In the fourth episode “The Sandman” there is a moment that causes some astonishment – at least if you don’t know the comic book by Neil Gaiman: When Lucifer (Tom Sturridge) is led through hell, he eventually comes to a kind of prison cell over in which a woman is being held. The two apparently have a common past – and suddenly Dream looks completely different for a brief moment.
The woman is Nada (Deborah Oyelade), who addresses Dream as Kai’ckul (Ernest Kingsley Jr.). It’s just a short scene that doesn’t get explained any further and that you could shrug off – but of course there’s more to it than that. and in fact, this scene is extremely important for the second season (should there be one).
The scene in “The Sandman” Episode 4 is almost exactly in the first volume of the comic template, but the background is only explained there much later: Volume 2 with the title “Das Puppenhaus” begins with a scene set in Africa that doesn’t seem to have much to do with the previous story of “The Sandman”.
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In a story-within-a-story, however is told in the comics of a queen named Nada, who ruled over a magnificent city thousands of years ago and fell in love with a mysterious stranger – Dream as Kai’ckul. However, the romance between the two ends unhappily and full of misunderstandings, so Nada ends up in Hell and Dream still hasn’t forgiven her because she didn’t want to be his queen back then.
The Tale of Nada and Kai’ckul so on the one hand expands the background story of Dream and on the other hand shows that the ruler of the dream realm appears in countless different forms – just as he appears in The Sandman bonus episode in the form of a huge black cat with bright yellow eyes.
At the same time, the story of Nada and Kai’ckul also serves to clarify Dream’s character development – and we should then also see that in the Netflix series if there should be a second season.
Then Nada is the starting point for the events in the fourth volume of the “Sandman” comics, which should serve as a template for Season 2: Dream, who has grown and become less distant as a result of the events described in the first two volumes (or season 1), now wants to free Nada from hell and therefore travels to the underworld.
But things don’t turn out as he expected there – which is alluded to in the last scene of “The Sandman” Season 1. What exactly should happen in season 2 and how Nada is related to it, we have summarized in the following article:
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