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PS: I think Black Shirt was the one imprisoned in Jacob’s cabin, constrained there by the ring of ash. He tricked people (Ben? Locke?) into thinking he was Jacob so he could manipulate them. Then he got loose when the ring was broken. (Didn’t Hurley kick apart the ash ring when he ran away from the cabin last season?)
PPS: Last week, I speculated that in the new Lost timeline that will flow out of Juliet’s detonation of Jughead, the characters that angelic Jacob visited and conspicuously touched during the flashbacks — definitely Sawyer, Kate, Sun, Jin, Jack, Locke, and Hurley — will retain their memories of the previous, now-deleted timeline. (Similar yet slightly different to what happened to Desmond after he was physically obliterated by the Swan’s implosion — his consciousness migrated to the fateful week in which he broke up with Penny.) If that conjecture proves true, I can easily see a poignant moment in which James Ford seeks out Juliet in her pre-Island life, finds her, and realizes that, unlike him, she has no past-life memory of the Island or their life together. She’ll look at him as if he’s crazy; he’ll look at her with forlorn eyes. Goodbye, my Dharma lady. I’ll always have your back. And then he’ll walk away. I’m already investing in the Kleenex!
PPPS: Wow. I never knew.