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Season Two

Season Two

After being deftly outplayed, brilliant hedge fund king Bobby 'Axe' Axelrod is upping his game and using his considerable resources to exact revenge on ruthless U.S. Attorney Chuck Rhoades. Axe's aggressive move sends Chuck reeling as he finds himself under investigation, forced to scramble to hang on to his office and his family. But the embattled prosecutor still has some tricks up his sleeve and it's not long before Axe learns that money can't buy everything – or everyone.

Ep 1: Risk Management

Written by Brian Koppelman & David Levien / Directed by Reed Morano

In the aftermath of their previous confrontation, Chuck faces increased scrutiny from his office, while Axe weighs his options for retaliation.


Ep 2: Dead Cat Bounce

Written by Wes Jones / Directed by Ryan Fleck & Anna Boden

Axe publicly spars with a rival hedge fund manager, while Chuck attempts to find a case that may salvage his career.


Ep 3: Optimal Play

Written by Willie Reale / Directed by Alex Gibney

Bobby sets his eyes on buying an NFL franchise, while Lara launches her own business venture. Chuck makes a last ditch effort to nail a big case.


Ep 4: The Oath

Written by Adam R. Perlman / Directed by Noah Emmerich

Under pressure to make progress and with his case stalling, Chuck develops a new strategy. Axe considers donating half his net worth to charity.


Ep 5: Currency

Written by Brian Chamberlayne / Directed by Steph Green

Chuck relies heavily on an anxious insider willing to wear a wire. Axe looks for a quick win when he faces a down quarter.


Ep 6: Indian Four

Written by Alice O'Neill / Directed by Adam Arkin

Axe negotiates with a reluctant seller. Wendy makes a professional decision that adds further conflict to her relationship with Chuck.


Ep 7: Victory Lap

Written by Brian Koppelman & David Levien & Alice O'Neill / Directed by John Singleton

Axe assembles a war room in the Hamptons following a disastrous setback, and seeks counsel on how to recoup his losses.


Ep 8: The Kingmaker

Written by Adam R. Perlman / Directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel

Axe looks into who caused the breakdown in his dealings in Sandicot, but faces formidable opposition. Chuck digs up dirt on a political rival.


Ep 9: Sic Transit Imperium

Written by Wes Jones / Directed by Colin Bucksey

Lara plans a lavish birthday celebration for Axe, while Wendy deliberates her invitation. Chuck faces external pressure to drop a case.


Ep 10 With Or Without You

Written by Willie Reale / Directed by Ed Bianchi

Axe deals with a family disturbance involving Lara. Chuck considers the potential pitfalls while being vetted for political advancement.


Ep 11: Golden Frog Time

Story by Brian Koppelman & David Levien & Brian Chamberlayne / Teleplay by Brian Koppelman & David Levien/ Directed by Karyn Kusama

Both Chuck and his father find they have much riding on the rise or fall of Ice a new IPO.


Ep 12: Ball In Hand

Written by Brian Koppelman and David Levien and & Adam R. Perlman / Directed by Ryan Fleck & Anna Boden

In the season two finale, Axe receives a tip-off when the law moves in on him, just as Chuck's long game comes tantalisingly close to fruition.