'Billions' Season 6 Episode 1: Who is Michael McKean's Melville Revere in hit Showtime drama?
The 'Better Call Saul' star was introduced as blue blood and the descendant of a Revolutionary War hero
'Billions' Season 6 had a new nemesis for Paul Giamatti's Chuck Rhoades. The New York AG takes on an eccentric and snooty billionaire, Melville Revere. The character played by Michael McKean (best-known for his role as Chuck McGill on 'Better Call Saul') turns out to be the one ruining Chuck's peace when he's taken a break from his work as the strapping and successful Attorney General.
The storyline sees Chuck move into his upstate home and immediately find new trouble in the form of Revere who interrupts his peace by blasting off his cannons. It is revealed that he is a blue blood and the descendant of a Revolutionary War hero. His ancestral property was brought back into the family from the moolah he makes as a security contractor pepper spray and rubber bullets. What irks Chuck is when he hears Revere blast off those cannons every morning and nightfall every day.
Chuck uses diplomacy and even an olive branch as a way to shut the cannons down but fails. He even attempts to get the townsfolk to side with him, but they're aware of how Revere's got into the "good graces" of everyone including the boy scouts. It helps Chuck that Revere is an investor at Axe Cap (now Michael Prince Capital). He reaches out to Wendy (Maggie Siff) to see if she can fend off Chuck. In the end, Chuck does score a W after he orchestrates the presence of bog turtles the creek that separates their lands.
This coupled with some help from an environmentalist gives Chuck legal cause to close off those cannons for good and he makes a sideshow of himself by enlisting a mob of people and making it look like a grand showdown. The story doesn't end there for Revere who is then booted out from MPC as well. Surely, this isn't the last we would have seen of McKean as he now nurses a beef against both Chuck and Prince.
'Billions' Season 6 airs Sundays at 9 pm ET/PT.