The Latest Season Of ‘Billions’ Was An Electric Journey

David Hookstead | Smoke Room Editor-in-Chief

I recently cranked out the third season of “Billions,” and it didn’t disappoint one bit.

For those of you who don’t know, “Billions” follows billionaire Bobby Axelrod (Damien Lewis) and his legal struggles brought on by Chuck Rhoades (Paul Giamatti).


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I feel like “Billions” is one of the most underrated shows on television. I’m shocked more people don’t watch it. Lewis and Giamatti have brought two legendary characters to life. The third season focuses on two main points.

The first storyline follows Axelrod beating charges brought by Rhoades on behalf of the federal government. Of course, it wasn’t to be done in a simple fashion. That’s not how “Billions” works at all. Axe had to go deep into his back pocket in order to spin the situation in his favor. Of course, he couldn’t have gotten it done without Wendy Rhoades, who masterfully manipulated an Axe Capital employee into covering for them. It didn’t take long at all for the case to fall apart after that. We also end the season by seeing Rhoades thrown out of office by an authoritarian attorney general. (RELATED: CHECK OUT THE NEWEST PREVIEW FOR THE UPCOMING THIRD SEASON OF ‘BILLIONS’)

The second storyline follows rising star Taylor Mason betraying Axe to start her own shop. How does he respond to this? Well, he briefly debates whether or not he should have her killed. It’s a trying moment for the audience. Does Axe, a man who all believe to be a reasonably good person, have it him to order the hit on a former employee? Ultimately, he decides against it. Revenge would be better served as a prolonged drawn-out example.

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Overall, I couldn’t be more pleased with the latest season. This show is all about expecting the unexpected. Axe might be the most calculating character we’ve seen on television in a long time. Was anybody surprised he beat the charges against him? Of course not. We would have been shocked if he’d gone down.

Now, as for Taylor, I think we’re seeing the setup for the fourth season. An entire season of Taylor Mason against Bobby Axelrod will be electric. I can’t wait.

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