Billions has been renewed for season 6 at Showtime; the network also hopes the show will return to complete season 5 in 2021. Created by Brian Koppelman, David Levien, and Andrew Ross Sorkin, Billions – a financial thriller – premiered on Showtime in January 2016. The series follows aspiring billionaire Bobby “Axe” Axelrod (Damian Lewis) as he wittingly attempts to secure whopping profits for his hedge funds empire, Axe Capital. While Axe is a generous philanthropist, his means of acquiring high returns on deals- such as insider trading and bribery- are often actionable. This leads him into frequent conflicts with the ruthless US Attorney Chuck Rhoades (Paul Giamatti), who attempts to prosecute Axe out of his contempt for rich criminals.
Billions season 5 premiered in May 2020. The show ran for seven episodes through June, before being ultimately interrupted by the Covid-19 production shutdown. The fifth season of Billions witnessed a reawakening of the contention between its leads, Axe and Chuck. Chuck, in particular, is challenged by a new, daunting district attorney Mary Ann Gramm (Roma Maffia), who attempts to bigfoot him out of important cases. Billions season 5 also saw the return of Taylor Mason (Asia Kate Dillon) to Axe Capital. Simultaneously, Maggie Siff’s Wendy Rhoades found new associations that compromised her relationships with Axe and Chuck. Although Billions season 5 had wrapped up without a proper finale, it will soon return to narrate its leftover tales.
As reported by Deadline, Showtime renewed Billions for season 6, while also setting a tentative return date for its suspended season 5. Although Billions hasn’t yet resumed production on the remaining season 5 episodes, its network believes the show will recommence filming soon. Showtime scheduled Billions season 5 to return in 2021, with season 6 likely to follow. Billions is only the second show after Lena Waithe’s The Chi that Showtime has renewed since the coronavirus outbreak. Several shows like Black Monday and Our Cartoon President are still awaiting the premium cabler’s word on their fates.
Billions also promoted actor House of Cards alum Corey Stoll to series regular ahead of season 6. Stoll first appeared on Billions season 5 as Mike Prince, a business tycoon who hails from a small town in Indiana. Stoll’s Mike is a billionaire like Axe, but he doesn’t share his opponent’s ideologies. He sees the world through the perspective of an impact investor, which doesn’t resonate well with Axe’s vision. Season 5 had introduced Mike as a significant threat to Axe’s dominance. Now season 6 will explore their rivalry even further.
Billions renewal at Showtime was a no-brainer, given the show’s wild popularity and decent viewership on the pay-TV network. Showtime also hasn’t indicated if the upcoming season would be the show’s last, and this gives Billions’ fans another reason to rejoice. There is, however, a catch. It appears the famed drama series is now headed in a completely different direction. Both the leads, who were pitted against each other, now have formidable opponents within their lines of work. And the significance of these rivals in the storyline is departing the show from its primary focus. Billions desperately needs to head out in a direction that causes the world of its characters to overlap and converge their ambitions into an ultimate goal giving the series the conclusion it deserves.
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