After six seasons of cringe-worthy comedy, will ‘Silicon Valley’ come back with a season 7 on HBO?
‘Silicon Valley‘ on HBO was a popular show that revolved around five men who founded a startup company in Silicon Valley called Pied Piper. It premiered on 27th October 2019 and came to an end on 8th December 2019. The show received huge appreciation as well as critical acclaim for its writing and comedy. During the time the show was on-air, it was nominated five consecutive times for the Primetime Emmy Award. In May 2019, showrunners Mike Judge and Alec Berg confirmed that season 7 of ‘Silicon Valley’ on HBO was cancelled.
- The end of ‘Silicon Valley’
- Bill Gates on ‘Silicon Valley’ series finale
- An alternate ending of ‘Silicon Valley’ on HBO
The ‘Silicon Valley’ series finale also featured one of the biggest cameos of the Microsoft founder Bill Gates appearing as himself. Writer Alec Berg talked to Entertainment Weekly about how they got Bill Gates to appear on ‘Silicon Valley
The end of ‘Silicon Valley’
The finale episode of the ‘Silicon Valley’ was every funny, surprising, and slightly cringy like always. The finale episode aired on 6th December 2019. The episode showed CEO Richard Hendricks (Thomas Middleditch) and his fellow startup employees host an event to launch the Pied Piper-AT&T partnership that will make them insanely wealthy. However, soon Richard got to figure out how their technology advanced and revolutionary AI is equipped to teach itself to decrypt any significant encryptions that will put an end to privacy. Hence, making it too dangerous to release. Richard and his colleague Gilfoyle (Martin Starr) plan the company’s failure and public humiliation.
They purposely replace the original code with another destructive code. But some employees who were not made aware of the code, switch it back to the original. Pied Piper executive Dinesh (Kumail Nanjiani) climbed on top of a skyscraper to reverse the code. Unfortunately, the series finale did not feature TJ Miller’s return as Erlich Bachman, even though the episode did tease his return.
Each of the characters of ‘Silicon Valley’ also got their personal ending in a documentary style, ten years into the future. Gavin Belson (Matt Ross) had written over thirty romantic novels such as “The Lighthouse Dancer”, “Fondly Margaux”, and “Cold Ice Cream and Hot Kisses”. Gilfoyle (Martin Starr) and Dinesh (Kumail Nanjiani) were now neighbours and had a cybersecurity firm. Monica was working for the NSA, and Jared was working with the elderly. Richard was a teacher at Stanford, with Big Head (Josh Brener) as his boss. Laurie Bream (Suzanne Cryer) was in prison for an unstated crime.
In an interview with Hollywood Reporter, showrunner Alec Berg talked about the documentary end of ‘Silicon Valley’.
“I just thought it was going to be an interesting way of bookending the show and it just gave us some structure that we could play with. Once we came up with the idea that they were going to have to publicly project the idea that they had failed but quietly they all knew that they succeeded beyond their wildest dreams, that just seemed like that went really well with the documentary idea.”
Bill Gates on ‘Silicon Valley’ series finale
Writer Alec Berg talked to Entertainment Weekly about how they got Bill Gates to appear on ‘Silicon Valley’. In the interview, he shared how Bill Gates is a fan of the show. He mentioned that usually, before every season they go to the Bay Area. But one year just to mix it up they went to Seattle. He recalled that Bill Gates was nice enough to sit down with them for an hour and shoot. He also said that he was a very supportive and nice and generous guy. At the end of it, they featured him for 10 minutes as himself, not as an actor in ‘Silicon Valley’.
An alternate ending of ‘Silicon Valley’ on HBO
In an interview with Hollywood Reporter, Mike Judge mentioned that the original ending of ‘Silicon Valley’ was conceived just a few days before the series finale.
Mike Judge talked about how they had a series ending in mind since season two or three. It was not the one broadcasted, but it had a similar ring to it. In that ‘Silicon Valley’ series finale, it was Richard (Thomas Middleditch) sacrificing his company. It would have been him open-sourcing it and giving his algorithm to the world as opposed to keeping it for himself and making tons of money. Their actual ending came along just when they were writing the last season when their tech consultants told them about this theoretical possibility of the end of encryption. Both Judge and Berg felt that would be a stronger, more dramatic ending.
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