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Rewatch: The Prisoner — Episode 4: Checkmate

This episode literalizes the metaphor with a giant chess game played with human pieces. It’s important for No. 6 to know what part he plays and whom is on his side; and he thinks he’s got the game figured out.

The Prisoner is obviously a pawn, as he soon discovers. His approach in this episode suggests he thinks he can win over his captors through strategy. Do you think he’s going about his resistance in a logical way? Is he making the right moves, or does the Village have the edge?

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