Well that's what No.2 asked No.6 over the phone in ‘Once Upon A Time.’ So why does he care, why should any of us care? Perhaps because if we do not, then we shall all seal the fate of both ourselves and this planet upon which we live.
If No.6/Mcgoohan is struggling to regain his freedom from a world that strongly resembles our own world, only to see it as a prison, while we do not, then perhaps he should be taken for mad!
Even in the village No.6 enjoyed a certain freedom. He was looked after, he was healthy despite the drugs used on him in trying to extract the reason for his resignation. He ate well, he didn't have to work which in itself must give him some status in the village. He enjoyed a comfortable home, had a personal maid to look after him and his home. He interacted with other citizens of the community, and at times he actually joined in!
If prison is a state of mind, I dare not think what state of mind No.6/McGoohan's mind was in at the time of the Prisoner. Certainly by the time McGoohan was interviewed for the infamous L.A. Tape he had completely lost the plot to my way of thinking. Well who else could read so much into an old coat hanger he, supposedly, found just lying on the beach? I don't wish
towards Patrick McGoohan, because if it were not for him I would not be writing this. But sometimes I feel that had McGoohan embraced his work and the people who later became fans of his creation, then he would have been a happier man than he appears to have been since finishing his creation. I suppose if it has a name it might be the.......Frankenstein syndrome! Ill
Be seeing you.