Were we sure we read that he was joining the cast as a Russian oligarch? Was it all just wishful thinking on our part, fan fiction we came up with in a dream? Finally, Malkovich made his Billions debut, dripping in Russian stereotypes. We first meet his character, Grigor Andolov, at a hockey rink, where the monotone, cold-blooded, probably murderous character is fresh off checking an opponent on the ice.
Advertisement So how does Grigor fit into the Billions universe? Well, first we see Axe Damian Lewis reunited with the original Hall, and they're already back to doing great things together. Like bribing one-armed coffee cart owners for information. Axe is hungry for a buyer, but not just any buyer. Then you can pay someone for an idea. But this is just the beginning of a comically machismo episode-long arc for Axe, that ultimately ends in castration.
So Axe pursues Grigor directly, showing up at the aforementioned hockey rink, and manages to set up a pitch meeting between their deputies. So far, Malkovich is playing Grigor as a pretty nonintimidating kitty cat… until he asks Axe if piss is running down his legs. Axe fights macho with macho. They discuss sniper rifles and being ruthless.
Grigor needs him to prove it before handing over his money. He shows up at Axe Cap after hours. What is it with Russian characters and their need to do everything at 2 a. Remember when Aleksandr Petrovsky insisted on starting his first date with Carrie Bradshaw at midnight? Finally, after diving headfirst into bravado and chest puffery all episode, Axe grits his teeth. This man will clearly kill Axe if he loses even one ruble. Chuck appears deeply uncomfortable, but somehow manages to kill one on his first shot.
So many tough guys this hour! Now that Chuck has abandoned his gubernatorial plans in favor of getting shit done in the Southern, the AG is back to his old ways: As we know, courtesy of Bryan Toby Leonard Moore , Lugo was actually the victim of constant bullying and assault in prison, so killing the guard was a clear case of self-defense. At first, Sacker Condola Rashad and Chuck are going along with it.
Splitting the baby, so to speak. But just before trial begins, Sacker finds out that Lugo was killed on his way to the courthouse.