“The Sandman” Finale Recap: Season 1, Episode 10 – “Lost Hearts”

Thanks to the dream vortex, the waking world and dream realm are in serious danger of becoming a nightmarish mess as The sand manThe Season 1 finale begins. So… was Morpheus able to fix things? And did he have to kill a nice young woman to do that? Read on for highlights from “Lost Hearts.”

Morpheus confronted The Corinthian during his keynote at the cereal serial killer convention, but when he tried to undo his rogue nightmare, the Corinthian stabbed him in the hand. As Morpheus stared in confusion at his bleeding hand, the killer explained that Rose – aka The Dreaming Vortex – was growing stronger and was about to take Dream’s place at the center of The Dreaming. Moreover, she made everyone dream the same dream, and it was a wrong a.

When Morpheus tried to wake her, The Corinthian followed him into Rose’s sleeping mind. But she got fed up with them each trying to influence her on their own and decided she was going to do things her own way – which left Morpheus and his creation to clash. Apologizing for miscreating it, but saying that the rules of The Dreaming must stand for the world to continue as it is, Morpheus uncreated The Corinthian in the hotel ballroom.

As the audience awoke, Morpheus addressed them, saying he was taking away their dreams of always being right. What’s more, he cursed them into knowing exactly how monstrous they were – leading them to confess their crimes, kill themselves, and otherwise realize just how terrible they were. Meanwhile, Rose and Jed have left the hotel. A call from Lyta brought Rose and Jed to the hospital: her fast-moving pregnancy was coming to an end and she was about to have the baby.

That night, when Rose fell asleep, she dreamed of Hal dueting with his drag self. But that dream dissolved into the mixed dreams of her roommates Chantal, Barbie, Ken, which then turned into a powerful sucking vortex. Morpheus then appeared to her and informed her that no one was safe “until the vortex is dead”. Then Gilbert arrived, posing as a dream and offering his life in place of Rose’s. Buzzkill Morpheus said that couldn’t happen, but didn’t punish Gilbert for returning to his place in The Dreaming as Fiddler’s Green. “I wasn’t a person, I was a place,” he explained to Rose, inviting her to visit him if she died and stayed at The Dreaming. “Farewell, Rose Walker. It was a privilege to be human with you,” he said, just before turning into a whirlwind of leaves, flowers and trees.

In England, Unity Kincaid slept and dreamed of being in The Dreaming’s library. “I want to read about my unlived life,” she told Lucienne. Shortly after, Unity and Lucienne showed up near Rose and Morpheus, and Unity pleaded for his die instead of Rose, given that she should have been the vortex in the first place. And after Rose reached inside herself and gave her great-grandmother her vortex hood, it was a done deal: Unity died so Rose could live. Rose woke up to find Lyta had a boy

the-sandman-finale-recap-season-1-episode-10Before leaving, however, Unity made a comment about the “golden-eyed man” who imprinted on her, and this information caught Morpheus’ attention. He’s summoned Desire – who happens to have golden eyes – for a meeting. Dream confronted his brother, who devised the entire ruse for Morpheus to kill Rose, inadvertently spilling the blood of the family “and all that would entail”.

“Find the mess with me or mine again and I’ll forget you’re family,” Morpheus threatened Desire, hinting that death and fate would side with him if a family civil war broke out. After he left, however, Desire vowed to “draw blood” the next time they had a fight.

So how does it all end? Morpheus recreated Gault as a dream rather than a nightmare. He also officially asked Lucienne to take care of The Dreaming while he was otherwise busy. (“With pleasure,” she replied.) Rose lived with Jed, Lyta and Hal, and she wrote a book. And in hell, Lucifer gave Lord Azazel the green light for his armies of the damned to invade The Dreaming. Later, Mazikeen wondered what the Morning Star was planning.

“Something I’ve never done before,” Lucifer said. “Something that will make God absolutely livid and bring Morpheus to his knees.”

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