Dance Of The Dead
No.6 is an "absolutist" who is sentenced to death. However it is a death sentence which is never carried out, nor do they have any intention that the sentence should be carried out. Because it is nothing more than intimidation designed to try and break him!
As No.2 suggested in ‘Free For All’ "Confide and we concede." In other words give them what they want and life in the village becomes more comfortable. No.6 might even be give a position of authority, as suggested by No.2 on the day of the Prisoners arrival in the village.
So if No.6 has pretended to confide, then he might very well have been given a position of authority, and thereby attempt to bring the system of the village down from within. After all there were those in such a position to possibly help - No.12 of Administration for one!
On Second Thoughts
"Confide and we concede" said No.2 in ‘Free For All,’ and I said "In other words give them what they want, and life in the village becomes more comfortable."
Well not for poor Roland Walter Dutton it didn't!
A Point Of View
I think the following lines from the Guinness Book of Cult TV sum up very well the conflict between Patrick McGoohan, script writer/editor George Markstein, and the Prisoner.
"One man wanted a spy series, the other wanted to escape from a spy series."
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