HBO has just released the official teaser for its sixth and final season of Silicon Valley. The comedy series returns on October 27 for its seven-episode send off.
The official synopsis describes the series as a comedic look at the modern-day epicenter of the high-tech gold rush, where the people most qualified to succeed are the least capable of handling success. In actuality, it is a hilarious and satirical look at arrogance and the world of technology. The series comes from Mike Judge (King of the Hill) and Alec Berg (Barry), and it has garnered a lot of attention for the network. It was nominated for a Golden Globe two years in a row for Best Comedy or Musical television series. It also received an Emmy nomination every year from 2014 to 2018, while managing to pull in a win for production design and editing.
The decision to end the show after a shortened sixth season appears to come directly from the creators who believe it is a natural ending point for the story. So, we can expect a busy seven episodes because season 5 left a lot of loose story threads that need tying. When last we saw Richard (Thomas Middleditch) and the rest of our beloved Pied Piper crew, they were finally getting some traction in their business. That was only after their launch failed miserably, Richard made a string of horrible decisions for the company and Jian-Yang (Jimmy O. Yang) worked to try to steal the Pied Piper patent with the archenemy Gaven Belson (Matt Ross). Eventually, the boys found some relief on the bitcoin market when their PiedPiperCoin proved a success. By the end of the season they were opening new offices and investing in their future.
The trailer for Silicon Valley season 6 seems to pick up from there while reflecting our tech industries today. The official teaser released via HBO's youtube channel starts us off with Richard sitting before a Senate hearing on protecting the "security of users' data." As the rest of the Pied Piper crew watch on TV, Richard sits in terrified silence, or as Betram Gilfoyle (Martin Starr) put it, he sat "like a child in a messy custody hearing." To which Dinesh Chugtai (Kumail Nanjiani) pointed out that, "you don't feel sorry for him, you just want him to go away and not have any parents at all." Richard does eventually speak up, however. After standing "to pace" with the entire microphone box, he delivers the following speech.
"I promise I will end this tyranny by creating an internet of the people, by the people, and for the people. So help me god."
Then he immediately misses his chair and falls on the ground. While he was wooing the courtroom, we got glimpses of some other major developments this season. We see Pied Piper celebrations, the Hooli boardroom, Yang falling under suspicion, and of course Richard fleeing through a bathroom window. We'll have to wait until this fall to see if HBO can stick the landing on this one. The final season of Silicon Valley premieres on Sunday Oct. 27 at 10pm ET/PT.
The series also stars Amanda Crew as Monica, Suzanne Cryer as Laurie Bream, Matt Ross as Gavin Belson and Josh Brener as Big Head.Judge and Berg serve as executive producers, writers and directors. Executive produced by Clay Tarver, Lew Morton, Michael Rotenberg, Tom Lassally and Jim Kleverweis; co-executive produced by Ron Weiner, Sarah Walker, and Daisy Gardner. Created by Mike Judge & John Altschuler & Dave Krinsky.