Billions co-creators and EPs Brian Koppelman and David Levien, along with stars Paul Giamatti, Damian Lewis, Maggie Siff, Malin Akerman, and Asia Kate Dillon, were on hand the TCA winter press tour and offered some details on 3rd season.
The upcoming run, which will premiere March 25, finds Bobby Axelrod (Lewis) plight to restore his livelihood.
“That was a box that we wanted to put the character in. We had these characters that are super powerful within their worlds,” said Levien. It’s fascinating to us to put them in situations where they become vulnerable or less powerful. It’s a changing landscape. The question is how will Axel react?”
“By the 3rd episode of this season it’s pretty clear that he’s not going to accept that that’s his modern life,” expounded Koppelman. “He’s going to work really hard to change that. We just wanted to take a superhero in a way and put them in a box for which it’s hard for them to escape.”
The said box, however, may not be as hard to break-free. “People go down on this show but they get back up pretty quick,” Lewis teased. “That buoyancy is what makes it so exciting to watch… He has a lieutenant now and they are the avatar of everything that he likes and believes in. He will find a way to come back.”
Siff’s also shared that her character Wendy, continues her complicated relationship with estranged husband Chuck’s and Axe. Said Siff: “The season resumes and she’s back between these two men but in her mind in a very different way and on different terms.”
It was also announced during the session that the forthcoming season will feature actor-comedian Mike Birbiglia in guest-starring role.
The series, which is Showtime’s second highest rated drama behind Homeland, made history with the inclusion of gender non-binary core character Taylor, played by Dillon, who said the range of responses have been “gratifying.” That range included a 65 years old, white, straight, Republican man, who was transphobic until learning to love the character of Taylor on the show.
“That’s real change. That’s art affecting real change that ia going to make the world a little bit safer,” said Dillion.
Billions was created by Koppelman, Levien, and Andrew Ross Sorkin. The Season 2 finale saw a ratings uptick of 0.7% from the previous one.