Why Season 2 of The Sandman hasn't been confirmed yet

Neil Gaiman, who made The Sandman, talked about a part of Netflix's system that keeps the show from getting a second season. 

It looks like people really like The Sandman. The adaptation of the popular DC Comics series, which had been in the works for a long time, finally came out on Netflix on August 5. It quickly gained a fan base. Fans liked how complicated Tom Sturridge made Dream, also known as Morpheus, the Lord of Dreams, look. 

Fans watched the first 10 episodes to see Morpheus get his things back from the troubled John Dee (David Thewlis), catch the rogue nightmare the Corinthian (Boyd Holbrook), and deal with guest stars like Lucifer (Gwendoline Christie) and Johanna Constantine (Jenna Coleman). The show was so popular that Netflix dropped a surprise bonus episode that was based on the stories "Dream of a Thousand Cats" and "Calliope," which were favorites among fans. 

So why hasn't the second season of The Sandman been picked up? Neil Gaiman, who wrote The Sandman comics and co-created the Netflix show with Allan Heinberg and David S. Goyer, tweeted some possible reasons earlier this year. He pointed to the huge costs of making a live-action fantasy show. But Gaiman recently went back to Twitter to talk about some of the ways Netflix works. 

In response to a fan's (now deleted) tweet demanding a faster response from the streaming service, Gaiman reminded readers that the show has only been out for a month and a half, which means "data harvesting has just finished." In other words, Netflix is just now getting hard data on the audience for The Sandman, which allows them to measure the risk of continuing such an expensive show. 

Gaiman also said that the way people watch The Sandman is different from how they watch other Netflix shows. "The process of data mining is complicated by the fact that many people don't watch it all at once," Gaiman wrote. "Instead, they spread it out, letting each episode sink in before watching the next." 

At first glance, it might seem like The Sandman's slow start is a good thing. At the very least, it shows that people think about The Sandman and don't just read it quickly and then forget about it. Many other shows don't last as long as this one does. But that also means that Netflix, which is all about binge-watching, might not be the best place for it. 

Also in the show's favor are the hints that were dropped in the first season. So far, the series has only used the first two story arcs and a few single issues from the original 75-issue run. This means that there is a lot more well-known content to use. Also, the first season gave us a look at Dream's personal growth as well as his ongoing fight with his sister Desire, who has been setting things up to get rid of him. 

Gaiman knows how much people want to see more Sandman movies, but he urges people to be patient. The writer reminded his followers that "Telling Netflix to hurry up won't make decisions happen faster." For now, we'll just have to dream about season two.


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