The Sandman: Neil Gaiman on If Viewers Can Expect "Bonus" Episode 12
It's not like creator, EP & co-writer Neil Gaiman (Good Omens); EP, co-writer & showrunner Allan Heinberg (Wonder Woman); and EP & co-writer David S. Goyer hadn't already hit a major homerun with their Netflix adaptation of The Sandman. So they didn't need to drop a "bonus" 11th episode… and yet they did. And then they had the "gall" to have it be as excellent as the series. The two-part chapter is a mix of live-action and animation, adapting Gaiman's "A Dream of a Thousand Cats" & "Calliope" with a line-up of names that includes James McAvoy, David Tennant, Michael Sheen, Sandra Oh, Arthur Darvill, and more, from a teleplay by Catherine Smyth-McMullen. And to say it's been well-received would be an understatement. So much so that folks have started wondering if it's possible that a 12th "bonus" episode might be happening in the near future? Especially as the streaming service eyes the series' 30-day streaming numbers. Gaiman addressed the issue on Twitter, and… well… look at it this way. We have eleven episodes of greatness to appreciate before a possible second season…
When asked about the possibility of another "bonus" episode making an appearance, Gaiman made it pretty clear that the "Spinal Tap"-respecting eleven would be the season's final episode count: "I wish. No, that's all we've made so far." Here's a look at Gaiman breaking the bad news… not that we don't appreciate the bonus episode. What this does do is put pressure on viewers who want a second season to put pressure on Netflix. And the best way to do that? Boost up those analytics!
Now here's a look back at the preview images, overview, and trailer for Netflix's The Sandman S10E11 "A Dream of a Thousand Cats"/"Calliope":
The animated "A Dream of a Thousand Cats" stars Tom Sturridge as Dream, as well as guest voice cast members including Sandra Oh as The Prophet, Rosie Day as The Tabby Kitten, David Gyasi as The Grey Cat, Joe Lycett as The Black Cat, Neil Gaiman himself as Crow/Skull Bird, James McAvoy as Golden-Haired Man, David Tennant as Don, Georgia Tennant as Laura Lynn, Michael Sheen as Paul, Anna Lundberg as Marion, Nonso Anozie as Wyvern, Diane Morgan as Gryphon, and Tom Wu as Hippogriff.
The live-action "Calliope" is directed by Louise Hooper, and features Sturridge along with guest stars Melissanthi Mahut as Calliope, Arthur Darvill as Richard Madoc, Nina Wadia as Fate Mother, Souad Faress as Fate Crone, Dinita Gohil as Fate Maiden, Kevin Harvey as Larry, Amita Suman as Nora, and Derek Jacobi as Erasmus Fry.
There is another world that waits for all of us when we close our eyes and sleep — a place called the Dreaming, where The Sandman, Master of Dreams (Tom Sturridge), gives shape to all of our deepest fears and fantasies. But when Dream is unexpectedly captured and held prisoner for a century, his absence sets off a series of events that will change both the dreaming and waking worlds forever. To restore order, Dream must journey across different worlds and timelines to mend the mistakes he's made during his vast existence, revisiting old friends and foes, and meeting new entities — both cosmic and human — along the way.
Stemming from Warner Bros. TV, Netflix's The Sandman stars Tom Sturridge, Gwendoline Christie, Vivienne Acheampong, Boyd Holbrook, Charles Dance, Asim Chaudhry, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Kirby Howell-Baptiste, Mason Alexander Park, Donna Preston, Jenna Coleman, Niamh Walsh, Joely Richardson, David Thewlis, Kyo Ra, Stephen Fry, Razane Jammal, Sandra James Young, Patton Oswalt, and Mark Hamill.
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