Following Neil Gaiman’s collaboration with the showrunners David Goyer and Allan Heinberg, The Sandman finally found its way to Netflix after several prior failed attempts to bring it to screens. However, the conclusion revealed an unfaithful turn. Here is a description of what happened.
While Morpheus confronts and kills The Corinthian, taking the collectors’ ability to dream with him, Rose flees. She attempts to stay awake, afraid to dream because that is when her gift is most strong and has the potential to ruin the world, but she eventually falls asleep, where Morpheus greets her with Gilbert.
Gilbert offers to sacrifice himself instead of Rose, but Morpheus rejects him and returns him to his former form. Morpheus is ready to kill Rose until she is stopped by Unity Kinkain, Rose’s grandmother, and the alleged vortex.
Unity was in a coma for decades after Morpheus was imprisoned, thus the vortex was passed on to her granddaughter, Rose. Unity confesses that while in a coma, she became impregnated by the deity with the golden eye, giving birth to Rose.
Unity eventually takes the vortex ability for herself and sacrifices her life for Rose. Rose is reunited with her brother Jed. Meanwhile, Morpheus searches for Desire, the deity with the golden eye, a portion of the Endless who should serve rather than be served by humanity.
Morpheus returns Gault and begs Lucienne to keep The Corinthian’s skull secure and take care of everything while he works.
Back in hell, Lucifer meets with Azazel, the demon who sought to seize control of the Dreaming and mortal realms in order to expand hell. Lucifer makes it his mission to bring Morpheus down.
With Lucifer seeking to destroy Morpheus and maybe put an end to both the Dreaming and the Awakening worlds in order to further his ambition to expand hell, the conclusion leaves up the possibility of other stories to be told.
Although there has been no official word on whether Netflix will continue The Sandman for a second season, it seems quite likely given how open-ended the season finale was. Whether Netflix decides to renew or not, however, is still up in the air.
Given that Neil Gaiman’s comics have 10 volumes, there is still a ton of material to draw from if The Sandman Season 2 happens. Due to the fact that only “Preludes and Nocturnes” and “The Doll’s House” have been addressed thus far, it may even result in a spinoff series or prequel of the current series.
Netflix is now streaming The Sandman.