Perhaps “What about you?” was planned by Ben & Jacob
Has anyone considered that Ben and Jacob might be in cahoots and were acting out their whole “what about you” kumbaya? Think about it. Didn’t Ben initiate the conversation with (F)Locke while they were walking towards the statue by asking him questions? Didn’t it seem at times that Ben was downplaying his understanding of the situation just a bit? Ok, he did seem to get all bent out of shape when his daughter told him to listen to the Almighty (F)Locke, however, perhaps this was all part of a BIGGER game plan that he and Jacob have been plannng on for heaven knows how long. I think most would agree that Ben is not naive, and one who is not easily manipulated. Many would say that he is a grand manipulator. So much so that he and Jacob pulling a stunt where they get (F)Locke and others (and Others, too..LOL) to believe that Locke riled up Ben to kill Jacob as an end all and be all could be viewed as just simply sophomoric – and that is not the Ben we know. More aptly, one can argue that if Ben and Jacob were in cahoots to trick (F)Locke that they would be akin to being grandmasters of sorts, like in chess or backgammon as has been themed throughout the series. Ahah, I think that I’m getting somewhere with this one.