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Damian Lewis Exits Billions After 5 Seasons – Hollywood Reporter

Say Good-Bye to Bobby Axelrod

by Kimberly Nordyke | The Hollywood Reporter | October 3, 2021

Damian Lewis is exiting Billions after five seasons.

Lewis played Bobby Axelrod, aka Axe, on the Showtime series, which aired its season five finale Sunday night.

Showtime also said that season six will premiere Jan. 23 and released a trailer (watch it below). The news comes about a year to the day after the network announced the sixth-season renewal.

Paul Giamatti, Corey Stoll and Maggie Siff will return for season six, while Daniel Breaker (Girls5eva), who stars as Scooter, the chief of staff to Michael Prince (Stoll), has been upped to series regular.

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Billions Season 5 Episode 12 No Direction Home: New York Times Review

The Axe Falls

by Sean T. Collins | New York Times | October 3, 2021

Season 5, Episode 12, Season Finale: ‘No Direction Home’

The walls close in on Bobby as Chuck sharpens his knives. Then an unlikely ally intervenes.

“So this is what it is to lose,” says Bobby Axelrod. “OK.”

He’s talking to Mike Prince, the man who helped engineer his downfall — a decisive one this time. How do we know it’s decisive? Because, I think, of that concluding “OK.” (Also, Damian Lewis, who plays Axe, just made public he is leaving the show.) Until this point, Axe has always scratched and clawed like a cornered animal to fight his way out of defeat, whether at the hands of his legal nemesis Chuck Rhoades or his business rivals, like Prince. This time, though? He admits he has been beaten, and makes his peace with it.

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Billions Season 5 Episode 12 No Direction Home: Vulture Review

How Does It Feel?

by Sarene Leeds | Vulture | October 3, 2021

That’s the last time Chuck Rhoades ever makes a Big Night-caliber breakfast for Mike Prince.

Here’s what I’ve learned from covering two seasons of Billions: Although it will always be a challenge to predict the outcome, the eventual conclusion is hardly ever a surprise.

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Billions Season 5 Episode 12 No Direction Home: Entertainment Weekly Review

Not Everything Is As it Seems

by Kyle Fowle | Entertainment Weekly | October 3, 2021

It was only a matter of time before Billions pulled the rug out from under us and revealed the true arc of this season. It happens every year (you could criticize the show for being repetitive, in fact, as there’s generally not much structural change from one season to the next) and yet, because of the cast and the writing, it’s incredibly entertaining. It’s always a blast to watch the whole tower of cards come crashing down, creating chaos leading into the next season.

At the beginning of tonight’s finale, Chuck walks into Axe Capital and asks if “he’s in his office.” “Where else would he be?” replies Dollar Bill, “it’s his office, isn’t it?” “For now,” says Chuck. The implication, based on the season’s events, is that Axe has retreated to his office, forcing Chuck to arrest him on his own turf and that Axe has accepted the impending arrest.

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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!

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