Why we think that Jacob is evil, and why I think that he isn’t
Hi all, I have read a few theories based around the idea that Jacob is evil, or people are questioning Jacob’s actions because the result of his actions are not all “good”.
Jacob’s actions appear to be evil, but I don’t think that they are…
Along the way we have seen people in Team Jacob get knifed or blow up, and we have seen that Jacob has the influence to stop these things from happening but he doesn’t or looking at it alternatively – has actually lead them into situations where they die, changed their paths so that they are separated from loved ones, and generally be un-squeaky clean. Also, keep people around for all eternity and not tell them what their purpose was (Richard) or ignore people that were loyal to him (Ben).
But what if, “they were supposed to die”. They = everyone.
Now I’m going to copy and paste what I wrote in a separate theory but it will probably get overlooked due to the fact that I also wrote about Desmond’s non-existent death in it hehe. Here we go:
Let’s have a look at who we’ve seen come to the island:
The people on the Black Rock
The French team (Danielle and crew)
Desmond on Libby’s sailboat
The people on Oceanic 815
The people on Ajira 316
And Jacob stated that there have been others.
What if – all of these people were supposed to die. Not because Desmond stopped pushing the button, not because of storms and tsunamis supposedly caused by special magical forces to bring
these people to the island.
What if – the planes were meant to crash because sometimes planes just crash (engine failure, bad fog, etc), the boats and ships crashed or sunk due to bad weather just being bad weather. What if all of these modes of transport did fail and was meant to cause the death of all of these travelers.
What if – Jacob knows this – and rather then let all of these people die “immediately” – he (by using the ‘magical’ Lighthouse) manipulated these inevitable events to occur near the island so that they would end up there with survivors of the crashes. We still don’t know what the island is yet and how it’s magical forces helped “save” these lives, but I suspect Jacob’s manipulations ensured that the people who were supposed to die (in a world without the island/Jacob/MIB) – didn’t die just yet. Jacob’s list of candidates, people who he watched all their lives, were people he knew were going to die as a result of these accidents.
Just to be clear, I am not leading to a purgatory theory. I just think that there’s this random guy that has random powerful influences and is trying to use the influences to prove a point to another random guy.
So if these people were supposed to die anyway, how bad now does that make Jacob if he kept them alive a little bit longer, to help towards good?
As an example, why didn’t Jacob prevent Alex’s death? Because going back to my examples above – Alex arrived on the boat in Danielle’s tummy. Therefore, if my theory is true – Alex was supposed to die as well. I think Jacob can only prolong death (either via his own actions, or via Richard and the Others), much like how Desmond prolonged Charlie’s death until “Through the Looking Glass”.
So how did Jacob know that all these people were meant to die? Time travel. He did not bring random people to the island just to be cruel and play with their lives. He looked a little forward and found boats and planes that were going to crash and people that were going to die. He knew who they would be, and then he made lists of potential future candidates.
Why not give eternal life to everyone like he gave to Richard? Richard asked for this. No one else that we know of has asked for eternal life, so who is to say that Jacob would deny them if they did? I don’t think Jacob would overtly offer eternal life to anyone because that would be cruel – people who are tempted will say yes but may end up living an eternal life of ‘hell’.
Now the only thing that stuffs up my theory is two glaringly obvious groups of people – the Dharma Initiative, and Widmore’s submarine crew. These are two groups of people that were looking for the island, and found it. I am going out on a limb here and I will touch on this in three points:
1. Jacob does not control or have influence over any deaths that occur on the island when they are the deaths of people that Jacob did not “bring” to the island. The Purge – Jacob did not request this and could not prevent this from happening, even though we saw Richard in the mix of it. I think the point of this is that sometimes – outsider’s influence can win over Jacob’s influence (he is not the be all and end all).
2. Hiding the island – this is Jacob’s influence. He hides the island specifically because he is not the be all and end all, and outsider’s influence causes unfortunate deaths where these people may have lived if they did not come to the island ie. these people were not supposed to die (ie. they were supposed to die a natural death in old age).
3. The submarine bringing Desmond and his importance. We still don’t actually know how Desmond’s influence will tip things. But if Jacob did “bring” Desmond to help towards the greater good, maybe Desmond is THAT important that he had no choice but to bring a submarine of people to the island that “are not supposed to die” and risk their lives, as it does appear that Desmond is a HUGE piece to the puzzle of what the hell is going on here.
The candidates? What has Jacob’s touch done for the people that he touched in “The Incident”? I think Jacob knew it was crunch time, MIB had a plan and Jacob acted fast to secure his candidates in “The Incident”. Kate was crossed off on the cave wall (according to Cuse in an interview) but she was not crossed off on the Lighthouse wheel. I think, cave wall = Jacob’s first draft, Lighthouse = Jacob’s final draft. I think Jacob’s touch in these scenes was him giving these candidates eternal life – but eternal life only works while on the island (explains why Sayid did not “die”). They are only going to stay on the island if they want to stay there (going back to my idea before on Richard wanting eternal life), ie. the final chosen candidate will be the one who finds faith and fulfills the mission to be new protector of the island. Candidates that didn’t die off island during Season Five didn’t die because the island wasn’t done with them yet. Locke had to die because his death was a part of a force on the island’s plan (the force being MIB in this case).
How about Walt? Well, we’re not sure if he is dead or alive currently, but assuming he is alive, the island isn’t done with him yet either. Gosh they better explain that in the next couple of episodes lol!
My thoughts above are purely based on the original timeline, and I have not taken into consideration what is happening in the alt timeline. Gosh that was a bit long, I think that’s enough on this subject! 🙂