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Axe and Wendy’s Relationship on Billions – May 4, 2018

Lawyers, Kink and Money: Maggie Siff Finds Her Richest Role Yet 

by Greg Braxton | LA Times | May 4, 2018

Source: Showtime

Ask Billions star Maggie Siff how she would feel if she all of a sudden became a billionaire, and you’ll likely hear a laugh tinged with a bit of discomfort. Wendy Rhoades, the sensitive but stern corporate therapist and performance coach Siff plays in the Showtime drama Billions, might have some other answers to that question. She operates in a world of massive wealth, working for Axe Capital, the hedge fund headed by cocky billionaire Bobby “Axe” Axelrod (Damian Lewis).

That professional association has proved to be repeatedly problematic for Rhoades, who is married to bulldog U.S. Atty. Chuck Rhoades (Paul Giamatti), an enemy of financial corruption who has a singular objective — putting Axelrod behind bars.

Her loyalties are constantly at odds, and the blood feud puts Wendy in the middle of a vicious triangle where it appears only one of the men in her life will survive. In the latest episodes of the drama, she has increasingly found herself edging toward legal peril.

Is there a secret part of Wendy that’s in love with Axe? It seems that the combination of the two men in her life could add up to the perfect partner.

That’s an interesting way of looking at it. Initially, in the first season I thought there might be some unconscious romantic love. As I’ve come to understand it, I see it as more of a platonic love. There are things about Axe’s brilliance and his aggression that are attractive to her, but only in terms of exciting her as a friend, as a therapist, someone to work on.

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Video: New Billions ‘Character Perceptions’ BTS on Wendy Rhoades – March 13, 2018

Wendy Rhoades: Character Perceptions

Meticulous. Candid. Electric. This is Wendy. Go behind the scenes with the cast of Billions as they discuss the good and bad of Wendy Rhoades. Starring Damian Lewis and Paul Giamatti. Don’t miss the Season 3 premiere of Billions, Sunday March 25, 2018 at 10pm ET/PT.

Source: Billions YouTube Channel

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Finding Clues in the Billions Season 3 Trailer & Teaser – Jan 26, 2018

Billions Season Three: The Ultimate Pissing Contest Continues

by Damianista | Fan Fun with Damian Lewis | January 26, 2018

Source: Showtime

We kicked off the festivities for Billions Season 3 with a detailed coverage of Billions at TCA 2018 and now that we have an airdate, a trailera teaser and the new season poster, speculation rules until Season 3 premieres on March 25 10pm EST.

They edit the promos in a way so they do not give away much but a taste of what is coming. So “reading” them is not very different than reading the tea leaves, or in my home country, Turkey, the coffee cup.  Still, I cannot help dive deep into them, dissect them, try to put the pieces together and ultimately have fun!

A few seconds into the trailer we find Axe, in his own words, not hiding, not cowering, not defeated… However, indicted!

An indictment establishes, often via a grand jury, there is sufficient ground to charge a suspect with a crime. Then the suspect responds to the indictment with a guilty or a not guilty plea. I wonder if the short exchange between Axe and Orrin Bach implies Axe has already plead not guilty and they are discussing defense.

Axe (maybe talking about Chuck using Boyd to get to him): “What he did, it’s a fucking crime.”

Bach: “Maybe. But it’s not a defense.”

Source: Showtime

Axe’s disbelief in how he has ended up here is palpable. His frustration is all over his face. Does he still think he did nothing wrong? I doubt it. Whatever we may hear him say along the way, Axe knows he has taken the pissing contest way too far  and seriously fucked up along the way.

Once indicted, you are usually prohibited from leaving the state and you  need to ask for the court’s permission to travel. So now that Axe cannot go to Axe Capital in Westport, Connecticut as he pleases, Axe Capital comes to him.

Welcome to NEW Axe Capital Headquarters in New York! Continue reading Finding Clues in the Billions Season 3 Trailer & Teaser – Jan 26, 2018

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Billions Season 2 Dining Guide – June 2, 2017

Billions Season 2 Dining Guide

by Damianista – Fan Fun With Damian Lewis – June 2, 2017

Source: Showtime

The New York City dining scene, from its special occasion restaurants to yummy hole-in-the-walls, to city institutions and cozy neighborhood joints, make a memorable appearance in Billions season two.

And a big thanks goes out to Brian Koppelman, Billions producer and showrunner, for kindly answering a few of our restaurant related questions on Twitter.

Our dining guide describes each restaurant, denotes which episode it appeared, a picture of the scene, a link to the restaurant’s website, as well as its Yelp review when available.  Bon Appetite!

Source: Showtime

Episode 1: Risk Management

The one with Chuck kicking off the competition for the newly vacated Head of Crim 

Battery Gardens:  Restaurant/bar/beer garden serving American-Continental fare with a view of Statue of Liberty.

1 Battery Place, New York, NY 10004 Yelp Review

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Billions: Damian Lewis Talks Season 2, Interview – Feb 20, 2017

BILLIONS: Damian Lewis Talks Season 2 – Interview

The actor talks the evolution of Axe on the Showtime series

By ABBIE BERNSTEIN –  AssignmentX – February 20, 2017

Malin Akerman as Lara Axelrod, Damian Lewis as Bobby "Axe" Axelrod, Maggie Siff as Wendy Rhoades and Paul Giamatti as Chuck Rhoades in BILLIONS | © 2016 Showtime

Source: Showtime

In Showtime’s BILLIONS, now in its second season on Sunday nights, Damian Lewis stars as up from the streets but now very wealthy Wall Street businessman Bobby “Axe” Axelrod. Bobby has drawn the wrath of Deputy District Attorney Chuck Rhoades, played by Paul Giamatti. Their situation was considerably complicated by the fact that Chuck’s wife Wendy (Maggie Siff) has been Bobby’s professional advisor and coach. At the end of Season 1, Wendy separated from Chuck and quit her job with Bobby, disturbing both men. Continue reading Billions: Damian Lewis Talks Season 2, Interview – Feb 20, 2017