Last season of Silicon Valley saw Richard struggling to keep his integrity intact, attempting to illegally install Pied Piper code on thousands of Hooli phones, all for the sake of keeping his dream of a decentralized, peer-to-peer internet alive. In classic Silicon Valley fashion, Richard’s plan backfired through sheer happenstance, and the new internet survived thanks to Jian Yang, Gilfoyle, and a fleet of smart fridges. Richard’s trials over the past season revealed how life in Silicon Valley is chipping away at his integrity, as he slowly reaches Gavin Belson levels of tyranny. But whether or not Richard will fully follow in Gavin’s footsteps remains to be seen, as Thomas Middleditch tells us on the red carpet for season five’s premiere.

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