'Breaking Bad' creator talks 'Casablanca' and 'The Godfather' while ending Walter White's story

Bryan Cranston (left) and Aaron Paul play a chemistry-teacher-turned-meth-maker and his partner, a former slacker student.

Vince Gilligan was hard at work on the ending of the ultra-depressing, impressively-deranged, eerily-inspiring story of a high school chemistry teacher-turned-meth dealer, Walter White, when he spoke with Vulture about the forthcoming end of Breaking Bad. Five years ago, the world met Walter White as he stood in his tighty-whities along a desolate New Mexico highway and frantically videotaped a goodbye to wife and son. Now, Walter White has revealed himself to be The Danger (SPOILER ALERT).

Gilligan dishes to Vulture about trying to bring White's story to a satisfying conclusion à la Casablanca.

“I’m not saying we’re going to approach that or reach in that direction. Our story doesn’t line up [with Casablanca]. But we’re looking for that kind of satisfaction.”

He talks about bringing the pilot back full-circle.

“Are there echoes of the beginning that we should have in the end? There’s a certain kind of circularity that might be pleasing,” Gilligan said. “We think a lot about that, in fact.”

Gilligan also mentions an overt ode to The Godfather, wrapping up the stories of the other characters, a shout-out to Columbo via Hank's revelation, and more behind-the-scenes dirt on the series that has Americans daydreaming about establishing their own drug empires. Here's lookin' at you, Walter White.