Axe’s Fury – Axe’s Gauntlet
by Eric Schaal | Cheat Sheet | December 11, 2018
In some ways, the ending to Season three of Showtime’s Billions was unthinkable. How could Chuck Rhoades, the U.S. attorney who entire existence seems based on the power of his office, proceed without a job? Yet shortly after his downfall, we find him sipping wine with his wife and former arch-nemesis Bobby Axelrod.
Rhoades, played by Paul Giamatti, seems awfully comfortable sharing a bottle with Axe at his table. The same can be said of Axelrod, played by Damian Lewis. After his hedge fund’s star employee launched a rival operation, Axe needed to regroup.
This setup leaves open so many possibilities for the show’s Season four, which arrives in 2019 with at least one new cast member. The Hollywood Reported revealed Samantha Mathis is joining the cast of the show for Season four. Mathis will play the chief operating officer (COO) of the recently formed Taylor Mason Capital.
Here are the biggest questions for the show and its characters ahead of the upcoming season:
1. Can Taylor Mason Capital succeed?
While Axe Capital has the name and track record, industry heavyweights recognized that Taylor (Asia Kate Dillon) ran the show while Bobby fought off the law. When the non-binary character set off on their own, several investors followed. That put winds at Taylor Mason Capital’s back in its opening days.
However, Taylor’s departure also happened to leave Axe (and Wendy Rhoades) enraged. Sure, Axe declined when Grigor Andolov (John Malkovich) asked if he wanted him to kill Taylor, but the new hedge fund risks plenty with its founder alive and well. We’ll see if Taylor finds a way to run Axe’s gauntlet.
2. What will Axe’s fury entail?
At the close of Season three, we learn Axe won’t go so far as to have a former employee killed. However, after a meeting with his attorney, we see he’s planning to sabotage Taylor in other ways (starting with a slew of court filings).
A big question for Season three remains whether he can stay on the right side of the law. Of course, with Chuck Rhoades out at the Southern District, law-abiding may no longer be such a concern for Axe. But that raises another burning question.
3. What comes of the Axe-Chuck alliance?
For fans who watched Chuck and Axe gleefully picturing each other’s demise for three seasons, the last episode of Billions must have been a little jarring. Already, we know Chuck can help Axe skirt the law in various ways. However, it’s unclear how Axe can help Chuck get revenge on Jock Jeffcoat.
Will Rhoades run afoul of the law again even as he may be plotting a run for governor? (At his last maneuver, the door remained open. Getting fired by Jock may actually be a feather in his cap in New York, depending on how everything shakes out.)
The audience was left with virtually no clue about Chuck’s future, other than the revenge he threatened. So there’s no telling where this unholy alliance will lead, but it’s one of the more compelling storylines for Billions writers to explore in Season four.
4. Will Wendy Rhoades embrace the dark side?
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