What’s Next For Thomas Middleditch After ‘Silicon Valley’ Ends?
Season 6 is going to be the last for Silicon Valley. When the HBO comedy from Mike Judge and Alec Berg began, Pied Piper was a humble startup. As they enter the sixth and final season, Pied Piper has evolved from a compression algorithm to a second internet. Richard Hendricks (Thomas Middleditch) is still in charge, but no better equipped to handle it.
Middleditch attended WarnerMedia’s party for the Television Critics Association on behalf of Silicon Valley. Showbiz Cheat Sheet spoke to Middleditch about the final season of Silicon Valley and what he wants to do next. Find out what’s in store for Thomas Middleditch.
A lot of time has passed on ‘Silicon Valley’
The season finale of Silicon Valley had Pied Piper in their new office. When Silicon Valley returns, they’ve been there a while.
“I’m not sure if it’s clearly defined but some time has passed,” Middleditch said. “It’s not the next day, that’s for sure. There’s a bit of a time jump. It’s not too crazy but it’s pretty apparent.”
The new digs make Middleditch reflect on just how far the show and the characters have come.
“It’s kind of sweet for us,” Middleditch said. “We started in an actual house for the pilot. Now we’re in a big crazy two story office building.”
Pied Piper can never have a clear victory on ‘Silicon Valley’
Every time Pied Piper solves a problem, it creates another one. When Silicon Valley finally ends, perhaps they can just enjoy the spoils of victory. If it were that easy, though, Middleditch says it wouldn’t be Silicon Valley.
“I think Alec Berg and Mike Judge both are just very obsessed with sticking the landing so I as well as the rest of the cast, we all trust that they’re going to do just that,” Middleditch said. “I doubt it will be a complete victory or a complete failure. There is going to be a mix. In order to be true to the show, it has to be.”
Richard never learns to be a leader on ‘Silicon Valley’
Last season, Richard threw up in his glass office for everyone to see. It also wouldn’t be Silicon Valley if he ever became a confident leader.
“If Richard was perfect and had figured it out, I don’t think it would be as interesting and I don’t think it would necessarily be Silicon Valley,” Middleditch said. “Part of what the show is is f*cking up. If it’s Richard or Guilfoyle, or whoever.”
Thomas Middleditch will continue investing after ‘Silicon Valley’
On Silicon Valley, Pied Piper constantly finds itself looking for new investors as its goals get bigger and bigger. This education in startups has also made Middleditch an investor in real life.
“I myself started investing actually of all things,” Middleditch said. “I’ve become a VC of sorts. To remain on brand personally, all my investments are to do with anything that moves the needle more to green, more sustainable because this planet is hurtling to inevitable doom. So we’re going to try and do our best to stall that.”
Thomas Middleditch is developing his own projects after ‘Silicon Valley’
Since Silicon Valley, Middleditch landed a lucrative Verizon contract and roles in big movies like Godzilla: King of the Monsters and the upcoming Zombieland: Double Tap. Now he wants to create his own projects.
“I’m already working on my own stuff, trying to sell and peddle various wares,” Middleditch said. “A bunch of different things in various stages of development but nothing I can really announce right now.”
Thomas Middleditch’s ‘Zombieland: Double Tap’ role is a surprise
The trailers for Zombieland: Double Tap end with Middleditch arriving as part of a gang who very closely resembles Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Emma Stone, and Abigail Breslin. It sounds like a funny cameo.
“It’s a bit of a surprise,” Middleditch said. “It’s fun, it’s brief and it’s crazy.”
Thomas Middleditch will do something different after ‘Silicon Valley’
Silicon Valley gave Thomas Middleditch six years to show he could deliver awkward comedy. He’s been funny in other roles and in those Verizon commercials. Middleditch is considering a switch to drama.
“I think a departure is necessary,” Middleditch said. “Any actor who is fortunate to play a character for multiple years, when they get to move onto something else, I think it’s wise to show, if you can, that you can do other stuff. No fault to anyone who finds a good note and wants to hit that. Fine, whatever.”
That said, it’s one thing to have plans and goals. The reality of Hollywood is another thing.
“What I’ve realized the longer I’ve been in this business, the more I’ve realized saying, ‘Oh, I want this to happen’ is absurd. Yeah, that’d be great but so many stars need to align. It’s like yeah, I want to show everybody I’m capable of that but things have to happen in order for that to happen.”