Neil Gaiman Says Netflix’s Sandman Season 2 Might Not Happen

Despite the popularity of Netflix’s The Sandman, author Neil Gaiman tweets about the possibility of not having a season 2. The small screen adaptation of the decades loved graphic novel received praises from fans and critics from all over the world. While there may be concerns as to the changes made for the platform, general impression, even from long time fans, are favorable. A good number of viewers are already expecting the announcement of a second season for the series.

However, the twitterverse bore witness to the reality that the second season might not actually happen. This possibility is from the author himself.

Neil Gaiman Says Netflix’s Sandman Season 2 Might Not Happen

Even though fans highly praised the Netflix adaptation of their well-loved graphic novel of Neil Gaiman, The Sandman’s popularity is still not a guarantee for a follow up season.

Fans from around the globe highly anticipated the release of The Sandman on Netflix. August 5, 2022 came and over the weekend, fans binge-watched the series appreciating how faithful it stayed with the source material. It didn’t take long until they took to social media to share how the show succeeded in adapting the pages to screen. In fact, even in posting, the show is still Number 1 in TV-English Top Ten on Netflix.

Notably, viewers highly commended Tom Sturridge in his portrayal of Morpheus/Dream. Joining Sturridge is Boyd Holbrook as the nightmare Corinthian, whose part in the television series spanned a number of episodes unlike in the comic books. Vivienne Acheampong is in the series as Lucienne, the librarian of the Dreaming, and the one who kept the realm together as much as she could during Dream’s absence. The light and comedic touch of the scenes belong to Patton Oswalt as he lent his voice to Matthew the Raven, Dream’s emissary.

Just recently, The Sandman released a bonus season on Netflix featuring two stories from the graphic novels. Neil Gaiman’s stories Dream of a Thousand Cats in animation and Calliope in live action. The series released both stories in one episode. Those who have read the comics know of the story already and were very happy to see it happen on tv. While, others who have just acquainted themselves to The Sandman reveled in the wonder of the stories.

Neil Gaiman Says Netflix’s Sandman Season 2 Might Not Happen

Meanwhile, there is always this wait for 28 days. The period before ultimately deciding if a new series is a hit or a miss for streaming. Because there have been instances before where the studio greenlights the sequel season even before the first season premieres, fans expected the same could happen for The Sandman. Nevertheless, this may not actually be completely the case for Netflix’s The Sandman. In the above tweet, Gaiman replies:

Because Sandman is a really expensive show. And for Netflix to release the money to let us make another season we have to perform incredibly well. So yes, we’ve been the top show in the world for the last two weeks. That still may not be enough.

In our understanding, there are two factors in which a show will be truly favorable. Businesswise, Netflix would likely follow these as well. First, it’s the actual streaming hours within the wait period. Second, it’s the number of new subscribers and their initial streaming hours into the platform. What are the new subscribers watching? What made them subscribe to the service?

Neil Gaiman is being realistic, maybe pessimistic. But, only time will tell if the dreaming will still have more episodes to tell. In the meantime, we watch and re-watch the series in all its glory.


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