The prospect of a television market without Billions is bleak. The Showtime series about wealth and power, which debuted in 2016 with a clever but occasionally rudderless first season, has developed into wickedly entertaining and insightful appointment viewing over the last two years. Season 3 again centered on the testosterone-fueled, ego-driven clash between Damian Lewis's hedge fund genius Bobby "Axe" Axelrod and Paul Giamatti's U.S. Attorney brawler Chuck Rhoades, but it also continued to expand its scope, digging deeper into the emotional and psychological terrain of what initially felt like a story with the depth of a Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner cartoon.
The series has always embraced gleeful abundance, unchecked gluttony, and too muchness as an aesthetic. (Characters are constantly doing things like ranking their favorite Rush albums, gifting each other piles of rare pornography, or feasting on endangered birds with napkins draped over their heads.) Now, thanks to a few elegant tweaks its made to its own increasingly sophisticated portfolio of side plots and supporting characters, Billions could (and should) run forever. Instead of "sticking the landing" or "tying up loose ends," this show must do what many of the world's richest men are currently attempting to accomplish: cheat death and become immortal.