Netflix’s The Sandman, based on Neil Gaiman’s acclaimed comic series, is gearing up for its second installment, and fans can mark November 27 on their calendars as the expected restart date for filming, as confirmed by Gaiman himself on his Bluesky account. The show’s first season, released in August, delved into the story of Tom Sturridge’s Dream of the Endless as he sought to restore order to his realm after a prolonged imprisonment, earning positive reviews from critics and securing a renewal in November 2022.
However, production encountered delays after a few weeks of shooting in June 2023, which were interrupted by the SAG-AFTRA strike in July. Despite Netflix officially referring to the upcoming content as an “expansion” rather than a traditional season, Gaiman’s confirmation suggests that the continuation will maintain the spirit of the beloved comics.
The decision to move away from the conventional seasonal structure raises questions about the episode count, hinting at a probable reduction from the ten-episode format of the first season. Whether driven by creative or business considerations, this approach may facilitate a more flexible narrative structure, allowing the show to explore smaller batches of episodes and side stories that align with Gaiman’s original comics.
Anticipating the exploration of new characters such as Delirium, Destruction, Destiny, and Wanda, Season 2 is poised to adapt additional storylines from Gaiman’s source material. Director Jamie Childs has teased a diverse thematic palette for the upcoming episodes, ranging from Greek tragedy to cyberpunk and contemporary drama, promising a rich and varied viewing experience.
The return of key cast members, including Sturridge, Patton Oswalt, Vivienne Acheampong, Gwendoline Christie, and Kirby Howell-Baptiste, adds to the anticipation surrounding The Sandman’s second chapter, promising a continuation that will captivate both existing fans and newcomers alike.