‘Billions’ Recap, Season 5 Finale: The Axe Falls


“So that is what it’s to lose,” says Bobby Axelrod. “OK.”

He’s speaking to Mike Prince, the person who helped engineer his downfall — a decisive one this time. How do we all know it’s decisive? As a result of, I feel, of that concluding “OK.” (Additionally, Damian Lewis, who performs Axe, simply made public he’s leaving the present.) Till this level, Axe has at all times scratched and clawed like a cornered animal to combat his approach out of defeat, whether or not by the hands of his authorized nemesis Chuck Rhoades or his enterprise rivals, like Prince. This time, although? He admits he has been crushed, and makes his peace with it.

So why does it really feel like a loss for Chuck, too?

At a look, it seems to be as if Chuck received (nearly) the whole lot he needed. He caught Bobby going into enterprise with a shady hashish firm with an unlawful sideline promoting the black-market stuff, a deal Axe rushed into with out doing his personal due diligence. He has ended the period of Axe Cap/Axe Financial institution for good. He has busted up his mortal enemy’s romance together with his ex-wife. He has harpooned his white whale eventually.

Solely the whale will get away.

What Chuck didn’t depend on, because the jaws of the legislation started closing on Bobby, was that his personal supposed teammate Mike Prince would assist Axe escape. It was Prince who alerted Axe Cap to Bobby’s impending arrest, with a single aim in thoughts: seizing management of Axe’s empire. It was Chuck, he says, who needed to see Bobby behind bars, a “Cheryl Tiegs fishnet fantasy” that Prince doesn’t share. All he needs is to see Axe gone.

Profiting from the transient window of time earlier than Bobby or his lawyer, Orrin Bach, are formally notified about his indictment, Prince swoops in with a proposal. He buys Bobby’s companies — Axe Holding, the financial institution, the asset administration arm, Taylor Mason Carbon, the entire enchilada — for the princely sum of $2 billion. It’s precisely the form of liquid money Axe might want to reside life on the run as soon as the remainder of his property are frozen by the federal government.

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