" bonus episode that came out two weeks after Season 1. Or it could just turn out to be a normal second season, whether or not Netflix calls it that. We'll have to wait and see what The Sandman looks like. 

When will The Sandman Season 2 come out? 

There is no set release date as of yet. Check back to find out when work will start. 

The second season of The Sandman is based on these stories: 

At the end of Season 1, Lucifer (Gwendoline Christie) was planning to get back at Morpheus for putting them down in a battle earlier in the season. Netflix says, "The new episodes of the series will dive into this conflict and continue to look at the many problems the universe faces since Morpheus has been gone for a hundred years." 

Neil Gaiman gave some hints about what source material Season 2 will be based on when Netflix said it would keep the show. "Morpheus and the rest of them are going to hear some amazing stories, and they'll also meet more members of the Endless Family," he said. "The cast and crew of Sandman will be the most excited about this because they are the biggest fans of Sandman. It's time to go back to work now. After all, there's a family meal coming up. And Lucifer is waiting in Hell for Morpheus to come back..." 

Gaiman is talking about the "family meal" of the Endless and Lucifer and Morpheus's reunion in hell. Both of these things happen in Season of Mists, which is a collection of The Sandman issues #21-28. Season of Mists is about what happens after Morpheus goes back to Hell to find his lost love, Queen Nada (Deborah Oyelade), and Lucifer surprises him by setting all the demons and lost souls free, giving up the throne, and giving him the key to the gates of Hell. 

Season 1 followed the comic series' timeline pretty closely, and Season 2 probably will too, since Season of Mists is the fourth collection and comes right after the three collections that made up Season 1, Preludes & Nocturnes, The Doll's House, and Dream Country. Dream Country has four stories that can be read on their own. The bonus episode for Season 1 was "Dream of a Thousand Cats" and "Calliope." The other two, "A Midsummer Night's Dream" and "Facade," haven't been adapted yet, but we expect to see them in Season 2 since the show stays true to the originals. 

Cast of Season 2 of The Sandman 

Netflix hasn't said for sure who will be back for the new season, but we can be sure that Tom Sturridge will be back as the Lord of Dreams and that Gwendoline Christie will be back as Lucifer, since Lucifer and Dream still have things to do. 

At this point, we're pretty sure that Vivienne Acheampong, who plays Lucienne, the librarian of the Dreaming, Patton Oswalt, who does the voice of Morpheus' messenger Matthew the Raven, and Kirby Howell-Baptiste, Mason Alexander Park, and Donna Preston, who play Death, Desire, and Despair, the Endless siblings of Dream, will also be back. And Season 2 will definitely introduce us to a lot of new characters, including the three Endless we didn't meet in Season 1: Destiny, Delirium, and Destruction. 

Review of The Sandman's first season 

Keith Phipps called Season 1 of The Sandman "a respectful, faithful, and maybe a little too predictable adaptation that benefits from a well-chosen cast and creative visuals without trying too hard to see what a different medium could do for Gaiman's world."


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