Billions Season 3: Capital Offenses

Hi everyone!

We are absolutely thrilled to have a new blogger on Fan Fun! The Tail That Wags the Dog is not only a big fan of Billions but also has a personal connection to the show, exactly like we do, but in a slightly different way.

With David Costabile after his performance in The Hairy Ape

Here is a short bio in his own words:

“I am a high school math teacher – mostly focused on AP Statistics. I also run the theater program at my school. None of this is even remotely interesting or relevant except that the school I do this at also happens to be the school that I went to, which is also the school that David Costabile went to. David was a year ahead of me in high school and I was a part of five shows with him. I say “was a part of” because I was an ensemble player back in the day while David was, quite naturally, the star. I have followed his career from when he left Tufts and moved to NYC onto Broadway, then to TV, then movies, then back to TV and now here on Billions. Having found this show, I am now completely enraptured by the brilliant writing and acting of this show, and my newest bucket list item is to be able to have a drink with Dollar Bill, or maybe even get Kelly AuCoin to follow me back. :)”

The Tail That Wags The Dog is most interested in the character development in Billions and keen on tracking some of our favorite characters during the rollercoaster ride they have over the season and give us his take on where they stand and where they may be going next. Let’s give him a warm welcome! Cheers!

Wendy 

It’s very interesting how in episode 2 Wendy gives virtually the same advice to both Taylor and Axe that result in two different actions. She told both of them to be willing to absorb a small hit so they could succeed in the long run. With Axe, it came at the opening of the show when she told him to accept the temporary loss of his license to trade, so that he could focus on winning his case and getting back to being in charge of his company. She advised him to not make the aggressive play now so he would be free to make the aggressive plays later. She also wanted him to recognize how he hated not having the power, the control to act as he wished, and to keep that in mind the next time he acts irrationally and unethically. With Taylor it was the same thing. She told them to be willing to accept that Axe Cap might lose overall for the day, on the short term, and that they had to be ok with that, and not make a risky play that might help them in the immediate with the workers there, but would be a bad risk overall for the company and thus for them as well. Wendy told Taylor to recognize how awful this felt not to come out ahead and so to never allow themselves to be in that position again.

Contrast that with the advice she gives Chuck. Rather than have him make the conservative play and not go after Funt, since Funt shot him down before, she tells him to make the risky play, to be aggressive and go after Funt, to make the investment of his personal capital and not be ok with the current state of affairs. Who is she more concerned with protecting, Chuck, Bobby, or herself?

This Chuck-Wendy-Bobby triangle is the centerpiece of the show, but while most of the analysis and ethical determination focuses on the two male adversaries, maybe more of a lens needs to be placed on Wendy. She had the chance back in season 1 to end any conflict of interest by leaving Axe Capital. She knew her husband’s office was investigating them. I also tend to believe she had to know why they would be investigating them and that there was some legitimacy to this. I can’t believe she could have been there from the beginning, had counseled guys like Victor, Dollar Bill and the others, and NOT known that something was unkosher. If she didn’t then maybe she isn’t as insightful as we all make her out to be. And given that she was at least slightly aware that people weren’t entirely on the up and up, then when she realizes that her husband is doing his civic duty and investigating them, then she should’ve gotten out and avoided compromising his work. This becomes even clearer when she gets that plum job offer in the middle of Season 1. But she doesn’t leave, and thus the whole mess gets messier. She expresses a loyalty to Axe that she owes her husband.

Of course both Chuck and Bobby betrayed her in their own ways, so none of them are innocent, but it does and forever at that point bring into question where her loyalties lie. Is she going to counsel her husband to do whatever is necessary to bring Axe to justice? By going to Chuck and advising him to get out of Ice Juice she betrayed Bobby and broke their NDA. By shorting ICEJ she puts her husband in danger. While Wendy is made out to be on a higher moral ground that either of the two men, the truth is she is just as selfish and ethically manipulative as they are. And yet she seems to get a free pass in that regard. On the moral scale it seems to go Wendy-Bobby-Chuck, and I think those three are far more equal in their lack of morality than is acknowledged.

Chuck

Chuck is seemingly back in good graces with his wife this season, at least on the surface, but you know there is discontentment underneath. That S&M session was brutal not for the erotic physical pain it is supposed to emulate, but rather for the emotional torture he puts himself through in having her talk about her affair right to his face. This wasn’t role-playing, this was real – and Wendy realizes this and doesn’t back off – finding a whole new level of pain she can give him, thinking that it must be what he wants. But I’m not so sure. He knows that she was with Bobby when he got arrested, and that they had a moment. He knows she had a fling with another man. He knows how loyal she continues to be to Bobby, and that tears at him. And she will not give him up. Of course, neither will Chuck – maybe it’s because she won’t give him up that Chuck won’t. Maybe he thinks that by putting Bobby away he hopes that Wendy will see Bobby for who he really is (as Chuck sees him).

Maybe that’s why Chuck decides to invest all of his capital (both monetary and otherwise) into bringing Axelrod down. He sacrifices all of his trust fund. He sacrifices his dad, his best friend, even moves his colleagues around at his whim. He tries to manipulate the legal system, cashing in on favors from some while asking favors of others, all in an effort to ensure that Axe goes down. He is like Eliot Ness in The Untouchables “I have foresworn myself. I have broken every law I have sworn to uphold, I have become what I beheld and I am content that I have done right!” He is also now taking action directly against the AG’s wishes. His chutzpah could be his downfall.

Bobby 

Bobby broke the law. Quite simply, he broke. He broke it more in trying to cover it up (sending Maria Gonzalez away). That was an absurdly dastardly thing to do – he has ruined her life all because she was a potential problem for him. A problem that she never asked for but was coerced into being. Bobby is currently a lousy husband who is more concerned with repairing his firm than repairing the relationship with his wife. He is a deadbeat dad. And yet, for many he is the protagonist for this show. We want to see him succeed. How in the hell does that happen?

I attribute it to brilliant writing and equally brilliant acting. We are conditioned to root for Bobby just as we are conditioned to root against Chuck (the one who is, you know, on the right side of the law – but again because of brilliant acting on the part of Paul Giamatti we root against him – some of us anyway). We want to see Bobby succeed because Bobby is a genius and can see things we can’t. And that applies to Taylor as well – Bobby anticipated the tsunami, Taylor didn’t. They still have much to learn. But Bobby out of control is dangerous to Bobby’s future.

Can Wendy, Wags and Taylor keep him in check? It’s more fun when they don’t – but can he sacrifice that, and can we as viewers be willing to let that be sacrificed so that he can go back to being free again? Will the writers even let us do that? It seems like Bobby also just can’t help himself – on the surface it looks like he took steps to get himself in the clear and keep doing what he loves, but by doing both actions he has now widened the circle of people who know he is breaking the law, which means he is opening himself up to more problems. Again, vanity thy name is Axelrod.

Lara

Where do they go from here? Lara and Bobby are now legally separated and on the inevitable road to divorce (or are they already there?) What happens to her, and her character, if suddenly she isn’t in the picture? Why would she stick around anywhere near him? I have to think that they will reconcile at some point, but that may be a long way down the road. In the meantime, she may have to survive on “only” $150 million. Yeah, life’s rough. Actually, I find Bobby’s line there total BS. I don’t believe for a second that the government could take that much of his billions – I think he is saying that so that Lara sticks around and doesn’t leave him entirely. Either way, I think Bobby is still playing Lara rather than being up front with her. In season 1 it was Chuck and Wendy at odds which boiled over into the separation at the end of that season, and it took all of the second season for them to reconcile. Now it seems it is Lara and Bobby’s turn. But can they show the self-awareness that Chuck and Wendy did as they patched things up in Season 2? I’m not so sure. Which again leads back to my original question, what happens to Lara if they are divorced and he is out of her life?

Taylor

First off can I say that I find Taylor a fascinating character, and someone who obviously has become more central to the show, which is a good thing. I loved the reference to Theo Epstein, which was brilliant on levels I don’t know that everyone understands. Wags tried to shoot down her “Quants” focus by saying that Billy Beane never won a World Series. Beane is the general manager of the Oakland Athletics and is known for embracing a sabermetric approach to building a team (“Moneyball”)

Brad Pitt as Billy Beane in Moneyball

It is true that Oakland has yet to win a World Series using this approach. As Taylor correctly points out though, Theo Epstein used the same approach to win two of them while with the Boston Red Sox (breaking an 86-year championship drought for my beloved Sox in the process).

The Boston Red Sox celebrate after defeating the New York Yankees 10-3 in game 7 of the ALCS Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2004 in New York. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta)

The difference between the two teams was their payroll. Epstein had a payroll more than twice that of what Beane had with the A’s, so he was able to do things that Beane didn’t have the resources for. This would be the difference say between Axe Capital using Quants to their advantage and a smaller hedge fund using them. A smaller hedge fund would need any little advantage it can get to even be competitive with the bigger firms, while a bigger firm may not need the Quant approach, but by using it they have a chance to outperform everyone else, even the other big firms. So Taylor’s analogy works perfectly there (well, the writer’s analogy works perfectly there.)

However, that same logic kind of works against Taylor when they talk about the Pulaski football team with Mafee. The Pulaski team is famous for adopting a strategy whereby they never punt on 4th down, no matter the situation. The coach employs statistics which show that the optimal play in the long run is to go for it, so they go for it, every time. And it has been extremely successful for the team. They’ve only lost twice in the past four years. The problem with this analogy though is the same thing that makes the Billy Beane one work. Winning football games for Pulaski HS is not the same as winning in the NFL. Axe Capital is the NFL. Pulaski HS would be a mom and pop firm. The analogy loses some of its punch there.

Another interesting characteristic with regards to Taylor I am following is the non-binary nature of Taylor. Obviously this was a ground-breaking move on the part of the writers, and they are to be commended for that. And I don’t know of anyone better suited for the role than Asia Kate Dillon. What is interesting so far is how that has not played a factor at all in any of the storylines, at least not in Season 2. Yes there were lines about how to refer to Taylor with the proper pronouns and all, but their gender has not really been a factor in the storylines. In some ways that is good, as it shows that their non-binary gender status has no relevance to their being valuable to Axe, it shows one should be measured by their merits, not their characteristics. On the other hand, there is possibly a chance to make a statement here by (finally) having a TV character of this nature. Are they doing a disservice to other non-binary people by not highlighting it more? I don’t know the answer to that, but I wonder if it is something the writers (and Asia) think about as they go over Taylor’s storylines.

(one sidebar to this: I noticed that when Taylor and Wags were interviewing the second candidate, the smug youngster, that she seemed to react just a bit when he said “She’s no fool” in reference to Wags being incredulous that they didn’t fire the young Quant. This, along with the incident in the steam bath in the first episode, show that maybe Taylor’s gender status may play more of a relevance this season than it did in last season. With all that Taylor has to deal with, it will be interesting to see if this element plays a part in their actions. One would think not, that Taylor is very much in control, but wouldn’t it be interesting if something were to get Taylor to think outside of their analytical comfort zone, and this was it?

I do have one issue with Taylor in how they treat Mafee in episode 3. Wasn’t it only a few months ago that Taylor was Mafee’s intern? I realize Taylor’s had a Phoenix-like rise to the top, but did they forget those who helped them get there so quickly? Yes Taylor is treating Mafee like they treat everyone else, very calculated and business-like, but doesn’t Mafee deserve a little more than that? I feel like Mafee is the resident punching bag of Axe Capital, not that it is undeserved, which leads me to my next point …

Where have all the PMs gone?

What happened to all of the great PMs at Axe Capital? Besides Dollar Bill, who else has that killer attitude that Bobby (and now Taylor) is looking for? Victor. Danzig. Saldana (speaking of which, are there no more female PMs at Axe Cap?) Those three were all killers, all bred in the mold of Bobby. Now we have Mafee, Ben Kim and Rudy – all very likable guys – I really do like their characters, but they seem to be more in place at some other firm than Axe Capital. None of them seems to have the killer instinct that a Bobby Axelrod and a Mike Wagner would be looking for in an analyst. I do love Ben’s sheepishness, the way he was trying to cover up his screen in episode 2 was hilarious, and the way he tries to deliver a clever line like his counterparts can – “I’m here to break the glass!” is a riot – but I still question why he is there. Lady Trader – am I off base here? Mafee has become soft, and he was soft to begin with. Even Mafee’s friend Eveready, who was introduced as this hot shot willing to make the hard call – “Austerity” – has become lukewarm. Besides Dollar Bill, none of them have the bravado that you would expect out of an Axe Cap PM. It’s Taylor, Dollar Bill and a bunch of pussies as DB accurately described it. How can this be the analytical team of the most cutting edge hedge fund? While they make great fun characters to follow, the directions of these characters runs counter to their supposed role in the firm. Each of these guys needs to go on some kind of aggressive winning streak to justify their employment. A true logician like Taylor should have fired them a while ago. Even Wags is softening up somewhat, which is scary …

Wags

Wags has become a much deeper character this season. Whereas in season two he was a cross between Gordon Gecko and Jordan Belfort , this season he has embraced his inner Tom Hagen giving Bobby tempered and sage advice to keep him out of trouble.

Gordon Gecko
Jordan Belfort
Tom Hagen

Of course he can still rip off an insult like no one else can (think Chef Ryan), but we find him backtracking there, showing real fear and concern for his well-being, being the reserved one between he and Axe! And then the softball questions and the cuckold-like nature in which he conducted himself in front of Taylor in the third Quant interview. Where is that Tasmanian Devil of a COO we’ve all grown to know and love? I’m not saying I hate this new turn – it is actually the right thing for him to do, I just wonder if he is losing his edge along with the rest of Axe Capital? Are Taylor and Dollar Bill the only firebrands left? If so then they have a lot more to worry about than just Bobby not being there. We shall see.

One of the great things about this show and the complex writing are the parallels and balances within the characters. Obviously the square off between Bobby and Chuck is the central one. But then you have Wendy and Lara both fighting for Bobby’s attention, though in different ways and ways which back in Season 1 may have been compatible but now are fully incompatible. You have Taylor and Dake – both prodigies in their own fields introduced in season 2, both rising to rapid heights by the end of it, and both having to adjust to their new seats of power while staying true to who they are. You have the moral compass that is Connerty versus the embodiment of the Seven Deadly Sins in Wags. You have the loyal star players in Sacker and Dollar Bill. While the medium for all of this is the financial market, the juice of the show lies in the interplay of these well-written characters, and the brilliant performances by the actors who portray them. We can only wait and see what’s in store for all of them in each new episode.

8 thoughts on “Billions Season 3: Capital Offenses”

  1. Welcome to the club! And great first post.

    I love your insights on everyone! And, thank you for seeing Wendy as just as bad as Axe and Chuck! You did not give her a pass, and I appreciate that. As you know, I’m in the (lonely) anti-Wendy camp, so I really enjoyed your observations.

    As for the PM and analysts at Axe Capital: having a killer instinct and being a good PM/trader are not mutually exclusive. You don’t have to be overly aggressive to be good at your job (my partner isn’t at all, he’s just plain brilliant). Also, I know of a lot of a-holes who were all bluster, and their performance was mediocre at best. When putting together a team, you have to think of how they will perform, but also how they will interact as well. A firm full of Axe’s or Wags’ would not last (just as I said a firm full of women-only wouldn’t either).

    You also have to take into account what has happened to Axe Capital in the last several months – the leader is indicted, and new CIO is put into place, and has leap-frogged everyone, and they are in new digs. Now add in possible quants to replace them? All of that goes a long way in trying to understand why everyone is a bit on edge, and not acting like themselves.

      1. True, I’m not alone, but you, Connie and I are the outliers. I’ve tried with Wendy, and have even tried to get Damianista and Jania to try and help me see her in a better light, but I just can’t. She’s just like too many of the yentas I see out here on LI, and that is not a flattering term.

  2. Interesting about Wendy. I agree, she seems to be out for herself by telling Axe and Taylor to play it safe and telling Chuck to take a risk. Although, protecting herself is protecting her children. As a mother, I know that must be partially the reason for telling Chuck to take a risk.

    “She expresses a loyalty to Axe that she owes her husband.” 🙂 And Axe expresses a loyalty to Wendy that he owes his own wife.

    I root for Bobby because of his genius, sure, but it’s more than that for me. I root for him because of where he comes from and what he made of himself – that he made it big legally (although not morally), and in general terms, what he does for a living is legal. He’s frayed from that and needs to get back to believing in his moves, his reliability. For him, it’s not the greed of money that is addictive, it’s the game. He knows how, and has, played the game legitimately. He’s in a Cowboy position and is being a Cowboy. I don’t root for Chuck because he is in a position of Sheriff and plays both Sheriff and Cowboy. We project morality onto those in lawful positions, but don’t project morality onto those in rogue positions. Ahh, the dichotomy of this brilliant show, am I right?

    Also, I’m Native American so I’m tainted in my thought process about Government and ‘the man.’ 🙂 So I’m weakened to root for the Cowboy (HOW IRONIC FOR ME TO ROOT FOR A COWBOY WHEN I’M AN INDIAN!).

    In terms of Lara. I get the sense Bobby isn’t telling her the whole truth on purpose for another reason. When you’re married, the laws protect the wife from testifying against her husband. When they are separated or divorced, I don’t know. Maybe he’s not telling her information so she wouldn’t have to choose to be loyal or disloyal…protecting her almost from having to make the decision, should it come to that?

    I am a HUGE baseball fan. I loved Moneyball. I was born in Oakland, CA so I root for the A’s and the Raiders. So thanks for the gorgeous shot of Brad Pitt in the movie.

    And you know I ADORE the Wags character. Love that Tasmanian Devil to death.

    1. Ginger – I completely agree that Axe has not been loyal to Lara – and she realized that at some point in season 1 and I think was relieved when Wendy left. She will never accept Wendy being a part of Axe’s life – she doesn’t trust her even though she never actually did anything to him other than divide Bobby’s attention. Wendy and Bobby are too close – again, she should have left Axe Cap not only for the sake of her own marriage, but also because she had to know what it was doing to his. I don’t care how much she helped build the company, that ship had sailed, she should have left.

  3. Welcome to the blog! And what a great intro post for what you bring to the table!

    You do bring a unique voice in that you’re looking at each character with the same lens. I know my own posts tend to spend inordinate attention on Damian’s face, the role his every muscle plays in the specific emotion of the scene. And that’s well and good, but it’s totally reductionist and leaves one a little spent when tasked with looking just as closely at the other characters. So I appreciate you spent equal time and energy on them all.

    Re: Wendy. No doubt that she is driven by self-preservation just as much as anyone on this show. The only difference is that she doesn’t harbor animosity or feel a need to beat down anyone she sees as an opponent (unless they ask for it, heh). Like I said in a comment earlier, no one on this show is altruistic. And maybe Wendy does have the female version of both Axe’s and Chuck’s need to win at all costs. But I don’t see it. She could do a lot more to show such a trait…like sleep around, or use sex to manipulate, lie to everyone, use her kids as pawns…which is the way you traditionally see women exert power. Maybe her power plays are more subtle and I just don’t see it? She took pleasure in jabbing Lara with the reveal of Bobby’s lie, but then she regretted it afterwards….and that’s totally a female power play there (including the regret!). But, this need to project her own way on to the world, to get everyone to think as she does…traits shown by both Axe and Chuck. I’m not seeing it in Wendy. I see her as wanting everyone to be their best selves, whatever that may be. Including herself.

    Re: Taylor. Gotta say I disagree with any show of identity politics. What those deemed “other” by society…people of color, people of alternative gender identities, any one really outside of the cis-het-white-male identity…want and need (to rephrase what MLK said) is to be seen for the content of their character, independent of the color of their skin, the clothes they wear, their perceived disability, whatever variant cut of their jib. No one really wants to play identity politics….what one literary theorist called “strategic essentialism”….to achieve success or to simply call attention to themselves, particularly at work. So the less attention drawn to Taylor’s non-binariness, the more human they are. That is idealist, I know, and TV often does gloss over such things and doesn’t deal with them head-on, which may be detrimental to our understanding of each other. I mean, no one can realistically say they don’t see race or gender. You cannot not see it. Yet, after a while with that “other” doesn’t it truly become invisible? (From my own experience, the thought never occurs to me that I am a brown female until I’m reminded of it thru someone asking “where are you from?” or being treating differently because I’m the one woman in the room etc.) I didn’t see Taylor’s reaction to that guy saying “she”….I don’t think (and Asia Kate Dillon has herself said) that one-off slips are taken to heart. When someone systematically does it….like Krakow repeatedly referring to Taylor as “it”, then THAT is offensive and truly meant as such.

    I could go on…haven’t gotten to Wags at all yet and I want to. Anyway, I’m so looking forward to more of this from you!

    1. Jania – I completely agree with regards to identity politics- people on the fringe absolutely need to be seen as no different from the plurality, and so having Taylor there rising to their position solely on merit is important. So I find it interesting that in two of three first three episodes Taylor is involved in a confrontation which at least tangentially brings identity issues into the forefront. Does this mean they are going to do more with Taylor’s identity? That would be incredibly interesting and challenging if they did. But if I can trust any writers to handle it well, I can trust BK and DL.

      Speaking of BK and DL (the writers), which one of them do you think wrote Mafee’s “butt sweat” lines?? 🙂

  4. Welcome to the blog, Tail! We’re thrilled to have you!

    WOW, there is a lot of food for thought in your post! And there is obviously a lot to say about each character. I find all of them fascinating in their own way but I need to prioritize here so I don’t fill volumes! 😀 I guess I will make a case for my girl and then talk a bit about Axe.

    Wendy is as smart as Axe and Chuck, and until this season, I don’t think she has ever tried to impose anything on them, she only helped them to perform at their best. Besides, these two men keep coming back to her. Both did everything to gain her back after they lost her, didn’t they? The kind of betrayal she saw from both Bobby and Chuck is incredible and she was still able to forgive them and move on. And she did not get back to Axe Capital because she was dying to do that (even though she really loves her job!) but she did it to save Chuck from the 100+ civil suits against him! I do not think she owes loyalty to people that obviously betrayed he but she is still loyal to both. Wendy is as smart as those men who cannot stop the pissing contest and I think it is these two men who have made her believe it is only her she can fix them. And in the deep shit that they are, knowing that Wendy is also helping the other side, both men still trust her.

    Wendy knows she has been corrupted to an extent at Axe Capital. She knew about the shady sides of the business which they prefer to call “the edge” and ignored it like everyone else in the business did. And she probably did not think of her as an accomplice since she did not do the trades on her own. Wrong! If you remember the conversation she had with Taylor last season where she told them Axe and herself were at Taylor’s age when they started and they were trying to find out who they were, and when Taylor asked if they succeeded, Wendy said in some ways they did and in some ways they did not. And then that night after lying to Chuck, she gave a call to Taylor and talked about how they should hear the voice inside them and they need to take care of that voice and not suppress it. I thought it was a very self-aware, amazing moment for Wendy.

    She is different this season because personal stakes are too high to ignore for her! So I think, for the first time, she may be putting her interests in front of others in orchestrating the game. Having said that I don’t think she is betraying anyone. I don’t think Wendy is more manipulative than the two men she is involved with and now that she also faces jail as a possible accomplice in ICEJ she needs to act on her own interest. She cannot choose sides because she will fall with whatever side will fall. So she is trying her best so both Chuck and Axe get out of this with minimal damage. We don’t even explicitly know what Chuck and Wendy are plotting together. We hear what we hear but we don’t know what they planned after talking about Ice Juice. Even Chuck’s top choice at this point may be not to put Axe in jail, but to get out of the mess he created with his reputation intact and go ahead with his political campaign. His preference about the judge may be more about the judge not giving Axe an opportunity to throw him under the bus rather than making sure Axe will go to jail.

    Axe has never been my hero but I certainly liked things about him. I liked the fact that he built his business on his own and not with his father’s money or with connections and that he was a good family guy, and a good friend, too. You can also see in my Season 1 recaps that I did not judge him about Donnie (it is a mutually beneficial business contract between them but the only problem was Axe stole his Christmas) or his 9/11 trades (it’s a quite rational business decision). He did not break the law there. And yes, he used more than a few tricks and loopholes here and there to get more information on trades, but given that all big hedge-funds are most probably doing it, the optimal play for Axe Capital is trying to get more information from whatever reliable source, too, and as Axe says, he did it BETTER. My feelings have changed though because he has not only committed a real crime in Ice Juice but he is continuing with it not recognizing the law at all and he is not either a good friend (he broke Bruno’s heart so badly!) or a good family guy anymore. I still think that woman who came to the apartment may be something else but if she is what everyone else thinks she is then I cannot dislike Axe more for moving on only weeks after separating from his wife! You know I think the reason Axe is not pursuing Lara right now could about protecting her and the family until he is cleared in the case but even without that he has not been a good husband for some time. So bottomline is It is hard for me to bring myself to find something to like about Axe these days. I really need the show to inject a storyline that would make me feel good about him again. That said, I feel like both Chuck and Axe may do even more appalling things in the episodes to come because I feel like the show wants us to be conscious about the current state of the world and that is why I think Damian likens this season’s Axe to Trump in recent interviews in the sense that he thinks he can get away with anything.

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