Billions Season 5 Preview: Axe Decides to Play in Prince's Sandbox

This week's episode of Showtime's Billions finds Chuck (Paul Giamatti) taking on a new role (with new opportunities and possibilities) while Axe's (Damian Lewis) latest efforts straddle that shady line between altruistic and passive-aggressive. But before we take a look at how Chuck's efforts to get back in the game and how Axe is just itching for a fight with Prince (Corey Stoll), we're going to open the floor to series co-showrunner David Levien to explain why Prince isn't like the other challengers that Axe has faced over the past four seasons. Aside from having the same level of financial backing Axe, Prince is approaching matters with a mindset that's foreign to Axe: "Axe is fighting with his equal for the first time and adding this new player to the table sets up completely new challenges for him." We have a strong feeling that's about to become much more obvious in this Sunday's episode, "Opportunity Zone."

Billions season 5, episode 4 "Opportunity Zone": Axe's latest move takes him back to his roots but puts him in Mike Prince's line of fire. Chuck steps into a new role and meets an intriguing colleague. Taylor tries to salvage a missed opportunity. Wendy takes on an interesting new client. Directed by Laurie Collyer, and written by Brian Koppelman, David Levien, and Emily Hornsby.

Here's a look at Billions season 5, episode 4 "Opportunity Zone", courtesy of Showtime.
Here's a look at Billions season 5, episode 4 "Opportunity Zone", courtesy of Showtime.
Here's a look at Billions season 5, episode 4 "Opportunity Zone", courtesy of Showtime.
Here's a look at Billions season 5, episode 4 "Opportunity Zone", courtesy of Showtime.
Here's a look at Billions season 5, episode 4 "Opportunity Zone", courtesy of Showtime.
Here's a look at Billions season 5, episode 4 "Opportunity Zone", courtesy of Showtime.
Here's a look at Billions season 5, episode 4 "Opportunity Zone", courtesy of Showtime.
Here's a look at Billions season 5, episode 4 "Opportunity Zone", courtesy of Showtime.

This season, Axe and Chuck have not only their own reignited rivalry to contend with but also some new faces that are looking to take them both down a couple of pegs, permanently. For Axe, it's the threat emanating from social impact pioneer Mike Prince (Stoll) that could prove his downfall, while Chuck finds himself taking on the law in the form of a skilled and savvy district attorney (Maffia). Taylor Mason (Dillon) is set to play a much larger role this season. Being the one person who can walk that thin neutral line between Axe and Chuck is what forces Taylor back to Axe Capital. Having to protect the company's employees and their assets, Taylor could be the ace of Axe's sleeve or the "monster slayer" Chuck's looking for to end Axe's dominance once and for all. Meanwhile, Wendy (Siff) reevaluates her past allegiances and begins forging some new and powerful team-ups of her own, the kind that will raise Chuck and Axe's eyebrows (and tension levels).

Here's a look at Billions season 5, episode 4 "Opportunity Zone", courtesy of Showtime.
Here's a look at Billions season 5, episode 4 "Opportunity Zone", courtesy of Showtime.

Created by executive producers-showrunners Brian Koppelman and David Levien, as well as Andrew Ross Sorkin, Billions stars Damian Lewis, Paul Giamatti, Maggie Siff, Asia Kate Dillon, David Costabile, Condola Rashad, Kelly AuCoin, Jeffrey DeMunn, Roma Mafia and more. Joining the cast this season are Emmy and Golden Globe winner Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife, ER) and Golden Globe nominee Corey Stoll (House of Cards, Ratched) in recurring roles.

About Ray Flook

Serving as Television Editor since 2018, Ray began five years earlier as a contributing writer/photographer before being brought on board as staff in 2017.

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