Written 3rd February
I just wanted to post my two ideas on Flocke’s comment to Richard quickly. It could be that Richard was literally chained up the last time MIB/smokie saw him, like on the Black Rock. However I think that is too obvious of a reveal for this show. I think it was more of a metaphor for what Jacob was to Richard. Maybe Richard was indebted to Jacob for something (like not aging) and for this he has to serve Jacob as the mediator between him and the island’s leader. Now that Jacob is dead, these imaginary chains that held Richard are broken.