Will The Sandman be canceled or renewed by Netflix? Here’s what Neil Gaiman says

Fans were worried about whether The Sandman would be cast in Season 2 or if he would be canceled and returned to Dreaming. Netflix has been outrageously silent on the matter, even though it’s been over six weeks since the show’s debut.

Luckily for fans of the legendary DC comics series, executive producer Neil Gaiman isn’t as quiet as Netflix. In a recent tweet (will open in a new tab)Gaiman explained exactly why The Sandman didn’t get a second season: You don’t watch it.

Or rather, you don’t watch it the way Netflix wants you to watch it.

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Netflix is ​​famous for its season-long drinking pattern. Even in the case of Stranger Things season 4, which split the entire season into two volumes, those were just the mini-seasons that Netflix expected from you.

Gaiman seems to have information that Sandman fans are spreading the show rather than watching it binge. This data seems to have made Netflix so hesitant to take on a seemingly successful series.

It’s interesting that we mentioned this in our earlier report on The Sandman. Even after just one episode, it seemed odd that Netflix wanted viewers to revel in The Sandman. The series is deep and leaves you in awe of what’s to come in the next chapter or, in this case, the episode. So it’s no surprise that the audience wants to enjoy it as much as we do.

The Sandman: critical reaction and public reaction

Graphic showing The Sandman as the number one show for Netflix in the first week of August 2022.

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By most measures, The Sandman was a hit. Ranked by Netflix Global Top 10 (will open in a new tab), the show has been one of the best TV shows for Netflix since its debut on August 5th. It was the #1 show for the first three weeks it aired and it hasn’t left the top ten yet. So even if the fans don’t overeat the episodes, it looks like they are definitely watching.

The comic book adaptation was also a critical success. It started at 85 percent on Rotten Tomatoes and has since increased to 87 percent and a “Certified Fresh” rating. (will open in a new tab).

One of the reviews also highlights the problem Netflix has with the show. Steve Murray of ArtsATL (will open in a new tab) says, “Netflix’s deluxe 10-episode version is a good example of Gaiman’s strengths and weaknesses… while I love it, I don’t feel rushed to get to the finish line. The atmosphere and immersion is often better than the payoff from Gaiman stuff.” Another example of people just not wanting to get stuck on the show.

Viewers are also generally positive about the series, although somewhat disappointed with it compared to critics. Right now the audience rating is 80 percent, which is still pretty high. There are a lot of comments about the show’s pacing, and at first glance, it seems that the audience wants a slightly faster and more dynamic show. Some might even say more edible.

The Sandman Season 2: Perspectives

Tom Sturridge as Sleep reading Rose Walker's book in The Sandman

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Ultimately, Netflix should renew The Sandman season 2. It would be a shame for them to throw out a critically acclaimed, commercially successful (at least in terms of viewership) comic book adaptation that deviates from some of Marvel’s recent stale fare. Netflix was also rumored to have spent $15 million on the series, so it would be weird to just write it off unless it was a real disaster.

But for now, Gaiman and I have to wait and see what the streaming service decides. Luckily, there are plenty of other shows to watch on Netflix, including Fate: The Winx Saga: Season 2 and the return of The Great British Cooking Show.

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