Basking in the post-finale glory,
In case you've been living in a self-imposed media blackout, the 6-year-old series came to a rousing conclusion on
"Why stop?" he asked. "Are you
As Colbert points out, 10.3 million people watched the finale. "It blew the doors off all your previous ratings," he said.
Gilligan pointed out that the show's first episode, which aired back in January of 2008, had under a million viewers, crushed by "a big football game" that aired at the same time.
Nice guy that he is, Gilligan did reveal that he hasn't necessarily washed himself clean of the criminal world of Walter White. Colbert wondered if it would be hard to get Walter out of his head.
"You know what? Yeah, I think it will be hard," Gilligan said. "He's a tough guy to have stuck in your head 24 hours a day, six years straight."
But lest you think that Gilligan runs the risk of becoming an amoral monster (a la Mr. White), he did tell Colbert: "There were times it became extremely difficult to root for him, because he became kind of a bastard a lot of times."
He also revealed what he thought the most evil thing Walt did in the show's entire run. He said it came in the final season, in the episode "Ozymandias."
"It's when Walt said to Jesse, with apparent glee, 'I watched Jane die'," Gilligan said. Jane, played by
Gilligan went on to compare the end of "Breaking Bad" to both "Lord of the Rings" and "The Searchers."
"I think he's coming back for his Precious, and his Precious is the blue
He also explained the ending of "The Searchers," in which John Wayne saves Natalie Wood's character from the Comanches, and takes her home.
"We stole from the best," Gilligan said.
But it wasn't the interview that Colbert had in mind when he brought Gilligan out from Los Angeles. In the show's signoff, Colbert reveals that he has chained the writer in the basement of the show with one task -- to write more "Breaking Bad."
Will Gilligan be able to think his way away from his most strident fans? We'll see.