The Sandman season 2: Neil Gaiman confirms future of Netflix series

Actor Tom Sturridge dressed in black as Lord Morpheus in Netflix's The Sandman

Netflix has confirmed that Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman will return for a second season.

Various conflicting reports were initially released on the matter, with some saying the incredibly popular show had been cancelled, while others circulated rumours of a season renewal.

But it was author Gaiman himself who confirmed “the rumours are true” of a second season in a tweet on Thursday (3 November).

“Netflix is thrilled that so many of you have been watching [The Sandman], and the thing we were all hoping would happen… has indeed happened.”

The adaptation of Gaiman’s graphic novel was watched for almost 70 million hours in its first week and doubled to 127.5 million in its second according to Deadline.

Neil Gaiman confirmed the second season after rumours circulated.

Neil Gaiman confirmed the second season after rumours circulated. (Getty)

His confirmation of the show’s second season came shortly after the DC Comics Twitter page accidentally leaked the renewal on Wednesday (2 November).

Their post, which has since been deleted, read: “The dream continues. [The Sandman] will return with new episodes based on multiple volumes of the Neil Gaiman graphic novel to explore even more stories of the Endless.”

Fans were undoubtedly thrilled at the announcement that the diverse fantasy drama would see the journeys of protagonist Lord Morpheus continue after the initial 10-episode first season.

“NEIL!” Comic book writer Gail Simone tweeted, to which Gaiman replied: “GAIL!”

“I can say this is as faithful and wonderful a recreation as one could ask for,” one user wrote. “Glad to see it’s returning for another season.”

The Sandman profile icons will also be coming to Netflix

Additionally, Gaman also confirmed that custom profile icons for several of the characters in The Sandman would be available for Netflix users in the near future.

Characters include The Sandman (Tom Sturridge), Lucifer Morningstar (Gwendoline Christie), Lucienne (Vivienne Acheampong), and Desire, who is played by non-binary actor Mason Alexander Park.

“You dared to Dream – and, y’know, kept asking me when and whether they were going to show up – and it’s happening!” Gaiman said in the tweet.

The Sandman profile icons are coming to Netflix! Let joy be unconfined.”

As well as looking stylish, Netflix profile icons are usually only kept for shows held in high regard, so their inclusion spells good things for The Sandman.

Fans have already begun predicting who they’ll pick once they’re available at an undisclosed date in the future, with many people choosing Matthe the messenger Raven as their clear favourite.