Did Jacob orchestrate his own death just as his mother did? In order to end their term as protector?
The only difference Jacob had to wait 140 years before he could be killed.
the mother gave Jacob the wine and told him they were ONE now. She was then killed by MIB. Jacob was killed by Ben in 2007 but he actually gave that wine to Richard in 1867.
Is Richard now the protector of the island? Were the candidates just decoys being used by Jacob as part of his game with MIB?