'Billions' Season 5: In Cat Brant, Chuck finds a partner who understands and accepts his sexual proclivities
'Good Wife' star Julianna Margulies as Catherine Brant is now Chuck Rhoades's (Paul Giamatti) new love interest in 'Billions' Season 5. They cross paths in 'Opportunity Zone' and what starts as mercurially witty flirting fast turns into a major hook up. That's not to say their steamy affair was a one-time thing. Chuck's storyline in the new installment started with a divorce. He split from his wife Wendy Rhoades (Maggie Siff), his on-screen partner for four reasons and Brant comes as a soothing balm to alleviate the breakup pain.
Brant, introduced as an Ivy League sociology professor and best-selling author, comes to Chuck with an “ask". She wants him to come to her class and ask some questions. A reluctant Chuck obliges soon after marking the start of some raunchy romance and for the man, the route just gets better. For those who have been ardent fans of 'Billions', the show's generous doses of sex is common knowledge. BDSM was one of Chuck's preferences and with Brant, that sexual tension and temperatures just soar higher.
It may have worked for a certain while with Wendy, but fans have been split over the decision if she actually understood and accepted his sexual proclivities better. The first season definitely argues for the fact and this sort of dims as the seasons pass through. In Cat, he finds someone willing to and that just might be the start of a long-lasting relationship. The latest couple on the block does hit a speed bump.
In the Axe-Chuck tussle of the arts in Episode 6: 'The Nordic Model', the latter realizes the only person standing in between Axe and him is Manhattan DA Mary Ann Gramm (Roma Maffia). To get her to back off the case, he uses a sex worker case that she fights to link it to sex trafficking throws her off the present case, and gives it back to him. Cat Brant helps him make the argument despite her reluctance and based on the promise that Chuck wouldn't actually indulge in such monstrosity.
However, Chuck stays true to his promise and that sees him rewarded with that night by purchasing a sex worker's service leaving him happy as a clam. The fan theories and speculations on 'Billions' Reddit have been abuzz to see if the show makes her a concrete part of his life. However, with no actual word on when 'Billions' might return, it might be some time before we know which direction Chuck's newfound romance takes him.
'Billions' Season 5 is available for streaming on the Showtime app.