The Sandman season 1 – who is Johanna Constantine?

By Jonathon Wilson
Published: August 5, 2022 (Last updated: February 17, 2024)
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This article, “who is Johanna Constantine,” contains spoilers regarding Netflix’s The Sandman season 1. 

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Who is Johanna Constantine in The Sandman season 1?

Johanna Constantine is a well-respected haunted necromancer and a successful occult adventuress for hire. Adding to that, she also has a large number of high-end clients, such as the Royal Family. However, despite having performed many exorcists, she initially brushes off claims of The Sandman as nothing but a fairytale. As she hides the pain over leaving behind her girlfriend, Rachel, Johanna Constantine likens herself to Roderick Burgess; she also adds that, unlike herself, Rachel is a kind and loving individual. And when Rachel dies, Johanna Constantine shows deep emotion at her death.

What does Johanna Constantine do?

Johanna Constantine is first seen in the third episode of The Sandman. As she tries to prevent a demon from taking a child, Astra, it soon becomes apparent that this is nothing but a terrible nightmare. Which Johanna apparently suffers from a lot. Dream or not, Johanna is still a very skilled exorcist. So much so that when the Royal Family fears the Princess has become possessed, they hire Johanna. However, it becomes clear that it’s not the Princess that’s possessed. But rather the famous footballer she is about to marry; Johanna sends the demon, Agaliath, straight back to hell. 

Lord Morpheus tracks her down as he wants to know what happened to the pouch of sand that she bought. But when Johanna claims that she sold it, Morpheus forces her into helping him track it down. Johanna says that the pouch of sand is likely with her ex-girlfriend, Rachel. But when they go to Rachel, Johanna is horrified that Rachel has turned into a shrivelled and almost skeleton-like creature. And without the sand, Rachel will die. But as Morpheus needs it, he takes it from Rachel and allows her to have a peaceful death.

Johanna is very upset with the turn of events. And she tells Morpheus that all he cares about is his own power. Afterwards, with her initial story in The Sandman complete, Morpheus tells Johanna that she no longer has to worry about her nightmares anymore. 

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