You know that HBO’s Silicon Valley is striking a comedy chord when not only are tech industry insiders like Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel and Dropbox CEO Drew Houston popping up in cameo roles — they’re also dabbling in fanfic. Firefox founder Blake Ross has taken his passion for the show to the next logical level by penning a script for the season 3 premiere and posting it on Facebook because he could take the hiatus no longer. “I couldn’t wait eight more months for season 3 of Silicon valley.
Many in the tech sphere will tell you that HBO’s Silicon Valley is sometimes too accurate in its send-up of the San Francisco Bay Area’s frequently ridiculous startup culture. But how good would it be if someone who actually came from the industry wrote an episode? You’re about to find out. Firefox co-creator Blake Ross has posted an unofficial Silicon Valley screenplay that starts where the second season finished, and it’s clearly the result of someone who’s witnessed startup shenanigans first-hand. Richard has to hire his own CEO replacement, and grapples with the prospect of open-sourcing Pied Piper’s code.
This isn’t the sign of an impending career change. Ross tells our TechCrunch colleagues that he’d be happy to write Silicon Valley, but that’s as far as it goes right now. However, this isn’t necessarily a one-and-done project. Ross is hoping for feedback to see which dialogue works, and he may even write an entire unofficial season before the real show resumes in 8 months. Think of this as one of the more ambitious, informed pieces of fan fiction you’ll ever see — it’s authentic enough that it wouldn’t feel out of place on TV.
The episode, titled “Adult Supervision,” resumes the action after last season’s cliffhanger, as Raviga managing partner Laurie (Suzanne Cryer) makes freshly fired Pied Piper CEO Richard (Thomas Middleditch) interview candidates for his old job. There’s even a small role for a real-life character that involves 140 characters. Read the 31-page script here.
If the response is favorable, he may continue down the Pied Piper wormhole and pen additional adventures for the gang. “I’d love constructive feedback from fans of the show,” he told TechCrunch, adding, “If people are interested, I may try to write a whole season before the real season airs in April.”