Oh, how we love this show. After over a year away following a pandemic-induced production shutdown, Billions returned for the second half of its fifth season in September and ended with a shocking twist. The endlessly entertaining battle between hedge fund boss Bobby Axelrod (Damien Lewis) and Attorney General Chuck Rhodes (Paul Giamatti) has, at least temporarily, come to a close. With Season 5 all wrapped up, it’s reasonable to get a little greedy and ask the all-important question: When will there be a Season 6? And what will an Axe-less Billions even look like? Though the ending of Season 5 might have felt like a series finale to some, sending one of the main characters off to Switzerland and setting up a new central rivalry, Billions is not slowing down. In fact, the show will be back, January 23rd with its 6th season. Though Axe is obviously going to be hiding out in Switzerland for the time being, expect to see more from Chuck, Wendy Rhoades (Maggie Siff), Taylor Mason (Asia Kate Dillon), Mike “Wags” Wagner (David Costabile), and Kate Sacker (Condola Rashād) as the storylines spill over into Season 6. Corey Stoll, who plays the Axe enemy Mike Prince, has also been upgraded to a series regular for Season 6, so he’s not going anywhere. He even sat in Axe’s chair in the Season 5 finale. According to Variety, Daniel Breaker, who plays Prince’s right-hand man Scooter, will also be upped to a series regular in Season 6. But what will the focus of the show be about now Axe is gone?
The show will certainly struggle to fill the void left by Axe’s departure. New ‘head-man’ Prince will clearly play the role of Chuck-antagonizing villain to some extent, but he’s a very different character and he will likely have a very different dynamic with Chuck, Wendy, and Taylor. At the end of Season 5’s finale “No Direction Home,” Mafee and Dollar Bill left Axe Cap to potentially start their own company, so expect that storyline to play out in the background as Chuck sets his sights on Prince and, as he says in the Season 6 teaser, wages a war against “the criminally rich.” In an interview with EW, Koppelman hinted at the ways the show could will change in an Axe-less landscape. “I would just say Billions Season 6 really does have all the stuff you love about the tone and ensemble and feel,” he said. “It is a Billions season, but it is structured differently; it’s the next evolution of the show. But the characters are still set. All the characters still have their own needs, desires, wants, and those needs, desires, wants might very well come into conflict with other characters on the show.”
What could that different structure look like? The new trailer shows how Chuck’s plans have grown even more elaborate and multi-pronged in the new season, with our favourite tortured attorney saying, “When I get big game in my sights, I can’t lower my rifle.” To be fair, Prince also says, “I don’t go to war that way. I just go to war.” Clearly, there are plenty of battles ahead.
Billions Season 6 Premieres January 23rd – Watch the Trailer Above.