Hello from the Trader’s Desk!
As we all eagerly anticipate Season 3 of our favorite show, “Billions“, we here at FanFun thought it would be interesting for us to share some of our thoughts on the upcoming season.
What do you think will happen in Season 3??
Here are some of our expectations, wishes/hopes, fantasies, and things we are (and not) looking forward to:
One Expectation: I expect that Axe and Chuck will have to work together in some way – either to save Wendy, or to save themselves against Dake. If they have a common enemy, they will have to come together as a united front. They will still distrust and dislike each other, but will realize the only way for them to come out of this mess relatively unscathed will have to be jointly.
One Wish: I wish once and for all that Axe would realize that he is good at what he does WITHOUT WENDY! We know he honed his skills by betting on races at Yonkers Raceway as a teen. That was all him: his instinct, his observations of the situations, his experience. I will never understand why Axe needs Wendy (I’ll never understand why anyone would, but that’s a whole different post!). Axe is Bobby Fucking Axelrod because of who HE is, not what someone tells him he should be.
One Fantasy: My main fantasy would be for Wendy and Chuck to die in a fiery plane crash, but since (sadly) we know that’s not going to happen, I’ll hope that my fantasy of Axe in a Black Sabbath t-shirt (or just some Sabbath music in an episode) will come to pass. (I’m looking at you Mr. Koppelman!)
Looking Forward To: I’m looking forward to the amazing, intense ride that Billions gives us every episode. I like to think of the season as a roller coaster, with each episode being the climbs, dips, and curves you don’t see coming! It’s all in the brilliant writing, and outstanding acting that makes this show one of the best on TV.
Not Looking Forward To: What I am really not looking forward to is the return of the S&M story line involving Chuck and Wendy. Do we really need that in order to know that Chuck likes to get abused? I mean for most of Season 1, Axe beat him like a mule, and he kept coming back! I guess I could understand why it may have been needed in the first season, as to have something to blackmail Wendy with, but honestly, in this day and age, would a married couple’s sexual preferences really shock people? I doubt it. I just feel that these scenes take up screen time that could be better used to go into Axe’s (or Taylor’s) childhood.
Here are a few things I am looking forward to in Billions season three, and a few things I am not.
One Expectation: I expect Chuck to work with Axe in order to save Wendy (and thus his own ass) from the Ice Juice violation. #TeamWendy
One Wish: I wish to know what the FARK happened to Ionosphere, regardless that Bobby thinks it’s a “stupid fucking name, by the way.” Just a small update will do!
One Fantasy: For Axe to return to his post at Axe Capital and place his Avatar back to their original position. I don’t think we will see him at the helm anytime soon this season, if at all. One can fantasize about it though.
Looking Forward To: I am looking forward to Axe Capital headquarters (temporarily?) being moved to Manhattan. I think it can bring even more dynamics to the show. I want to feel that New York hustle and bustle. I want to see bike messengers delivering food to Axe Capital and screwing up the order so Wags can scream at them to “STEP IT UP!” But I’m also really looking forward to John Malkovich as Russian billionaire Grigor Andolov this season!!
Not Looking Forward To: Axe’s indictment.
Bonus Honorable Mention: Music. Music. Music. If my ‘Brian Koppelman Radar’ is accurate, I’m betting we’ll hear some AC/DC or Iron Maiden. I would say Van Halen, Black Sabbath or Led Zeppelin is possible too. Damian and I both love Supertramp so with a little bit of liquid courage I tweeted to BK asking if Supertramp would make an appearance. He didn’t hate on it.
I happen to love Bloody Well Right and have always wanted to put that song in something. But have never found a way. Someday.
— Brian Koppelman (@briankoppelman) February 6, 2017
One expectation: I expect Axe and Chuck to put aside the measuring tape at least for a while.
Chuck has no idea about Wendy’s Ice Juice short while Axe knows about it and Dake will see it in trading records. Wendy went to Chuck’s office, violating her contract, to warn him about Ice Juice and shorted the stock on her way out. Should there be an eyewitness, she may even look like an accomplice. Yikes!
Chuck may have a fit when he finds out about this and may become Axe’s reluctant ally trying to dig him out of this shit to keep his own job, his marriage, reputation and prospects to be the next governor of New York! And THAT would give me a good cry-laugh!
One wish: I don’t know whether Bobby’s confession to Wendy in Season 2 Finale Ball in Hand that all decisions he has made since they worked down in Lower Manhattan together were WRONG included the wrong he did with Bruno. Bobby broke the heart of the man who has been a father figure to him all these years. I genuinely WISH that Bobby makes it up to Bruno in Season 3.
One fantasy: As I expect Axe and Chuck to be strange bedfellows in Season 3, I constantly think about how Chuck can make the investigation go awry. Since the incriminating evidence against Axe is mostly on tape, I have been thinking whether someone could delete those tapes. I know this is a stretch since I am sure they make multiple copies and save them at multiple secure places… But, hey, I am talking about my fantasy after all! So I imagine Dake and Bryan, looking very confident and arrogant in the courtroom, push on the play button to show the evidence to the jury, and guess what, it is an episode of …………….. (put your favorite childhood cartoon in the blanks) 😀
Looking Forward To: I am truly, madly, deeply in love with New York, my favorite place in the world, being a brilliant cast member in Billions. So I am dying to see the city landmarks and the restaurants – seeing Daniel in the trailer has already whetted my appetite – they have chosen to share with us in Season 3!
Not Looking Forward To: I agree with Asia Kate Dillon arguing that Axe sees something unique in Taylor and that they have no ulterior motives. They are also right Taylor is fully able “to titrate their emotions to get a desired result.” And that is exactly why I find Taylor extremely hard to read and their record-time rise to power scary. I cannot help ask “what if? what if?” as Axe tells Taylor “I trust you” in the Loyalty Tease. I am certainly not looking forward to seeing them betray Axe.
One expectation: Well, I expect the tug-of-war to be in full effect. What does that mean? Well, it’s that beautiful back and forth we all experience as each side gains and loses, alternatively or concurrently. Chuck wins some, Bobby wins some, each lose some, rinse and repeat. It’s so wonderful and thrilling to watch it all unfold. Who will win next? You just never know. It’s the thrill of the hunt, for both sides. I fucking LOVE it.
One wish: I want to see more back story, for all involved. I want to know how Chuck met Wendy. I want to know how Wendy caught Chuck hitting up the kink scene. I want to know about where Taylor came from, and what do they enjoy, besides work? I want to know what Wendy said or did, that allowed her to get inside of Bobby’s defenses, and put him back together? Give me all those beautiful backstories!!!
One fantasy: I’m simple-Bobby on that motorcycle, again. Please. Thank you.
Looking forward to: it’s kinda a throw-back to my expectation-I can’t wait for that tug-of-war! I am just pumped to see what twists and turns they’ve thought up. I’m looking forward to that excitement of the first watch of each episode, of laughing at those perfect Wags one-liners. Of seeing the depths of depravity that each side will stoop to. BRING IT ON MY BODY IS READY.
Not looking forward to: Bobby and Lara. UGH. Their whole dynamic is sooooooooo fucked up right now. Like, destroyed. It seems like such a minor thing-a fib, an omission, hardly even a lie! But, for them, it was the ultimate betrayal. And the desperation that Bobby is in, that he cannot control her feelings, or fix any of it with money, or talk his way out of it…it brings out the WORST in him. If I have to endure another “with or without you” type episode. OY. I don’t think I can do it. The writers have this knack for realism, and the coercive control that Bobby exhibits in those moments where he feels like he needs control, are terrifying, and frankly? Super triggering.
One expectation: I fully expect the twists and turns we’ve been treated to last two seasons to keep twisting and turning. There’s a fine balance between keeping an audience on their toes with surprises and weaving plots so intricately that they become insolvable. Billions has achieved that fine balance beautifully, leaving us at the end of every episode somewhere between “Damn, that’s some smart writing” and “Wonder how they’re going to solve this one!” Since this sense of three dimensional chess seems to be the hallmark of the show, I expect that feeling to remain and be sustained throughout Season 3.
One wish: I wish to see the holy trinity of Bobby, Wendy and Chuck developed even more fully than they already have been. The larger ensemble cast is impeccable, of course, and I’d love to see everyone’s back stories. But what I’d really love is for the three main characters to be delved into even more deeply. Back story, flash backs, secrets, lies and relationships coming out of the wood work, the entire gamut of soapy goodness, that would be my wish.
One fantasy: Yikes, this is a scary one. The limitlessness of fantasy is daunting. Okay, not exactly this, but something like it, metaphorically, figuratively, imaginatively: Bobby and Wendy stuck in a snow storm, or on a deserted island… or a flooded basement, or an elevator in a blackout, or any number of soapy hijinks that force two people alone together. Something like the tepidarium scene, but less overall creepy. Come to think of it, this is my fantasy for every two characters with incredible undertapped chemistry I’ve seen on any show: A situation that shuts off the world around them.
Matters not a fig to me whether it is or isn’t sexual. There are lovely narrative possibilities with either route. But, remember, the approach is always more fun than the destination, the means more interesting than the ends, the anticipation more exciting than the consummation, the ascent more sharply felt than the crest…you get my point, I hope. 🙂
Yep, Bobby, Wendy in whatever predicament they’ve been cast and us watching, that’s my fantasy.
Looking forward to: Um, everything? This show is like pizza (and/or sex), as the old joke goes. Even when it’s bad, it’s still pretty good. (And it hasn’t been bad yet!)
Not looking forward to: The one thing I don’t want to see is anything insipid or overly-conventional. Like Lara throwing a drink at Wendy’s face. Or Bobby gloating over beating Chuck at a sweaty racquetball duel. Funny how such soapy images are so much less entertaining than the some-would-say equally conventional “stuck in an elevator in a blackout” scenarios, but that’s the variant appeal of narrative for you, sometimes it doesn’t always make sense. Or, maybe it does? It may be that trying to throw physicality into a dramatic moment is hit or miss, whereas throwing words, lots and lots of great words, is always a safe bet.
As long as they keep the conflict elevated, keep the game going on that top layer of the three dimensional chess board, there is much to look forward to!