Did Silicon Valley just boot up its end game?
In Sunday’s Season 4 premiere, Richard announced that he was breaking away from his band(width) mates to pursue a solo career, armed with nothing by the Pied Piper name and his precious compression algorithm. What he didn’t divulge to his now-former cohorts is that he’s going off to create a brand new… Internet.
As leading man Thomas Middleditch speculates, Richard’s surprising move could be both a game-changer and a game-ender. “Regardless of how it plays out, it’s my hunch that the new Internet [gambit] is going to be the thing that carries us to the end of the show,” he tells to TVLine. “I don’t think you can get a loftier ambition than Internet 2.0. It’s such a Hail Mary for Richard. This is really his last shot.”
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That’s not to say Silicon Valley will be powering down anytime soon. But Middleditch acknowledges that the show’s central conceit doesn’t allow for a particularly long run. “There’s only so much falling on your face and just pulling it out in the nick of time that you can do before [it gets old].” he maintains. “[Maybe] one of the last seasons could be about how they made their billion dollars… but then it’s not the underdog story that we’ve come to know and love. And I think everybody’s hesitant about turning it into this show that doesn’t live up to the premise we all bought into.”
So, if Middleditch were to slap a number on it? “I would imagine you can definitely expect a Season 5,” he muses. “And then [it’ll maybe end after] either Season 6 or 7.”
In the meantime, the actor teases that Richard spends much of Season 4 “dealing with the fallout” from his “bombshell” decision to go it alone. At one point this season, Middleditch himself began to feel the weight of the narrative curveball. “There is a time coming up when Richard is off in the background doing his own thing, and I was like, ‘Am I still on the show?'” he recalls with a chuckle. “My actor panic kind of kicked in.”