Silicon Valley season 6 premiere delayed; could be final season

Silicon Valley season 5 premiere dateIf you’ve been excited to see Silicon Valley season 6, you better be prepared to wait a good while. Beyond that, it’s also possible that this upcoming season could be the show’s last.

According to a new TVLine report, the HBO comedy (which has received a plethora of Emmy nominations during its run) may not return until 2020 at the latest due to a delay related to everything from a possible end date to the busy schedule of showrunner Alec Berg. Speaking to the website, a rep for the network made it clear that the delay has more to do with Barry and the work being done there:

 “As Alec is a showrunner on both Barry and Silicon Valley the schedule was structured to allow Alec to wrap on Barry before starting work on Silicon Valley.”

Should Silicon Valley season 6 be the end of the road for the series? We understand the argument for it, given that a series like this is going to only have momentum for so long. So much of it has been about an underdog story for a small tech company. Pied Piper is only going to work for so long at a certain size before it either booms or busts, and we could be getting closer to that time one way or another. We personally do think that there is something fun about these characters being billionaires, if we got to that point, but the show doesn’t seem to be as eager to fully explore that.

Aside from the story itself likely nearing a natural conclusion, we do certainly think that it could just be time for everyone to move on to the next thing. The exit of TJ Miller in general generated some less-than-favorable headlines over his on-set behavior, including a detailed THR piece describing challenges in his final season on the show.  Here’s some of what Mike Judge had to say on that subject:

“There are a lot of different ways you can find out somebody doesn’t want to do the show anymore, … And it’s not fun to work with someone who doesn’t want to be there, [especially when] they’re one of the main people and you’ve got however many crewmembers and extras and people who are [not paid as well] and they’re all showing up before 7 a.m., and then are just like, ‘Oh, OK, we’re not shooting today.’”

Granted, Miller departed in season 4, but we’re not sure that the series has firmly escaped some of that drama just yet. Also, we just think that it would be great for some cast members to be able to do some new things — for example, Kumail Nanjiani certainly feels as though he’s deserving of his own show at this point.

One way or another, Silicon Valley will be back — we just have to wait a while to get some more details. Maybe Richard Hendricks finds a way to end his run in the three-comma club, or maybe something happens and the character is hit with some rather-unfortunate setbacks before the end.

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