‘Billions’ is an American television drama on power politics in high finance in New York City, and it airs on the Showtime network. Created by by Brian Koppelman, David Levien, and Andrew Ross Sorkin, the show’s events are loosely based on real-life events and personalities.
‘Billions’ was first ordered by Showtime in March 2015 for a 12-episode season, and subsequently, a year later, Season 1 premiered January 17, 2016. It was praised by television critics and viewers alike, prompting Showtime to renew it for a second season. Season 2, also consisting of 12 episodes made its way to viewers’ screens on February 19, 2017, and was followed by yet another season, which premiered on March 25, 2018. After good runs, Showtime, on April 26, 2018, again renewed ‘Billions’ for its fourth season, which premiered on March 17, 2019.
With each season of ‘Billions’, the show’s critical reception improved, and as it stands, it is considered to be one of the best American television dramas to be currently airing. Understandably, fans of the show are already wondering whether the show will return again for a fifth season. Here’s everything we know about Billions season 5.
Billions Cast: Who is in it?
‘Billions’ has a top tier cast led by Paul Giamatti, who plays the role of Charles “Chuck” Rhoades, the US Attorney for the Southern District of New York. In the show, Chuck is portrayed as ruthless seeker of justice with a particular distaste for wealthy criminals who try and buy their way out justice. Interestingly, Chuck’s character is loosely based on Preetinder Singh Bharara, who served as the US Attorney for the Southern District of New York from 2009 to 2017. Joining Giamatti is Maggie Siff, who plays the role of Chuck’s wife, Wendy Rhoades. An psychiatrist and in-house performance coach of a hedge fund called Axe Capital, Wendy is portrayed as a motivated and extremely successful professional who has a strong connection to Chuck’s nemesis, who is also her boss of 15 years.
Damian Lewis plays the role of Chuck’s nemesis, Robert “Bobby” Axelrod, who is a billionaire and founder of Axe Capital. Robert is portrayed as a grey character who comes from humble beginnings and is a survivor of the 9/11 attacks. Extremely generous in public, Robert has several charitable undertakings, but falls under Chuck’s scanner owing to his use of insider trading and bribery to build his fortune. Like Chuck’s character, Robert’s character is based on the real-life personality of Steven Cohen, who founded the hedge fund SAC Capital Advisors. At Lewis’ side is Malin Åkerman, who plays the role of Robert’s wife, Lara Axelrod. Portrayed as a woman from a blue-collar upbringing and a tragic past, Lara is shown to be extremely devoted towards her husband and her children.
Additionally, Toby Leonard Moore plays the role of Bryan Connerty, the Chief of the Securities and Commodities Fraud Task Force for the Southern District of New York. David Costabile, meanwhile, plays the role of Axe Capital COO Mike “Wags” Wagner, who is also Robert’s right-hand man. Jeffrey DeMunn also features frequently in the show in the role of Chuck’s father, Charles Rhoades Sr., who is an extremely wealthy and well-connected power player in the New York circuit. Another noteworthy mention is Asia Kate Dillon, who plays the role of Taylor Amber Mason, a genderqueer analyst at Axe Capital who later rises to the post of CIO. Notably, Taylor is regarded as the first non-binary regular character to feature in mainstream North American television.
‘Billions’ also has a host of other characters in various roles who make recurring and episodic appearances through the show. If the show does get renewed for Season 5, we would expect all the main cast members to make a comeback and reprise their roles.
Billions Plot: What is it about?
Loosely based on Preetinder Bharara’s legal battles with Steve Cohen, ‘Billions’ is a complex drama that takes viewers on a thrilling ride through the politics that shape the world of New York high finance.
The show starts off with Chuck investigating Robert for suspected financial crimes, and both of these two central characters use their considerable power and influence to try and get the upper hand. As the show progresses, we find the two central characters locked into an explosive collision course that threatens to shake up New York’s high finance scene in an irreversible fashion. Unforeseen consequences, of course, start to emerge, and personal relationships of the two characters start to get strained as they remain hell-bent on burning each other to the ground.
The show’s complicated yet intriguing plot is brought to life by brilliant performances from Paul Giamatti and Damian Lewis, and with each passing season, the dirty politics that characterizes power and privilege get even more murkier. The result is that viewers are hooked into the high-octane ride, so much so that it becomes impossible to stop watching the show.
As far as its reception is concerned, ‘Billions’ has grown in stature with each passing season. While Season 1 opened to good reviews from critics, notching a score of 77% on Rotten Tomatoes, Season 2 set the bar even higher with a score of 89%. Seasons 3 and 4 blew critics away, and they enjoy mind-blowing scores of 93% and 96%, respectively. Overall, the show has a score of 88% on Rotten Tomatoes. Unsurprisingly, viewers, too have been blown away by the intense drama, and ‘Billions’ has a solid overall rating of 8.4/10 on IMDb, after over 51,000 votes. The show has also seen itself get nominated for prestigious awards such as the Satellite Awards, Artios Awards, Golden Nymph Awards, Critics’ Choice Television Awards, and the GLAAD Media Awards.
Billions Season 5 Release Date: When will it premiere?
‘Billions’ season 4 premiered on Showtime on March 17, 2019. Like previous seasons, Season 4 also consists of 12 episodes. As far as the next season goes, we have good news for the fans. On May 8, 2019, Showtime renewed the show for another season. Going by the show’s critical reception and popularity among viewers, we are not surprised.
“Billions’ addictive examination of wealth and power is supremely entertaining, smart and surprising,” said Gary Levine, Co-President of Entertainment, Showtime Networks Inc. “We’re loving season four and can’t wait to buckle up for the wild ride that Brian and David and their brilliant cast have in store for us in season five.”
No release date was announced, but our best guess is that ‘Billions’ Season 5 should come out sometime in March, 2020. We’ll update this section as soon as we learn more.
While we await for the release date of ‘Billions’ season 5, here is the trailer for Season 4 to give you a glimpse into the intense drama and the story thus far.
Read More: Upcoming HBO Shows