The adorable nerds of startup company Pied Piper are back for HBO’s Silicon Valley Season 3. The 10-episode run, which will premiere this Sunday, will bring big changes to the gang.
Previously on Silicon Valley, Richard Hendricks (Thomas Middleditch) finally escaped from the evil clutches of Hooli CEO Gavin Belson (Matt Ross). After winning a lawsuit, Richard finally owns the right over his ground-breaking data compression algorithm. Richard returns to the incubator and celebrates with the rest of the team, only to find out later from Monica Hall (Amanda Crew) that the Raviga-controlled board has removed him as CEO of Pied Piper.
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Silicon Valley Season 3 picks up right where the previous season left off. With Richard demoted, there’s a new player on the team: Jack Barker, a veteran tech CEO played by Stephen Tobolowsky. In a way Jack is the villain to our underdog hero Richard, as the two compete over the direction of Pied Piper. Naturally, Richard has his own interpretations of where he wants Pied Piper to go and what he wants it to be as a brand, but his views doesn’t reflect that of Jack’s.
“Part of the challenge of the show is — part of the appeal of Pied Piper — is they are underdogs, so one of the tricky things is how to create progress in the story and progress with your company without turning them into the more obnoxious well-heeled tech people like Gavin Belson,” Zach Woods, who plays Pied Piper CFO Jared, told Mashable.
To bring a more authentic Silicon Valley vibe to the show, they sought advice from former Twitter CEO Dick Costolo, who has experienced being removed from a company.
The struggle continues for the Pied Piper team as they fight to preserve the heart and soul of the company they built together from the ground up. Richard has played the nice guy for far too long, and yet he still didn’t get what was due him. Is it time for a personality switch? Silicon Valley Season 2 showrunner says it’s a possibility.
“When I was initially pitching the series, the question was: Is Richard going to get corrupted or is he going to stay pure? There’s a thing that always happens, where if you’re too nice you get crushed by everyone else,” Silicon Valley co-creator Mike Judge told GQ. “If you’re going to be a good CEO you’ve got to at least be a good CEO and stay in charge. To stay in charge, sometimes you gotta shake hands with the devil. There’s some darkness approaching. Looming on the horizon.
Will Pied Piper finally succumb to soulless corporations? Catch Silicon Valley Season 3 when it premiers on HBO on April 24.