Stephen Colbert last night kicked off the walk-up to his final episode of The Colbert Report on Comedy Central before he moves to CBS to take over for David Letterman, whenever that might happen — sometime in ’15, Dave has promised.

“I guarantee each of the remaining episodes will become instant classics, treasured by generations for deep poetic thoughts, heavy-handed symbolism, and massive foreshadowing,” he said, forecasting the inevitable overwrought coverage of his show’s wind-down by TV critics.

“Of course the biggest question of all remains: how will my final broadcast close? Will I wake up next to Suzanne Pleshette in a snow globe, after Rachel gets off a plane to be with me, while BJ Honeycutt writes out ‘Goodbye’ in rocks until we cut to black in the middle of a Journey song? Or will I get sued for s copyright infringement?”