This episode surrounds the new threat to the Dreaming and Morpheus, a dream vortex named Rose Walker.
This recap of Netflix’s The Sandman Season 1, Episode 7, “The Doll’s House,” contains spoilers.
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In the last episode, we were introduced to the blonde with the devilish smile, and we learn that it is Dream’s sister Desire.
This episode begins with a family being separated from each other, with a sibling named Rose being separated from her little brother Jed.
A quick way to talk Desire to her sister, the Queen of Despair, who conspires against Dream because they are annoyed that he pretends his realm is more powerful and more important than theirs. They talk about a dream vortex, which is a woman, and the girl has no idea who she is, although she does what vortexes do – bringing people to her, including Morpheus. The name of this girl – Rose Walker.
Then we cut to a 21-year-old Rose who is trying to find her little brother, but she is unemployed and has no money. We learn that Rose’s mother recently passed away from a long illness, and a foundation in England wants to meet Rose and they were interested in her mother.
Returning to The Dreaming, after performing a count, it is discovered that three of the Major Arcana are gone. The first is Gault, a shapeshifter, The Corinthian, whom we met, still feeding on the dreamers he was supposed to serve, and the last is Fiddler’s Green. There is the myth of the Vortex, and how Morpheus must hunt and find her, in order to control her before her powers grow too great and the Vortex weakens the walls between real life and dreams. However, the Endless are not allowed to take action against a mortal unless there is a threat, which is why Morpheus refuses to do anything so far. Matthew offers to look after her for Morpheus in the waking world.
Rose has traveled to Sussex with her friend Ltya and they arrive at a very posh retirement home where they meet a lady called Unity, a girl in episode one who suffered when she fell asleep at 12 and only now woke up. Unity dreamed she had a family, and when she woke up, the girl she had was real. As if her dream came true, Unity turns out to be Rose’s great-grandmother.
We ended up with three people discussing The Corinthian and how exquisite and elegant his work is. They arrange for over a hundred serial killers to come to an event and want him to be one of the main attractions and guest speakers. They want to message him by copying him and his murders.
Meanwhile, Corinthian searches for Rose Walker and finds her roommate, whom he sleeps with but doesn’t kill. We go to Rose in England who is approached by the three sisters, who warn her to beware of dreams and houses, Rose’s powers are getting stronger. The next day, Rose reconnects and gets to know her great-grandmother. They discuss finding Jed, which takes Rose on a new adventure to Florida, funded by Unity.
At a party with her new roommates, Rose is attacked in an alley by three men and an elderly gentleman comes to her aid. Everyone worries that Rose’s dreams are powerful and hurt the dreaming world. They discover that Jed is missing not only in the waking world, but also in the dreaming world.
In the final ten minutes of the episode, Corinthian catches up with his killers and their flattery makes him realize he can use this killer convention to his advantage. We then go to Morpheus who tries to find Jed but he fails. The last nightmare Jed Walker had before going off-grid was with Gault, the shift changer. Rose walks into the dream realm where she confronts Morpheus. He is shocked by how she managed to get into his realm.
The episode ends with Jed trying to escape with his foster family but is stopped and the uncle has him drive in the trunk and pull out his gun to make room.
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