After 6 Seasons We Will Finally Know the Fate of Pied Piper in Tonight's Silicon Valley Series Finale
What a headline!
Tonight is the series finale of HBO's Silicon Valley.
After 6 years of incubating, getting trapped in autonomous cars (inside of shipping containers) and countless one step forward, two steps back story lines, the fate of Pied Piper will finally be decided.
Debuting in the Spring of 2014, Silicon Valley tells the story of Richard Hendricks, his company Pied Piper and the exaggerated life that is tech in "The Valley"
What began as a music app during his time as a Hooli employee, Richard inadvertently created an algorithm that has a chance to make the world a better place. It's the best compression algorithm ever at the time. Quickly Richard goes from laughing stock at his company, to one of the hottest names in tech.
Richard's offered a buyout of 10 million dollars by Hooli and general piece of shit, Gavin Belson for his algorithm and a $200,000 investment by Peter Gregory (R.I.P.) where he would still be able to run the company.
After a patented vomit riddled panic attack, Richard goes with the late Peter Gregory and becomes an incubee of the eccentric Erlich Bachman. It is here where Pier Piper begins its rollercoaster journey.
Richard is not alone in living at Bachman's incubator.
He is joined by three coders.
Pakistani, NOT Indian, Dinesh Chugati
Satanist, Bertham Gilfoyle
and Big Gulp enthusiast, Nelson "Bighead" Bighetti
Former PA of Gavin Bleson, Donald "Jared " Dunn (my favorite character) quits Hooli and jumps at the opportunity to join Pied Piper after learning of Richard's algorithm and its potential.
Jared's first major decision of the series regards the fate of Bighead. See Bighead is probably Richard's only real friend, but an incredible liability as a coder. Jared, along with the other two guys want Bighead out. Richard refuses because he is incredibly loyal and also tends to make horrible decisions. #foreshadowing. Before having to make a tough decision Bighead quits to go back to Hooli as Gavin Belson poaches him claiming he has a co-founder of Pied Piper working for Hooli.
I should also mention Jing-Yang. He is an aggressively Chinese incubee that has an "unique" relationship with Erlich and no affiliation with Pied Piper.
Over the course of the series there are tons of ridiculous characters in the valley.
Russ Hanneman, the first man to put radio on the internet, member of the three comma club.
Laurie Bream, a VC who has the personality of a ceramic tile.
Denpok, Gavin's guru and spiritual adviser.
Hoover, the head of security at Hooli who's love/hate one-sided relationship is one of the more underrated story-lines of the show.
Dr. Crawford, Richard's tell it like it is physician.
Ron LaFlamme, Pied Piper's guitar collector/lawyer
Pete Monahan, technically not a lawyer
Monica Hall, the cigarette sneaking, CFO of Pied Piper.
There's plenty others, but none as important to the story of Silicon Valley as Gavin Belson.
After T.J. Miller left the series following the 4th season many (myself included) believed that was the beginning of the end. There may have been times throughout the show where it felt like they were just recycling the same theme over and over again but overall, I'd say 6 seasons out of this weird, niche show about tech is pretty damn good. It feels like it's time to move on. As an idealistic, romantic I'm pumped that it looks like Silicon Valley fans will get a happy ending to the series based on episode; although it would be peak Pied Piper to have one finally monkey wrench throw into the equation.
I just had to pay my respect to one of the few shows on a non-streaming service that I have followed throughout its entire run coming to a close. I could go so much more in depth but I don't want to spoil/am trying to pay attention to the Seahawks fuck me.
If you haven't watched SV, with it coming to an end tonight it's the perfect time to start binging. If you are a fan, spend a few minutes before the final episode of SV reliving some its best moments.
The opening credits with the animation showing the growth of actually tech companies over the years is awesome. Such great detail. Facebook being in Russian this year is my favorite.