Netflix is known for producing high-quality original series…that they often cancel before their time. Even fan favorite shows like Anne With an E and Julie and the Phantoms. With that unfortunate track record, we were overjoyed with word that the streaming service had renewed The Sandman for a second season. The series – based off the Neil Gaiman comic series by the same title – is one of the best shows Netflix has produced to date.
Not much has been revealed about the planned sophomore season. Including its release date. However, we at Fangirlish are already excited for what’s to come. I’ve put together five spoiler-free reasons why.
A Thing of Beauty
One of the most striking things about The Sandman‘s first season was just how beautiful it was. Every episode had at least one moment that just took my breath away. Of course, it wasn’t just beautiful visually (although I defy you to find a series that is more breathtaking even in its devastation). The storytelling was everything one would expect from a Gaiman tale. Not a single episode was anything less than excellent but a few episodes – in particular “A Hope In Hell” and “The Sound of Her Wings” – raised the bar on what television could be. Wherever The Sandman season two takes you, trust me, you’ll want to go along for the ride.
Okay, honestly, I really should say “the acting in general.” Because there wasn’t a single character in the first season – including Gregory the Gargoyle – who didn’t pull their weight. Even characters like Gault, who had only a few minutes of screen time all together, had me rooting for them. So I of course can’t wait to see what the second season will bring for characters we already know and love, as well as those we have yet to meet.
Dream is one of the Endless, but he has siblings. So far, we’ve met – and instantly adored – his siblings Death (Kirby Howell-Baptiste) and Desire (Mason Alexander Park). But there are several siblings, such as Delirium, that we haven’t met yet. Even if some (so-called) fans think we have. I can’t wait to see what the future has in store for Death and the rest of the Endless…though I have no doubt it won’t all be good.
One plot that was set up in the first season was a feud between Dream and Desire (as well as Desire’s twin Despair (Donna Preston). Fortunately, Dream discovered his sibling was up to no good just in the nick of time. Still, while Desire may have lost the battle, there’s no question they’re giving up on the war. Season two will undoubtedly bring more Endless high jinks and rivalries. The only question is what Desire does next.
Devil May Care
Not that Dream didn’t already have enough on his plate. Between his imprisonment, the quest for his Sigils, the threat of the dream vortex, and his search for the Corinthian, he took a detour into Hell and pissed off Lucifer. And Lucifer isn’t the type to forgive and forget. What this means for Dream…? Well, we’ll just have to wait and see.
And, frankly, we can’t wait.
The Sandman season one is streaming now on Netflix.