Fans of Damian Lewis (Bobby Axelrod) will be pleased to hear that he’s back and better! Showtime announced that the Emmy award-winning Damian Lewis will return as Bobby “Axe” Axelrod for Season 7 of Billions. Lewis left the show at the end of season 5 and is set to appear in six of the 12 episodes that will air this new season.
“Bobby’s back,” Lewis told Stephen Colbert on The Late Show. “Axe is back, and it’s exciting. He’s not been around for a couple of seasons.”
Co-creator Brian Koppelman told EW: “The goodbyes on Billions and the hellos on Billions are never permanent; nothing is etched in stone.”
This means that Lewis would always be able to come back, and we’re all pleased that he is.
Lewis has also starred in a plethora of award-winning movies and TV shows: Band of Brothers (as Army Major Richard Winters), Homeland (as US Marine Gunnery Sergeant Nicholas Brody), Wolf Hall (as Henry VIII of England), and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (as actor Steve McQueen).
Lewis left the show “for a variety of reasons,” according to Koppelman. He (Lewis) had always talked about leaving the show for a while because he wanted to spend more time with his family and be rooted for a bit in his home country, England.
Unfortunately, in April 2021, Lewis’ wife, actress Helen McCrory died at 52 due to cancer.
When he was leaving, he said in a statement: “A pleasure and a privilege to play Axe for five seasons with some of the smartest, funniest, most talented cast and crew I’ve worked with. I’ll miss the Billions family. Yep, some jobs are more than just a job… Love.”
This new Season 7 of Billions promises to be worth it as old wounds are weaponized and loyalties are tested. There are plenty of betrayals, and enemies become cautious friends.
The show’s cast includes Paul Giamatti, Corey Stoll, Maggie Siff, David Costabile, Asia Kate Dillon, Condola Rashad, Jeffrey DeMunn, Sakina Jaffrey, and Daniel Breaker.
Toney Goins, who plays Philip, has been promoted to series regular in this new season.
Billions is created and produced by Koppelman and Levien. Beth Schacter also serves as showrunner and executive producer, and the series was created by Andrew Ross Sorkin.
The show will return to screens later this year as production is currently underway in New York City.