Showtime’s Billions TV show recently featured the Ledger Nano S as a plot point.
As Ledger excitedly announced on Twitter, the seventh episode of the third season of Billions featured the company’s flagship cryptocurrency wallet as a plot device.
Ledger Nano S featured in the last episode of @SHO_Billions (Billions S03E07) "one million dollars straight in crypto, in cold storage". It was a great suprise for us! Getting more and more mainstream. pic.twitter.com/KYrprYAMSJ
— Ledger (@LedgerHQ) May 7, 2018
Spoilers are ahead for anyone who hasn’t yet caught up on the series.
“One million dollars straight in crypto, in cold storage,” explained Billions star Damian Lewis as he held a Ledger Nano S in front of his face. Lewis was offering to pay a trader at his hedge fund $1 million in an unnamed cryptocurrency.
The plotline revolves around Damian’s character, Bobby “Axe” Axelrod, being banned from trading due to his shady deals on previous episodes. He uses cryptocurrency to securely transfer money without being detected.
On a previous episode, we saw evidence of Axe hiding his secret Wall Street trading profits in crypto. You can view the relevant clip here. This makes for the second time in Season 2 that Billions has brought up/featured cryptocurrencies.
As Axe meets his trading partner at a secret, undisclosed location, he says, “You are now officially but unofficially the proud owner of half of my half of [the hedge fund’s profits], paid in crypto of course.”
It’s been an exciting few weeks for the crypto industry on television. Over the last few episodes, HBO’s Silicon Valley has also featured a crypto-centric storyline. Now, with a physical Ledger Nano S appearing on Billions, it’s clear to see that cryptocurrency is becoming increasingly mainstream.
Ledger is one of two major cryptocurrency wallet manufacturers available today. Although there are dozens of different cryptocurrency wallets available, most users currently have either a Trezor wallet or a Ledger Nano S. The Ledger Nano S wallet is made in France, while Trezor’s team is based in Prague, Czech Republic.
Based on their Twitter response, the use of the Ledger Nano S was a huge surprise to the company, so we’re guessing they didn’t pay to have their product featured.
As cryptocurrency becomes more mainstream, expect to see a growing number of storylines involving our favorite digital tokens. We’ve seen cryptocurrency play a key role on episodes of The Big Bang Theory, Grey's Anatomy, Billions, and Silicon Valley. Could Game of Thrones be next?