Squid Game fans get the news they've been waiting for from Netflix

Los Gatos, California - Netflix's series Squid Game has gotten the green light for a second season!

In the hit Netflix show Squid Game, the guards wear masks with circles, squares, or triangles, according to their ranks.
In the hit Netflix show Squid Game, the guards wear masks with circles, squares, or triangles, according to their ranks.  © VALERIE MACON / AFP

The hit Netflix survival series about 456 contestants fighting for their lives in a twisted dystopian competition with a $36 million grand prize has officially been renewed for a second season, the streaming service announced Sunday.

"And now, Gi-hun returns. The Front Man returns. Season 2 is coming," Hwang Dong-hyuk, the director and writer, said in a statement. "The man in the suit with ddakji might be back. You'll also be introduced to Young-hee's boyfriend, Cheol-su."

The director also took a moment to thank fans for loving the show.

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Netflix, described the second season as "a whole new round," but didn't provide any other details, such as a tentative release date. The company's CEO, Ted Sarandos, had previously dropped heavy hints that the Squid Game story would continue.

The first season of the Korean-language series premiered in September to rave reviews. According to the streaming platform, it became Netflix's most-watched series in just 12 days.

The show, which featured a giant creepy doll that played a deadly "red light, green light" game, became a global sensation.

Squid Game was nominated for three Golden Globe Awards and won one. O Yeong-su became the first Korean actor to snap up a trophy after he was recognized as best supporting actor for playing Oh Il-nam, an elderly contestant with a brain tumor.

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