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'Billions' Season 5 Episode 3 Preview: Will Axe's family make an appearance, what does Chuck want from Wendy?

With the synopsis mentioning family crisis, we might be probably looking at Axe's family, mostly the sons making an appearance
Wendy and Chuck (Jeff Neumann/Showtime)
Wendy and Chuck (Jeff Neumann/Showtime)

If 'Billions' Season 5's brilliant idea was to get fans talking, speculating and taking sides, it's right to say it succeeded. The season has raised the intensity in the form of new alliances and adversaries and there are no signs of slowing down. The previous episode saw Mike Prince (Corey Stoll) get the better of Bobby Axelrod (Damian Lewis) in their psychoceuticals battle and it is safe to say, Axe is smarting from the blow. 

Chuck Rhoades (Paul Giamatti) wants to make some inroads in his attempt to slap the cuffs on Axe and that means coming up with an elaborate plan. In a move that would help him and Kate Sacker (Condola Rashad), Chuck gets Adam DeGiulio  (Rob Morrow) as  Solicitor General to help as an ally. Axe & Co. lost and lost badly. If Mike handing him a drubbing wasn't enough, Wags (David Constabile) and Taylor (Asia Kate Dillon) fail to complete their missions of getting Simon Shenk and Oscar Langstraat (Mike Birbiglia) onboard with Axe Cap. 

And this war is far from over. 

Axe isn't a loser and he doesn't take to losing kindly. The plan is to become a bank. But can he? The opening line of the promo of Episode 3 titled 'Beg, Bribe, Bully' sets the tone for another mercurial episode. You can watch the promo below.


The official synopsis reads: "Chuck returns to his alma mater to pursue an opportunity. Axe's big venture is sidelined by a family crisis. Taylor asserts independence with a risky play. Chuck puts Wendy in an awkward position." 

The clip opens with Axe being accused of being "too dirty, too soon". And it is evident he needs a plan. Meanwhile, after freezing Wendy's (Maggie Siff) assets, Chuck goes back to her with a request, something that she is quick to pick up on. It is part amusing and part selfish from Chuck's end. After their tussle related to divorce, he's actually back with a request. 

Meanwhile, there's pressure on Taylor to become effective.  With the synopsis mentioning family crisis, we might be probably looking at Axe's family, mostly the sons making an appearance. Again, this is pure speculation, but it would add more depth to Axe's storyline. 

Fans have been loving the tease so far. The official Showtime YouTube page has enough theories and we picked a few choice ones. 

Theories and reactions:

"I hate that we see Axe lose way too often but "I want to become a bank" was awesome. Hope he starts winning again," wrote a fan. The Chuck and Wendy divorce wasn't missed out either with fans hoping things will get nastier eventually between the two. "Chuck and Wendy are in for a nasty divorce," a fan speculated. 

To sum up, here's a fan's thoughts on Taylor: "Taylor has been too calm and compromising, I can sense it's only a matter of time before she wreaks chaos"

'Billions' Season 5 airs 9 pm ET on Showtime.