What an amazing finale.
The Colbert Report ended its nine year run with a star-studded musical sing-along of Vera Lynn’s “We’ll Meet Again” from one of the greatest political satires of all time, Dr. Strangelove. The group included Jon Stewart, George Lucas, Bill Clinton, Katie Couric, and Big Bird among many others. Then, an immortal “Stephen Colbert” joined forces with Santa Claus, a unicorn Abraham Lincoln, and Alex Trebek to do whatever it is they’re suppose to do.
“But how did ‘Stephen Colbert’ achieve immortality?” you ask. Well, he did so earlier in the show by shooting and killing Grimmy after the guest went off on him during the last Cheating Death segment:
Before Colbert gained the powers of never dying, he delivered his final ever The Word, where he pondered his legacy as a transformative figure and assesses the impact he’s made in the world:
I changed the world!
— Stephen Colbert (@StephenAtHome) December 19, 2014
Things did travel a full revolution. Colbert ended the show by throwing back to Stewart, acknowledging The Colbert Report‘s origins on The Daily Show. Colbert sort of breaks character by thanking The Colbert Nation and saying how the whole series was fun. And then something brilliant happens: a clip from a ‘throw-to’ in 2010 plays revealing Colbert breaking and getting into character while chatting with Stewart. It was indeed fun:
Until we all meet again, Nation. (Most likely late summer/early fall of 2015 over at CBS.) In the meantime, you can watch the full final episode HERE.