‘Dead Boy Detectives’ Could Expand the Sandman Universe In Season 2 and Beyond

By Louie Fecou
Published: April 26, 2024
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What Could 'Dead Boy Detectives' Season 2 Be About?
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There is no shortage of places that Dead Boy Detectives could go in Season 2 and beyond. At the time of writing a sophomore outing hasn’t been commissioned, but with a wealth of potential given the existing lore of Neil Gaiman’s dark fantasy dreamscape The Sandman, the possibilities are endless.

The Netflix series, which is unsurprisingly about two dead boys who decide to stay on Earth after they have passed away to help solve unusual crimes, already has a key crossover in the character of Death, but that could just be the tip of the iceberg.

Dead Boy Detectives Season 2 Could Continue Expanding This Universe

There is no doubt that Dead Boy Detectives Season 2 would continue to expand on the characters of Charles and Edwin and their growing associates in the agency, and continue to find mysteries for the team to solve. The format is perfect for an ongoing series, as it has such an interesting premise that exists in an already-established universe and also has scope for new stories to begin and end every episode.

If you think of shows like The X-Files, it is easy to see how this format has a lot of mileage, with episodes that focus on a mystery and can be folded into the lore of the show and the arcs of its key characters.

Although the young detectives first appeared in The Sandman comic by Neil Gaiman, they have also enjoyed further appearances in other DC/Vertigo books such as The Books of Magic, before receiving their own limited series. They would star in a four-issue run, then a twelve-issue series, and would return to the realm of Dream in a six-issue series, The Sandman Universe.

With all this material, there are plenty of ideas to be plundered for a second set of episodes. The first season also ends on a bit of a cliffhanger, with a deliberately ambiguous ending that hints at a whole new storyline waiting to resolve itself. This indicates that the showrunners are hopeful there will be more to come and the universe will continue to expand.

Are Netflix likely to renew Dead Boy Detectives Season 2?

What Could 'Dead Boy Detectives' Season 2 Be About?

Dead Boy Detectives | Image via Netflix

I have no insider source here and there has been no official confirmation, but if I had to guess, I would say that there is a very high chance that Dead Boy Detectives will receive another season.

Netflix, and probably everyone else, are always looking for a property that might become the next Game of Thrones or MCU, and after the first season of The Sandman, they have shown confidence in this franchise by ordering even the first season of Dead Boy Detectives.

There are other major possibilities within the Sandman Universe that Netflix may also have been looking at. So far they have only scratched the surface of Gaiman’s sprawling epic, and if the numbers add up, it would not surprise me to see even more spin-offs from the source material.

There is a full cast of characters who make up The Endless family, with many of them having their own arcs within the comic series that could all expand into spin-offs. As far as executives are concerned, they must be wondering if there is a chance that The Sandman could be the next Avengers.

Season 1 Critical Responses and Quotes

There have been some mixed reviews of Dead Boy Detectives, and let’s face it, with such a quirky premise, you are always going to find some people who get it and some who don’t.

The Independent were quite cruel in their review, saying the show is “not enough to make you want to stick with the convoluted, but somehow still predictable, plotting. I’m not convinced this one will have much of an afterlife.”

The Hollywood Reporter would be kinder, praising the character work and saying, “it’s never less than entertaining, thanks to an appealingly quirky lead cast and a cheeky sense of humor”.

The Irish Times also enjoyed the show, saying, “Neil Gaiman’s haunted odd couple are The Inbetweeners crossed with Clive Barker’s Hellraiser – and it’s wonderful.”

So there is a lot of goodwill for the series, but watch hours will dictate whether or not we get another season.


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