Almost all the online recaps of the “Patrick Bateman, Bud Fox Hybrid Wannabe” episode of Showtime’s Billions note the inclusion of Leonard Cohen’s You Want It Darker. Excerpts from three such articles follow:
Bryan from the Bronx is surely not going to let his new knowledge about Chuck framing Axe go. With Dake firmly in denial, is this where they’ll involve that new ADA brought in during the premiere episode? Leonard Cohen’s “You Want It Darker” plays out the episode with the following lyrics: “If you are the dealer, I want out of the game.” We’re thinking Bryan wants out of the game.
Billions Season 3, Episode 3 Recap: “Patrick Bateman, Bud Fox Hybrid Wannabe” vy Molly Stout (Refinery 29: April 8, 2018)
As Ira is stealing his now fiancee’s heart all over again with the gorgeous engagement ring, courtesy of Mr. Robert Axelrod, Billions steals my heart all over again with this genius episode ending with a song by a true genius. Leonard Cohen’s “swan song” You Want it Darker sums it all up and gives you chills.
Billions on Showtime, Season 3 Episode 3: A Generation Too Late (Fan Fun with Damian Lewis April 9, 2018)
Leonard Cohen croons on the soundtrack as Axe cashes in and Ira slides his ill-gotten ring onto his fiancée’s eager finger. Funny and fast-paced though it is, “Billions” likes it quite dark indeed.