The Sandman: episodes, plot, cast, trailer and everything we know

The Sandman
The Sandman arrives on Netflix this August. (Image credit: Netflix)

The Sandman has arrived on Netflix and is based on the dark fantasy comic by Neil Gaiman. It has a star-studded cast attached to it.

The series follows Dream, also known as Morpheus and other names, who is one of the seven Endless, a family of beings that are embodiments of natural forces and are said to be older than any other supernatural being.

In an interview with Empire Magazine, Neil Gaiman spoke about the different tones and styles used throughout the series, saying: "You watch Episode 1 and think, ‘Oh, I get this thing: it’s like Downton Abbey, but with magic. 

"Then you’ll be wondering, ‘What the hell is this?’ by Episode 2, when you’re meeting Gregory The Gargoyle in The Dreaming. Episode 5 is about as dark and traumatic as anything is ever gonna get, then you’ve got Episode 6, which is probably the most feel-good of all the episodes."

Here's everything you need to know about The Sandman...

The Sandman episodes

Let's take a look at the episode titles and descriptions for The Sandman:

The Sandman season 1 episode 1: "Sleep of the Just"
"While searching for an escaped nightmare in the waking world, Morpheus falls prey to Roderick Burgess, an occultist looking to summon and imprison Death."

The Sandman season 1 episode 2: "Imperfect Hosts"
"Morpheus begins his quest to find his tools of power — his sand, ruby and helm — by paying a visit to a pair of notoriously dysfunctional brothers."

The Sandman season 1 episode 3: "Dream a Little Dream of Me"
"Morpheus tracks down the last-known person in possession of his sand — and receives an unexpected lesson on humanity. Ethel pays a visit to her son."

The Sandman season 1 episode 4: "A Hope in Hell"
"A lead on the whereabouts of his helm compels Morpheus to seek an audience with Lucifer. A confused John receives a helping hand from a good Samaritan."

The Sandman season 1 episode 5: "24/7"
"With Morpheus caught off guard, John settles in at a diner to watch the people around him — and puts his teory about truth and lies to a terrifying test."

The Sandman season 1 episode 6: "The Sound of Her Wings"
"Feeling a bit rudderless, Morpheus shadows his hardworking big sister, who offers him advice and encourages him to reconnect with an old acquaintance."

The Sandman season 1 episode 7: "The Doll's House"
"Lucienne comes to Morpheus with disturbing news. Rose Walker goes in search of family. Admirers of the Corinthian's work scheme to get his attention."

The Sandman season 1 episode 8: "Playing House"
"As Morpheus closes in on one of his missing creations, Rose ramps up efforts to locate her brother — and unwittingly makes a friend's dream come true."

The Sandman season 1 episode 9: "Collectors"
"Odd disturbances shake up The Dreaming, Rose sets out on a road trip with a new friend and The Corinthian arrives with a guest at a creepy convention."

The Sandman season 1 episode 10: "Lost Hearts"
"As the Dream vortex grows more powerful and the walls between the realms weaken, Rose must make a difficult choice. Morpheus confronts The Corinthian."

The Sandman release date

The series arrived on Netflix on August 5. 

Tom Sturridge as Dream in The Sandman

Tom Sturridge plays main character Dream in The Sandman. (Image credit: Netflix)

What's the plot of The Sandman?

Charles Dance as Sir Roderick Burgess in The Sandman

Charles Dance as Sir Roderick Burgess in The Sandman. (Image credit: Netflix)

The plot of The Sandman is: "In 1916, Morpheus, the king of dreams and one of the seven Endless, is captured in an occult ritual. After being held captive for 105 years, he escapes and sets out to restore order to his kingdom of the Dreaming."

Teasing the plot further, Neil Gaiman said (via "It will be scary but it will be lots of other things, too, because the joy of Sandman is that it's a lot of different things in the soup, and you can taste all the flavors."

Who's in the cast?

Death (Kirby Howell-Baptiste) talks to her brother Dream (Tom Sturridge) in The Sandman.

Death (Kirby Howell-Baptiste) and Dream are two of the Endless in The Sandman. (Image credit: Netflix)

Yes, there's an amazing cast attached to the project with plenty of well known names joining the cast from Game of Thrones, Star Wars, Harry Potter and more, so there's plenty of big, recognisable names when it comes to the Neil Gaiman adaptation.

The full cast has been announced and you can see them and their roles below, it's quite the list!

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Is there a trailer?

Yes! A full trailer for The Sandman is finally here and you should expect fantastical landscapes, magic, and more from our thrilling first look at the Neil Gaiman adaptation.

Take a look below...

Lucy Buglass
Senior Staff Writer

Lucy joined the team in 2021, where she writes series guides for must-watch programmes, reviews and the latest TV news. Originally from Northumberland, she graduated from Oxford Brookes University with a degree in Film Studies and moved to London to begin a career writing about entertainment.

She is a Rotten Tomatoes approved film critic and has a huge passion for cinema. She especially loves horror, thriller and anything crime-related. Her favourite TV programmes include Inside No 9, American Horror Story, Stranger Things and Black Mirror but she is also partial to a quiz show or a bit of Say Yes to the Dress