After what feels like years of back and forth on whether Silicon Valley Season 6 would be the end of the road, HBO confirmed today that the comedy series will indeed be coming to a conclusion with its upcoming sixth season. The critically acclaimed comedy series was created by Mike Judge with the intention of running six seasons, with a very specific ending in mind, but executive producer Alec Berg said last year that it was possible the show might go beyond Season 6.
Alas, today HBO made it official:
“Silicon Valley has been a career and life highlight for us,” series executive producers/showrunners Mike Judge and Alec Berg said. “We’ll miss it desperately, but we’ve always let Pied Piper’s journey guide the way, and Season 6 seems to be the fitting conclusion. We are forever indebted to our incredible cast, crew, and partners at HBO. At a certain point, there’s only so much we can do to make the world a better place.”
Season 5 of the series concluded in May 2018, but Season 6 has yet to start production. The new season was delayed largely to accommodate Berg’s schedule, as the EP also serves as co-showrunner on the hit HBO series Barry. The Bill Hader-created series just wrapped up its second season earlier this month, at which point Berg was able to move on to Silicon Valley full time. But not to fear—Barry has been renewed for Season 3, so the Emmy-winning half-hour series will indeed return once Berg has wrapped up the final season of Silicon Valley.
News of Silicon Valley’s ending comes as HBO reaches a turning point of sorts. The long-running comedy Veep concluded its final season earlier this month, and Game of Thrones obviously came to an end in divisive fashion. Under new corporate ownership, HBO is looking ahead to a larger quantity of programing while also curating new talent and shows that hope to become as popular and acclaimed as those that came before them. That includes Danny McBride’s upcoming comedy series The Righteous Gemstones, Damon Lindelof’s Watchmen, and a third season of Westworld that looks to be more of a reboot.
But it’s nice to know we’ll have one more go-around with the Pied Piper crew before saying goodbye.