There is little question that The Sandman felt complete, yet it also occasionally lacked a few elements. For instance, many people are interested in learning what happened to Johanna Constantine during the event in Newcastle. Fortunately, it appears that we will get to see some of the missing material from the Netflix series. In a recently released deleted scene from the pilot, it is revealed that Roderick Burgess came dangerously close to releasing Morpheus.
In the opening scene of The Sandman, Dream pursues the Corinthian, a renegade Nightmare, but is instead apprehended by Roderick Burgess during a rite that was intended to apprehend Dream’s sister Death. Roderick plans to keep Morpheus in his basement for 106 years after learning that harboring an Endless offers life-extension advantages.
Interestingly enough, the sentence may have been served much sooner. In a cut scene, Alex Burgess, Roderick’s son, confronts his father about the sleep disorder brought on by Dream’s confinement (via Twitter). Alex informs Roderick that they must liberate Morpheus because, if allowed to roam free, he may revive Roderick’s elder son.
Unfortunately, neither Alex nor Roderick ever releases Dream. Alex’s partner was the one who smudged the runes that kept Morpheus bound. Dream may have managed to leave much sooner, though, if Alex had been more convincing.
The Sandman just released a bonus episode that converted two stories from the Dream Country arc in the comic. The first narrative is about a Siamese cat who tells a group of other felines about her rendezvous with Morpheus, while the second revolves around a writer who imprisons the muse Calliope in order to obtain access to her ideas for his own work. Neil Gaiman has now clarified that A Dream of a Thousand Cats/Calliope is the first season’s lone bonus episode.
Season 2 of The Sandman has yet to be announced.