The Rules, The Rules
So that episode really got me thinking about the rules and the loophole and how they connect to the candidates.
Jacob says that even if he is killed, someone will take his place – the candidates. So for MIB to get off the island, he has to kill the candidates and then Jacob. The little boy reminding MIB of the rules while he was walking with Sawyer, got me thinking – what if the rules are that MIB can’t kill the candidates? That would explain why he scans some and kills others. People seem to be able to become uncandidated without dying eg Straume, maybe Kate… Does this explain Eko? The first time he was scanned he was still a candidate but by the second time he wasn’t and could then be killed. Has MIB used his appearances to manipulate others to kill candidates – Nikki and Paulo – MIB was a key part in that but didn’t actually do the deed.
The loophole then, how to make sure all candidates are out of the picture before killing Jacob. The remaining 6 candidates were either dead (Locke) or in 1977 (now assuming Kwon is Jin) when MIB has Jacob killed (again not by himself), therefore no one to take over. Jacob’s line of “They’re coming” fits perfectly – the candidates are coming back to this time period, it’s not over yet.
Another aspect of the loophole is getting inside the foot – if only Jacob can invite people in. Jacob has bestowed Richard with a ‘gift’ to be his representative. His representative could also have the power to grant entrance. But Richard is only going to let the leader of the others in right? So the ‘you have no idea what I’ve been through to get here’ starts with Flocke getting Richard to pass on the you have to go back and get the others (the candidates) back here by dying instructions to a time travelling Locke. That then sets in motion the events which lead to Richard believing Locke is the rightful leader and then accepting Flocke as such in 2007, letting him and Ben into the foot – dead Jacob. That’s one hell of a way to get inside a foot. It also links to MIB manipulating the candidates to come back to the island where they can be nicely removed to another time period. How? still working on the exact details but depending on how much MIB knows about the FDW, the energy on the island and time jumping and possibly the future – this manipulation isn’t that far fetched. He didn’t count on something changing at the incident at the swan station which has lead to the alt timeline and the losties back in 2007. Now he has to change his plan, but he still can’t kill the candidates so he is going to need to come up with a way for them to die in other ways (sending Sawyer to Hydra to run into a gun toting group of Widmore employees??)
Hope this makes sense as it’s late at night for me and I’m rambling a bit and not really sure how to write down how I see the big picture in my head. I need a whiteboard and a video feed so I can wave my hands around a bit 🙂