Warning: The following contains spoilers.
Breaking Bad is over and Stephen Colbert, self-professed fan of Breaking Bad, got a chance to sit down with the mastermind himself – creator and recent Emmy winner, Vince Gilligan.
In the interview with Colbert, Gilligan says the worst thing Walter White ever did was tell Jesse in “Ozymandias” that he watched Jane die (see: episode 12 of season 2, titled “Phoenix”) – that he watched her choke to death and did nothing to help her. According to the Breaking Bad creator, Walter was never purely sadistic, but he was acting on pure sadism in that moment with Jesse.
Gilligan’s decision to kill Walter off was that it was the implicit promise of the show since the beginning of the series (Walter was diagnosed with cancer in the pilot episode.)
They discuss Walter’s last conversation with Skyler, as well. One of the worst things Walter did, says Gilligan, is lie to his family – over and over again. Walter finally spoke the truth during that conversation with Skyler where he admitted that he cooked meth because he enjoyed it. Throughout the series, Walter insisted that his actions were motivated by his desire to help his family.
If you’re a fan of Breaking Bad, then you definitely have to check out this interview:
And then we have this fantastic Breaking Bad parody skit with Colbert and Gilligan, where Colbert chains Gilligan up à la Jesse Pinkman and forces him to write more episodes: