The Sandman

TV Show • 2021 • Sci-Fi  Report
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TheCassandraComplex
In S1E11, *that* part of “A Dream of a Thousand Cats” is shown on-screen. For those who are unfamiliar with the comics… (SPOILERS) (TW: cat death, animal cruelty, VERY upsetting…) In a 3D animated sequence, an entire litter of kittens are taken from their mom, stuffed in a bag and tossed into a lake. Skip from 0:05:00 until 0:06:10 to avoid this sequence.
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SateiaC
Episode 2, dog lovers will consider Gregory to be exactly like a dog and he dies or is "re-absorbed" by Dream. This was an extremely upsetting scene. For anyone looking if Susie the Rottweiler is ok, she is safe!
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TheCassandraComplex
Yes. In S1E11, the surprise bonus episode… (TW: animal abuse, animal cruelty, very upsetting!)… There is a flashback sequence in which an entire litter of kittens is stolen from their mother, stuffed into a bag and thrown into a lake. Skip 0:05:00 until 0:06:10 to avoid this sequence.
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Are there bugs?
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TheCassandraComplex
Not sure about the handful of “yes” votes, I don’t recall anything like dog fighting in the show. I suppose the fight with Lucifer in S1E3 might be reminiscent of forced animal fights but the “animals” in that sequence are all imaginary.
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Does an animal die?
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TheCassandraComplex
(Mild spoilers for S1E1) A “raven” (actually a pied crow) named Jessamy shot and killed at 0:29:00-0:30:20. Definitely sad and fairly graphic. (Mild spoilers for S1E2) Gregory the Gargoyle, who resembles a dragon and behaves like a dog, is killed voluntarily. It’s not violent or gory at all (he is magically disintegrated into dream sand) but it’s still very sad and he is mourned. Edit: In S1E11 (the surprise bonus episode) (TW: animal cruelty, very upsetting…) In a flashback sequence, an entire litter of kittens is stuffed into a bag and thrown into a lake to drown. Skip 0:05:00 until 0:06:10 to avoid seeing it.
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SateiaC
First episode, Jessamy the bird is killed quite in a very graphic scene.
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basilange
During a fight with Lucifer, she imagines herself as a serpent with poison fangs that bite a horse, implying the imaginary horse dies. Small, but implied.
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dling
Episodes 2 and 4. In episode 2, there are two instances. First, when Dream steps into the waters to collect the gifts for The Fates. The final gift involves a hiss hiss. Second, when The Fates arrive, The Maiden consumes the hiss hiss as they tell Dream he gets to ask one question of them each. So as soon as The Fates all appear and they've done the camera zoom on each one as they speak as a sort of intro, I'd recommend looking away until The Maiden starts to tell Dream about his bag of sand. In episode 4, when Dream and Morningstar duel, the counter from Morningstar is a serpent.
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RenW
There are taxidermy spiders on a couple of characters in later episodes.
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SateiaC
Technically a gargoyle, but appears to be a dragon. Second episode, extremely heart breaking as he is very similar to a dog in how he acts.
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TheCassandraComplex
Yes. In chronological order: . . S1E1: A father emotionally abuses his son as a child and later attacks him as a teenager. S1E5: In a nightmare sequence, a mother briefly appears to be choking or smothering her baby while yelling at him for crying. The shot is from afar so you can’t actually see what’s happening in crib. S1E7 & S1E8: A child is abused by his foster father. The foster father locks the child in the basement as “punishment” and purposefully neglects him. Physical abuse is threatened (and heavily implied to have occurred in the past) but not explicitly shown.
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TheCassandraComplex
I don’t recall anything super obvious in episodes 1-10 but there’s some attempted gaslighting in S1E11 in the Calliope storyline. Madoc attempts to minimize the heinousness of what he’s doing to Calliope by talking to her as if she’s a willing participant in her own subjugation and that she’s just doing what she was “made for.” He dismisses, ignores and dehumanizes her (relatively speaking) when she reminds him that she’s a sentient being and not “helping” him by choice. Because this topic tends to be a bit ambiguous, I’m basing this comment on this definition: “Gaslighting is a form of psychological manipulation in which the abuser attempts to sow self-doubt and confusion in their victim's mind. Typically, gaslighters are seeking to gain power and control over the other person, by distorting reality and forcing them to question their own judgment and intuition.”
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TheCassandraComplex
Yes. In chronological order: S1E1: A man emotionally abuses both his son and his girlfriend. He later attacks his son with a weapon. S1E3: A character mentions that his mother’s ex-boyfriends would beat them up. S1E5: A character confesses that she hit her partner during an argument. S1E8: This episode has the most harrowing depiction of DV in S1. A man is emotionally and physically abusive towards both his spouse and his foster child, both of whom are obviously terrified of him. He locks his foster child in the basement as punishment and purposefully neglects him. The foster mom is too weak/afraid to help, although she does make meek attempts. There’s no physical abuse shown but it is threatened and heavily implied to have occurred in the past. S1E11 (the surprise bonus episode): The “Calliope” story revolves around a goddess/muse who is being held captive long term. SA and physical abuse are heavily implied. The act itself is never shown but you see her captor with some injuries after the first time. Also worth mentioning that throughout the series, Cain is verbally abusive and repeatedly murders his younger brother, Abel. However, these two characters are dreams playing out their intended functions as first murderer and first victim.
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TheCassandraComplex
S1E3 a character is addicted to a magical substance which causes their mind and body to wither. They eventually succumb.
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Lwbs
EP 6 - woman is taken by ‘Death’ due to drug overdose, needle markings on arm
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TheCassandraComplex
In S1E6, there’s some drunkenness in a tavern plus a very minor character with the nickname “Lushing Lou,” presumably nicknamed for her proclivity for overindulging in alcohol.
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remiagined
In episode 7 Jed is locked in the trunk of the car after he tried to escape from his foster father.
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Lwbs
Peoples heads explode Bird explodes when shot Someone chops off their fingers A character uses a hammer to nail their hand to a counter Someone uses two screw drivers to plunge into their eyes Another slits their throat
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Rhu
In ep5 time stamps 37.20-38.50
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TheCassandraComplex
One character has teeth for eyes and another character has a partially exposed skull (including the mouth area) so that may have some phobia/trigger overlap. However, I don’t recall any explicit tooth damage otherwise. (As of S1) EDIT (answering the other commenter’s question): The character with teeth for eyes is in almost every episode. He has them covered with glasses most of the time but he takes the glasses off in S1E1 (I think?) and definitely in S1E10. The character with exposed skull appears throughout S1E4 and at the end of S1E10.
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TheCassandraComplex
There’s a character who eats people’s eyes. Technically he’s not human, so it’s not cannibalism in the strictest sense, but his appearance is mostly human and he eats them with his mouths. This is heard but not seen in S1E8 of the show. Skip or cover your ears from 0:25:25 until 0:25:41. Also, in S1E11 (the surprise bonus episode), humans are hunted and eaten by giant cats. Might be some phobia/trigger overlap there.
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SateiaC
Episode 5, man chops off fingers, also the guy with the nail in his hand goes to amputate his arm, not shown but the aftermath is.
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TheCassandraComplex
During the wedding in episode 3, a demon bursts out of a person’s mouth at 0:37:27 until 0:38:00. The process kills the host and it’s pretty graphic. (TW: more detailed description ahead) The head does kinda burst open, as does the rest of the body, but it all happens pretty quick. In S1E8 at 0:21:35: In a nightmare, a character rips the skin off their face as if removing a mask, exposing gore underneath. It lasts about five seconds. This moment is shown again very quickly at 0:19:35 in S1E10. In S1E7, a character compulsively uses a hook to rip her own cheek. Skip 0:4:30 until 0:5:05 to avoid seeing it. (For other commenter’s request to know about any type of head gore, hope this helps!).
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MarinAra
Technically Abel is not a person and he’s dead when Cain buries him. He’s shown clawing his way out of a grave onscreen 2-3 times. He seems very casual about it, at one point thanking Cain for ‘not burying [him] too deep this time’ - but it is implied that he wakes up in a grave on an almost-daily basis.
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AvertYourEarsEyes
In season 1 episode 5, in the diner, when there's a shot of pages being burned at ~36:43, this is the time to look away if you have difficulty with hand/finger mutilation. There are several instances involving multiple characters being injured in a few different ways. Last shot of damaged hand takes place just before ~43:00. When you hear the line "The ruby is hurting you, John," it's safe to look again.
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TheCassandraComplex
S1E2 there is a hanging from a gallows in a dream.
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One of the characters has mouths for eyes and is shown with one of his victims who is now also eyeless
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SateiaC
Episode 5, guy gets strangled and can't breathe.
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TheCassandraComplex
Some instances of events that resemble seizures (eyes rolling back) but no true seizures as of S1.
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TaraHH
Someone is kept in a bubble type cage for many years.
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TheCassandraComplex
I’m honestly not remembering any broken bones specifically, except in events where it’s implied like when people kinda explode in general and in S1E5 when someone chops off their fingers.
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TheCassandraComplex
A demon is thrown off a cliff in S1E3.
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TheCassandraComplex
Yes. In chronological order: . . S1E1 many people, including a little girl, fall into a coma (of sorts) and don’t wake up until almost a century later or, in most cases, never again. S1E3 Someone has a nightmare/memory about a child dying horribly. Skip from 19 mins until 20. S1E6 (TW: Infant death, SIDS) A baby is taken (gently) by Death, about 16 minutes in. You do not see a body, just the Death character holding the baby, briefly speaking to her, and carrying her away from the cot. The scene ends before mom fully realizes what has happened. Also in S1E6, a character briefly mentions two of his children dying, one as a baby and one as a young adult. S1E8-S1E9 There’s a serial killer character whose victims are all children. Nothing is shown, it’s just discussed in vague detail, mostly how he finds the children and gets them to trust him. He attempts to abduct a child in S1E9 but does not succeed.
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TheCassandraComplex
Not as of Season 1. Edit: To clarify for the other commenter, the R-word in this section is “Ret*rd” not “R*pe.” I’m not sure why DDD suddenly changed it to “R word” from “R-slur,” which is much more specific and less confusing, but here we are. There is another section for SA and r*pe.
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TheCassandraComplex
Yes. . . In S1E3, a woman is found in a condition that resembles an overdose after she becomes addicted a magical substance (dream sand) that is not meant for human use. In S1E6, one of the people Death “takes” is a woman who has OD’d. It’s a very brief scene with no dialogue, part of a short montage.
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TheCassandraComplex
Lots of cheating in S1E5, which is explicitly shown on screen. However, all the characters involved are under the influence of powerful magic so it may be a bit of a grey area for some. Past cheating (with some very squicky circumstances) is also discussed in this episode. Additionally, cheating is briefly mentioned in S1E4 and S1E8 and briefly seen in a dream sequence in S1E10.
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Nepeta
No, but a child character falls into a coma for half a century and talks about never having been able to play with her 12th birthday present because of it
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Lwbs
A mother and father
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Not in a traditional sense, the main character is summoned and trapped for decades
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TheCassandraComplex
Yes. In S1E3 there’s a demonic possession. When the demon is exorcised, the process literally rips the host apart. It’s fairly gory.
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TheCassandraComplex
There are some characters who are dead, who are seen in the afterlife and other planes of existence. In most of these cases, they look and act normal. However, there are a couple exceptions… (SPOILERS) In S1E9, a rogue ghost is forcibly sent to the afterlife and his appearance starts to look more corpselike until he eventually turns to ash. This all happens pretty quick. Additionally, some of the demons in hell in S1E3 and S1E10 have a spectral and/or corpselike appearance
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Thr33phas3
In S1E01 a bird (Jessamy) is killed very suddenly and gorily in S1E01, apparently by a shotgun blast.
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SateiaC
Sort of. Episode 3 someone starts gagging and instead of puking a person not so nicely enters the world from their mouth.
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SateiaC
An absurd amount of audio gore that often reaches the point of misophonia.
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Nepeta
There are no main police characters in the show, the closest things are some guards at a psych ward, and some patrolmen in a flashback
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EssentialNPC
Hospital scene with a shot in the arm right in front of the camera at about 30:40 ending 30:55 mins in.
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Lwbs
Woman in episode 6 is taken by ‘Death’ from a bed in a hospice, possible that she has terminal cancer
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In the last episode of season 1, a woman is pregnant in a hospital (no depiction of the birth)
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TheCassandraComplex
S1E4 Someone is kept in Arkham Asylum. It’s a mental institution of sorts but it’s appearance is much more in line with a high-security prison.
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cetacn
i’m not sure why this hasn’t been commented on yet. in episode five there is a borderline abusive relationship between a woman and a man, wherein the latter is repeatedly shamed by his wife for his body and is pressured into eating a salad rather than a burger. he receives a burger anyway; he is forced to eat it more than once and he is criticised for it by his wife. the woman comments on his weight and his appetite more than once, of which he is shown to be extremely insecure about. this was very triggering to watch personally.
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TheCassandraComplex
In S1E1, a man cuts his forearm with a knife to make a blood offering for a ritual. Skip 0:9:40 until 0:9:50. In S1E5, characters under the influence of magic are compelled to harm themselves in especially painful ways. Skip from 0:36:50 until 0:42:55 to be safe. In S1E7, a character compulsively uses a hook to rip her own cheek. Skip 0:4:30 until 0:5:05 to avoid seeing it.
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TheCassandraComplex
Yes. In consecutive order: S1E5 (spoilers for this episode): Misuse of a magical artifact causes a lot of people to self-harm and commit suicide in especially gruesome ways. You might want to skip from 0:36:50 until 0:42:55. S1E10 (spoilers): a serial killer commits suicide after he is forced to confront his past actions. Happens at around 13 minutes, not shown on screen, you just see him take out his gun from the glovebox and hear the gunshot. In S1E11 (the surprise bonus episode), it is briefly mentioned that a character killed themselves with poison. Some characters throughout the series contemplate self-sacrifice and/or giving up thier waking/mortal lives for various reasons. Some of these characters do end up sacrificing themselves. Suicide and self-sacrifice is part of several storylines in the comics, so this is likely to continue in later seasons.
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Nepeta
A man is [SPOILERS] heavily influenced by the amulet and it greatly damages his brain chemistry (he kills/tortures people)
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TheCassandraComplex
In S1E5, weight-related body dysmorphia is implied, as is food restriction/control and fat-shaming by a romantic partner. Body dysmorphia is also likely to be present in later seasons per the comics.
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Yes
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TheCassandraComplex
A child is forced into the trunk of a car in S1E7.
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TheCassandraComplex
Yes. Worst occurrence is in S1E8 when you can hear a character eating someone’s eyeballs. I haven’t been able to bring myself to get a time stamp for this, will perhaps try later. Edit: it’s 0:25:25 until 0:25:41.
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TheCassandraComplex
Constantine has reoccurring nightmares about past traumatic events.
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TheCassandraComplex
As of S1: Characters contemplate suicide, self-sacrifice and/or giving up their waking/mortal lives for various reasons (and suicide definitely happens) but I don’t think anyone outright *says* they’re going to kill themselves. I will say that suicide and discussions about suicide are likely to continue throughout the series if they continue to follow the comics.
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Does a baby cry?
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Yes
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TaraHH
There are many scenes with flashing lights including lightning.
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passerby
There is a narrator who seems to address the audience but no “look into the camera” moments
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Nepeta
No but a baby dies of SIDS on screen
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Lwbs
Trigger warning - in episode 6 ‘Death’ enters a home to a happy mother and baby, the mother puts the baby in the cot whilst she goes to get her some food. Whilst the mother is out the room, Death takes the baby and you hear the mother cry out for the baby as obviously, they have died very suddenly.
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TheCassandraComplex
A woman goes into labor in S1E10. She’s only shown in early labor, not active labor.
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Lwbs
In the first episode, a woman is told she has to have an abortion but doesn’t go through with it.
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TheCassandraComplex
“N*gro” is used (in the context of 18th century England).
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TheCassandraComplex
In S1E6, “n*gro” is used and a character discusses the enslavement of Africans enthusiastically. He is immediately called out for this by the main character. For context, the setting in this scene is England in the 1700s. Also in this episode, “Jew” is used somewhat derogatorily.
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TheCassandraComplex
The first human character to actually die is not black. However, the first person shown to succumb to Encephalitis Lethargica (essentially a very lengthy coma) is a young black girl. (SPOILERS) She eventually wakes up though.
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elisethegreat
A male-presenting character performs in drag but this is treated as a meaningful artistic expression and other characters respond to this with admiration.
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TheCassandraComplex
Not as of S1. However, intentional misgendering is likely to occur in later seasons per the comics.
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TheCassandraComplex
No slurs as of S1 but a character says some mildly homophobic stuff in S1E5 (basically implying that a gay woman would be happier dating men). Also, it’s worth mentioning that there are plots containing homophobia/transphobia in the comics that are likely to show up later in the series.
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354321
Brief use of the word "jew" with a derogatory connotation in episode 6 around 38' until 39'
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TheCassandraComplex
Yes, in S1E1, S1E3, S1E5, S1E9 and S1E10.
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TheCassandraComplex
No jokes but a character’s weight and eating habits are criticized and controlled by their spouse in S1E5. Could be triggering for anyone who has experienced this kind of emotional abuse from a loved one.
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TheCassandraComplex
Generally, immortals have relationships with mortals. In S1E5, a middle aged man is revealed to be having a casual sexual relationship with a 21 year old.
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Are there incestuous relationships?
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TheCassandraComplex
There’s a few iffy but potentially triggering plot points: . . 1) In S1E5 (warning: minor spoilers for this episode) it is revealed that a character is sleeping with both a woman and her adult son… not at the same time but in the same house and often the same night. The woman didn’t know about it. 2) Also in S1E5, towards the end of the episode, there is a dream/nightmare sequence in which a character follows a beautiful woman wearing a mask. When he catches up with her, he goes in to unmask and kiss her, but when he removes the mask it is revealed that she’s his mother. She then mocks him for his shocked/appalled reaction. 3) In S1E6 it is briefly mentioned that a character was r**ed by her cousin.
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TheCassandraComplex
Yes. In chronological order: . . In S1E5, characters are magically manipulated to behave in ways they normally would not, this includes having sex with strangers/acquaintances. In S1E6, it is briefly mentioned that a character was r*ped in the past by her cousin. In S1E7, it is revealed that a character was impregnated while she was in a coma and could not consent. In S1E8 and S1E9, there are multiple allusions to sexual violence at the “Cereal” convention, including a serial killer character telling a r*pe joke. (TW: CSA) Also, a serial killer who targets children uses “play” as a euphemism for CSA (implied). In S1E11, SA and sexual slavery are central to the plot of the “Calliope” story. A woman (goddess/muse) is held captive for years and SA is heavily implied. The act itself is not shown (nor heard!) but words like “force” and “defiled” are used and you see injuries on her captor to indicate resistance.
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TheCassandraComplex
Yes. Lots of sex scenes and discussions about sex in S1E5. Some pretty suggestive language in S1E6. A few brief sex scenes in S1E8, S1E9 and S1E10. Jokes and brief anecdotes about sexual violence at the serial killer convention in S1E8 and S1E9.
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TheCassandraComplex
Near the end of S1E5, in a nightmare sequence, a male character is mocked and told “don’t be such a baby” by his mother for having an emotional reaction. The scene then cuts to her yelling at him (and possibly choking or smothering him?) for crying when he was an infant.
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jdfristrom
S1e2. It's implied that a character is.
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Tisbe
Not /yet/, but if the adaptation makes it through the full comic the ending is a bittersweet one.
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TheCassandraComplex
S1E4 at around 14 minutes, a character is momentarily distracted while driving and the car swerves, you hear tires screeching and honking horns.
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TheCassandraComplex
In S1E6, a man is hit by a car and killed at around 20:30. You mostly only hear it from afar, and you see his body from a distance as Death walks with his spirit/soul. It’s not gory. S1E7 A character’s spouse died because someone “ran a red light.” Mentioned only.
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TheCassandraComplex
Not excessively so but there is some gun violence throughout the series.
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TheCassandraComplex
Yes, quite a bit throughout the series. Some scenes are quite gruesome (people are exploded, stabbed, mutilated etc.) and it’s not really avoidable without losing some important story points.
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jameszhu
In addition to the other comment a man dies of drowning in S1E6; his actual drowning is not shown onscreen, but his wife’s reaction briefly is
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