It’s time for The Sandman fans to stop dreaming – Netflix has officially renewed its TV adaptation of the hit comic book series for a second season.
After months of deliberation, Netflix has given Neil Gaiman, Allan Heinberg and company the go-ahead to make another season of The Sandman. The announcement was made on Twitter on November 2, just hours after a now-deleted tweet from DC Comics confirmed that the Netflix fantasy series would return to our screens (and our dreams).
Yes, it’s true: The Sandman will return to Netflix. Says @neilhimself: “There are some amazing stories waiting for Morpheus and the rest of them… Now it’s time to get back to work. After all, there’s a family meal ahead. And Lucifer is waiting for Morpheus to return to hell” pic.twitter.com/WKiWp7IDkkNovember 3, 2022
In a press release, Neil Gaiman — original creator of Sandman and executive producer of the Netflix adaptation — expressed his joy at the show’s renewal before teasing what fans can expect from the series’ next entry.
“Millions and millions of people have received, watched and loved The Sandman on Netflix,” he said. “From established Sandman fans to people who were simply curious, and then became obsessed with the Lord of Dreams, his family and his happenings. It gives me unbelievable pleasure to say that, working with Netflix and Warner Bros., Allan Heinberg , David Goyer and I will bring even more Sandman stories to life.
“There are some amazing stories waiting for Morpheus and the rest of them (not to mention more Endless Family members to meet). No one will be happier about this than the Sandman cast and crew: they are the biggest Sandman fans out there AND now it’s time to get back to work. There’s a family meal ahead, after all. And Lucifer is waiting for Morpheus to return to Hell…”
The rumors are true. Netflix is thrilled that so many of you are watching The Sandman, and what we all hoped would happen… did happen… pic.twitter.com/zc5CrhsdZKNovember 3, 2022
Understandably, there’s still no release date for the second season of Sandman, nor has Netflix confirmed how many episodes the next season will contain. However, the streaming giant has hinted that the fictional world Gaiman created will “continue to expand”, hinting that there may be spin-offs and more one-off special episodes – like the secret 11th season one entry – to come.
It’s unclear which comics The Sandman season 2 will also draw from, but Netflix has teased that its popular TV adaptation “will return with even more episodes and stories to be adapted from various The Sandman graphic novels.” Showrunner Allan Heinberg previously confirmed that the second season would draw heavily on the fourth graphic novel, also known as Season of Mists. However, given that the first season of The Sandman included stories from the first three volumes of Gaiman’s seminal works, the show’s next release is sure to be pulled from other books, including A Game of You or Fables and Reflections.
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The first season of Sandman launched on August 5 and quickly became one of Netflix’s hottest properties of 2022. The show streamed for nearly 70 million hours in the first few days after release and gained more traction in the first two weeks with over 200 million hours streamed as of August 21. It took a full month for the first season of The Sandman to officially come out of the market. List of the 10 Most Popular TV Shows on Netflix (opens in new tab) – proof that Netflix’s global fan base was enamored with Morpheus and company.
It’s not surprising, then, that many have been clamoring for Netflix to renew the series for another release. Despite its evident popularity, The Sandman fans have been forced to wait nearly three months – since the show’s initial launch – for the streaming company to greenlight another season.
With each passing week, viewers grew more and more concerned about the prospects of a second season. And it’s easy to see why — Netflix has a habit of canceling some of its most beloved shows before time runs out, regardless of how well they perform. Add in The Sandman’s expensive production costs – Gaiman himself said it was a “very expensive show (opens in new tab)” to do – and a second season was never a formality.
Still, the nightmarish wait for Sandman season 2 news is finally over. If nothing else, we’ll be getting another batch of episodes, and that’s great news. In our review of The Sandman season 1, we said the series was “almost brilliant”, so we’re excited to see how Gaiman, Netflix and company can make its next season even better.
For more Netflix-based content, check out our exclusive interview with The Sandman cast, Gaiman and Heinberg. Alternatively, read the best Netflix movies and the best Netflix documentaries.