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Billions: Confusion and Conflict in the World of Finance and Politics – March 18, 2018

“Every American Has a Little Bit of Bobby Axelrod in Them”

by Stuff | March 18, 2018

Source: Showtime

Damian Lewis has a simple way of explaining what drives the sexy, ego-driven world of high finance that is the SoHo show Billions.

“This is a show about compromise, about the desperation in people, and the lengths they are prepared to go to, to win,” he says.

Over the past two seasons, audiences have watched his Billions alter ego, the corrupt hedge-fund owner Bobby ‘Axe’ Axelrod, regularly dabble in bribery, bullying, insider trading and more to achieve his own dubious ends. But season two ended with the sheriff/FBI agent, Axelrod’s nemesis, US Attorney Chuck Rhoades, outwitting him after a high-risk game of cat-and-mouse, albeit at considerable personal cost.

“There is a pending prosecution, Bobby’s assets have been frozen – he is a sort of Harry Lime character (the con-artist in The Third Man), living in the shadows,” says Lewis.

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Where We Left Off with the Very Luxe Billions – March 16, 2018

The Metaphorical 5D Chess Game

by Ariana Romero | Refinery 29 | March 16, 2018

Showtime’s Billions is confounding for an entirely different reason: it’s a metaphorical 5D chess game played between a financial genius and an obsessive U.S. attorney that includes loopholes, double-crosses, and those titular billions of dollars. Last year’s season 2 finale, “Ball In Hand,” was all about the catastrophic fallout from a Wall Street IPO. Honestly, Billions should either come with a Hedge Fund 101 class or live annotations.

Watching Chuck Rhoades Jr. (Paul Giamatti) take down archenemy Bobby Axelrod (Damian Lewis) over 10 months ago was as thrilling as it was confusing, and that was when fans had 11 prior weeks of short-term plot memory to back them up. Now, Billions, returning for season 3 on Sunday, March 25, has been off the airwaves for nearly a full year, and it’s easy to forget what all the fuss was about.

To help you remember exactly what’s going on with New York’s pettiest fictional power players, we put together a handy gallery to remind you where we left off with every major Billions character. Keep scrolling for the refresher course you need.

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Pasta is the Ultimate Currency for Team Axe – March 16, 2018

Billions Box

by Gingersnap | | March 16, 2018

Special delivery for Bobby Axelrod by Pasta Flyer, complete with whole grain rigatoni, marinara sauce, spicy broccoli rabe, garlic bread crumbs and sparkling water. Nothing but the best for Team Axe!

Pasta is the ultimate currency. Special delivery for @sho_billions #teamaxelrod

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A box for “Ben Kim” and “Wags” too! And look, they even brought a box for Wendy on #TeamChuck. Pasta doesn’t have a team…pasta for everyone!

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Video: New Billions ‘Character Perceptions’ BTS on Wags – March 16, 2018

Wags: Character Perceptions

Unfiltered. Unapologetic. Unflinching. This is Wags.  Go behind the scenes with the cast of Billions as they discuss the good and bad of Mike “Wags” Wagner. Starring Damian Lewis and Paul Giamatti. Don’t miss the Season 3 premiere of Billions, Sunday March 25, 2018 at 10pm ET/PT.

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If Damian Had Billions, He’d Spend it on Immunotherapy- March 16, 2018

Parade Interview: From Coloring Books, Private Jets and a House in the South of France to Immunotherapy and Billions

by Walter Scott | Parade | March 16, 2018

What are Axe and Chuck fighting about?

There’s a clear moral vision, which is a libertarian one represented by Axe, who believes in the free market; and the moral position by Chuck that no one should be able to amass that much wealth, that [wealth like that] in itself is an immoral act. They both happen to be the best at what they do, and [being] king of the castle is important to both.

If you had that kind of money, how would you spend it?

Immunotherapy trials. A lot of it would go to charity, but I’d definitely have a private jet to avoid [the hassles] at the airports, and a house in the South of France.

Have you made red hair cool?

Red hair was always cool! In Britain, some redheads get teased as youngsters. I avoided it, mostly. I was lucky because I played sports. I’m going to recommend a coloring book called Colour Me Good Ginger. It’s filled with all your famous redheads, and I’m on the cover. Buy this book, and then go and buy an orange felt tip. You only need one color, orange, and then you paint us all in orange. It’s Ed Sheeran, Julianne Moore and Prince Harry, we’re all in there.

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