After Lucifer, American Gods and Good Omens, Neil Gaiman’s most notable work, The Sandman, has finally received its own television adaptation thanks to Netflix.
Like many of Neil Gaiman’s previous works, The Sandman is a high-fantasy series and mixes together several ideas that can often be a little foreign to fans at first.
One such concept in Netflix’s The Sandman is the mysterious group known as the Endless, but who are the different members of the mystical family and what is their purpose?
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Who are the Endless in The Sandman?
The Endless are a group of divine beings who control several aspects of the universe.
Tom Sturridge’s dream – aka. Morpheus – is one of these beings and serves as the main character in The Sandman series.
They are the children of the cosmic beings Mother Night and Father Time and therefore define themselves as a family, with each member considered a brother or sister.
In total, there are seven siblings in the Infinite, with each member charged with ruling over certain facets of life or even death.
Although known as the Endless, the various siblings are not immortal and can die, but should that happen the fallen sibling is replaced in their realm with a variant of the original.
The Infinity Siblings
While Dream may be the main character in The Sandman, he’s just one of seven siblings in the Endless family, several of whom we meet in season 1 of the Netflix series, while others have yet to appear.
Dream | Dream (also known as Morpheus) is the lord of the dream realm, which is pretty self-explanatory because it’s the world where people go to dream.
Fate | Destiny is Infinity’s older brother. Despite being blind, Destiny is still able to see as he watches over The Garden of Forking Ways, a maze that represents the many paths of life’s journey.
Death | Although Death helps transport souls to and from her realm – known as The Light at the End of the Tunnel – and is arguably the most powerful sibling, she is also extremely level-headed and Dream often comes to her for essential advice. .
Destruction | Destruction abandoned his kingdom around 300 years before the events of the series and has had very little contact with his siblings since then. Due to his long absence, Destruction’s siblings often refer to him as “the prodigal”, a reference to the prodigal son.
Desire | Desire is Despair’s older twin. They have no defined gender and can appear as male, female, neither, or even both. Desire has the ability to show a person their deepest desires and aspirations, but often does so to harm others as it has a cruel and manipulative side.
Despair | Despair is the younger twin of desire. She resides in The Gray Realm, a dark and foggy world full of rats where despair can cause feelings of depression and hopelessness.
Delirium | And finally, we come to the Endless’s seventh and youngest sibling, Delirium, who was originally known as Delight but changed his name after suffering an unknown trauma. Delirium’s appearance changes frequently and her kingdom is a mess of colors.
Who plays the Endless members in The Sandman?
Tom Sturridge as Dream
Tom Sturridge takes on the role of Dream and is the main character in The Sandman.
Fans will know the 36-year-old actor best from his appearances in the Vanity Fair films, The Boat That Rocked, 2014’s Far from the Madding Crowd, the war film Journey’s End and the 2019 Netflix film Velvet Buzzsaw while he is also appeared in the recent HBO series Irma Vep.
Kirby Howell-Baptiste as Death
Kirby Howell-Baptiste will be familiar to fans of a host of movies and TV shows including A Dog’s Purpose, Cruella, Queenpins, Netflix series Love, Killing Eve, Barry, The Good Place, Veronica Mars, Why Women Kill and Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous.
Mason Alexander Park as Desire
Virginia-born Mason Alexander Park takes on the role of Desire in The Sandman and will be most familiar to fans of Netflix’s adaptation of Cowboy Bepop where they played Gren.
Donna Preston as Despair
And finally, we end with Donna Preston narrating the role of Despair. The Yorkshire-born actress debuted in 2008 and has since appeared in Hard Cell, Nasty Neighbours, Apocalypse Wow as well as minor roles in The Hitman’s Bodyguard and Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald films.
While four members of Endless feature in Season 1, we’ve yet to meet Destiny, Destruction, and Delirium in Netflix’s adaptation of The Sandman.
The Sandman is available to stream now on Netflix after its release on August 5, 2022.
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