Billions S2 Ep1 v2

With Season 3 of the addictive drama series Billions coming to M-Net, DStv Channel 101, in January express from the US, now’s the time to catch up on the first two seasons, now streaming on Showmax.

Never indulged in the guilty pleasure that is the star-studded drama Billions before? Here’s a quick crash course on who the main characters are, and how they face off against one another.

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Bobby Axelrod (Damian Lewis)

Known as “The Axe”, Bobby’s a financial genius who’s been making money hand over fist since taking over his company after 9/11. He’s come from very humble beginnings, and is not about to loosen his hold on power without a fight … and when he fights, it’s dirty. He’s a highly respected figure with a lot of influence - but he hasn’t always won that influence honestly.

Damian Lewis

Chuck Rhoades Jr (Paul Giamatti)

Chuck’s the US Attorney who has it in for Bobby. He wants to expose his insider trading and under-handed dealings - not only because it’s the right thing to do, but also to use Bobby’s downfall as his stepping stone to higher political office. Chuck’s also got some kinky bedroom secrets - so be warned that Billions is definitely NSFW.

Paul Giamatti

Lara Axelrod (Malin Akerman)

And here’s where things get really interesting. Lara is Bobby’s beloved wife, who’s just as feisty as he is. She’s a woman who knows how good she’s got it, and she’s not about to stand for anyone threatening her family’s wealth or status. She’s not above using their status to bring down her enemies - she’s a force to be reckoned with.

Malin Akerman

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Dr Wendy Rhoades (Maggie Siff)

Chuck’s wife is caught smack in the middle of a dilemma. She’s the resident psychiatrist at Axe Capital, meaning she works for Chuck’s sworn enemy. She’s also privy to his secrets, and won’t spill them to her husband because of doctor/patient confidentiality. And this drives Chuck insane. Eventually, she’s faced with a tough choice - resign from Axe to keep her husband happy, or refuse to give up her job just because he’s got a vendetta against her boss.

Maggie Siff

Prepare yourself for a very loud show - there’s a lot of shouting and chest-beating in the inevitable face-offs between Chuck and Axe, and there’s nothing subtle about their battle for power ... not in Season 1, anyway. But Season 2 introduces one of the show’s most interesting characters, the Axe Capital intern Taylor (Asia Kate Dillon), whose arrival forces the other characters to soften their approach, quiten their voices, and make their attacks more subtle - but no less brutal.

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