It’s time for fans of The Sandman to stop dreaming – Netflix has officially renewed its TV adaptation of the hit sitcom for a second season.
After months of deliberation, Netflix has given the green light to Neil Gaiman, Alan Heinberg, and their pals to create another season of The Sandman. Announced on Twitter on November 2, just hours after a now-deleted tweet from DC Comics, all confirmed that the Netflix fantasy series would be returning to our screens (and our dreams).
Yes, that’s right: The Sandman will return to NetflixSaysneilhimself: “There are some amazing stories awaiting Morpheus and the rest…Now it’s time to get back to work. There’s a family meal ahead, after all. Lucifer is waiting for Morpheus to return to Hell” pic.twitter .com/WKiWp7IDkkNovember 3, 2022
In a press release, Neil Gaiman—the original creator and executive producer of Sandman for the Netflix adaptation—expressed his delight at renewing the show before teasing what fans can expect from the series’ next entry.
“Millions and millions of people have welcomed, watched and loved The Sandman on Netflix,” he said. “From Sandman fans to people who were just curious and then became obsessed with the Lord of Dreams and his family and what’s going on. It’s my pleasure to say that, working with Netflix and Warner Bros., Alan Heinberg, David Goyer and I will bring more The Sandman stories to life.
“There are some amazing stories awaiting Morpheus and the rest of those (not to mention meeting endless more family members). Nobody would be happier than this than the Sandman cast and crew: they are the biggest Sandman fans out there now it’s time to get back to work. There’s a family meal After all. Lucifer is waiting for Morpheus to return to Hell…”
The rumors are true. Netflix is elated that so many of you are watching The Sandman, and the thing we all hoped would happen…it actually happened…pic.twitter.com/zc5CrhsdZKNovember 3, 2022
Understandably, there’s no release date for The Sandman season 2 yet, and Netflix hasn’t confirmed how many episodes the next season will contain. However, the streaming giant hinted that the fictional world created by Gaiman will “continue to expand,” suggesting that there may be spin-offs and more one-off spin-offs — such as the secret eleventh entry for season one — in the future.
It’s also unclear which comic books Season 2 of The Sandman will move from, but Netflix has quipped that its popular TV adaptation will “come back with more episodes and stories that will be adapted from multiple The Sandman graphic novels.” Showrunner Allan Heinberg previously confirmed that Season 2 will draw heavily from the fourth graphic novel, also known as Season of Mists. However, given that the first season of The Sandman consists of stories from the first three volumes in Gaiman’s core works, the upcoming show will almost certainly come out with other books, including A Game of You or Fables and Reflections.
Analysis: The Nightmare Scenario No More
The first season of Sandman was released on August 5 and quickly became one of Netflix’s hottest properties of 2022. The show aired for nearly 70 million hours in the first few days after release, and gained more traction in its first two weeks with more than 200 million hours broadcast by August 21. It took an entire month for the first season of The Sandman to officially drop off the list of the top 10 most popular TV shows on Netflix. (Opens in a new tab) Evidence that the global fan base of Netflix was fascinated by Morpheus and his cohorts.
It’s no surprise, then, that many Netflix are calling for a revamp of the series for yet another outing. Despite its apparent popularity, though, fans of The Sandman have been forced to wait nearly three months – from the series’ initial release – for the streaming company to give the green light for another season.
With each passing week, viewers are increasingly concerned about the prospects for season two. And it’s easy to see why – Netflix used to cancel some of their most beloved shows before their time was up, no matter how well they did. Add the exorbitant production costs of The Sandman – Gaiman himself said it was “Really expensive show (Opens in a new tab)And the second season was never a formality.
However, the nightmare wait for news of the second season of The Sandman is finally over. If nothing else, we’ll get another batch of episodes, and that’s great news. In our review of the first season of The Sandman, we said the series was “pretty cool,” so we’re excited to see how Gaiman, Netflix, and the company can make its next season even better.
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