SheWolf wrote:Well Laura you've clearly been paying more attention than I have. I admit I haven't been ultra feverishly devoted this season. I watch but I'm not very good at putting any pieces together anymore. I kind of gave up on that stuff long ago. I don't even know who Amy is or recall seeing heiroglyphics. Who's Richard? Alpert? My feeling is that once we know Ben's story many other integral stories will fall into place.
While Ben was being held in the armory of the Swan Hatch, he referred to "him" as a great man. Though he didn't use the name, he was probably referring to Jacob.
Later, on Hydra Island, Jack does spinal surgery on Ben. Pickett is upset by this and says to another Other, "Ben just put his life in the hands of one of them!" He draws his gun. "Shephard wasn't even on Jacob's list." (Ep: 3x6, I Do)
Mikhail tells Kate of the list and when she asks what list, he says, "The man who brought me here, who brought all of my people here, he's a magnificent man." Kate assumes he is talking about Ben, but Mikhail says that he is not talking about Ben (Ep: 3x12, Par Avion).
In a Juliet flashback, we see Ben promise Juliet that Jacob will cure Juliet's sister's cancer (Ep: 3x16, One of Us). In addition, he talks about Jacob as if he is some kind of God.
In The Man Behind The Curtain, we saw Ben talking to an apparently empty chair. Locke (and we) thought he was nuts, until we heard a strange voice say, "Help me," and things started shaking, Ben was pushed against the wall, and we saw flickers of a man sitting in the chair.
As they approached the cabin, Ben told Locke that they wouldn't take the flashlights in because Jacob didn't like technology. On first viewing, it appeared that Jacob "freaked out" when Locke shined the flashlight in his direction. Upon further viewings I've come to believe that it wasn't the flashlight that sparked the disruption, it was the fact that Locke was about to tell Ben what Jacob had said.
It seems Jacob did not want Ben to know that he'd asked Locke to help him, but Ben obviously needed to know. After asking several times, Ben finally shot Locke to find out what was said.
Is he real? A figment of Locke and Ben's imagination? Is this science or science fiction? Why could Ben hear him and not Locke and vice versa?
I think Jacob is real. He may not be a person in the physical sense, but I do believe that he is a real living, breathing, thinking entity. Somehow Ben has power over him, which is why Jacob needs the help from Locke.
I think Jacob controls the smoke monster and is the entity behind presumed dead people showing up on the island.
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