Honestly, the whole “WTF” podcast episode is a treasure trove, particularly if you happen to be a fan of Neil Gaiman’s many splendid works, but there are a few sound bites in particular that are worthy of note. A key one comes just as things are wrapping up at the one-hour, 29-minute mark when Gaiman speculates on how many episodes he’d like to see. “You have to make these decisions about how to make 10 [episodes] and then another 10,” Maron inquired. From here, Gaiman took the ball and said, “And then hopefully another 10, and then hopefully another 10!” Maron got specific from there, asking, “And that’s it?” To which Gaiman mused, “Ah, maybe another 10 after that.”
Though this is all just a conversation, of course, the impetus here seems to suggest that Gaiman is open to at least 50 episodes of “The Sandman” on Netflix. Earlier in the podcast, he said that he wants “as many as we can do” in terms of the show, but the closing remarks suggest that the author does have an idea in mind for when he wants the adaptation to wrap up. For clarity’s sake, the original “The Sandman” comic series wrapped after 75 issues. However, from the sounds of the episode where Maron and Gaiman are discussing the 1st season, it sounds like the first two arcs of the comic might be wrapped up in the 1st season alone. If this is true, then five seasons could easily encapsulate the entire run of the series. Naturally, though, as Gaiman points out in the episode, that will all depend on how many viewers tune in to watch “The Sandman.”
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