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The Sandman Season 2 – predicted release date and latest news

The Sandman, the iconic, and beloved comic series from fantasy king, Neil Gaiman, and DC Comics imprint, Vertigo has finally hit our screens.

It’s been a decades long wait for fans of the seminal series but it’s been absolutely worth it. The show is every bit as emotional, shocking, moving, and visually beautiful as the comics it hails from.

Watching the show, you would be forgiven for thinking that Dream and his family of Endless, along with the dreams and nightmares that surround them, had stepped off the page right on to your screen.

Such is the spell, the dream if you will, that the show casts on us all across its first 10 episodes.

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Latest News On Season 2

Just as we thought we’d have to wait at least another year, if not two, for more stories of The Dreaming and The Waking worlds.

Netflix surprises us this morning with a brand new 64 minute episode comprising two beloved stand alone stories from the comics.

These are “A Dream of A Thousand Cats” and “Calliope”.

One of the episodes – “A Dream of a Thousand Cats” – is animated and features James McAvoy, David Tennant and Sandra Oh, while there’s also a as well as a live-action episode called “Calliope”.

“We endeavored to make the animated version of ‘A Dream of a Thousand Cats’ as mesmerizing and hypnotic as we could by utilizing the magic of real oil paintings on canvas,” said Hisko Hulsing, who directed the animated story, as reported in Variety

“We combined the paintings with classically drawn 2D animation, based on realistic 3D animation of telepathic cats in order to create a trippy world that feels both grounded and dreamy at the same time. Untold Studios in London created the breathtaking 3D animation of the cats. The wonderful 2D animation, oil paintings and stylizing were all done at Submarine Studios in Amsterdam.”

Predicted Release Date?

Given how spellbinding this first season has been, it’s no surprise that the show is now trending as the top show in 89 countries across the world.

With a legion of fans new and old, eagerly waiting for any news from Netflix or the show’s creators about when they can expect Season 2 and what they can expect to see in it.

As we wait for Netflix to confirm these details, and as there has been no official confirmation yet of when production on the show is due to start.

We can instead look at what we do know. As, courtesy of an article published by the Radio Times.

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We know that production/filming of the first series began in October 2020, and with the show’s release on August 5th 2022.

Taking this into account, and that film and TV productions, normally, take anything from 18 months to 24 months or longer from first planning to final release.

It’s most likely that Season 2 will release around August 2024. As this allows Netflix to release the second season without fear of clashing with Disney’s Marvel Universe releases for 2024.

As so far, Kevin Feige, head of Marvel Studios has confirmed that the “Daredevil: Born Again” TV show will see release in Spring 2024. While “The Thunderbolts” TV show will see release on July 26th 2024. 

What We Could See In The Sandman Season 2?

While exact plot details are still a tightly guarded secret.

We do know from this interview with Gaiman, back in November 2019 for, that Season 2 was planned and plotted at the same time as as the first season:

“There are three of us, the showrunner Allan Heinberg, David Goyer and me, and we’ve just finished writing the first episode, and plotting and breaking down the first two seasons, so we’ll see what happens next,” Gaiman revealed.

More recently, Gaiman confirmed in this quote from another interview with

“Our plans for the second season is the second two graphic novels, which technically in this case will be books four and five, with some bits of the short stories in book three scattered among some other stuff.”

The graphic novels Gaiman is referring to in the quote above are the trade paperback volumes “The Sandman: Seasons of Mists” and “The Sandman: A Game of You”.

The Sandman: Seasons of Mists

This volume collects issues 21 to 28 of “The Sandman” comic series and focuses on the story of Dream’s former lover, the African Queen, Nada, shown very briefly in Episode 4: “A Hope In Hell”.

When Dream goes to hell to retrieve his helm and is taunted by Lucifer as he is made to walk past the cell where Nada is imprisoned.

The story sees Dream after an argument with Desire during a meeting of the Endless family (Dream, Death, Desire, Despair, Destiny, Destruction, and Delirium) go to Hell to retrieve Nada.

This results in Dream being given the keys to Hell, which in turn leads to gods of every pantheon such as Odin and Loki of Norse mythology, and Anubis and Bast of Egyptian mythology, to name a few, all arriving in Hell seeking Morpheus to give them control of Hell.

There is also a short story set during the events in Hell called, “”In Which the Dead Return; and Charles Rowland Concludes His Education”, focusing on the ghosts of two schoolboys at a traditional English boarding school.

However, I don’t expect to see this story given too much focus outside of potentially a single episode, similar to Season 1’s Episode 5: “24/7”.

The Sandman: A Game of You

This volume collects issues 32 to 37 of “The Sandman” comic series and focuses on the character of Barbie, first shown with her fiance, Ken, in Episode 7: “The Doll’s House”.

This story shows that after the events of the first season, Barbie no longer dreams, and is now living in an apartment block with her best friend, Wanda. In addition to their neighbours, Hazel and Foxglove, Thessaly, and George.

The story sees the return of Martin Tenbones, Barbie’s creature companion in her dreams, who assisted her in her adventure.

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Martin travels to the world of The Waking (our world) to give Barbie a quartz amulet which allows Barbie to return to the fantasy land of her dreams.

Where she faces a mysterious new villain known as “The Cuckoo”.

Barbie has several adventures in this land, with her final adventure leading to Dream being summoned and having to take action regarding the land of her dreams.

Another important point of the story is that Barbie’s best friend, Wanda, is a transgender woman, and given how the story ends in the comics, viewers should fully expect to see Season 2 explore this in Wanda’s character and how both The Waking, and The Dreaming worlds treat her.

Other Possible Stories?

At the moment, we only know for certain that Season 2 will cover the events of “Seasons of Mist” and “A Game of You”.

But, given the positive reaction to Jenna Coleman’s, Johanna Constantine.

It is entirely possible that we will see more of either modern day Johanna as she becomes drawn into the events of Season 2.

Or, the season may possibly end with a set up for Season 3, which will presumably adapt the next volumes of the story, and could very likely introduce Dream’s son, Orpheus.

If this is the story direction for Season 3, then it could be that we see an adaptation of the comic story “Thermidor”.

Which sees Johanna’s ancestor, glimpsed in Episode 06: “The Sound of Her Wings”, travel to Revolutionary France in order to rescue Orpheus, who is only briefly glimpsed in the story.

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