I have never seen a post on this yet but I am sure people have thought about it but I was just trying to think of which characters may end up dying before this show is over and the obvious conclusion to me is Richard for sure. I mean think about it...right now he is important because he is the only one who knows what they have to do next but if Jack is going to be the one chose to replace Jacob than I am almost positive that Hurley will become the new advisor. Why do they need a new advisor if Richard is still around? Oh yea because Richard is probably going to be killed. What do you guys think of Richard's survival odds?
Also, if Jack or anyone for that matter does end up replacing Jacob, do you think they would then have eternal life and not age like Jacob had? Say it is Jack, would he also give Hurley this power like Jacob gave it to Richard?