When will ‘Billions’ Season 5 Episode 8 return? Here's the release date and why Showtime series is delayed

When will ‘Billions’ Season 5 Episode 8 return? Here's the release date and why Showtime series is delayed
Bobby Axelrod (Showtime)

One of TV's most beloved shows, ‘Billions’ aired on Showtime and had to stop at the midseason finale with the seventh episode, ‘The Limitless Shit’, which ended leaving bits and pieces of the storyline scattered and viewers can't help but wait for more episodes to roll out. Directed by David Costabile, who plays Wags on the show, the episode delves deep into how Bobby Axelrod (Damian Lewis) has one too many battles to fight now. 

While Mike Prince (Corey Stoll) wages a war, Axe hates the brewing relationship between Wendy (Maggie Siff) and Nico Tanner (Frank Grillo) too. Meanwhile, Chuck Rhoades (Paul Giamatti) goes to desperate lengths for family and manipulates a past friend along with Kate Sacker (Condola Rashād). What's more, Taylor Amber Mason (Asia Kate Dillon) steps up and takes charge. With all the dots to connect, fans can't wait to watch the plot forming a complete circle. 

One question on everyone's minds right now is: When will ‘Billions’ Season 5 Episode 8 return? 

When the last episode aired on June 15, 2020, showrunner Brian Koppelman tweeted: "Tonight is the midseason finale of @SHO_Billions. David Costabile, who plays Wags, directed and did terrific work. We all can’t wait to get back to work and finish the season when it’s safe. Hope you dig the show tonight. #Billions." With coronavirus cases on a rise, there seems to be no fixed date to restart the production schedule and it definitely isn't safe to head out yet. 

Bobby Axelrod (Showtime)

With all the delay, many fans wondered if it will be back only by 2021 in a long Reddit thread. One fan said, "Are there any estimates of when the show will resume? I thought that they shot the entire season first before releasing it, but apparently it was very recent. More like 2021 return?" and another posted, "They couldn't have shot it all that long ago because the last episode there was a mention of a super recent event." Another viewer posted, "2021 return likely. That's why I'm saying call it Season 6 already when it returns." 

Many are even suggesting the next set of episodes be named Season 6! "I just thought they usually shoot a while ago and then after several months they release it plus the entire season should've been ready. Also, some seasons like those of Game of Thrones had only like 7-8 episodes so maybe if the show resumes next year they can name it season 6," one fan said.

Twitter is also buzzing with doubtful questions. "So #Billions S5 is on hold for the foreseeable future. The season felt rushed anyway. Why did they wait until episode 7 to a bounce they couldn’t finish shooting the season?" one fan said and another even posted, "Strong probability that episode 8 of #Billions could air next year. Covid-19 has gone too fucking far now." One went on to say: "Episode 8 is another casualty of COVID 19. Where is it?"

The wait seems to be too long but patience pays rich dividends, doesn't it? So what's on TV in place of ‘Billions’? According to the TV guide listings, Showtime is airing Season 3 of ‘The Chi’ at the 8 pm central standard time slot.

Bobby Axelrod and Chuck Rhoades (Showtime)


As per the latest reports, the finance drama series has not yet returned to production for its final five episodes of season five, which were interrupted by the COVID-19 production shutdown. Largely shot in or around New York, the series will remain in continuous production for season six once they come back on floors.

Recently, the production house also revealed that the series has been renewed for the sixth season. "Starring Oscar nominee and Emmy and Golden Globe winner Paul Giamatti and Emmy and Golden Globe winner Damian Lewis, season five will return with five new episodes in 2021, with season six to follow," Gary Levine, President of Entertainment, Showtime Networks Inc, announced on October 1, 2020. The series will return with five new episodes for Season 5 followed by Season 6 in 2021.

Going by the format in the past few years, while Season 1 premiered on January 17, 2016, Season 2 premiered on February 19, 2017, and both Season 3 and Season 4 dropped in March in the subsequent years. Season 5, however, aired in May last year. There's a strong possibility that Season 6 might follow the same pattern and release sometime by mid-2021 in the months of April or May.

If you're missing ‘Billions’ too much, binge on older episodes from Season 1 to Season 5 on the Showtime App or Hotstar.

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