Originally Posted by Tati
I do have a question though. Why did the MIB guy have to go to all this trouble to get Locke into position to convince Ben to kill jacob when he could have killed anyone, let's say Eko, and impersonate him and go convince someone that he needs to kill Jacob?
It seems to me that it has to do with the rules/the loophole thing. If I had to guess at this point, I'd lean towards something like he needed Locke to become the leader, which needed fooling Alpert, because otherwise Alpert wouldn't follow Locke's orders and take him to the statue nor allow Ben inside and since Ben killing a father figure seems to be integral to his character as well, which makes me guess that he had to be the one to kill Jacob.
It's not like any prediction made now would be 100% accurate, but I guess being the leader of the Others gives you the "power" to kill Jacob, so to speak, which could explain why when the leader goes out he never comes back. Or, it could simply be that Ben was chosen as a child, because of his father, knowing that he'd probably grow to kill him if nudged in the right direction. Or, its the very fact that "Smokey" saved Ben as a kid that allows him to kill Jacob. Maybe a mixture of the answers.
In regards to Eko, knowing it was Adewale's choice and blah blah, I guess the official version is that Eko's lack of repentance and his fundamental disagreement with Locke over whether they were destined to be him disqualified him as an appropriate "pawn" and was killed for it, while Locke was so into the idea of believing he had a purpose that he was the appropriate pawn.
A thing that's great is how, for all the religious connotations and Jacob's seeming fate in what everyone will choose, if Locke ends up dead the way he is now, he died because of blind faith, which adds an interesting layer to the whole good vs evil when compared to all the religions that seem to be somewhat mirrored in this story. Assuming, of course, that's where they are going.