Hello from the Trader’s Desk!
I hope you all had a fabulous winter, and are ready to get Spring rolling with Axe, Chuck, Wendy and the gang! And, I hope everyone is healthy and staying safe!
As we all eagerly anticipate Season 5 of our favorite show, “Billions“, we here at Fan Fun thought it would be interesting for us to share some of our thoughts on the upcoming season. We’ve done this the past few seasons, and it’s always great at the end of the season to see how our predictions turned out.
What do you think will happen in Season 5??
One Expectation: As with any Billions season, I expect high drama and crackling writing. Music, food, and pop culture references are the DNA of this show, and I’d have it no other way.
One Fantasy: My fantasy would be for Rebecca to return and really screw Axe on a business deal. I so loved the character of Rebecca- a strong businesswoman – and hated what happened to her. I’m always #TeamAxe, but that doesn’t mean I don’t think he should get away with that kind of fuckery!
One Wish: I wish Wendy will realize that the two boys in her life, Axe and Chuck, are just toxic and move on and be happy. Why should she constantly be the ping pong between these two? I will admit, I was not a big Wendy fan for a long time, but last season she grew, did what was right and showed a human side that I think was lacking the previous seasons. Now that she has shown she’s not a cyborg, I’m a fan.
Looking Forward to: More fin-speak please! I know I’m in the minority of wanting the “in the weeds” type of financial jargon, but I love following the strategies and the moves. Last season it seemed that it was all about the dynamics between the main characters, and I enjoyed analyzing them; but give me a good stock story, and I’m in heaven.
Not Looking Forward to: This might be unpopular (and when are my opinions not?) but I’m not looking forward to the character of Catherine ‘Cat’ Brant played by Julianna Margulies. From what I have read, this is a character that explores Chuck’s most boring trait – his sexual preferences. I have always disliked that plot line, as I just have never understood its value. To me, it’s shock for shock alone (much like anything Tarantino does).
One Expectation: I expect Taylor will work the Trojan Horse avenue to their advantage and outsmart both Team Axe and Team Chuck, working them against each other, and come out with a win. Which means Axe will fall.
One Fantasy: After Taylor takes Axe down, I fantasize he will close up shop and move to California to be closer to his boys.
One Wish: I wish Wendy to find a man who’s brain she enjoys without having to whip the shit out of him. I hope she finds solace in her personal and professional life, leaving those two Titans behind in the dust.
Looking Forward To: I am so looking forward to the scene between Axe and Chuck at Chuck’s house in his kitchen, because it seems Axe gives him a cardboard box, perhaps with a gift inside. What gift you may ask? I think Axe is returning Chuck’s first edition Winston Churchill books! I took the liberty of adding in my own version of the dialogue from episode one, The New Decas:
“Oh, have you brought me a dowry, Robert? No? Well I’m curious as to whatever could this be?”
Chuck sees what’s inside the box and says,
“Are you fucking kidding me?”
Axe replies with a devious grin:
Look at that face on Axe – like a proud toddler, as if he did YOU the favor of returning YOUR property LOL! Watch the scene here:
— Billions on Showtime (@SHO_Billions) April 3, 2020
Not Looking Forward To: The new blonde. I already don’t like her 😉 I much prefer a relationship-Axe. Bring back Rebecca or Lara.
One Expectation: I expect Michael Prince (portrayed by the brilliant Corey Stoll) to have a super meaty role in Season 5. Because when you think about it, this is the first time ever in Billions that a “guest star” is making it to the new season poster! Me thinks Prince is here to stay and give Axe more than one major headache.
Now, according to the official Showtime blurb, Wendy forms alliances that would go against the interests of Axe and Chuck this season. If this implies that Wendy will not be there to keep Axe grounded then I expect the king to make emotional decisions (read “wrong”) once left on his own. Add to this, Taylor, the potential Trojan Horse to destroy Axe from within his own house, and it is not too far-fetched to expect that this season may not end on a happy note for the boss.
One Fantasy: Inspired by the first Season 5 teaser trailer, I fantasize about Chuck Senior… getting married!
Look at that!
We have Chuck and Wendy at the front and center – all dressed up for an event that looks like a wedding party. And when I look at the left side of the frame closely, I spy with my little eye Chuck Senior who is sitting at a rectangular table that looks like the head table at the event. Senior seems to sitting next to a woman, he is all smiles, and is he holding her hand, too?
So here is my fantasy: Can it be that Chuck Senior is getting married to Roxanne? And Chuck now officially has a little sister? Oh. My. God. How funny would THAT be?
One Wish: I really hope that the Rhoades’ marriage survives. Chuck and Wendy have always been the strong couple in Billions because, unlike Axe and Lara, they could get deep in their relationship, communicate and ultimately resolve their differences. But there is one necessary, if not sufficient, condition for this to happen now: Chuck must grow up, stop putting the blame on Axe for his marriage going south, and own his mistakes.
That said we know that Chuck will get close to Catherine Bryant, portrayed by the wonderful Julianna Marguiles, a professor of sociology at Yale who seems to like Chuck’s kinky side, or at least does not judge him for it…
… while Wendy seems to become more than good friends with Nico Tanner, portrayed by Frank Grillo, a modern artist.
But I am still holding out hope. Come on Chuck, yes, you can!
Looking Forward to: A character who has a notable absence in the new season promo videos as well as in the new season is Bryan “The Idiot” Connerty. And I am looking forward to finding out where Bryan lands!
Jail? Thanks to Kate, Jeffcoat’s Nixonian “if I order it, it is fucking legal” is on record, and Bryan seems to have done what his superior told him to do. So he will probably not end up in jail, will he?
Another government job? Well, I do not think Bryan can practice law again. And even if he can, I do not think a government job is in the cards for him. EVER.
Then how about Axe making a lion out of Bryan?
Better a lion for a day than a mouse for life…. https://t.co/lRSU36wIev
— Damian Lewis (@lewis_damian) April 17, 2018
Not Looking Forward to: It is no secret I am not a big fan of single Axe and I am honestly not looking forward to professionals visiting him or Wags throwing him another over the top party with naked women, booze and drugs. And I admit I rolled my eyes when I saw Axe approaching a blonde woman half his age in Season 5 trailer!
That said I still cannot comprehend how cold, sneaky and calculating Axe was as he ruined Rebecca’s dreams. I do not want him to hurt any other woman so maybe he should stay single forever. SIGH.
The Tail That Wags The Dog
One expectation: Obviously I expect bringing Team Taylor back into the fold of Team Axe and I expect that to go badly.
I expect Taylor will be more focused on bringing down Axe than Chuck. I expect Sacker to be more involved this year. I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see some interaction with her and TeamAxe which, up until now, hasn’t really happened yet.
I expect that Wendy will NOT go back to Chuck this season and I wouldn’t be at all surprised if someone tried to make a move on her, although I do not expect that person to be Bobby.
One wish: That we will see more of Bonnie this year. I simply adore Sarah Stiles – she is so unbelievably talented and fun to watch.
I know last year she was doing the Broadway musical Tootsie while filming was going on, but with that run over, I hope that the writers have been able to utilize her more. Every scene she is inis full of energy, spunk and attitude. She is the perfect player for Team Axe.
One fantasy: Wags gets his revenge on the stuffed-shirts that embarrassed him last season.
No way does Wags go down without a fight there. And he gave the best send-off threat ever there – he can’t do that and not follow through!
Looking Forward to: What role Connerty plays when he comes back. I believe we can expect him back by episode 5, and you know when he does he will come in with that same energy and fierceness with which he attacks every sandwich that he eats.
I am also looking forward to whatever happens between Dollar Bill and Spyros. They have quickly become my favorite part of the show, and that was even before the interview, at which they hinted that they have their best moments coming up. I can’t wait to see what those are!
Not looking forward to: What happens to both Chuck and Bobby as lovers and fathers. In the first season they managed to have their edge and still hold onto their roles as husbands to their wives and fathers to their two children. Now, they are both divorced (or separated – are Chuck and Wendy officially split up?) and the kids are no longer in the picture. That may be a necessity within the writing as it must be had to keep the kids relevant. Still, I think it would help their relatability if they could hold onto those otherwise everyday roles as members of a family. But I think we will see them fall further and further into the black hole of solitude they have dug for themselves, and that makes them harder to root for. I am not looking forward to that.