Billions Season 5 Preview: Axe Feels Inspired; Chuck Feels Pressured

Welcome back to our weekly preview of Showtime's long-running financial drama Billions, as we take a look at Sunday night's season 5 episode "The Limitless Shit." Directed by David Costabile and written by Brian Koppelman, David Levien, and Emily Hornsby, this week's midseason finale finds Axe (Damian Lewis) on the defensive on at least two different fronts and looking for an answer to one of those from Nico (Frank Grilllo) – and causing problems for Wendy (Maggie Siff). Meanwhile, Chuck's (Paul Giamatti) channelling some personal frustrations into his pursuit of Axe but keeping those two worlds apart isn't getting any easier. Meanwhile, Taylor (Asia Kate Dillon) makes some moves that could benefit (or cost them) dearly, as Prince (Corey Stoll) remains the wildcard in all of this (as you're about to see in the following preview images and

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A scene from Sunday night's Billions, "The Limitless Shit." (Image: Showtime)
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A scene from Sunday night's Billions, "The Limitless Shit." (Image: Showtime)
Billions
A scene from Sunday night's Billions, "The Limitless Shit." (Image: Showtime)
Billions
A scene from Sunday night's Billions, "The Limitless Shit." (Image: Showtime)
Billions
A scene from Sunday night's Billions, "The Limitless Shit." (Image: 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).

A scene from Sunday night's Billions, "The Limitless Shit." (Image: Showtime)
A scene from Sunday night's Billions, "The Limitless Shit." (Image: 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.

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About Ray Flook

Serving as Television Editor since 2018, Ray began five years earlier as a contributing writer/photographer before being brought onto the core BC team in 2017.
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