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Billions on Showtime, Season 5 Episode 12: No Direction Home (Season Finale)

The Traitor, The Fugitive and The Idiot

by Damianista | Fan Fun with Damian Lewis | October 3, 2021

How does it feel?
How does it feel
To be on your own
With no direction home
A complete unknown
Like a rolling stone?

-Bob Dylan

Well, ladies and gentlemen, this is how you do a Season Finale and how you title it – with a brilliant Bob Dylan song that fits the bill perfectly!

And may I just say I will miss Sundays? Thanks to Showtime releasing the new episodes Saturday at midnight, I watched the show two times until 2am and took notes. Then I slept on it and wrote all day Sunday taking a lot of pleasure in putting together what I see, what I read between the lines, and my favorite part, predictions (I have hits and misses!) about what could happen next in this crazy ride! I give standing ovation to all brilliant minds behind and in front of the camera for surpassing all expectations!

While the season is coming to an end, we still have so much to say about it. We are currently working on a FUN Best of Billions Season 5 post, followed by the updated dining guide, a locations guide and much more. Hope you stay with us between seasons!

This insane episode, full of outwitting, outsmarting and outlasting, also drops clever, if subtle, clues along the way about what is coming as well as offers moments from Billions memory lane that I adore! We all know that Billions creators love references and they use Billions references, too, in this episode – as a tribute to Axe and Chuck, Damian Lewis and Paul Giamatti, who storm every scene they are in together. No Direction Home is absolutely one of those episodes you should really see at least twice to collect all the clues as well as all the blast from the past!

Chuck arriving at Axe Capital is always a thrill. Yet, as I expect him and Axe get to yet another of their insane exchanges, we go back in time…

43 Hours Ago

Axe has his war room set up at his country house. He wants to know the worst case scenario.

We find out from Bach that Axe may be looking at 25 years of jail time. Yikes! And he also gives the answer to the question I asked at the end of the previous episode: As the chairman of the bank, it is Axe’s responsibility to know his customer, to do his due diligence, which he skipped to be able to take the FYC money right away. He essentially trusted the due diligence Prince did for the company – fatal mistake. UGH.

We know that Prince never intended to take the FYC money. He knew that CEO Winslow was running a criminal enterprise from the get go. All he wanted was to provoke Axe to go after FYC, take its money, and fall. And Axe swallowed it, exactly like Kate said, like sushi laced with polonium. It seems Chuck can now make the case that Axe knowingly ignored Winslow’s criminal activity and conspired with her company’s money laundering.  Farmer in the Dell indeed. Without the fun. UGH.

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