It has been a long, turbulent path for software engineer Richard Hendricks and his file compression algorithm, but at the end of Silicon Valley's fifth season, things looked lucky for him and his scratchy cohorts at the start of Pied Piper. Their cryptocurrency PiedPiperCoin finally picked up some market traction and the gang toured the massive digs on several levels where the expanding team will continue to work on their decentralized internet. Will PiperNet really be the game changer that Pied Piper promised? Will it even live to make a new user? And what will happen to our often clumsy heroes?
We find out when the sixth and final season of HBO's Emmy-nominated comedy about wrong but beloved techniques in Northern California begins in October.
Here's what we know about Season 6 so far.
When is the release date?
After production delays, Silicon Valley returns to HBO on Sunday, October 27.
How many episodes will there be?
The final season will be the shortest in the series. Season 6 will have only seven episodes in total, compared to eight to ten episodes in previous seasons. Sections will be available one per week.
Do we have a trailer?
Yep. A trailershows that Richard testified before Congress about the security of user data and looks even more awkward when it did when Mark Zuckerberg did it back in 2018 .
"He looks like a child in a messy custody hearing," snorts Richard's employee Gilfoyle (Martin Starr).
In addition to Richard's bumbling testimony, the trailer shows Jian Yang () professing to do something illegal and Hooli's Gavin Belson (Matt Ross) seemingly prepared to take on Amazon and ask, "Is it a river? Is it supposed to be a giant woman? It's not clear!"
Returning role play
T.J. Miller played the lead role as entrepreneur and incubator wrangler Erlich Bachman until his much publicized exit from the show after Season 4. We last saw him in the Tibetan opium where Gavin Belson left him, and there has been no word on whether he can make one came in the last season.
What we know about the plot
Not too much, other than what we have seen in the trailer. We know that Pied Piper's Internet "of the people, of the people and of the people" is influential enough to get Hendricks a seat before Congress and that Jian Yang is back, as straight as ever. And we know that Jared has a hard time when Richard rises from low-level programmer to high-profile CEO and seems to need his loyal advisor less than usual.
"Jared has to learn to tolerate distance from Richard as the company grows,".
If the show sticks to its usual designs, the Pied Piper team will face more obstacles on their way to success, but will likely win in the end, probably due to an unforeseen last minute maneuver.
"It ends with something unexpected and still very satisfying, at least for us." Starr, who plays Bertram Gilfoyle, told me.
How can I watch?
To see the final season, you need a subscription to HBO (or a friend of one), but if you do not have cable you can pay for HBO Now, a streaming subscription version of HBO that does not require a regular cable subscription (or even a TV). Not sure you like it? You can stream HBO Now for free for 30 days. And you can catch up on past seasons via HBO, Amazon Prime, iTunes and Hulu. In the UK, Silicon Valley usually appears on Sky and Now TV.
What's next for the creative team?
HBO has commissioned two new comedies from Mike Judge, who also created Beavis and Butt-head and together created King of the Hill. QualityLand, an adaptation of German author Marc-Uwe Kling's satirical dystopian novel, reveals the story of "humanity's struggle for the tyranny of convenience – but funny." Judges will act as executive producer and co-author of the show, which will happen in the near future.
The judge's second upcoming project for HBO, titled A5, is a limited live-action series about a bioengineering engineer who discovers the gene responsible for turning people into abusive people. The protagonist will try to "answer the difficult questions of us all: Why are there racial hairs? Why have they come to dominate our culture? And can they be cured?"
Meanwhile, Alec Berg will continue to work with critically acclaimed HBO dark comedy Barry, which he co-created with Bill Hader and executive producers.
This story was originally published September 4 and will be updated frequently when the news of season 6 comes out.