Neil Gaiman Says the Sandman’s Season 2 Chances Are Improving

The Sandman co-creator Neil Gaiman recently indicated that the chances of Season 2 happening are improving.

Responding to a fan on Twitter, Gaiman said that the odds of the Netflix fantasy drama series being renewed were “getting higher every day.” The Sandman is based on the acclaimed DC comic book series of the same name created by Gaiman and artists Sam Kieth and Mike Dringenberg. Its first 10-episode season premiered on Aug. 5, with a surprise bonus episode dropping two weeks later, on Aug. 19.

Getting higher every day…

— Neil Gaiman (@neilhimself) August 24, 2022

The Sandman Season 1 received a broadly positive response from critics, with reviews praising the adaptation’s cast, production design, visual effects and fidelity to the original comics. The show was also popular with audiences, as viewership data recently revealed that The Sandman is the biggest streaming show on the planet, generating 23.8 times the demand of the average series following its release. This data was derived from a range of engagement statistics, including consumer research, streaming, downloads and social media activity.

Will Netflix Renew The Sandman for a Second Season?
Gaiman has since confirmed that The Sandman’s stellar performance doesn’t mean Netflix will automatically order more episodes, though. “Sandman is a really expensive show,” he tweeted. “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.” Gaiman subsequently encouraged fans to continue binge-watching the series, as the resulting uptick in The Sandman’s viewer completion rate would boost its renewal prospects.

The celebrated scribe also confirmed that The Sandman can still be saved even if Netflix cancels it. Asked whether a rival streaming service such as HBO Max, Prime Video, Disney+ or Apple TV+ could pick up the series in the event Netflix pulls the plug, Gaiman replied that this was indeed the case. Netflix is yet to officially comment on The Sandman’s future at this stage.

On a more positive note, executive producer David S. Goyer assured fans that scripts for The Sandman Season 2 were currently being worked on, despite the second season not yet getting the green light. Goyer, who co-developed the series with Gaiman and Allan Heinberg, described the writing process as in some ways easier this time around, now that Season 1 has established the show’s core characters and concepts.

The Sandman Season 1 is currently streaming on Netflix.

Source: Twitter

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