When Netflix (finally) announced that The Sandman had been renewed for more episodes last month, the streamer asked outlets covering the news not to refer to the continuing story as "season 2." We weren't really sure why at the time, but things are starting to become a little clearer.
Variety is reporting that Netflix is considering releasing the next installment of the critically-acclaimed Neil Gaiman adaptation in "batches a la Stranger Things Season 4, rather than its traditional binge model."
“Everything is on the table when it comes to Sandman,” Netflix’s head of U.S. and Canada scripted series Peter Friedlander tells the trade. “It’s an innovative show.”
We're still not sure exactly what this means for the series - are all future seasons (sorry, but give us something to bloody work with here guys!) going to be split into two halves like the last batch of Stranger Things episodes, or could they even revert to a weekly release format?
We'll just have to see if the notoriously guarded streamer decides to share any official updates going forward.
We do know that the next "instalment" will focus on the Season of Mists arc, and Gaiman recently teased the debut of Morpheus' younger sister, Delirium.
"We have things coming for you in season 2," the author said during CCXP Brazil. "We have more members of the Endless coming, including the youngest member of the Endless. Don't tell anybody, but it's Delirium! There will be butterflies, there will be balloons, there will be magic, there will be chicken and telephone flavored ice cream."
Have you guys watched The Sandman yet? You can check out our review here.
"There is another world that waits for all of us when we close our eyes and sleep — a place called the Dreaming, where The Sandman, Master of Dreams (Tom Sturridge), gives shape to all of our deepest fears and fantasies. But when Dream is unexpectedly captured and held prisoner for a century, his absence sets off a series of events that will change both the dreaming and waking worlds forever. To restore order, Dream must journey across different worlds and timelines to mend the mistakes he’s made during his vast existence, revisiting old friends and foes, and meeting new entities — both cosmic and human — along the way."
The Sandman stars Tom Sturridge as Morpheus, Kirby Howell Baptiste as Death, Boyd Holbrook as The Corinthian, Donna Preston as Despair, Stephen Fry as Gilbert, Mason Alexander Park as Desire, Charles Dance as black magician Roderick Burgess, and Sanjeeve Bhaskar as Cain. Joely Richardson will play Ethel Cripps, while David Thewlis will take on the role of her son John Dee, aka the deranged Dr. Destiny.
The 10-episode first season of The Sandman adapts the first two arcs of the Vertigo comics series, "Preludes and Nocturnes" and "The Doll's House."