HBO’s critically acclaimed comedy series Silicon Valley wrapped up its five-year, six-season journey revolving around the fictional data startup Pied Piper, and its founders, with a 48-minute finale on Sunday night.
The closing episode featured the main characters first looking back at their achievements as their grown-up selves 10 years into the future, then concocting a massive destruction of Pied Piper, a terrifying rat attack somewhere in the middle and a surprise cameo by Bill Gates in the aftermath of the company’s fall.
The real-life billionaire had only one line. “It’s weird. It really seemed like Pied Piper was going to work. Something doesn’t add up,” he said as himself during a documentary-style interview in the episode. But it was enough to impress the show’s production crew.
“[Gates’ appearance] worked out perfectly,” Mike Judge, one of the show’s creators, told USA Today. “He was actually a really good actor.”
“It was pretty amazing to have Bill Gates in it. Somebody had asked me around Season 2, ‘If you could get anybody in the show…?’ and I just threw out, ‘Bill Gates.’ We finally got [him],” he said.
“I’m a big fan of Silicon Valley and was excited when they asked me to appear in the series finale tonight,” Gates tweeted on Sunday.