But does ‘the Prisoner’ have to be the same every time the vicious circle begins again? Fictionally speaking, when we watch ‘the Prisoner,’ are we watching a particular cycle of events, and those events do not alter no matter how many times we watch them. Because when we watch ‘the Prisoner,’ as often as we wish, all we are doing is replaying the first time the Prisoner is in The Village. If indeed it was the first time! But perhaps the series of events do not alter, perhaps they are not supposed to alter, perhaps ‘the Prisoner’ is all there is. But if events do change within that vicious circle once the Prisoner has resigned again, we cannot say what happened since ‘Fall Out’ on the next occasion. Because we are only privy to one cycle of events, there may be many more, before and since.
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