I so glad that we didn't have to wait until the finale to see Jake become the new protector of the island! I think the writers made a great decision in allowing the viewers to exactly see Jake in his new role.
I also liked Jacobs reason to crossing Kate's name off the list...she became a mother. Jacob and MIB clearly both have mother issues and it was nice of Jacob to take into consideration the impact protecting the island can and will have on a mother/child relationship.
I was shocked was Ben killed Widmore! Ben is still Ben...greedy and only looking out for himself. I love it!
I Richard dead? IDK...I'm not sure what to make of the scene when the smoke monster attacked him. Is the island done with him? Does his immortality disappear now that Jacob is gone? Will he appear in the flash sideways? Your guess is as good as mine!
As for Desmond...I agree with many of the other post that Rose and Bernard where the ones to help him out of the well.
And lastly...The MIB is going to destroy the island. Now how the hell does he plan to do that? Set off a bomb? The last time folks did that we ended up with an alternate time line.
Thoughts? Comments? Questions? (smile)