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 Nordic Model." Written by Shaz Bennett; with story by Adam R. Perlman and Stephanie Mickus, and teleplay by Adam R. Perlman and Eli Attie, the episode finds Axe's (Damian Lewis) plans running all askew due to some "ghosts" from the past. Chuck (Paul Giamatti) finds himself jumping back into the game on a number of fronts (including an "artistic" one), but his new dealings bring back old bad habits that could torpedo him on the personal front. Meanwhile, Taylor (Asia Kate Dillon) continues forging ahead in some new and very interesting ways:
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).
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.