The End of The Prisoner: Who Is No. 1?


In the old and new versions of The Prisoner, Six wants Two to answer the burning question: Who is No. 1?


In AMC's updated six-part version of the '60s cult classic, an answer comes from a schoolgirl in Monday's Episode 3. Her rote response sounds as if it's had been drummed into her head:


"There is no No. 1. There never has been and there never will be. The concept of the No. 2 is an act of humility. The title reminds us all that we are all public servants, even No. 2. No one is No. 1."


(A rather obvious spoiler warning: if you haven't seen the endings of the original or new versions, you may not want to read on.)


In the original, viewers had to wait until the 17th and final episode to get some semblance of an answer to the No. 1 question. Even then, it was open to interpretation.


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Nov 27, 2009 6:50PM EST

OK, it seems obvious to me, but I haven't read a single other interpretation that sees it as I do.
No. 1 is Mrs. Curtis. She is never referred to as a number in the village ever (Only as mother, or wife) and at the end we find out that the Village is a construct within her dreaming mind. She is the Village, and Curtis being the first mind to share her dream is 2.
So there is no No. 1 to some extent, because No. 1 must always be the dreamer. No. 1 is the Village, and if No. 1 tries to wake, and interact with the other villagers then the Village begins to fall apart. At the end 313 becomes the new No. 1, and 6 is the new caretaker taking the place of 2. Curtis says that "6 is the One", but I believe that if he really meant 6 was No. 1 he would have said "6 is Number 1" I believe he was revealing that 6 is the one to replace him as caretaker to save the Village.

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