Netflix hasn’t given the green light for it yet, but if Neil Gaiman has his way, The Sandman comics writer and series creator would love to tell the full story of Morpheus – from the first to the last page of the template and including all spin-offs and side stories. How serious Gaiman and his series creator colleagues David S. Goyer and Allan Heinberg are about this can also be seen in the surprisingly released bonus episode of “The Sandman”.
After the rather short adaptation of “The Dream of a Thousand Cats”, it is mainly about the muse Calliope (Melissanthi Mahut) taken from Greek mythology and her relationship with Dream (Tom Sturridge). and As we learn not only in the comic book “The Sandman: Dreamland”, but also in the Netflix series, Dream and Kalliope had a son together: Orpheus.
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Orpheus is also a Greek mythological name, an incredibly talented singer and poet. Also in the sagas he is the son of Calliope, but has a different father. However, Gaiman adapts the story of Orpheus for his The Sandman comics and gives them a new twist – Warning, possible spoilers follow for “The Sandman” on Netflix!
As in mythology, Orpheus travels to the underworld to bring his beloved Eurydice back to life, but breaks the rules and loses her again, eventually being torn to pieces by the maenads. However, in The Sandman comics, Orpheus remains alive and his disembodied head continues to exist.
Orpheus acts as an oracle of sorts and thus becomes significant in the seventh book of The Sandman series, entitled Short Lives. In it, Dream and his sister Delirium join forces to search for the missing seventh member of the Eternals (referred to as “the lost one” in Netflix’s “The Sandman”).
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In exchange for his help, however, Orpheus wishes death – and because his father Dream won’t refuse him his wish, he breaks the rule mentioned at the end of the Netflix series: the Eternals must not spill the blood of family members. We don’t want to reveal the consequences of this here, but one thing is clear:
The introduction of Calliope and the mention of Orpheus in the Season 1 bonus episode already charted the path for The Sandman to take in future seasons. Especially since co-showrunner Allan Heinberg the industry magazine Variety revealed that he even has an actor in mind for Orpheus (although without naming a name) and that he should appear in season 2. So now Netflix just has to give the green light…
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