‘Billions’ star Damian Lewis makes surprising exit forward of Season 6

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He Axe-ed himself from the present.

After an electrifying 5 seasons, Damian Lewis is stepping away from his position as venal finance titan Bobby Axelrod on Showtime’s “Billions.” The bombshell comes after showrunners introduced that the monetary drama’s Season 6 will premiere on Jan. 23, 2022. The community also released a minutelong teaser trailer.

“What an incredible joy to spend five years working so closely with the great @lewis_damian!” tweeted “Billions” Executive Producer Brian Koppelman following the 50-year-old actor’s departure. “@DavidLevien and I are beyond grateful to you, Damian, for the work, of course, and the fellowship, and for all you sacrificed to come do this with us.”

The Emmy winner’s trip into the sundown dovetailed with Axelrod’s adieu on the present. At the tip of the Season 5 finale, which was titled “No Direction Home” and aired Sunday, the hedge fund shark was on the lam in Switzerland after duping New York Attorney General Chuck Rhoades (Emmy winner Paul Giamatti) by relinquishing his property to rival billionaire Michael Prince (Corey Stoll).

The ultimate episode concluded with the tycoon admitting defeat, musing, “Wow. So this is what it is to lose.”

Paul Giamatti as Chuck Rhoades, David Costabile as Mike "Wags" Wagner, Asia Kate Dillon as Taylor, Maggie Siff as Wendy Rhoades and Damian Lewis as Bobby "Axe" Axelrod in "Billions."
Paul Giamatti as Chuck Rhoades, David Costabile as Mike “Wags” Wagner, Asia Kate Dillon as Taylor, Maggie Siff as Wendy Rhoades and Damian Lewis as Bobby “Axe” Axelrod in “Billions.”
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And whereas the conclusion was left considerably open-ended, Lewis mentioned that his fan-favorite character had closed his account for the foreseeable future.

“There’s an opportunity maybe for me to return,” the “Band of Brothers” actor advised the New York Times of his exit. “But for now, broadly speaking, Axe has been vanquished.”

After five seasons, Damian Lewis is leaving Showtime's "Billions."
After 5 seasons, Damian Lewis is leaving Showtime’s “Billions.”
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The dismaying TV announcement comes on the heels of a private tragedy: Lewis’ spouse, the acclaimed “Peaky Blinders” actress Helen McCrory, handed away from most cancers on the age of 52 this previous April throughout the manufacturing of the fifth season.

The coronavirus pandemic additionally pressured Showtime to postpone Season 5 by an entire 12 months, ultimately releasing it in two elements. In reality, the “Homeland” alum shot giant stretches of the season’s latter half from his UK residence attributable to COVID issues.

It’s unclear what the “Billions” sixth season will entail; nevertheless, a recent teaser prompt that Rhoades will now go toe-to-toe with Prince for ruining his probability to place Axe in jail.

Damian Lewis as Bobby "Axe" Axelrod in BILLIONS (Season 4, Episode 01, "Chucky Rhoades's Greatest Game").
Damian Lewis as Bobby “Axe” Axelrod in “Billions.”
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