The crew from Pied Piper are set to wrap up their story as HBO confirms the long-running, Emmy-winning comedy Silicon Valley will indeed end with season 6. The series premiered in 2014 as the latest series from King of the Hill creator Mike Judge. Over the past five seasons, the series has chronicled the rise and fall and rise of Pied Piper, a fledgling tech company that began life as a compression algorithm created by the anxiety-plagued Richard Hendricks (Thomas Middleditch), and later grew into a tech company that would usurp even the likes of the show’s Google-like entity, Hooli.
The show’s efforts to track the various ups and downs of Pied Piper and its mostly loyal computer gurus — Dinesh (Kumail Nanjiani) and Gilfoyle (Martin Starr) — as well as the various venture capitalists looking to invest tons of money and strike it rich has also come with its own ups and downs, notably the contentious departure of TJ Miller who played Erlich Bachman (and the realization the show would be just fine without him). But the course the narrative has been on for the past five seasons also meant the show would eventually have to come to an end, something that was largely hinted at in the season 5 finale, ‘Fifty-One Percent.’
As reported by TVLine, HBO and showrunners Mike Judge and Alec Berg have decided that season 6 will be the end of the line for Silicon Valley. The news come ahead of the start of production on season 6, which was delayed several months so that Berg could fulfill his duties on HBO’s other Emmy-winning comedy and current critical darling, Barry, starring Bill Hader. In a joint statement, Judge and Berg had this to say:
“Silicon Valley has been a career and life highlight for us. We’ll miss it desperately, but we’ve always let Pied Piper’s journey guide the way, and Season 6 seems to be the fitting conclusion. We are forever indebted to our incredible cast, crew, and partners at HBO. At a certain point, there’s only so much we can do to make the world a better place.”
With Veep having come to an end in early May, and now Silicon Valley set to wrap up in 2020, that leaves a few gaps in HBO’s comedy lineup. Thankfully, the premium cabler has Avenue 5 coming up from Veep creator Armando Iannucci, which stars Hugh Laurie and Valley’s own Zach Woods.
Silicon Valley season 6 will premiere sometime in 2020 on HBO.