He is still there, even after almost 50 years, he is still somewhere there, in The Village. It could be described as being one of the most complete examples of duel identity in the history of medical science. Meaning that half the time the Prisoner was Number 6 and the other half he was his double, his other self, the Number 1. And in the end Number 6 got the upper hand in the Control Room of the rocket during ‘Fall Out,’ sending Number 1 to infinity and beyond. Although that might be something of an exaggeration. But certainly no matter how you look at it, both Number 1 and Number 6 did, escape The Village at precisely the same moment!
One might ask how Number 6 could be in two places at the one time.
Well apart from that confrontation between Number 6 and Number 1, we only ever
see Number 6. However there is one time towards the end of ‘Hammer Into Anvil’
when Number 6 is in the company of Number 2, who actually reports a breakdown
in control to No.1, in the presence of Number 6, which can be explained by a
previously recorded message. There was of course Curtis-Number 12, but then he
was a look-a-like who in the end came to a very bad end in ‘The Schizoid Man.’
So how to explain that most singular confrontation between 6 and 1? Well to be
perfectly honest I can't, well save for the possibility that the man was
haunting himself, a doppelganger maybe. After all we all of us have a double
Yes I know what McGoohan said, that Number 6 is the alter ego of
Number 1 whom he was trying to beat. But that cannot explain the physical
confrontation between the two in that control room during ‘Fall Out.’ I know
what the majority of readers might say, that it was an allegorical meeting
between the two. Well allegorical or not, the meeting seemed pretty physical to
me, did it not you?
If the Prisoner is all in the mind, then Number 6 appears to have
an anguish pattern, as observed by the doctor-Number 14 in her laboratory in ‘A
B & C.’ Over and over again in the Prisoner’s sub-conscious he plays out
the act of his resignation, over and over again on the large screen, once his
thoughts had been turned into pictures. It is probably in this case, that the
Prisoner’s act of having resigned from his position is now causing him to
suffer some agonizing physical or mental distress. And in that he has projected
himself as being this all consuming power who is Number 1, his alter ego, who
he is trying to beat. Ah but now I have fallen in line with McGoohan's theory,
which I suppose there is no getting away from. But the allegorical leaves no
room for the physical nature of the man. For the Prisoner known as Number 6 is
physical, earthy, and of the flesh and bone as any man alive today.
Be seeing you