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Billions: The 10 Best Characters

Who’s Top Dog?

by Jake Dee | ScreenRant | September 8, 2021

From Charles and Wendy Rhoades to Bobby and Lara Axelrod, Showtime’s Billions has several complicated characters that boast flaws and virtues alike.

No matter which side of the moral coin they operate on, the characters in Showtime’s hit drama series Billions are extremely well written, and they’re brought to life by a talented ensemble cast. While much of the drama revolves around the vindictive corporate battle between ruthless U.S. Attorney Charles Rhoades Jr. (Paul Giamatti) and cutthroat hedge fund master Bobby Axelrod (Damian Lewis), it’s their well-connected friends, family members, political allies, and financial enemies that really make their conflict so compelling.

With the second half of season 5 now underway, it’s worth profiling the most substantial characters on Billions in relation to their duration on the show, plot functionality, redemptive arcs, and overall memorability.

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Billions on Showtime, Season 5 Episode 8: Copenhagen

It’s Always About the Past…

by Damianista | Fan Fun with Damian Lewis | September 5, 2021

And just like that – THEY ARE BACK!

Episode 8 picks up soon after Axe decides to go to war with Mike Prince. It sets the tone for the rest of the season, and is packed with Billions-y twists and turns, wonderful cameos, and some serious punches in the face!

So what is Mike ‘Thomas Aquinas’ Prince doing, in full costume, rehearsing lines before the mirror??? Look at his face, he can not have enough of himself in the mirror with that ridiculous hat…

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Billions Season 5 Episode 8 Copenhagen Review: New York Times

Back in Business

by Sean T. Collins | New York Times | September 5, 2021

Season 5, Episode 8: ‘Copenhagen’

Chuck Rhodes has shaved off his beard. But he wants to be clear: It’s not that big a deal.

“You look ready to toss your cap in the air at West Point!” exclaims his underling Karl Allard (Allan Havey).

Rhodes’s weary reply? “Don’t make a whole thing of it.”

My guess, and it’s just a guess, is that this new clean-shaven Chuck Rhodes has more to do with the vagaries of scheduling talent for the back half of this Covid-scrambled season than a decision made in the writers’ room. If your show stars Paul Giamatti, and if he has gone beardless sometime during the many months since you were last able to film, then by God, your main character will go beardless as well.

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Billions Season 5 Episode 8 Copenhagen Review: Entertainment Weekly

Two Big Wins for Axe, But This Ain’t Over Yet

by Kyle Fowle | Entertainment Weekly | September 5, 2021

Billions is finally back! Season 5 was interrupted by COVID-related work stoppages last year, depriving all of us of the back half of what has so far been a really solid season. A quick recap, since it’s been so long: Axe is trying to get in the business of running a charter bank so he can, you know, have even more money than usual. Chuck, as attorney general, is doing everything he can to stop that from happening, while also trying to finally find something to take down Axe and Axe Capital for good. Meanwhile, Mike Prince (Corey Stoll) has arrived as another rival for Axe, the seemingly do-good entrepreneur representing everything Axe despises — namely good intentions, real philanthropy, and making money without exploitation.

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Billions Season 5 Episode 8 Copenhagen Review: Vulture

Midseason-Premiere Recap: Keep It Hygge

by Sarene Leeds | Vulture | September 5, 2021

It’s time to fire up those Boomer-rock playlists, y’all, because Billions is back.

Fourteen months after COVID-19 forced Axe Cap & Co. to join the Roys in what seemed like an interminable hiatus, Tom Petty and the Velvet Underground are heralding the return of one-half of TV’s favorite venal New York billionaires.

Let’s address the biggest elephant in the room first: Chuck Rhoades’s new look!

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