ByClaire Hawker, writer at
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Claire Hawker

This could get interesting. 2 episodes in, if you haven't seen it yet now's the time to get caught up.

I'm definitely well up for the rest of the season and glad to hear the news from Showtime that there's more to come after that.

Billions has real potential to be an addictive and gripping drama, brimming with moral quandary.

Check out this (spoiler-free!) teaser for the current season:

Set in the white-collar world of US Attorney Chuck Rhoades (Paul Giamatti) and billionaire hedge-funder Bobby "Axe" Axelrod (Damian Lewis) corruption is rife and no character irreproachable. Here begins a game of cat and mouse between Chuck and Bobby and a jostle for power between their houses of law and business.

Struggle will also no doubt take hold in Chuck's own marriage, with his wife serving as Axe Capital's in house therapist and life coach, and trusted personal advisor to Bobby Axelroad. Bobby's previously solid trust in Wendy Rhoades (Maggie Siff) is beginning to slip as he increasingly becomes an adversary to her husband's quest to instil blind justice, following years of exemption for rich businessmen made by his predecessors. The question is, can Wendy continue to play her role on both sides without betraying anyone? No-one likes playing piggy-in-the-middle when you can't catch the ball.

Outside of the show, lead actor Damian Lewis was recently slammed for his appearance at an anniversary celebration for his local state school because he was privately educated at Eton. Some people seemed to find it distasteful or patronising. Others argued that it isn't his fault he came from a wealthy background and it's good for him to show support to an establishment for free education.

Personally, I love the guy and think he's a top actor regardless of how posh his upbringing might have been! If you also take into account that he's currently delivering a top performance as a corrupt billionaire, I think we can definitely let him off the hook and leave the inverted snobbery behind. I'd say he's proven himself to be a nice guy in real life, even if not on the screen.

So, critics, feast on that.


What do you think of Billions so far?


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