Morpheus (Tom Sturridge) tracking down his Pouch of Sand in The Sandman episode 3 takes him to Johanna Constantine (Jenna Coleman) in London, UK. And way over in Buffalo, New York – Ethel (Joely Richardson) is trying to convince her son to hand over the Ruby. Amid all this, Dream gets a new partner in crime, Matthew the Raven, a little gift from Lucienne (Vivienne Acheampong) and its suffice to say Morpheus and Matthew’s bromance works splendidly thanks to Patton Oswalt’s voiceover for the Raven. Moreover, The Dream of the Endless’ pizzazz and broody energy get steamy and interesting around Ms. Constantine. Here’s a brief look back at the best moments of the third episode.
Johanna Constantine, a fleeting backstory on John Constantine’s distant relative and her flamboyant lifestyle as an exorcist in The Sandman episode 3 has fans imploring for her extended screen-time and a spin-off exploring her occult adventures. The latter has prompted Neil Gaiman’s response as well. Johanna even gets to flex her exorcism abilities to help British Royalty. She tricks a demon into surprisingly reciting the Latin phrases from Rituale Romanum that banishes it back to Hell.
Speaking of backstory, The Sandman episode 3 shows a typical John Constantine-Esque supernatural blunder that leaves a loved one hurt or worse, dead. A certain individual’s idea of fun in summoning demons backfires as Ms. Constantine watches a kid get brutally sucked inside hell. And to no one’s surprise, the scarring memory is her recurring nightmare and the cause of Johanna’s sleepless nights, seems like a generational curse for the Constantine’s – to watch their loved ones suffer their consequences. However, it could be argued that Dream’s absence for over a hundred years had a domino effect of sorts – leading to unfortunate “nightmare” circumstances. Perhaps it was this reasoning that convinced Johanna to help Dream (That and helping rid her of her nightmare).
Episode 3 introduces a new character from Sandman comics Preludes and Nocturnes, Mad Hettie (Clare Higgins) – the homeless 300 years old lady with magic tricks. While the nod didn’t seem necessary to the plot at hand, it was a nice addition that’s got fans happy.
I appreciate the casting of Clare Higgins as Mad Hettie because if anyone has the audacity to live for almost 300 years it’s Julia Cotton herself.
— Humiliation Winthrop (@mpsunday) August 8, 2022
The Sandman is absolutely amazing!! Only problem is Jenna Coleman doesn’t turn up until episode 3
— Leo📍 (@LeoQuartermain) August 8, 2022
Just watched ep 3 of #Sandman and, as a big fan of the Hellblazer comics and John Constantine, I loved the Johanna Constantine character… though I have to say I do kind of miss the chain smoking. @neilhimself any chance for a Johanna Constantine spinoff series??
— Michael Tremmel (@MichaelTremmel) August 9, 2022
It's been one of the most common questions we've been asked so far. I have no idea, and I think that's probably up to whichever Warner Bros entity controls their characters. https://t.co/IxyAntNU3p
— Neil Gaiman (@neilhimself) August 5, 2022
JOHANNA CONSTANTINE SPINOFF PLEASE!! https://t.co/xrheVIuPog
— Daphne Tricia (@dubbidapdap) August 9, 2022
— Crazy Talk Al 🇺🇦 (@CrazyTalkAl) August 9, 2022
Wow i just finished episode 3, Dream & Johanna Constantine are such a dynamic duo.😍 I love her character.🤩
The way they look at each other, its almost romantic.🥺#TheSandmanNetflix#thesandman #thesandmanday #johannaconstantine#sandman @neilhimself @Netflix_Sandman @netflix pic.twitter.com/povzzQWVrA
— Kyatorin (@Katrinnekochan) August 5, 2022
i get that matt ryan is cool and all as Constantine but he's not the only actor that can play him 😭
would love a new constantine and also would love a johanna constantine spinoff show
— Enzo|🇵🇭 (@lorenzo_milla) August 8, 2022
Sandman is so sick because Jenna Coleman has to actually interact with a Raven
— Chlo 🏎 (@_cosmicangst) August 6, 2022
On Ep 2 of The Sandman series on Netflix and I really really like it. I was thinking how it gave me American Gods vibes which I loved. So I’m just learning that they were written by the same guy. I dig it !
— Mary Escobar (@MsMaryEscobar) August 9, 2022
Don't know if you watch sandman (on netflix) but I enjoy it and especially the raven. He is sooo well animated and the quality of the model.. wow pic.twitter.com/157IlouthZ
— EosFoxx (@EosFoxx) August 9, 2022
Now we DEMAND @pattonoswalt in a raven costume.
— cardoso (@Cardoso) August 8, 2022
Morpheus at the end of Sandman episode 3: pic.twitter.com/tq8eEpT5Bn
— jules | Sandman era (@ariistosachaion) August 5, 2022
A Johanna Constantine spinoff with Jenna Coleman?? YES, please. https://t.co/hKyzJLeIT5
— karla marie tumulak (@karlamarie0711) August 9, 2022
— Luke (@qLxke_) August 8, 2022
Johanna Constantine trending nice. Jenna gave a solid performance ae the character. I wouldn't mind seeing a spin off with her tbh. pic.twitter.com/LQ1crvbDm2
— Zac (@zac_comics) August 7, 2022
Sandman is fucking sick btw. Episode 3 and I'm obsessed
— Shagatha Christie (@montague90) August 8, 2022
another day thinking about a johanna constantine live action spinoff
— luke | sandman spoilers (@twelveswhore) August 8, 2022
Dream and Constantine’s dynamic reflect problems that the two fail to realize on their own. Dream’s inability to accept assistance from his allies shines brightly when he tries to push away Matthew, especially when the Raven plays its part in informing the ill side of humanity. Whereas Johanna pushing people away to protect them only ends up worsening the situation, as it did with her ex Rachel falling for the Pouch of Sand’s addicting desire.
Meanwhile, over at John Dee’s (David Thewlis) very own asylum, Ethel realizes that giving away her Amulet of protection is the only way to safeguard her son from the Dream. However, in the process, she makes her son a powerful entity capable of going against The Endless. The Sandman third episode wraps up with a cliffhanger for the fourth, Dream and Matthew the Raven take a trip down to Hell to find the Helm. Will Dream manage to find his powerful sigil? Find out in the next episode currently streaming on Netflix.
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