Showtime confirms that the hit show Billions has been renewed for season 5. The show that brings viewers a more than healthy dose of wealth, power and underhand dealings will be back for another season.
Fans of the show will no doubt be delighted to learn that they have another series in store for them, featuring favourite characters such as Bobby ‘Axe’ Axelrod played by Damien Lewis and Charles 'Chuck' Rhoades played by Paul Giamatti. The show is known for portraying the Machiavellian wranglings and lavish lifestyles of the hedge fund manager and other Wall Street types, along with the tempering influences of the not-so-innocent legals from the U.S. Attorney General’s office who ceaselessly persist with trying to bring them to justice for corruption, all the while courting power themselves.
According to TVLine, Showtime are more than keen to continue their work on Billions. Gary Levine, co-president of entertainment at Showtime has said:
Billions’ addictive examination of wealth and power is supremely entertaining, smart and surprising. We’re loving Season 4 and can’t wait to buckle up for the wild ride that Brian [Koppelman] and David [Levien] and their brilliant cast have in store for us in Season 5.
Billions first hit our screens in 2016 and quickly found a large following and positive reviews. The series has taken viewers on a ride that has encompassed power, wealth, intrigue, sexual deviancy, gender relations and family dynamics. Sometimes seeming more like an examination of psychology than wealth, Billions has so far been an interesting take on power and its underlying motivations. In 2018, the show saw Giamatti pick up the Critic’s Choice Award for Best Actor in a Drama Series, with Asia Kate Dillon who plays Taylor Mason, Axe’s onetime protégé and current rival, receiving the award for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series. Dillon, also known for their work in Orange is the New Black, plays the first non-binary main character on North American TV on the show. While it hasn’t been confirmed which characters will be returning, Axe’s ex-wife Lara played by Malin Akerman, who started off as a series regular will still be returning, though on a less regular basis, as she did in season 4.
It will be interesting to see where the show takes viewers next. With the unlikely alliance between the two main characters who started off as enemies, there are many routes to explore, as both Axe and Chuck play so many cards and juggle a multitude of potential problems and rivals. This season has seen the Rhoades marriage almost implode with Chuck’s shocking revelations about his BDSM lifestyle live on TV, while Axe has had to face the duplicity and subsequent wrath of Taylor Mason. With the current season due to wrap on June 9, it’s looking likely that season 5 of Billions will be well worth the wait.