Scheduled to premiere at 10 p.m. ET on Sunday, March 25, on HBO, the fifth season of Silicon Valley picks up where the previous season left off, with Richard Hendricks and the rest of the Pied Piper team attempting to give the world a “new internet.” The latest trailer offers a preview of the weird obstacles he’ll encounter as he attempts to navigate this new project with his eccentric team — which has gotten considerably larger since the season 4 ended.
HBO debuted a set of photos from the fifth season in mid-March, just over a week before the season premiere.
The network previously paired the announcement of the premiere date for season 5 of Silicon Valley with the first trailer (see below) for the award-winning series’ next story arc.
The team’s ambitious new goal creates more than a little stress for lead actor Thomas Middleditch’s introverted CEO, Hendricks, who is shown having some trouble inspiring an office full of employees in the trailer. Also of note in that first trailer is the rise of Jian-Yang, who now appears to have taken over as the owner of the team’s former incubator office and living space. A second trailer was released in February 2018.
Created by Mike Judge, John Altschuler, and Dave Krinsky, Silicon Valley follows a group of five programmers who create a startup company in California’s tech-savvy Silicon Valley. The series premiered in 2014 and went on to earn more than 30 Primetime Emmy Award nominations, and win two Emmy Awards over the course of its first four seasons. It has also received considerable praise from critics.
Along with Middleditch as Hendricks, the series’ regular cast includes Zach Woods, Kumail Nanjiani, Martin Starr, Josh Brener, Amanda Crew, Matt Ross, Suzanne Cryer, and Jimmy O. Yang (who plays Jian-Yang). Actor and comedian T.J. Miller (Deadpool) played a featured role in the first four seasons, only to depart before the fifth season.
Miller’s departure is likely to echo throughout the fifth season, as his character was a major part of the series up to this point. The actor’s exit from the series was initially credited as a mutual decision, with Miller himself suggesting he wanted to devote more attention to other projects — his burgeoning film career, the most likely culprit — but subsequent interviews revealed some friction between Miller and show producer Alec Berg. The fourth season (spoiler alert!) bid farewell to Miller’s character, Erlich Bachman, by leaving him stoned out of his mind in an opium den in Tibet.
Updated on March 15: Added images from season 5.