The Sandman’s most-beloved characters are undoubtedly Gregory and Goldie, now Twitter can’t get enough of these adorable Gargoyles.
The Sandman is proof that Netflix can actually make a decent comic book adaptation.
The new series is understandably going viral around the world but as fans sit down to binge this 10-episode dark fantasy, many are struggling to make it past episode 2 without crying.
The reason for our emotional binging? A pair of adorable Gargoyles named Gregory and Goldie who are now taking over Twitter as fans worldwide react to these delightful supernatural creatures.
Spoiler warning: This article will contain spoilers for The Sandman episode 2, “Imperfect Hosts”.
Gregory and Goldie – Gargoyles so cute that you’ll cry
We are first introduced to Gregory in episode 2 of The Sandman, an enormous green Gargoyle under the care and protection of Cain and Abel.
Speaking through grunts, only beings of The Dreaming can understand Gregory; however, it’s obvious from their relationships that Gregory is a beloved member of the family.
Interestingly, in the book series and according to The Sandman’s Fandom page, “he rescues Morpheus from the edge of the Dreaming when Morpheus is too weak to reach his castle and deposits the Dream Lord on Abel’s doorstep.”
Gregory was originally created by Dream the Endless and as such, has to be sacrificed in order for Dream to regain some of his power stored in the Gargoyle.
However, Dream acquires a new Gargoyle egg whilst he collects items for The Fates and returns it to Abel’s grave – who awakens to assume it is an apology from Cain for murdering him with a pitchfork.
The egg soon hatches and reveals a beautiful, gold-coloured baby Gargoyle. Abel initially wants to call the baby ‘Irving’, to which Cain says that Gargoyle names have to start with a G.
In the end, the brothers settle on Goldie, although Abel later reveals that he still calls the baby Gargoyle ‘Girving’ in his heart. In the original comics, Goldie was male but this was changed to female in 1995’s The Dreaming spin-off series.
Adorably, Goldie and Gregory were good friends in the original series, with the latter often helping the baby Gargoyle put Abel back together after he is killed by his brother.
Fans share their emotional reactions to Gregory’s absorption
From the vast number of social media posts concerning Gregory, it’s obvious that fans around the world were deeply upset about his death/re-adsorption, many of whom may not have expected such a dramatic turn so early into meeting the adorable Gargoyle.
One user wrote, “oh my mental state must be in the trenches because the way i’m sobbing at the sandman cause of Gregory the gargoyle like there really couldn’t have been another way????”
Another fan added, “Gregory has broken me. Forcing myself not to binge so i can savour but not sure how successful i will be. So glad they have done @neilhimself masterpiece justice.”
“The Sandman is one of Netflix’s better shows. Three episodes in and I’m floored by the gorgeous cinematography and design of the world. The goodbye Gregory scene had me in tears. Good stuff.” – The Sandman fan, via Twitter.
More replies included, “not the sandman making me cry for a gargoyle..my boi gregory” with
One fan argued “Bro @Netflix_Sandman BETTER BRING GREGORY BACK RIHT NOW! He deserves better!” only for a follow-up tweet to include “Aight, we cool. Goldie is legit. But you’re on thin ice, Goldie better have a long fulfilling life.”
“@neilhimself I am enjoying the heck (shockingly) out of @Netflix_Sandman . But, I do hope that everyone involves realizes that no character will affect watchers any stronger than Gregory.” – The Sandman fan, via Twitter.
By Tom Llewellyn – [email protected]
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