I starting thinking today about the fact that only the leader of the others and Richard are able to talk to Jacob. Now that Jacob has been killed, the only person who can actually talk to him is Hurley. Because of that, I think Hurley will become the leader of the others, or at least, take over Richard's role among the Others by the end of the show. Maybe this is all part of Jacob's plan - his enemy doesn't think he can stop him now because he has been killed, but he can still provide help to the island through Hurley. What do the rest of you think?