Its Your Funeral sees not one No.2, but a total of 4-No.2's, three of which are interim who have taken up the position while No.2 has been away on leave. On leave, since when did No.2 go on leave? It sounds ridiculous to think that No.2 would be allowed to go on leave during his term of office. And that in turn must bring to question, just how long was this No.2 in office in The Village?
Fictionally speaking there must be episodes between the episodes we see in ‘the Prisoner’ to which we are not privy. ‘Hammer Into Anvil’ is the previous episode to ‘It’s Your Funeral,’ and between those two episodes at least three interim No.2’s have taken up office in The Village while No.2 has been away, and is an indication of the length of time between ‘Hammer Into Anvil,’ and ‘It’s Your Funeral. And that does not take into account No.’2 term of office itself, doing good works for The Village and its community.
As for No.2 retiring, no No.2 ever retired before, they appear to leave the position of Chairman of The Village when their term of office has come to a natural end, or after they have failed in their task. And yet on the other hand, considering all that we are not privy to within ‘the Prisoner’ series I suppose there has to be a first time for everything. And it’s not so bad to end one’s days in the Old People’s Home. Better that than the psychiatric wing of the hospital!
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