It no longer matters why the Prisoner known as Number 6 resigned, or who Number 1 is, or for that matter who is Number 2, or where is The Village. 51 years of supposition and speculation takes its toll, if one is no wiser 51 years after the event you never will be. We believe what we want about ‘the Prisoner.’ Its meanings can be as complex as may be, but it is we who make it complex. I should imagine that enthusiasts for the series have thought of questions which never dawned in the mind of Pat McGoohan. I never met the man, and even if the opportunity had arisen I don’t think I would have wanted to. I have never really been a fan of McGoohan, and I don’t believe you have to be to enjoy either ’Danger Man’ or ‘the Prisoner.’ With me it’s the character that matters, although one could say the character of McGoohan and Number 6 are one and the same. That’s as maybe, but watching ‘the Prisoner’ I do not think of that. Nor for that matter do I take into consideration that Number 1 and Number 6 are one and the same, not until ‘Fall Out.’ After all, he who looks upon the face of Number 1 does so as though he were looking into a mirror!
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