Warning: This article contains major spoilers for The Sandman comics and the TV show.The sand man is a 2022 Netflix show based on the comics of the same name written by american gods author Neil Gaiman. It follows the titular character, inspired by European lore, and his journey to rebuild his kingdom, the Dream, after being imprisoned for a century.
The show, much like the comics, is sure to become known for its original take on famous folk legends. Many iconic moments to come transpire from paper to screen, and the surprising twists are especially memorable, making The sand man a delightful spectacle that requires at least one re-watch to fully understand.
11 The first death
The first episode delves into the background of Morpheus as he is imprisoned for a century by the “Magus”.
As mentioned later throughout the show, the Sandman always has a crow with him. These little companions are incarnations of the souls of deceased people who aid in Morpheus missions and are always nearby. The only time Morpheus crosses the waking world without a crow is after Jessamy is cruelly shot while trying to free him from his cage.
ten What is Constantine?
Johanna Constantine is among Jenna Coleman’s Best Roles right next to Queen Victoria and Clara Osborne.
She is presented as a descendant of another Constantine whom Morpheus had met centuries ago. She is a fighter who deals in the occult and the mystical for money and to help people. The show seemed to follow a pretty standard fantasy trope with her, until the sixth episode arrived. There the other Constantine appeared in a flashback to 1789 – and it looked like an 18th century version of the same person. More information about the Constantine family has yet to be released, meaning a likely focus on them in Season 2.
9 Ruby’s Destruction
The ruby was one of the sandman’s lost tools, and it was in the possession of the mage’s second son, John.
After unleashing chaos in a restaurant with his reality warping powers, John attempts to knock Morpheus down with the Gem. His modifications to the Ruby weren’t enough to stop it from breaking as John tries to steal the rest of the Sandman’s powers. In a surprising turn of events, the King of Dreams manages to throw them both into a dream of his own making, while in the meantime showing the damage John had done with the Ruby.
8 Not just any sleeper
When Morpheus was caged in 1916, an estimated one million sleepers failed to wake up the next morning in an outbreak of what has been called “lethargic encephalitis”.
Unity Kincaid was a child who fell asleep due to “sleeping sickness”. Initially, her father is shown trying to wake her up as an example of what was happening without Dream’s supervision, and there was no way to infer her future importance to the story. In her later appearance, it is revealed that Unity is actually Rose Walker’s great-grandmother. She had become pregnant while she slept and the child had been taken from her after delivery. Unity had been trying to locate his family for months.
seven The morbid twist
One of the many surprises in the source material was Gaiman’s choice to portray the concept of death as a female character who is arguably the best character in the series, judging by the comics.
Played by Kirby Howell-Baptiste, Death is one of the Endless and an older sister of Dream. After recovering his tools and rebuilding his kingdom, Morpheus goes through a kind of identity crisis, not knowing what to do with himself. Death appears and invites her to accompany him while she collects souls. In the process, the audience realizes that instead of the expected dark grim reaper stereotype, she has a strong and somewhat optimistic personality, managing to cheer up her little brother.
6 The Dream Walker
Unity wasn’t the only surprise in store when it came to Rose Walker’s story.
Rose is a recent orphan in search of her missing little brother. She’s a dynamic character made even more fascinating after Dream and Lucienne came to the conclusion that she was the first Dream Vortex of her time. Vortices are unexplained phenomena that function as a central point where the dreams of nearby mortals merge. Morpheus’ concerns about him are justified, even if his methods are not: the Dream Vortexes have the power to destroy both the Dream and the waking worlds.
5 family affair
All hardcore fan knows that the Endless are the children of the cosmic entities Night and Time. There are seven: fate, death, dream, destruction, desire, despair and delirium. Audiences were already familiar with Dream and Death when, in later episodes, they encounter Despair and Desire.
From the conversation between the two entities, it is revealed that they were behind the capture and escape of Morpheus by the mage and his circle. They also referenced other schemes against Dream that Desire had set up over the millennia in an attempt to steal their younger brother’s kingdom.
4 Lyta’s happy ending
Lyta is Rose’s best friend and neighbor who travels with her to England and then to Cape Kennedy, Florida in search of her brother Jed.
During the eighth episode, while sleeping next to Rose, Lyta dreams of her late husband Hector, with whom she has sex. After a few more dreams, she becomes pregnant in her dreams and remains pregnant when she wakes up. As if such a twist weren’t enough, Morpheus later reveals that Hector is not part of a dream, but rather a ghost fleeing the realm of death.
3 Corinthian interference
One of The sand manthe baddest main charactersthe Corinthian is a vicious nightmare that cares only for itself.
One of the cases where his machinations have the worst consequences involves Jed Walker, Rose’s long-lost brother. After the death of his abusive father, Jed is placed in a foster family with another father figure who is very violent towards him. When a social worker finally arranges an appointment, Jed slips a post-it note asking for help into her bag. It’s the same bag probed by the Corinthian after he killed the social worker. His bloodlust knows no bounds, and it is further revealed when he murders Jed’s adoptive parents and trashes their place.
2 Gilbert is not a person
Stephen Fry is a well-known British comedian and writer, as well as the new face of Gilbert. A charismatic character, Gilbert is first mentioned as one of the inhabitants of Hal’s house who spends his days reading in isolation. He takes it upon himself to protect and help Rose, but when he finds new information regarding the Corinthian and travels to the Dream, Lucienne and Morpheus call him Fiddler’s Green, one of the Dream Lord’s creations.
That seemed to be all there was to know about him, but later he and Morpheus revealed to Rose that Fiddler’s Green is not a person, but a sentient place in the Dream – a form he reverts to. , bringing colors back into the landscape. .
1 “Golden Eyes”
Those who thought The Corinthian was the worst the show had to offer were thrilled.
In the final chapter of the season, Unity and Lucienne conclude that she was meant to be the Dream Vortex of her time instead of Rose. Unity then explains to Morpheus and Rose that she had been pregnant while suffering from sleeping sickness. It is implied that a “golden-eyed man” had taken advantage of her vulnerability.
Dream now knows that his brother Desire had interfered with a mortal while he was away. Desire’s goal was to ensure that Dream would be forced to commit an unforgivable offense: to kill a member of the family, i.e. the next Dream Vortex.
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