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'Billions' Season 5 Episode 1 Preview: Can Taylor Mason be trusted?

This is also a chance for Taylor Mason Capital to get back on track after being ruthlessly trumped by Axe in the Saler deal
Taylor Mason & Co are back at Axe (Jeff Neumann/Showtime)
Taylor Mason & Co are back at Axe (Jeff Neumann/Showtime)

Those immensely vested in 'Billions' would agree with the fact that this is a show about power. It is hard to pick one side, it is hard to pick a favorite character and it is equally hard to see how each of these characters use the power in their hands. Some take extreme measures, some use it for self-interest and some to help those who actually need assistance. 

The Showtime drama since its inception in 2016 has showcased an intense rivalry between its two lead characters— Chuck Rhoades (Paul Giamatti) and Bobby Axelrod (Damian Lewis). Their feud is public, constant and neither of them backs down even if it means the world around them crumbles. The only time the two heavyweights call it a truce is when a piece of evidence compromises Rhoades, his wife Wendy (Maggie Siff), and Axe. They shake hands and bury the piece of incriminating evidence.

However, the friendship can only last for so long as Chuck re-engages on Axe again with Wendy caught in the crossfire. This time he uses Taylor Mason (Asia Kate Dillon) to infiltrate Axe Capital so he could take down his nemesis once and for all. 

There is that question of loyalty though: Can Taylor Mason be trusted?

For this, we'll have to go back on the one trait that Axe admires in people the most— Loyalty. Taylor started off as an intern at Axe Capital. If anything, much of the impact the character has and has created has a lot to do with the initial time at Axe Capital and learning from one of the best there is.

But this is also a chance for Taylor Mason Capital to get back on track after being ruthlessly trumped by Axe in the Saler deal move. Taylor was an impactful character in 'Billions' and despite waving the last flag in Season 4 Episode 11: 'Lamster', Axe is relentless in his attempt to take Taylor Mason Capital down. Chuck uses Axe's former employee, Rudy (Chris Carfizzi) in a sting-op that plans to take Taylor in for insider trading. Rather than prosecuting Axe's deadly rival, he gives Taylor Mason Capital a deal to head back and work with Axe only to spy for him. 

At this stage, it is safe to assume that Taylor has had enough of bearing the pressure from both sides. There was a massive dose of betrayal and humiliation and this is a chance to get even with Chuck and Axe. Fans will surely have that one connection of who Taylor betrays first. It is easy to say Axe considering he was the wrecking ball that slammed into Taylor Mason Capital. Our money is on Axe. Taylor— efficient, smart and equally ruthless will look to get one up over Axe and then maybe just set him off against Chuck and watch their world's burn. Casualty here's Wendy and we're sure you agree. 

'Billions' Season 5 airs Sundays 9 pm ET on Showtime.