It’s always a sad time in someone’s life when one of their favorite television shows airs its final episode.
This year alone has been tough for me due to shows like Veep and Game of Thrones ending their fantastic runs.
On Sunday night, I said goodbye to another one of my all-time favorite shows, Silicon Valley.
For those of you who don’t know, Silicon Valley is a comedy on HBO created by Mike Judge (Beavis and Butthead) and stars Thomas Middleditch, Kumail Nanjiani, Zach Woods, Martin Starr and more fantastic actors.
SV is about a tech startup company, Pied Piper, created by Middleditchs character, Richard Hendrix. The six seasons have followed Pied Piper through the good times, and the bad times. (Mostly the bad times). Even though viewers have always assumed things would end terribly for this small start-up, there was always a small bit of hope that we would be surprised and have Pied Piper be a success.
This finale perfectly embodied all of those emotions which made it a perfect conclusion to this smart and hilarious television show.
SPOILERS BELOW FOR THE SERIES FINALE OF SILICON VALLEY
The plot for this season is this:
Pied Piper is close to finally launching to the public and they were partnering with AT&T to pair it on their devices. In order to get all the help they could get, they actually bought Hooli, the company ran by Gavin Belson who has been the main obstacle for Pied Piper since the beginning. In order to prepare for the launch, they decided to run a quick test in a smaller market to see if it actually works.
While they were doing the test, the deal between PP and AT&T fell through. AT&T decided to partner up with a copy-cat version of PP led by one of the former investors of PP.
The smaller market test ended early and PP was running out of options to test their network. That was until Russ Hanneman came to save the day with his festival named RussFest.
RussFest was off to a rough start because the PP network wasn’t able to function at 100%. Richard and the PP team knew that it was over and everything they worked for was basically for nothing. That all changed when Richard messed around with some of the code and made the PP network super strong. This prompted Richard to email AT&T regarding the deal that fell through.
Now we are all caught up…time for the finale!
The episode starts off ten years in the future with a documentary crew interviewing Richard about Pied Piper. It is a great set up for the rest of the episode which includes flashbacks to the present time where we see what happens with this company.
The finale centers around PP finally launching. Before the official launch, Richard tells the team about a small bug, I mean feature, of PP that threatened the privacy of users messages and possibly even more information on their devices.
The AI used to help PP has been adapting to everything it has been learning. It became so advanced that it was breaking through the encryption on the phone just because it was coded to.
PP has a major choice to make. Do they go along with the launch, make billions but in the process ruin privacy for all its users? Or do they cancel the launch by crashing their own network which will end the company and not let them join the three commas club?
Dinesh was all about the money and he did not want to be a part of the plan to self-sabotage PP so he stepped away from it all. PP decided to go with the second plan of self-sabotage. Gilfoyle sent the wrong code (on purpose) to the servers so that when it uploaded, everything would end. A worker at PP saw the mistake and corrected it.
Dineshs best friend, Gabe, informs him about the wrong code. Dinesh knowing that its up to him to fix the situation, runs to the roof top to upload the right code, but his account his blocked because PP can’t trust him. Gilfoyle ends up trusting Dinesh, they uploaded the correct code that would self-sabotage PP and they accepted their fate.
Their fate is the funniest thing in the world. The signal coming from all the AT&T phones alerted all the rats and the mice to just run a-mock across the country.
That was the end of Pied Piper.
This show ended perfectly.
It wasn’t a happy ending, that wouldn’t feel right considering everything PP has gone through the past 6 years.
It was a great conclusion.
They built the best possible version of Pied Piper that worked. They finally achieved what they have been working towards. It just so happens that it was too powerful for their own good and they had to destroy it.
One bit of the finale that kept building up to a fantastic conclusion, was the constant mentioning of Erich Bachman (TJ Miller).
Erich was last seen in Tibet at the end of season 4. Jin Yang took over the house and started impersonating Erich in order to get the rights to his possessions.
Richard tells Jin-Yang that he believes that Erich is still in Tibet and Jin-Yang leaves to go find him. The last scene we get of Jin-Yang is him in a cartel protected hut behind a computer. The documentary crew asks if he is Erich, Jin-Yang responds saying that yes he is Erich but less fat.
While I would’ve loved to see TJ reprise his character for one last scene, he has been gone for so long that the one scene would not have been enough.
Crying during television show finales is my speciality, whether it was how i met your mother, Community or even The Colbert Report, I get super emotional when my favorite shows have their final curtain call, and this finale was no different.
The scene that absolutely ruined me emotionally, was in the last few minutes.
The PP gang (Richard, Gilfoyle, Dinesh, Jared, Bighead, Monica) sat around the table where it all started and played a game of Always Blue. (Just writing that sentence gave me chills)
This show was incredibly smart, super funny and had characters that were unique and easy to love.
Silicon Valley will definitely be missed even though I plan on re-watching it several times in the future.