Oh, now I get it.
A number of possible answers just hit me, and I hope that some of this is as new to you as it is to me.
I was just reading an interesting older theory entitled “Something Did Change” by Dabiatchishere. I say this with pure humility and embarrassment, but it made me a believer in an alternate timeline. If Dabs is right, and Sun, Flocke, Ben and crew are all currently in a DIFFERENT 2007/2008, then it may answer a LOT of questions.
There was another more recent theory that explained how Hurley can see “dead” people, and how Miles can hear “dead” people. It basically stated that these guys, and others with abilities, are experiencing the alternate timeline. The whispers in the jungle that people experience, the visions (I assume) are also glimpses of the other timeline merging with the one we know, due to the special magnetic properties of the island. I’m on board with all of this. (what else am i gonna believe, white smokey saves the day?)
When Ben and Locke first go to the cabin, Locke apparently comes in contact with someone, and whether or not it’s Jacob or MIB doesn’t really matter to me right now. What matters is WHY that person is in the alternate timeline, and not in the one we know. It also makes me think that there’s a reason we haven’t been shown Jacob or MIB until the season 5 finale. It’s THE episode that shows us how this alternate timeline began, or was introduced.
I was always under the impression that Jacob was somewhere on the island WITH the Losties from season 1 and on. I’m a firm believer in the opposite now. It maybe proves that Jacob IS refering to Jack and friends when he says “they’re coming.” Coming to their timeline he means. The fact that Flocke looks a little worried about that suggests that the Oceanic 6 coming back to the island was in fact Jacob’s doing.
That then brings up an interesting idea about Richard too then. Richard (I think) is the only character that is shown staying on the island, without leaving, from the time we first see him in Season 3, until the time Sun, Ben, and Flocke all return to it. Meaning of course that he is present in BOTH timelines. Hmmm….Maybe Richard, or the Black Rock is a constant then for Jacob or MIB. Widmore just happens to be bidding on the BLACK ROCK journal (maybe Richard’s journal) in the episode “The Constant”. Maybe it’s a hint to us.
I do this all the time. I take a few people’s ideas and mash them all together with other people’s
ideas. While I feel lame for not being very original, it feels good to see people’s ideas start to make sense when joined with others.