The Sandman: Neil Gaiman Pens Heartwarming Post Marking Start Of Season 2 Production

The Sandman is finally underway for Season 2! Netflix announced this week that the show is back in production for the highly anticipated second season of the critically acclaimed series, based on the iconic graphic novel of the same name created by Neil Gaiman.
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The Sandman is finally underway for Season 2! Netflix announced this week that the show is back in production for the highly anticipated second season of the critically acclaimed series, based on the iconic graphic novel of the same name created by Neil Gaiman.

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To commemorate the start of production on Season 2, creator Neil Gaiman penned a letter for fans that also shared by Netflix about the start of production. Gaiman noted that series showrunner Allan Heinberg and the rest of the cast and crew are “building something endlessly special” with the series.


In the first season, realm-lord Morpheus (Tom Sturridge) and his companions are dealing with an impending onslaught from Lucifer (Gwendoline Christie of Game of Thrones fame) and her hell-spawned legions. Gaiman developed and executive produced the show based on his comic from the classic DC Vertigo comics imprint. Heinberg and David S. Goyer also serve as executive producers.

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The Sandman. Tom Sturridge as Dream in episode 101 of The Sandman. Cr. Liam Daniel/Netflix © 2022

The series debuted with 11 episodes back in 2022. It was well-liked by critics, scoring 88% on Rotten Tomatoes. The first season also starred Patton Oswalt, Vivienne Acheampong, Charles Dance, Jenna Coleman, David Thewlis, Stephen Fry,  Kirby Howell-Baptiste, Mason Alexander Park, Donna Preston, Vanesu Samunyai (formerly known as Kyo Ra), John Cameron Mitchell, Asim Chaudhry, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Joely Richardson, Niamh Walsh, Sandra James-Young, and Razane Jammal. 

Netflix also released a wonderful letter, where Gaiman reflects on the day where he first started writing The Sandman back in 1987. You can read the letter below:

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The Sandman. (L to R) Razane Jammal as Lyta Hall, Lloyd Everitt as Hector Hall in episode 108 of The Sandman. Cr. Liam Daniel/Netflix © 2022

We never know where our dreams will take us. Thirty-five years ago today, the first issue of The Sandman was released and set many people and characters on paths that seemed, even at the time, so unlikely as to be impossible. Back then most comics featured superheroes. Sandman wasn’t that. It wasn’t like anything else, but magically (the magic consisting of hard work, youthful overconfidence, and some key people who believed in the vision) we were given the opportunity to tell the story I had in my head and bring Morpheus and the rest of the Endless to life.

A little over 36 years ago, in October 1987, the worst storm in at least 500 years left my house without power and my family trapped in our little village by fallen trees, and I spent my time writing an outline for the first eight issues of Sandman.

Thirteen months later, in November 1988, the first issue of Sandman hit the comics shops.

Like those who walk a path in Destiny’s garden, I look back and see one clear path stretching behind me. At times on this journey the way forward seemed impossible, and I don’t think I could have conceived of the impact that these characters would have on individuals or on the world. When I look at the path ahead, though, I don’t see darkness. I see how the world of The Sandman continues to grow and evolve and take new forms.

This week we officially restart production on the next sequence of stories of The Sandman for Netflix. Genius showrunner Allan Heinberg and the countless people in front of and behind the camera are building something endlessly special, and bringing these stories to life in a way that would once have been unimaginable.

A journey is beginning that will take us from Destiny’s garden to Hell, from the Heart of the Dreaming to Ancient Greece and revolutionary France, and from there to places even I cannot quite imagine on the screen. I will be patient. Good things are coming.

– Neil Gaiman, via Netflix

The Sandman Season 2 does not yet have an official release date. However, the show finally starting production on the new season is a good sign as things are well underway. Hopefully, we’ll be seeing more updates soon. Along with the letter, Netflix also released a new production behind-the-scenes photo for the second season. The image shows Tom Sturridge as Dream and Mason Alexander Park as Desire (see below):

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The Sandman. (L to R) Tom Sturridge as Dream, Mason Alexander Park as Desire in episode 204 of The Sandman. Cr. Ed Miller/Netflix © 2023

The first season of The Sandman is streaming exclusively on Netflix. Season 2 will be available on the streamer later on.

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What do you think of the news? Are you looking forward to the second season? What did you think of Gaiman’s letter? Any expectations for Season 2 of The Sandman? Let us know your thoughts about the show on The Illuminerdi’s social media.

SOURCE: Netflix Tudum

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