Finally, after years of dealing with the best (and very worst) the Bay Area has to offer, Pied Piper is now legit in the new fifth season of Silicon Valley. (Just like Facebook at the one hour and 40 minute mark in The Social Network.) But in the trailer for the HBO comedy’s return, set for Sunday, March 25, one person is missing, and the show is making no effort to hide it.
Last year, in the end of Season 4, comedian/actor T.J. Miller abruptly exited the series; his character, Ehrlich Bachmann, left Pied Piper to live at a monastery. It was a departure that in hindsight has played in the show’s favor, as Miller is now embroiled in truly ugly allegations of sexual assault from an individual Miller knew when he was a student at George Washington University.
Miller’s Ehrlich is gone, pretty much for good. And in the show’s fifth season trailer — set to K-pop sensation BTS and their hit “MIC Drop,” the Steve Aoki remix, which surprisingly works — he’s not missed as Pied Piper evolves into a bonafide company with a full staff in a real office (we’re not going to count that one awkward stretch in Season 3). But it wouldn’t be Silicon Valley without its “two steps forward, one step way back” progress, and surely there will be all kinds of hurdles in Richard’s way as Pied Piper gets serious.
In Silicon Valley Season 5, Richard Hendricks (Thomas Middleditch) struggles to live up to expectations as a real CEO. Meanwhile, all the other heroes are back, including Dinesh (Kumail Nanjiani), Gilfoyle (Martin Starr), Jared (Zach Woods), and Monica (Amanda Crew). They may be in a real office, but as their antics in the trailer reveal, not much has actually changed. Richard is still an anxious mess, while Gilfoyle continues to mess with Dinesh. Also, Jian Yang (Jimmy O. Yang) has taken over Ehrlich’s incubator, and honestly, he’s already doing a better job at being Ehrlich than Ehrlich was at being Ehrlich.
Silicon Valley Season 5 premieres March 25 at 10 p.m. ET on HBO.