The fourth season of “Silicon Valley” just premiered featuring a total makeover of the video chat app created by Dinesh (Kumail Nanjiani).
In the first episode, PiedPiper transformed into PiperChat. With the overhaul, the number of users increased constantly. However, the team was having a hard time funding the app. Dinesh and Gilfoyle (Martin Starr) tried to get funds from Russ Hanneman. Meanwhile Richard (Thomas Middleditch) confessed that he never liked the app. He then stepped down as CEO.
Richard allowed PiperChat to use his algorithms. The team then agreed to replace him with Dinesh.
It turned out that Richard has another plan. Using the same software, he aimed to create an app free from spying, government interference, firewalls, and trolls.
Meanwhile, Gavin (Matt Ross) and Jack (Stephen Tobolowsky) were heading home from China. They successfully made a deal to manufacture Hooli Endframe’s box. Gavin then put Jack in another desk job at Hooli’s data center in a much lower basement.
“This season they make a big move,” executive producer Mike Judge told The Hollywood Reporter. He confirmed that the season will feature Richard’s ambitious goal.
“It’s basically starting a new Internet that’s a decentralized version, similar to the way Bitcoin works, that can’t be shut down by anybody because it’s sharded out over multiple devices and spread out in the block chain model,” Judge explained.
The showrunner hinted that they are building tension between Richard and Dinesh this season.
“We had talked in the first season actually about Richard having a ‘Breaking Bad’-type thing, where he starts to get a little corrupted by it all. So we finally look at this, this season,” he said.
Furthermore, Judge hopes to bring real life computer technology magnates to make cameos in the show, such as Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, and Elon Musk.
The next episode of “Silicon Valley” will air on April 30 on HBO.