Everything We Know About 'Billions' Season 5

When will Axe and Chuck be back?


Over the last few years, Showtime’s finance drama Billions has become one of the most consistently entertaining shows on television, a reliable source of market-driven intrigue, ornate one-liners, and Godfather references. Each season, Paul Giamatti’s powerful attorney Chuck Rhoades and Damien Lewis’s hedge fund magnate Bobby Axelrod scheme (and eat) their way across New York City. When the series is really cooking, it’s like nothing can stop it. 

But the show’s most recent season, which kicked off in May of 2020, came to an abrupt end when production was shut down because of the coronavirus, with only seven of the planned 12 episodes airing. What will happen to those other Season 5 episodes? And when will the show come back? Like a dutiful employee at Axe Cap, we poured over the available data in search of some answers.


Will there be more episodes of Billions Season 5?

Yes. Back in May of 2020, the show’s co-creator Brian Koppelman posted on Twitter that the plan was to “shoot the back end of the season (the last 5 of season 5) when the world resumes.” He also clarified that “those episodes are written and ready to go.” So, if you’ve spent the last few months worried that the season’s big conflicts would go totally unresolved, you can sleep easy. 


When will the second part of Billions Season 5 premiere? 

Here’s where things get tricky. Back in May when the shutdown first occurred, there was some speculation in the press that the remaining episodes would be shot and air by the end of the year. Obviously, it’s 2021 now and that did not happen. In October of 2020, Deadline, in an article announcing the renewal of Billions for a Season 6, noted that Showtime “hopes that the remaining five episodes will air in 2021 with season six to follow.”


What cast members will be back for the rest of Billions Season 5? 

Expect to see more of Chuck, Axe, Wendy Rhoades (Maggie Siff), Taylor Mason (Asia Kate Dillon), Mike “Wags” Wagner (David Costabile), and Kate Sacker (Condola Rashād) when the show returns. Also, Corey Stoll, who played the do-gooder Axe rival Mike Prince introduced in Season 5, will be promoted to a series regular for Season 6, so you can know he’ll be sticking around for a while. Will the moody abstract painter played by Frank Grillo return? We can only pray. Whatever happens, you can count on the show’s mix of recognizable character actors and celebrity cameos to be as eclectic as ever. 


What was going on when Billions Season 5 was cut short? 

Bouncing between Chuck’s legal entanglements and Axe’s business pursuits, there’s always a healthy amount of conflict in a given season of Billions, and Season 5 was no exception. Pissed off about his struggles to launch his own bank, Axe was revving up for a big fight with Corey Stoll’s Mike Prince, who reached a tentative deal with Wendy and Taylor’s new impact fund. Chuck was teaching at Yale Law, a welcome break from dealing with his father Chuck Sr., and pursuing a relationship with a sociology professor played by Julianna Margulies. Wags was still Wags. 


Will the new episodes of Billions include a GameStop plot? 

Recently, the stock market has gone a little haywire. As countless people on Twitter have noticed, the ongoing battle between hedge funds and investors on Reddit over the fate of GameStop, the struggling video game retailer, sounds like something you might see on an episode of your favorite finance drama Billions. Lots of people have made this observation and promptly passed along the insight to the show’s co-creator Brian Koppelman, who responded with the following tweet:He’s continued to quote-tweet suggestions from fans with comments like “Thanks for the tip!” and “Hadn’t occurred to us yet.” He’s seen the story and the tweets — no need to send him anymore. He’s got it. Don’t expect a big GameStop arc when the show finally returns. 


Will there be a Billions Season 6? 

Yes. As mentioned above, Showtime renewed the series for a sixth season back in October. An article in Deadline about the announcement noted that it’s been suggested that the show could “stay in continuous production for Season 6” when it returns to shoot the rest of Season 5. 

Clearly, Showtime wants to be in the Billions business. Back in June of 2019, it was announced that Billions co-creators Brian Koppelman and David Levien had signed an overall deal with the network that would include continuing to work as showrunners on Billions while “also developing new projects exclusively for the network.” Later, in October of 2019, Koppelman and Levien announced they were developing Mike Isaac’s non-fiction book Super Pumped: The Battle for Uber, which chronicles the behind-the-scenes drama at the ride share company, into a limited series. As long as it doesn’t get in the way of more Billions, we’re looking forward to it.Need help finding something to watch? Sign up here for our weekly Streamail newsletter to get streaming recommendations delivered straight to your inbox.


Where to Celebrate Lunar New Year 2023 in Australia

And what it means to be in the year of the Rabbit.

where to celebrate lunar new year australia

Starting with the new moon on Sunday, January 22, this Lunar New Year ushers in the year of the Rabbit. We’ve put together a guide on celebrating the Lunar New Year in Australia.

What is special about the year of the Rabbit?

As you might know, each year has an animal sign in the Chinese Zodiac, which is based on the moon and has a 12-year cycle. This year, we celebrate the year of the rabbit, known to be the luckiest out of all twelve animals. It symbolises mercy, elegance, and beauty.

What celebrations are taking place and how can I get involved?

There are plenty of festivals happening all around the country which you can get involved with. Here they are per state.

New South Wales

Darling Harbour Fireworks
When: Every year, Sydney puts on a fireworks show, and this year, you can catch it on January 28 and February 4 at 9 pm in Darling Harbour.

Dragon Boat Races
When: Witness three days of dragon boat races and entertainment on Cockle Bay to usher in the Lunar New Year. The races will commence on January 27 and finish on January 29.

Lion Dances
When: Catch a traditional Lion Dance moving to the beat of a vigorous drum bringing good luck and fortune for the Lunar New Year. The dance performances will happen across Darling Harbour on Saturday, January 21, Sunday, January 22, and Sunday, February 4 and 5, around 6 pm and 9 pm.

Lunar New Year at Cirrus Dining
When: Barangaroo’s waterfront seafood restaurant, Cirrus, is celebrating the Year of the Rabbit with a special feast menu. Cirrus’ LNY menu is $128pp with optional wine pairing and is available from Saturday, January 21, to Sunday, February 5.

Auntie Philter
When: Hello Auntie’s owner and executive chef, Cuong Nguyen will be dishing out some of the most classic Vietnamese street foods with his mum, Linda. All of Philter’s favourites will be on offer, as well as Raspberry Pash Beer Slushies and other cocktails being served at the Philter Brewing rooftop bar on Sunday, January 22 and Sunday, January 29.


Lunar New Year Festival
When: Ring in the Lunar New Year with food, music, arts, and more on Sunday, January 22, from 10 am to 9 pm.

Lunar New Year at the National Gallery of Victoria
When: Celebrate the year of the rabbit at the National Gallery of Victoria’s festival of art, food, and art-making activities for everyone from 10 am-5 pm.


BriAsia Festival
When: From February 1-19, Brisbane will come alive with performances, including lion dances and martial arts displays. There will be street food, workshops, comedy and more.

South Australia

Chinatown Adelaide Street Party
When: Adelaide is set to hose a fun-filled day celebrating the Chinese New Year on Saturday, January 28, from 12 pm to 9 pm.

Western Australia

Crown Perth
When: Across January and February, Crown Perth hosts free live entertainment, including colourful lion dances, roving mascots, and drumming performances. The restaurants will also throw banquets and menus dedicated to the Lunar New Year.

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