After four seasons of behind-the-scenes deals, sneaky pieces and lawbreakers, Billions viewers be shocked? With the story of Ice Juice back and Connerty’s setup ending season 4, fans of the Showtime series probably know better than taking anything at face value.
[Spoiler alert: Plot details through ‘Billions’ Season 5 Episode 1 follow.]
Surely no one would expect New York’s Attorney General Chuck Rhoades (Paul Giamatti) or billionaire Bobby Axelrod (Damian Lewis) to stop looking around. And viewers had a perfect example of this deception expected during the premiere of season 5.
In a quick conversation in Axis office, Taylor Mason (Asia Kate Dillon) revealed that they (i.e. Taylor) returned to Ax Capital as the alleged double agent for Chuck’s. Upon learning of the deception, Ax barely started.
“I know,” Ax told Taylor, before citing their body language (Taylor) as evidence. But in the premiere of season 5 gimmick-heavy, the main characters in Billions both felt the surprise reverse sting.
Ax went from ayahuasca to shoot-cover snob
In the slow start of the Season 5 premiere, viewers bounced from Chuck Rhoades Sr.’s incredibly awkward marriage to an Alaskan cabin where Ax and Wags (David Costabile) stumbled upon the psychedelic Ayahuasca before returning to the wedding.
Before returning to the Big Apple, Ax and Wags launched what looked like a commercial Geico motorcycle shoot. (Has Geico ever used “Bad Company” in an ad?) However, the real photo shoot was about to happen in New York, so the couple cut short and answered the call from Vanity Fair.
Following his arrival and the psychosis of Wendy Rhoades (Maggie Siff), a man entered who had the rare ability to attract Axis attention. It is Mike Prince (Corey Stoll), a “social impact pioneer” who is also in the $ 10 billion class (the “decas”) that Vanity Fair had planned to present on its next cover.
Although Ax felt confident about the filming, he and Wags told him that Prince had landed alone on the cover of Vanity Fair. At this point, Ax decided it was time to attack. He quickly called his competitor “humble billionaire” and accepted his invitation to an upcoming “fireside conversation”.
Chuck’s weakness continues to be his personal life
Professionally, you never really have to worry about Chuck Rhoades. After recovering the boot from his perch as the US prosecutor for the southern district of New York, Chuck landed on his feet quite easily, ending up with the AG State concert.
But Chuck’s personal life almost fell by the end of season 4. With Wendy who crashed at Ax and the kids outside his home, he struggled to get his bearings. The downward spiral continued in the premiere of season 5, when Rhoades’ older offspring got drunk at the wedding.
But calls for Wendy’s help never reached Chuck. (He was under the spell of a dominatrix.) This strengthened Wendy’s determination to move forward on her own, and she advised Chuck to ask his office to make an official announcement on this front. And when Chuck stalled, Wendy herself informed the press of their impending divorce.
This left Chuck as the second power plant blinded during the season premiere. In this case, however, Chuck will not respond aggressively to Wendy. Instead, he vowed to train his views even more strongly on Ax. But now that he has felt the sting of a “triple cross”, what is left? In Billion » world, only a quadruple cross will do.
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