Dreams came true for The Sandman fans when Netflix confirmed season 2 of the beloved fantasy series is on its way with an intriguing teaser.

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The show, based on the comic books by iconic author Neil Gaiman, follows Morpheus, aka Dream (Tom Sturridge) on his mission to recapture his lost objects of power and restore order to his realm after he's finally freed from decades of imprisonment.

Starring Sturridge alongside an incredible cast including Gwendoline Christie (Lucifer), Kirby Howell-Baptiste (Death), Mason Alexander Park (Desire) and Jenna Coleman (Johanna Constantine), the series had fans hooked.

Plus, excitement for the second season only ramped up when we were treated to a bonus episode, featuring two extra stories from The Sandman universe - A Dream of a Thousand Cats and Calliope - and that's not even to mention Gaiman teasing a number of spin-offs.

Details about a second season are thin on the ground at the moment, but we have had some cryptic clues, including Netflix refusing to refer to it as "season 2".

Read on for everything we know so far!

Will there be The Sandman season 2 on Netflix?

Gwendoline Christie plays Lucifer Morningstar in The Sandman.
Gwendoline Christie plays Lucifer Morningstar in The Sandman Netflix

Yes, The Sandman season 2 has officially been confirmed.

It’s been well known for a while that executive producers Gaiman, Allan Heinberg and David S Goyer were determined to make it happen.

In fact, back in November 2019, Neil Gaiman revealed that he was already plotting a second season.

"There are three of us, the showrunner Allan Heinberg, David Goyer and me, and we've just finished writing the first episode, and plotting and breaking down the first two seasons, so we'll see what happens next," Gaiman revealed to RadioTimes.com.

Season 1, which was over 30 years in the making, only drew from two out of 10 volumes of source material, meaning there’s still plenty of story to tell going forward.

"We’ve got as many [seasons] as they’ll let us have," Heinberg told NME at the show's premiere in London.

Kirby Howell-Baptiste as Death in episode 106 of The Sandman
Kirby Howell-Baptiste as Death in The Sandman Laurence Cendrowicz/Netflix

"If enough viewers show up, we can go for quite a long while. We want to do all of it, we want a spin-off miniseries. We’d love to make it for as long as they’ll have us.”

However, given Netflix’s penchant for cancelling popular shows after the first season, as the streamer did with teen drama First Kill, as well as 1899 and many more shows, fans were fearful a second season of The Sandman may never materialise.

To that end, Neil Gaiman previously promised that the show would have live on even if Netflix had decided to pull the plug.

When asked on Twitter whether he would consider bringing the show to other platforms like Prime, Apple TV+ or Disney Plus, he simply replied: "Yes." Luckily, it looks like it won't come to that.

The Sandman season 2 release date speculation

The first season of The Sandman took almost two years to produce, with filming getting under way in October 2020 and the finished project finally landing on Netflix in August 2022.

Of course, it likely didn't help matters that cameras started rolling at the height of the coronavirus pandemic, which would have significantly slowed down the usual pace of the shoot.

Cast member Mason Alexander Park has revealed that filming for season 2 is set to take place during summer 2023.

Boyd Holbrook as The Corinthian and Kerry Shale as Nimrod in The Sandman.
Boyd Holbrook as The Corinthian in The Sandman. Liam Daniel/Netflix © 2022

They told Collider: "We're starting shooting in the summer, and we’re gonna tackle the next huge chunk of stories in however long that might take. And I am really excited to share what that might be with everybody, eventually."

A show like The Sandman also requires a lengthy post-production phase in order to get its visual effects looking nice and shiny, not to mention the time it takes to create the practical sets and costumes.

The Sandman season 2 will probably be some time away, with our prediction being an 18-24-month production cycle. This points to a release date of spring/summer 2024.

Who could return in The Sandman season 2 cast?

Jenna Coleman plays Johanna Constantine in The Sandman
Jenna Coleman as Johanna Constantine in The Sandman. Netflix

The Sandman comic books are a sprawling saga which sees numerous characters pass through it, but creator Gaiman has assured that viewers can expect reprisals from the vast majority of the season 1 cast.

The following cast members could potentially return for the second season.

  • Tom Sturridge as Dream/Morpheus
  • Boyd Holbrook as The Corinthian
  • Vivienne Acheampong as Lucienne
  • Patton Oswalt as the voice of Matthew the Raven
  • Jenna Coleman as Johanna Constantine
  • Gwendoline Christie as Lucifer Morningstar
  • Kirby Howell-Baptiste as Death
  • Mason Alexander Park as Desire
  • Donna Preston as Despair
  • Kyo Ra as Rose Walker
  • Eddie Karanja as Jed Walker
  • John Cameron Mitchell as Hal Carter
  • Stephen Fry as Gilbert
  • Razane Jammal as Lyta Hall
  • Sandra James Young as Unity Kinkaid
  • Sanjeev Bhaskar as Cain
  • Asim Chaudhry as Abel
  • Lily Travers as Barbie
  • Richard Fleeshman as Ken
  • David Thewlis as Doctor Destiny/John Burgess/Johnny Dee
  • Mark Hamill as the voice of Mervyn Pumpkinhead
  • Lenny Henry as the voice of Martin Tenbones
  • Roger Allam as the voice of Lord Azazel

"Part of the fun of Sandman is, if we get to season 2, you're going to meet a whole lot more people," Gaiman said in an interview with RadioTimes.com.

"And by the way, in season 2, you're also going to re-encounter pretty much everybody that you knew and loved in season 1."

The Sandman key art
The Sandman cast Netflix

The author continued: "Hob Gadling is there in Season of Mists [the fourth collection in The Sandman comic book series]. Desire is waiting for us, as well. The people that you love will all come back and there are lots of people that you haven't met yet to fall in love with."

These comments suggest returns for Ferdinand Kingsley and Mason Alexander Park, along with main players Tom Sturridge, Kirby Howell-Baptiste, Gwendoline Christie and Vivienne Acheampong.

"Even Alex [Burgess] and Paul [McGuire]," added co-writer and executive producer Heinberg, confirming future plans for the LGBTQ+ couple.

Doctor Who star Jenna Coleman has also addressed her future in The Sandman, telling RadioTimes.com that Lady Johanna Constantine's fleeting appearance in season 1 was a "seed" for bigger things to come.

On his character's somewhat ambiguous fate, Boyd Holbrook said: "I had a great experience on this. And I think we'd all love to continue The Sandman. It's the universe that just keeps going on and on... I believe that The Corinthian is reincarnated at a certain point in time in the comic, so we'll see."

What could happen in The Sandman season 2 plot?

Gwendoline Christie plays Lucifer Morningstar in The Sandman
Gwendoline Christie plays Lucifer Morningstar in The Sandman Netflix

As suggested by The Sandman ending, the next season of the show would primarily focus on the fourth and fifth volumes of the graphic novel, titled Season of Mists and A Game of You respectively.

Gaiman confirmed to RadioTimes.com: "Our plans for the second season is the second two graphic novels, which technically, in this case, will be books four and five, with some bits of the short stories in book three scattered among some other stuff."

The first of these sees Dream return to Hell, where Lucifer Morningstar is waiting for him, unleashing chaos by abdicating her throne and starting a new life on Earth – freeing her demons in the process.

The second focuses on a supporting character from season 1, Barbie (as played by Lily Travers), who makes a long-overdue return to her fantasy world in the Dreaming following an intervention from mythical steed Martin Tenbones.

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Given how faithful the first season was to both Preludes & Nocturnes and The Doll's House, we'd expect a potential follow-up to stick rather closely to the source material.

However, Netflix bosses have revealed that they're not referring to the upcoming episodes as "season 2".

Friedlander’s cryptically told Variety: “There are decisions that haven’t been made, but we are considering batching approaches. Everything’s on the table when it comes to ‘Sandman.’ It’s an innovative show.”

Is there a trailer for The Sandman season 2?

Yes, Netflix has released some teaser footage, showing Dream’s Helm rising from a sea of shifting sand. Watch below:

The Sandman is available to stream on Netflix. Check out more of our Fantasy coverage or visit our TV Guide to see what's on tonight.

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