Season 1 of The Sandman: Dream lost and regaining his powers; a diner episode that will linger in your head long after the Netflix autoplay; and a whole lot about a Vortex, her brother, and the missing sentient parts of the Dreaming that swirl around her.
After three or so decades of development hell, Netflix or Neil Gaiman were just so enthused to have finally realized this world (and not the kind with Gwendoline Christie overlooking it, unfortunately). But with season 1 coming to an end so beautifully, it's time to take a moment to check: Did I understand everything The Sandman was trying to convey?
Why does Desire want Dream to smear family blood?What is so terrible about that?
In the final moments of season 1, Dream discovers that Desire impregnated Unity while she was asleep during Dreams absence. He is, however, less than thrilled to hear this, accusing Desire of meddling in an attempt to enact Dream's death (either by attacking Desire or killing Rose Walker, who would technically also share family blood with Dream).
Desire purrs. Oh, poor Dream. I really got under your skin this time, didn't I? Next time I'll draw blood.
We don't know whats so taboo about it in episode ten (or even the whole season) but we do get a sense that there's more than a family rule about it. As he alludes to all that might entail, he doesn't get a sense of what it means to be a jerk.
[Ed. note: There is no way to know how to read it if you don't want to.]
The Endless have a set of guidelines handed down to them, which are as old as they are. One of them is to never discharge family blood in case you receive bad news, namely you summon the Furies, who are no joke and will be spooked.
What is Lucifers plan?
Lucifer is finding himself in a ruthless state as he prepares to face the challenges ahead, and is uneasy about any of the rewards that hell can offer. A demon comes up to offer something for the assembled lords of hell.
We have assembled against your adversary, the Dream of the Endless. If you wish to strike, Azazel warns of possible plans to invade the Dreams realm and then the waking world. Since none of us may leave hell, we may as well extend its borders until hell is all there is.
Lucifer promises to act stating only that the plan was something I had never done before, something that will make God utterly irritated.
If you're interested in seeing exactly what Lucifer is preparing, you may read the comics. Nevertheless, here are a few things to clarify: big, terrible plans.
What is the scope of the series?How many short stories will be included in The Sandman?
If Netflix allows The Sandman to run at least four seasons, with 75 issues in the original run of the series, it's certainly possible.
If we had our druthers, wed have the ability to go all the way to the end of Sandman: Overture, a prequel to the series published in 2013, which, strangely would be the beginning of episode 1 again, according to Gaiman. And we get to see an awful lot of side stories and interesting byways and diversions along the way.
Sandman may be renewed for a while, tracing the comic's arc while also making time for the occasional episodic or self-contained adventure. Initially, the focus was on the story's overall arc and the occasional, almost vignette-like chapters of Dreams journeys.
Will Rose Walker be in Sandman season 2?
The Dolls House arc in the comics isnt the last time we see Rose Walker, nor is it the last time we see Lyta Hall and her dream baby. While the show has tweaked the storylines a bit to fit into the season's narrative, they may return in season 2 (or beyond).
Who is the Prodigal that Dream, Desire, and Despair keep referring to?
Although the Endless is a group of related characters, there is, apparently, one who stands out from the crowd, who is only identified by Dream and his siblings as the Prodigal.
In Sandman season 1, the answer is sluggish to answer; beyond a few observations, we get little by way of details. However, the comic (of course) has the answers.
[Ed. note: Book spoilers below.]
Destruction is the next name in line after Dream. (He is, of course, not the eldest of his siblings, despite his inner self-seriousness). The Endless are not known by their names much as titles that describe their actions, as Neil Gaiman explains in his comic companion.
The Endless are just like us, in many ways.
How many Endless are there?Will we meet them all?
There are seven Endless Children; though weve only met a few so far, their names start with D. In age order, they are: Destiny, Death, Dream, Destruction, Desire, Despair, and Delirium (who used to be known as Delight).
Death, Dream, Desire, and Despair are among the most frequent themes encountered by Dream, who alluded to a slew of powers between the two, implying that he, Destiny, and Death were strong (and united) enough to keep the others in line.
What was the contract between Shakespeare and Dream?
Wednesbeard may have something to offer in Dream of the Endless, but in the comics, the Dreams realm isnt merely dreams as we know them in our sleep; it's more art itself, any dream world that might be imagined.
Plus, in the comic, we know what happens. [Ed. note: Another minor book spoiler coming up here.] Dream gave the Bard the ability to create lasting stories, which in turn commissioned two plays from him: A Midsummer Nights Dream (to honor the actual Unseelie Court) and The Tempest.