'Silicon Valley' Hid a Message in Season 5 Trailer—and It's Hilarious


‘Silicon Valley’ season 5 trailer begins life after T.J. Miller

Business as usual.


Christine Friar


Published Jan 10, 2018   Updated May 22, 2021, 5:13 am CDT

HBO on Wednesday released the trailer for season 5 of Silicon Valley, the show’s first since comedian T.J. Miller’s departure in 2017, and it looks like we’re teed up for another optimistically precarious year for Pied Piper.

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In the clip, Richard (Thomas Middleditch) is introduced to his startup’s new staff of 50 employees and asked to make a quick inspiring speech. Unfortunately for everyone there, he’s still the nervous, shy guy who’s struggled with his CEO role from the get-go, and ends up puking behind his desk:

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Zach Woods, Kumail Nanjiani, and Martin Starr are all back reprising their roles, and the show seems to have a concertedly more straightforward feel without requisite stoner T.J. Miller. It might be for the best, though. Since Miller’s departure, the comedian has been accused of harassment and sexual misconduct from a college girlfriend, and then later an actress and a trans critic.

The new season premieres March 25.

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*First Published: Jan 10, 2018, 12:56 pm CST