For six seasons, HBO has taken us through the ups and downs of the Pied Piper crew in Silicon Valley which can at times be all too real to the tech industry. The Emmy-nominated show created by Mike Judge, John Altschuler and Dave Krinsky did a creative deep dive into the Bay Area epicenter of tech and ended its run with a seven-episode season last year. The show’s stars Thomas Middleditch, Kumail Nanjiani, Zach Woods, Martin Starr and Amanda Crew joined us for a screening of the final episode of the series followed by a Q&A where they talked about how things have changed since episode one.
“If I’m honest I had no idea what it was going to be like in the beginning — I assumed it would fail because most things I am a part of tend to,” Middleditch joked. “Even with Mike Judge, Alec Berg and these fine folks, we’re destined to eat it.”
Starr added to the Middleditch’s sentiment and was happy to see how it gained popularity.
“I thought we would get a season out of it — thats what I am used to seeing happen,” said Starr. “As soon as things started to gel in the first season — it felt like the sky is the limit as to how long we could do this…it far exceeded any of my expectations.”
Crew chimed in jokingly, “I expected it to succeed because everything I do succeeds… you guys were lucky to be part of it.” The guys thanked her in unison.
The real Silicon Valley is known for being an industry dominated by men. As one of the only female core cast members, Crew said that initially, she didn’t realize that she was representing that. “For a while, it felt like a lot of pressure that I was representing all women in tech,” she admitted. “I tried to educate myself on the inequality in the tech world and started to meet with people in the tech industry who are female and to get an understanding of their experience.”
Although the show reflected the tech landscape in a comedic way, it also gave people insight into a world that wasn’t exactly mainstream when the first episode aired.
“Our show came out at the perfect time… when we did the pilot, people weren’t as fascinated with Silicon Valley personalities,” said Nanjiani. “We didn’t know a lot of the names back then. While the show was airing, people have become very aware of the people who are running Silicon Valley and how the tech has affected our lives in a negative way.”
The show may have ended, but in an age of reboots and revivals, the cast shared their thoughts on how long we would have to wait for a reunion.
“I think that reunion should just happen when season 7 would have happened,” said Woods.
Starr asked, “This doesn’t count? It’s been like four years since we’ve seen each other.”
Watch the full panel above.
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