The Sandman has proven to be very popular on Netflix (it's currently the most-watched streaming series worldwide), but we know that doesn't necessarily guarantee a second season. Fortunately, Neil Gaiman, Allan Heinberg and co. do have options available to them should the streamer decide not to continue the story for whatever reason.
When asked why season 2 wasn't a foregone conclusion after the show's success, Gaiman explained why nothing is set in stone at this point.
"Because Sandman is a really expensive show," the author responded. "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."
It would be devastating for Netflix to axe The Sandman after just a single season, but if it does happen, it probably won't mean the end of the series! In the same thread, Gaiman confirmed that they can take the show to other platforms should the need arise.
Hopefully it won't come to that, but Netflix has been known to make some seemingly baffling cancellation decisions, so fingers crossed.
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"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."