Dream watches Death as she consoles an elderly man in his final moments in a new scene from “The Sandman” on Netflix. The character Death of the Endless will be portrayed by Kirby Howell-Baptiste in the Netflix adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s venerable comic book series. Dream, the main character in “The Sandman,” will be portrayed by Tom Sturridge, and it will be released on August 5th, 2022.
Sturridge’s Dream is just one of the seven tremendously potent creatures known as the Endless in the universe of “The Sandman.” The Endless, which stands for potent components of the cosmos, consists of Dream as the master of all dreams, Desire (Mason Alexander Park), Despair (Donna Preston), Destiny, Delirium, Destruction, and Death, as well as Dream himself. As her name suggests, death is the embodiment of death, and she aids in guiding people into the afterlife when their time has come. After a new trailer for Netflix’s adaptation of Gaiman’s dark fantasy novel debuted at SDCC 2022, a recent clip focused on Howell-portrayal Baptiste’s Death of the Endless.
The video, released by IGN, shows Dream and Death visiting an elderly guy named Harry, who is trying to play his violin. Dream observes from the doorway as Death speaks to Harry about the piece of music only shortly before the elderly man realizes who he is speaking to. Harry accepts his fate after initially pleading for more time, simply requesting to say one final prayer, which Death permits him to do. Harry gets up from his chair, leaving his physical form behind, and looks in the mirror before asking Death what will happen next as Dream is silently watching. As Death assists Harry’s soul in passing away, Dream respectfully turns away. Take a look at the touching scene below.
Eleven more cast members, including Howell-casting Baptiste’s as Death, were revealed in May 2021. The casting of Park and Preston as Desire and Despair, as well as Jenna Coleman as Johanna Constantine, Patton Oswalt as Matthew the Raven, David Thewlis as John Dee, Joely Richardson and Niamh Walsh as the old and young Ethel Cripps, Stephen Fry as Gilbert, Kyo Ra as Rose Walker, Sandra James Young as Unity Kincaid, and Razane Jammal as Lyta Hall, was also announced by Netflix on Twitter alongside How Howell-entire Baptiste’s outfit was only briefly shown in photographs from the London set, but Netflix gave fans their first peek of Death in a character poster that was unveiled in September 2021.
The fanciful, sinister, and mysterious worlds of “The Sandman” have already been teased by Netflix in earlier teasers, but this most recent preview offers the finest look at Death yet as well as a peek at Howell-interpretation. Baptiste’s Howell-Baptiste expertly embodies the qualities that made Gaiman’s Death stand out from other similarly portrayed fictional characters in Death’s down-to-Earth, kinder, and reassuring demeanor as she gently leads Harry through his final moments. The adaptation of Death by Netflix and Howell-Baptiste promises to preserve what made the character a standout figure in the original graphic novel with additional minor touches like Dream’s respectful observation of the emotional moment enhancing the scenario.