UPDATE: It’s been revealed to us by sources close to Netflix that The Sandman Season 2 has been given the official greenlight by the streamer. This means that the show should be released sooner rather than later. We predict that Season 2 will be released in mid-to-late 2023. We’ve been given the ‘release window’ of September to November 2023 for The Sandman Season 2’s release on Netflix.
The Sandman has been getting Netflix subscribers really excited, and many of them are already desperate to watch Season 2. However, when could a second season be released on the streaming platform? Is a second season even in the works? These are all questions that we’re going to try and answer for you in this article.
This new Netflix series has really been taking Netflix subscribers by storm. Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman was only just released on Netflix, and it’s already gone straight in at number one in the streaming platform’s Top 10 Netflix shows.
It ended up beating the likes of Stranger Things and Keep Breathing, which have both been very popular on the streaming service. So, with all this in mind, is there going to be a Season 2 of The Sandman? Well, let’s try and work it out right here, right now.
Is The Sandman Season 2 happening over at Netflix?
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So, the first question we have to answer is, is The Sandman Season 2 happening on Netflix? At the moment, there’s been no official announcement regarding The Sandman Season 2 on Netflix.
However, we have it on very good authority that Netflix has already greenlit the second season, and they are working on scripts behind the scenes for the second and third seasons of this new show. The series has proven to be a huge hit for Netflix, and they will want to continue it for as long as they can before Warner Bros Discovery opts to cancel everything and take the streaming rights back.
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 a second season be released?
It does seem as though the second season could be released sooner rather than later. It seems as though Netflix is already getting work on a second season underway.
Given the fact that Netflix shows tend to take about 18 months from start to finish, it seems as though the second season should be released towards the end of 2023. However, I do wonder whether they might fast-track the second season.
Netflix likes to get new seasons of their hit shows out as soon as possible. However, it’s a tricky balancing act because they won’t want to rush things. It should be about quality, not quantity, and Netflix already knows that it has a real winner of a new show on its hands.
So, with all this in mind, I do believe that The Sandman Season 2 will be released in 2023, and I think that they might stick to the 18 months it takes other new seasons of shows to get made.
Who could star in Season 2?
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.
What could happen in The Sandman Season 2?
Interestingly enough, The Sandman’s showrunner did reveal what they would like to do with the second season. Here’s what Heinberg had to say when he was asked by Rolling Stone what could happen in Season 2:
For the most part, though we are pulling a lot of the standalone stories out of there, not necessarily where they are in the comics, and folding them into the main saga. A good example is [the African myth-inspired comic-book story] Tales In the Sand, which happens very early at the beginning of The Doll’s House saga in the comics. And that would be part of our Season of Mists storyline in Season Two. When Dream has to go back to hell in order to free [his ancient love-interest] Nada, that seemed like a more organic place to tell their backstory and find out how they fell in love, and how Nada ended up in hell. So that’s a good example of a story that’s now woven into the main fabric of Season Two.
More of Gwendoline Christie’s Lucfier in Season 2
So, it does sound as though they are looking at the comic books for inspiration. But, they’re not necessarily making a straight adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s comic books. I think that’s for the best. I do love the comics, but it’s always interesting to see how people can adapt them for the small screen.
In a separate interview, The Sandman’s original writer, Neil Gaiman, revealed that we will get to see more of Gwendoline Christie’s Lucifer. Here’s what he had to say on the matter during his interview with Newsweek:
[W]e just carry on with this story [in Season 2]. That’s kind of marvelous that anybody who has seen Season 1… when we tell them that Season 2 [is] going to begin with the big Lucifer-Morpheus rematch they get very excited. Little do they know what’s going to happen and that they are simply not prepared for where it’s gonna go.
So, yes, we’re going to see more of Lucifer and Morpheus in Season 2 and their ongoing battle. That sounds like a lot of fun and I cannot wait to see it!
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