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Billions Season 7 - Everything You Need To Know

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In 2016, Showtime's "Billions" debuted, offering a gripping financial drama that showcased a high-stakes clash between a billionaire hedge fund manager and the New York area prosecutor aiming to take him down. The premise seemed reasonably simple on paper, but as fans delved into the personal lives and wild tactics of the mega-wealthy Bobby "Axe" Axelrod (Damian Lewis) and his nemesis Chuck Rhoades (Paul Giamatti), the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, the central conflict became as dizzying as a brutal day following the New York Stock Exchange. While Axelrod is a white-collar criminal, his character also suggests that he may have been a charming bad guy with a heart.

Meanwhile, Rhoades' eventual ascension to attorney general of New York showed fans that he wasn't above breaking the rules in the pursuit of justice. As the series continued, Axelrod stepped away, allowing a new rich player to enter the arena. Successful business magnate Mike Prince (Corey Stoll) took over in Season 5 by acquiring Axe Capital, and he now finds himself as Rhoades' main adversary. Season 6 of "Billions" left both Prince and Rhoades in a bit of stalemate with each other. But that also means that their continuing fight in Season 7 will probably be their most fierce. Here's everything you need to know about "Billions" Season 7.

When will Billions Season 7 release?

Last year, during the middle of "Billions" Season 6, it was announced that the series was renewed for another season. Then earlier this year, Showtime revealed plans for when Season 7 will air. There wasn't a specific date listed, but according to the network, "Billions" Season 7 is scheduled to come out sometime in 2023 with 12 episodes. However, those plans could change, as current production for the upcoming season has suffered interruptions and temporary shutdowns due to the Writers Guild of America strike. Depending on how long the strike continues, this could mean a delay for Season 7 into next year, as we don't know how far along in production the series is at.

No matter how long the wait, fans are surely anticipating the return to the continuing saga of "Billions," as the new season may likely be its last. During an appearance on NBC Sports Chicago's "Football Night in Chicago," "Billions" star Dan Soder, who plays Dudley Mafee, let it slip that Season 7 of "Billions" is going to serve as the show's final outing. Considering where last season left off and one major character's imminent return (more on that later), it does appear that the series is amping things up to deliver a memorable finale.

What is the plot of Billions Season 7?

At the end of Season 6, Chuck Rhoades and Mike Prince suffered great losses in their continuing high-stakes cat-and-mouse game. For Prince, this came in the form of giving up $3.5 billion in untaxed cryptocurrency just to keep himself out of jail and hold on to those presidential aspirations. And the only handcuffs Rhoades had were unexpectedly on his own wrists. His fake warrant scheme to bust Prince on those nefarious crypto funds backfired. Or so we thought. With some assistance from defense attorney Dave Mahar (Sakina Jaffrey), Rhoades is a free man and now working undercover to still take down Prince.

The ending of last season certainly fits the plot details Showtime has teased for Season 7. There are talks of shifting alliances, betrayals, and tested loyalty, which all align with where Rhoades, Prince, and their respective parties now stand. But Showtime also mentioned enemies becoming friends, which is likely related to the return of a former Rhoades adversary. Damian Lewis fittingly revealed on "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" that "Axe is back," marking the return of his Bobby Axelrod character. Showtime noted that he would appear in half of Season 7's episodes, which suggests we can expect him to play a significant part in this season's story.

Who is starring in Billions Season 7?

Rather than keep it under wraps, we've already got the biggest surprise return with Damian Lewis as Bobby Axelrod. Lewis hasn't appeared on the series since Season 5, so revisiting his character's dynamic against Paul Giamatti's Chuck Rhoades and Corey Stoll's Mike Prince should make for some of Season 7's most noteworthy moments. Besides, it's arguable that despite Axelrod being the series' first main antagonist, many fans still thought the character contained an undeniable suaveness to him. And that type of fan fondness kind of surprised Lewis. The actor told The New York Times, "When I'm walking down the street in New York, it's: 'Axe, you the man!' He's a really despicable human being, but no one seems to care."

Along with Lewis, Giamatti, and Stoll, Season 7 will have the return of much of the cast from last season. This includes Maggie Siff as Wendy Rhoades, Sakina Jaffrey as Daevisha "Dave" Mahar, Toney Goins as Philip Charyn, and David Costabile as Mike "Wags" Wagner. Daniel Breaker, Jeffrey DeMunn, Dan Soder, Condola Rashad, and Asia Kate Dillon round out the rest of the returning cast.

Will there be a spin-off for Billions?

"Billions" might end with Season 7, but instead of getting completely locked away in a vault, the series is exploding into a bonafide franchise. The show is slated to get a whopping four spin-offs instead of one, which tells us that Showtime and Paramount+ see a bright future in investing further with the hit series. "Billions" co-creators Brian Koppelman and David Levien certainly think the storyline well is very deep for the reported "Billions" universe. The creative duo told The Hollywood Reporter in a joint statement, "We remain fascinated by people whose ambition is boundless and who think the laws of civilization and nature don't apply to them."

So, what are the premises for the planned spin-offs? Well, one show called "Billions: Miami" focuses on private aviation, while another show, titled "Billions: London," shifts everything towards U.K. finance. Another series, titled "Millions," centers on 30-somethings trying to strike it rich in Manhattan. And finally, a series titled "Trillions" is a drama based on the wealthiest people in the world. No release date has been given on any of the upcoming spin-offs, but as Season 7 airs, we should likely hear more about them.

Where to watch previous seasons of Billions?

With "Billions" Season 7 scheduled to premiere sometime this year, there's still time to catch up on previous seasons. Each episode is roughly an hour long, and with six seasons, that will consume a lot of time. The series has also got a few ways to try it out before deeply diving into binge territory. If you'd like to test the waters with one episode, the best method is through the Roku Channel App, which has the first episode of the entire series up for free. Anything after that will require signing up and paying for a subscription. Showtime and Paramount+ have the whole series available. However, both services require subscribing, although Showtime offers a seven-day free trial.

If you'd like to only try "Billions" by the season, then the best method would be through Amazon Prime. Not only do they also have the first episode of the series available for free, but each season currently costs $29.99. And with an Amazon Prime subscription, the first four seasons are already free to watch. Otherwise, there's the option of purchasing single episodes, which are listed at $2.99 each. You can also buy episodes through Google Play, Apple TV, and Vudu for $1.99 each.