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A Certain Redheaded Maniac Returns
by Sean T. Collins | New York Times | August 11, 2023
Season 7, Episode 1: ‘Tower of London’
Bobby Axelrod, the hard-charging, take-no-prisoners billionaire who served as the antagonist-cum-co-protagonist for the first five seasons of “Billions,” returns at the end of the show’s seventh and final season premiere. Like a demon out of an esoteric’s grimoire, Axe (Damian Lewis) has been summoned by three of his closest associates — Wendy (Maggie Siff), Wags (David Costabile) and Taylor (Asia Kate Dillon) — to rise from legally mandated oblivion in order to defeat a devil far worse than the devil we know.
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The Final Run For the Drama About Financial Elites and
Those That Operate Against Them
by Johnny Loftus | Decider | August 11, 2023
The trading floor is almost closed for Billions, which returns to Showtime for its seventh and final season. (The series will stream Fridays on Paramount+ and Showtime before dropping broadcast episodes on Sunday evenings.) Will Americans say “I Like Mike” in 2028? Can Michael Thomas Aquinas Prince even move up his timeline for the presidency by channeling his particular deca-billionaire mojo?
What kind of juice does Chuck Rhoades retain, and is it enough to stop Prince? Or does this evolving war require its dark horse? That’s right, the biggest get for Billions’ final bow is the return of Damian Lewis as Robert “Bobby” Axelrod, which as season 7 begins will involve some detective work from Maggie Siff as Wendy Rhoades.
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Tower of London Season 7 Episode 1
by Isaac Rouse | TV Insider | August 11, 2023
[Warning: The below contains MAJOR spoilers for the Billions Season 7 premiere “Tower of London.”]
The road to the end of Billions has begun with the start of its seventh and final season, which brings Damian Lewis back as Bobby “Axe” Axelrod for one last showdown.
Axe did not give up his business empire easily. At the end of Season 5 of Showtime’s Wall Street thriller, a two-pronged attack drove him from New York City to Switzerland, turning him from a swaggering master of the universe into a financial fugitive. New York State Attorney General Chuck Rhoades (Paul Giamatti) falsely accused him of money-laundering charges. Meanwhile, his billionaire nemesis, Michael Prince (Corey Stoll), took advantage of the situation to acquire Axelrod’s assets below price. However, despite the setbacks, Axe has made a strong comeback with his charismatic and cutthroat demeanor still intact as he reenters the ring.
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by Robin Wigglesworth | Financial Times | August 11, 2023
It’s hard to say exactly where Billions — the TV series about an increasingly fictional hedge fund manager, his legal nemesis and the spreading chaos left by their feud — went a little off the rails.
It might have been when the brilliant but junior analyst Taylor Mason was suddenly promoted to chief investment officer of what is supposed to be one of the world’s biggest hedge funds, only to jump ship and then be bought back. Or perhaps the entire plot line around a serpentine Russian oligarch Grigor Andolov played by John Malkovich. And even in this day and age, the US Treasury secretary doing a bit of gleeful insider trading is a tad implausible.
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Axelrod’s Back and Prince Eyes the White House
by Richard Roeper | Chicago Sun-Times | August 9, 2023
“Billions” features a total of 11 primary cast members, and it’s a tribute to the deep bench of this financial drama that at least a half-dozen other members have their moments to shine. Based on the six episodes I’ve seen of a 12-chapter final run, it’s evident showrunners Brian Koppelman, David Levien and Andrew Ross Sorkin are poised to close things on a high-stakes note — although there reportedly are plans for a number of spinoffs, including “Millions” and “Trillions.” (I’m in!)
Featuring some of the most impressive production values, needle drops and ensemble acting of any series of the last 10 years, “Billions” has been a signature title in the Showtime arsenal since 2016 — and the complex and intertwining storylines are further boosted in the home stretch with the return of the screen-commanding Damian Lewis as the billionaire hedge fund legend and schemer extraordinaire Bobby Axelrod, who remains in exile overseas but might be poised to get back in the game.
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Axe: Swagger in Too Tight Pants
by Ileane Rudolph | TV Insider | August 1, 2023
[This interview was conducted prior to the SAG-AFTRA strike authorization.]
Former hedge fund mogul Bobby “Axe” Axelrod (Damian Lewis) did not give up his business empire easily. At the end of Season 5 of Showtime’s Wall Street thriller Billions, it took a two-pronged attack to drive Axe from New York City to Switzerland, turning him from a swaggering master of the universe into a financial fugitive. New York State Attorney General Chuck Rhoades (Paul Giamatti) had him on trumped-up money-laundering charges, and billionaire nemesis Michael Prince (Corey Stoll) bought Axelrod’s huge assets way below market price. But now Axe has reentered the ring for this seventh and final season, his charming, ruthless confidence intact.
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Leaving Nagasaki Behind
by Sho_Billions | YouTube | August 1, 2023
Damian and Paul Giamatti look back at Axe and Chuck’s epic showdown scene from Billions season 1, episode 12 “The Conversation.” Damian said the scene felt like 20 years ago but that he loves this last scene. He discusses the use of the 360 degrees filming and long lens. Also, Paul spoke about what it is like acting alongside Damian. Enjoy the video:
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“The Final Showdown Can Begin”
by Sho_Billions | YouTube | July 31, 2023
Why is Damian crossing his fingers? Find out below as Damian (Bobby Axelrod), Paul Giamatti (Chuck Rhoades), Kelly AuCoin (Dollar Bill Stearn), Maggie Siff (Wendy Rhoades), Condola Rashad (Kate Sacker), Asia Kate Dillon (Taylor Mason), David Costabile (Wags), Jeffrey DeMunn (Senior), Corey Stoll (Prince) and more recap Billions season 1 – 6 in two and half minutes. Enjoy the video:
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“Pretend We’re Having an Argument”
by Sho_Billions | YouTube | July 28, 2023
Axe: “I’m gonna poke you. Poke me back.” Dollar Bill: “I’ll poke you all goddamn day!”
Damian and Kelly break down the fake fight scene from Billions season 1, episode 10, “Quality of Life” that aired in 2016. Damian said he loved that scene and stated Kelly is a great comedian. The behind the scenes sit-down revealed that Kelly actually pushed Damian quite hard on his left shoulder during the filming, flaring up an old rotator cuff injury from 10 years prior, which would put said injury around 2005/2006. He told Kelly, “I’m gonna smack you in the chops if you do that again.” LOL 🙂 Enjoy the behind the scenes video:
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Titles, Plot Descriptions, Airdates, Photos and Trailers
by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | July 3, 2023
Billions season 7 premiered Friday, August 11, 2023 on the streaming platform Paramount+ with Showtime before making its on-air debut Sunday, August 13 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Showtime. Plot descriptions are still pending for some of the episodes and airdates are subject to change. See below and keep checking back for updates throughout the season. View first look photos in our Gallery.
Overall Summary: Alliances are turned on their heads. Old wounds are weaponized. Loyalties are tested. Betrayal takes on epic proportions. Enemies become wary friends. And Bobby Axelrod returns, as the stakes grow from Wall Street to the world. Season 7 official trailer:
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The Final Season
by Sho_Billions | YouTube | June 27, 2023
Today Showtime/Paramount released the official trailer for Billions season 7! The season synopsis is as follows: Alliances are turned on their heads. Old wounds are weaponized. Loyalties are tested. Betrayal takes on epic proportions. Enemies become wary friends. And Bobby Axelrod returns, as the stakes grow from Wall Street to the world.
“America, the land of the free, opportunity and self-determination, but you can’t escape your enemies — ’cause I’m back now, and I’m wide awake.” – Bobby Axelrod
He’s back, baby! And he has an axe to grind. Billions season 7 premieres August 11, 2023 on the streaming platform Paramount+ with Showtime before making its on-air debut Sunday, August 13 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Showtime. View first look photos in our Gallery.